MeatEater Season 7: Steve Returns to Prince of Wales Island with Cal and Mark for Sitka Blacktails

MeatEater Season 7: Steve Returns to Prince of Wales Island with Cal and Mark for Sitka Blacktails

On this hunt, Steve returns to his fish shack on Prince Of Wales Island for another shot at Sitka blacktail deer. He’s joined by hunting buddies Ryan Callaghan from First Lite and Mark Boardman from Vortex Optics. Unlike an earlier hunt that took place during late summer, this time the guys will be faced with cold, wet weather and deer that have dropped out of the open alpine country and into the thick confines of the lower elevation rainforest. The conditions for finding deer are a lot harder this time around but there’s still plenty of seafood to enjoy during a break from the hunt. Then it’s time to focus on the difficult task of finding blacktail bucks. Patience and perseverance pay off with a meal of fire-roasted deer ribs.

Gear Used on this Hunt

Rain Gear: First Lite Seak Jacket and Pants

Pack: Stone Glacier Sky 5900

Optics: Vortex Razor HD Rifle Scope

Knife: Benchmade Steep Country


Specialty Gear Used on this Hunt:

Navigation: Garmin GPS Unit with OnX Alaska chip

Barrel Tape: In wet, snowy environments it’s always a good idea to cover the end of your rifle barrel with electric tape



Corrugate Foundry Pant
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First Lite
"These are hands down the best hunting pants I have ever worn. That's the flat truth." - Steven Rinella
Steep Country Knife
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A versatile fixed-blade capable of performing throughout any season, on any species.
Origin Hoody
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First Lite
A lightweight, quiet mid-layer designed to be utilized as both an outerwear piece as well as a layering option as temperatures drop.
Bino Harness PRO-M
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FHF Gear
Made with high-quality, durable Cordura, the FHF Gear Bino Harness is designed to be quiet, lightweight, low profile, modular, and easily operated with one hand.
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