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    Looks like there will be another article about bird hunting in Alaska in the upcoming July/Aug issue of The Pointing Dog Journal. It seems that our quiet sport is starting to garner some of the same attention that everything else in Alaska has. I know people have been coming up here to hunt birds for awhile, but this will be the forth or so article that I have seen in the last few issues of several popular magazines. With the rest of the country facing issues with private lands, dwindling game bird populations, and habitat loss, it isnít much of a surprise to see Alaska gaining attention and popularity from upland enthusiasts. Thoughts?

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    I think promotion of Alaska's upland game as trophy animals will be good for the sport. It seems that Alaska continues to boom in regard to media attention. With the recession still being felt, folks are looking to either 1) stay in the US and also be within the comforts of an American society or 2) live vicariously through the pictures and reports from The Last Frontier. That motto holds a lot of salt when considering the reputation Alaska has to Outsiders. Plus, there isn't a much better or cheaper way to get started in the hunting community than by plinking upland game. I realize the glamour of the pointing dog hunts is probably hyped but folks can still get after it with single shot .22 or pump guns. The State is hiring a small game specialist for the first time in decades. Even in this era of charismatic megafauna, even they see the need for someone to fill an important void in their current staff. It'll be interesting to see if they choose someone with more research experience or interpretive/recruiting potential. It should stir the pot a little and they can certainly leverage the media/education resources already in place to promote Alaska's upland bird bounty as a destination of it's own merit.Im curious how increased pressure will affect the local hunting public. Is there room for everyone? Sure, but do we cast lots for who gets to the spots that take more time and fuel to get to? Will south-central get banged up by the residents getting "back to the basics" in combination with Outside pressure do to ease of access and amenities? Will Fairbanks spike because of the diversity and closer proximity to dependable shooting? Will Adak and Kodiak, etc start build lodges that target us featherheads? I've seen a tv show where they hunted caribou on Adak but comboed on opportunistic ptarmigan. Read an article in Alaska magazine about a couple that hunted willows on Kodiak. I know that after seeing the tv show I'm considering accompanying a coworker on his Adak meat hunt just to shoot some birds.Will lodges try to gain shooting leases to support an increased demand? Will local public access become too crowded or too competitive between private and commercial interest? Will guns be frowned upon in multiple-use areas because of the surge of shotgun toting armies? I don't see it getting that severe but are "we" willing to let new people into "our" backyard?On a tangential note, can I audit your magazine collection sometime? Like I'm not already distracted enough.
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    I also think typing that on a smartphone sucked and I wish my paragraphs had showed up so it wouldn't be so confusing. Thanks for the ammo to get my mind all riled up, Hoyt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PG13 View Post
    I also think typing that on a smartphone sucked and I wish my paragraphs had showed up so it wouldn't be so confusing. Thanks for the ammo to get my mind all riled up, Hoyt.
    No problem! I'm glad to hear that they are hiring someone to look after our small game resource! As I was thinking about the possible new pressures that could be put on our birds, I kept coming back to.......is the state going to be smart enough to hire some bios to study them and help manage them. I donít think we are anywhere near being overrun, and believe that upland bird hunting could with stand much more pressure. Iím just glad the state is making a move for the future of small game hunting, before waiting unit itís too late.

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    Tried this 3times on my IPad but it didn't work. One more time.Been writing for outdoor magazines for around 30 years now and I've learned a few things along the trail. Editors typically won't run a ALaska article more than once in a 18 month period. Alaska is still considered a exotic destination. Author Don Thomas -and another writer-went on that fly out trip with a King Salmon lodge and both have saturated the few outdoor magazines that will use such stories. Don beat me to the punch and I've been hearing from editors how they don't want to see any more ptarmigan stories for quite some time. Tough business, for sure.Lots of guides/lodges wanting to cater to ptarmigan hunters, but ptarmigan are impossible to tie down and are always on the move and make for poor business partners. And think of the expense involved in flying around the Alaska Peninsula in that Beaver! Much shorter version of what I wrote earlier, but typing on an IPad is really a pain. Talk with you later.Jim

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