A conversation with Shannon Randall of Kodiak’s Afognak Wilderness Lodge.
Tell us about the property the lodge sits on?
Afognak Wilderness Lodge was built and is operated by our pioneering Randall family. It is located in the heart of a coastal state park with a wide variety and abundance of land/marine wildlife, plus outstanding fresh- and saltwater fishing and we’ve been one of Alaska’s favorite true-wilderness lodges since 1974.
To reach us, you fly to Anchorage, connect to and overnight in Kodiak, and then early the next morning, the floatplane service picks you up from your hotel lobby and the adventure begins.
How’s the Hunting and what can I hunt on the property?
We take hunters for Sitka blacktail deer, Kodiak brown bear, Roosevelt elk, sea ducks and small game. The deer hunts can be guided or unguided, Bear are only guided and elk are only unguided. Success rates are as follows:
Deer: 99 percent
Bear: 95 percent
Sea ducks and small game: 99 percent
Elk: 60 percent
Tell us about the Lodge and the Cabins?
The lodge is comprised of a new multi-function building (dining/kitchen/lounge/bathrooms) and three 1,000-square-feet elegantly rustic log guest cabins, each with 24-hour power and a modern bathroom. Residence and other outbuildings are nearby.
When are the hunting seasons?
Deer season: is from August 1 – December 31; bear seasons are April 1–May 15 and Oct. 25–Nov. 30; elk season is Oct. 25-Nov. 30; sea ducks season is Oct. 8–Jan. 26. Both the Kodiak brown bear and the first half of the elk season are on a permit-draw basis.
Do you have a minimum stay?
We do not impose a minimum stay but it’s most practical to stay at least four days for a deer/duck hunt. Bear hunts are allotted 10 days but can leave early when a trophy is taken.
Besides hunting, what else does the Lodge have to offer?
Additionally, we have guided saltwater fishing (halibut, lingcod, yelloweye and sea bass), wildlife photography, kayaking and hiking is available. We’ve also hosted many national/international filming crews.
What availability to you have for 2016 and 2017?
During 2016, we have deer hunting availability from Nov. 20 to Dec. 4. During 2017, availability is currently from mid-November through mid-December.
Is there anything else you want to add?
Afognak Wilderness Lodge has been a favorite retreat for many repeat/referred adventurous vacationers, fishermen, photographers and hunters who want to play hard, eat big and sleep deep.
Should you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (360) 799-3250. Meanwhile, feel free to view our website at www.huntafognak and www.afognaklodge.com.