I went to Nome with friends this past September for ptarmigan. It was nice to see new country and find birds. Obviously it cost a quite a bit more than driving an hour and hoofing it into the mountains, but I enjoyed it. The per pound price of ptarmigan meat certainly skyrocketed this year!
The season opens September 1st up there and we went September 4th thru the 10th. Birds were still in small family groups and many were still immature. We did not find tons of birds but enough to get a couple points each day. I think the bird numbers may be in a down cycle right now.
I didnt take a lot of pictures because I was really concentrating on getting Ember as many contacts as possible.
Attached a few....Nome 2011 (12).jpgNome 2011 (6).jpg