Kodiak’s popular road system deer hunt comes to a
close at the end of the month. But those hunters who use primitive weapons will
have an extra two weeks to take a deer. KMXT’s Casey Kelly has more.
Hank Pennington is
the Outdoor Kodiak columnist for the Kodiak Daily Mirror. He says the primitive
weapon deer season is for those who use bows and arrows, or Pennington’s
preferred weapon, the muzzleloader.
(Pennington 1 :44s “…you get more primitive than
it’s his favorite hunt on Kodiak, but it’s not for everyone. Over the last two
years he’s encountered less than 20 people who’ve participated in the primitive
(Pennington 2 :25s “…restricted to 20 or 30 yard
facing hunters is that they have to take a special class from the Alaska
Department of Fish and Game in order to participate in the hunt. John Crye is a
wildlife biologist with fish and game, who teaches both classes.
(Crye 1 :43s “…and it’s a lot of fun.”)
The classes are 20
dollars each. Crye says there’s an online version of the archery class, but you
have to take the muzzleloader class in person. He says primitive weapon hunts
are getting more popular because they’re more sporting and because they provide
hunters with added opportunities.
(Crye 2 :33s “…a lot of interest in these
Pennington says he
likes hunting with muzzleloaders, because it gives him something to do during
(Pennington 3 :27s “…the making of everything myself.”)
weapon deer season opens November 1st and runs through the 14th. ADF & G’s
muzzleloader class is October 24th and 25th. As Crye said there are only a few
spots left, but he’s planning to offer another one in the spring.
I’m Casey Kelly.