Stan Duncan has been hunting Kodiak Island since 1970, bagging his first buck at age 15. At the age of 19 he purchased his first commercial salmon seiner. Since that time he has circumnavigated the island countless times to hunt various areas, and in 1980 purchased 40-acres of remote property from which he operated a hunting camp. When he took up bowhunting in 1985 Stan discovered a whole new appreciation for deer hunting…Within a few short years record bucks were plentiful enough that Stan’s skill & Alderwood Retreat drew the attention of hunting enthusiasts & were acknowledged in the media on several occasions.
While some hunts can be based out of the homestead, we find it more enjoyable to call the F/V Woody home in the fall. This mobile platform allows us the flexibility to easily move to another area if so desired.
With any luck there’s a possibility that we might also catch some Tanner crab with our subsistence pots & enjoy a gourmet Surf-n-Turf meal at the end of a successful hunt!
ONLY $300 per day per person!!!
(Not including air taxi to & from the boat's location.)
In 2005 we were honored to have Dwight Schuh & Larry D. Jones of Bowhunter Magazine join Stan on a liveaboard hunt on the F/V Woody in the Uyak Bay area of Kodiak Island. This was the first time Stan had ever seen or heard of anyone using tree stands to hunt Sitka Blacktail on Kodiak Island. Dwight comments in the TV segment that the archery hunting was virtually the same as in the Midwest.
After a couple days of scouting & exercising the restraint that comes only from experience he scored a Pope & Young trophy buck.
When the deer population declined as a result of several harsh winters, Stan decided not to transport any more hunters, as there was little assurance of harvesting a trophy buck. Now that we’ve hadthreeunseasonably warm winters in a row the numbers have rebounded significantly & even a novice hunter stands a good chance of scoring a big buck.
BIG RAY'S Sporting Goods recently announced the winners of the 2015 Eric Lochman Big Buck contest. Over 300 hunters registered with hopes of harvesting a trophy buck! Of 48 actual racks submitted for entry, 26 racks merited scoring. The winners were:
This past fall while we were returning from the mainland on the Alaska Marine Highway system we met two awesome hunters from Sterling. The Kodiak road system closed to deer hunting halfway through
their visit to the island so they flew out to our homestead to try their luck & skill hunting through the Sitka Spruce forest of our wilderness backyard. Over the course of their three days with us they bagged a beautiful buck and a “stag”, non-typical antlers still covered in velvet.
Because the population is so healthy Stan is once again excited to invite archery hunters to share the bounty of our Alaskan island. It should be noted that Stan is a licensed transporter, NOT a guide, so while he is happy to offer input that may assist you in achieving your goals, hunters are expected to hunt & process their own meat. We have very strong principles of stewardship, so if there are parts of the animal that you do not utilize we will make sure they are put to good use.
Combine your deer hunt with Steelhead fishing!!
Trophy Steelhead can be caught on the Karluk River.
Bring your hiking boots, hip boots & fly rods…Follow a state-maintained four-wheeler trail for about an hour across the tundra, then ply the waters of the world-famous Karluk River for trophy Steelhead.