Our elk hunt is based on a 50 foot seiner. The boat is our base camp - there is beer and extra gear on board. This allows us to traipse about looking for elk - camping as we go - and then return to the boat for re supply, or, if we are lucky to put elk meat on the deck. On the boat we eat pre prepared meals made by various elk party members and they tend to be delicious - far better food than I generally eat at home. On shore we cook our meals on the wood stove, and they tend to be a bit more rudimentary but still filling. And no freeze dried junk either.
On the recent hunt we spent 2 nights ashore and 3 1/2 nights on the boat (we got home late at night on Thursday). We went ashore on south Afognak the first morning with food for 3 nights (and we could have stretched it to 4). It was supposed to be super windy and we knew that the boat would not be able to make it around to north Afognak for a couple of days at least. So we camped and hunted. Hunkered down in the trees on the windy days that did indeed keep the boat on the south side.
And then when it did calm down there was the boat on the north side ready to pick us, and the elk we had harvested, up. It worked out perfectly!
|shore food on the wood stove|
|Afognak seemed to have a lot of mushrooms this year|
|Philip and Jason|
|Shore camp in the spruce trees|