Spent today out and about on the Lower Kenai Peninsula taking advantage of my last day of moose hunting for the year. Covered a lot of ground both walking and driving and saw a few things that were pretty interesting to me.
1.) The number of hunters on the peninsula seems to be way down from past years. I'm sure a lot of people have chosen to hunt different locations because of the new regulations. I can't really get off of work this time of year, so I stay close to home...
2.) Even with lower numbers of hunters, the moose seem to have been pressured out of some of their normal habitat. Where I normally see good numbers of moose throughout the year, I haven't seen many at all in the last week. Pressure, pressure, pressure.
3.) Grouse are out and about in decent numbers, but most are still small. I only chased the big ones, and no good shots presented themselves. Oh well. Was nice to see good numbers of birds.
4.) Make sure to keep a couple of ziplock bags with you for berry picking, because...
5.) The grouse that I chased off the road took me on fun chases through the woods right over some good lowbush cranberry patches. I picked more than enough for a few more jars of preserves and to serve with the roast I was planning on having for dinner tonight. That's the type of reward I like; hunt the right way (no ground swatting grouse on the roads) and they lead you to something tasty.
6.) The reward of being out in the woods is great whether or not you bring home game.
Good luck and good hunting to all through the end of the season. Hopefully I can get a buddy of mine or two to go chase bears with me soon, but if not, I'm excited for a fall of grouse and ducks!