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Posted by akvisnet on Oct 12 2003
I've done both on Douglas... day hunts and overnights. Historically I've hunted the north end of the island on top of Mt. Meek. If you've ever climbed Meek, you know that it is a very misnamed mountain.
The first portion of the trail is steep.....grabbing onto tree roots and such. Then it levels off into a moderate elevation gain until you reach the first meadow (muskeg). Beyond that, it gets steep again, and there isn't really a trail anymore as people tend to fan out and just pick a direction for their hunt.
But, while this area does see some hunters, it doesn't see near as many as Eagle Crest and Treadwell. Usually you'll find evidence that others have been there, but, on any given day, you might be the only one up there.
I do not have a VHS and when alone, I often contemplate the "what ifs" of my routes. Especially when successful and lugging a deer down the steeps. I did this once in the dark and do not recommend that at all.
As I mentioned, last week I saw 4 deer on my way up to alpine, but none beyond that. Quite the opposite of what it used to be this time of year. Seems to me that the deer have gotten smarter and are staying in cover much more than they used to. When I lived here before, day hunting was as easy as climbing straight to the top, and then hunting your way back down through any series of meadows and avalanche chutes. But I think now the key is to learn how to hunt inside the trees a bit more. Still, the bigger tracks, droppings, and trails remain up near the top above the first meadows.
If you're at all interested in checking this area out, let me know. I'm likely to hit it again this upcoming Saturday.
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