Kodiak hunters are probably a little happier today. Yesterday marked the opening day for deer season in Kodiak.
Sharon Moore is one of the owners of Cy’s Sporting Goods, which issues permits and tags for deer hunting. She said the store has seen a huge influx of people getting ready for the season.
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Moore said most hunters seek out remote parts of the island by plane or boat to hunt, but hunting is permitted along the Kodiak road system as well. She said you can only take one male deer, or buck, from road system, and it has to be your first deer.
Even though the season is open all over the island, potential hunters should make sure they are knowledgeable of the areas they choose to hunt, and whether or not they are tribal lands. Different tribes have different regulations on their land, and some require an additional permit to take a deer in those areas.
Moore gave a run down of how long the season runs and mentioned a new regulation, which allows additional hunting opportunities for youth.
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Deers aren’t the only animal out and about in August. This time of year is typically when people start seeing more bears. Moore said hunters should make sure they take proper bear safety measures when they go out, especially if and when they get a deer.
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A full list of regulations and guidelines for deer season in Kodiak is available on the Alaska Department of Fish and Game website.