NEW Vortex® Hunts, Ep. 3: ‘Alders to Alpine — A Kodiak Island Blacktail Bonanza’

Heavy packs in. Heavier packs out. Watch big blacktails fall on this DIY Alaska adventure.

BARNEVELD, Wis. – Most of Alaska’s trophy Sitka blacktails come from Kodiak Island. No place in the world has a higher density of this unique subspecies of mule deer. But that doesn’t mean they come easy for the Vortex® crew and friends, Brad Brooks and Jason Kauffman, from Argali®.

Click here to watch the action as the DIY, unguided hunt quickly unfolds.

A floatplane ride, heavy backpacks, and steep, alder-choked mountains. Gusty winds, dense fog, torrential downpours, and the danger of running afoul of a brown bear around every corner. The friends get a taste of everything the island offers—including big bucks on the ground.


Interested in a DIY Alaska blacktail hunt of your own? Tune into the Vortex Nation™ Podcast Ep. 301: “How to hunt Alaska”, where we chat with Brad Brooks from Argali® Outdoors to discuss the logistical considerations, what to expect, and how to get the best hunt for the money.


Check out Vortex Nation™ Podcast, Ep. 300: “Untold: Alders to Alpine – The Rest of The Story” to hear the hunters share details the hit the cutting room floor in the edit. Vortex® videographers, Mike Wozniak and Cooper Long, also join to give their thoughts on the crazy terrain, extreme weather, the big bucks, and Mark almost blacking out.

Vortex® Hunts is a seasonal video series showcasing America’s wild game and the diverse landscapes they roam. For the most up-to-date news about this and other regular shows on the Vortex Nation™ YouTube channel, visit or follow us on InstagramFacebookYouTube, and Twitter.

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