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    Default Sharptail Quest 2012

    Any advice?? Looking to bag a sharptail...
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    Very few here in Delta!

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    Learn more about sharptails you must(in my best yoda voice).

    PM Hoyt. I recall he has bagged a few sharpies and is pretty helpful.
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    tried kickin it around near home...nothing yet. I did see 4 moose and 1 owl. The Quest continues...
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    Jedi,

    Did you try that one area near home I mentioned to you?

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    Jim...sure did...but it was in the evening, and things were very wet. Going back out again in the mornings when it gets dry, will keep the thread updated.

    Going to try the other area you mentioned this weekend...however looks like rain in the forecast...8 ( will keep at it.
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    Well, the rain will put them into some cover. They might not eat much, or at all throughout the day. But they will have to eat before dark! I spanked the sharptails silly this past weekend, and I examine each bird closely, and they were either not eating at all during the day, or just a little bit. But come late afternoon they put on the feedbag to keep them warm during the night. Often sharptails can be found along the grassy edge of cover, but if has been cold and rainy they are likely to be out in the not-so-thick grass loafing and soaking up the warmth of any sunshine we might get. Again, if you don't score by early in September I'll try and help you out. Good hunting!

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    Spent a good bit after work last kicking the grass/woodline about 3 miles or so. Nothing yet, will keep at it. Will try again tomorrow. Setting aside Friday & Saturday to check out some new locations.

    I want to thank everyone that has sent me advice, I really cant express my sincere graditude and how cool it is for others to try and help me. Thats why I like the forums here so much!
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    Spent about 4 hours last evening at a new location. Still nothing yet. Going to try in the morning and then try out near Delta this weekend. No joke about a lot of walking. Thinking morning time might be better for me.
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    Even with my fantastic pointing dogs sharptail hunting does require a whole lof of walking. Check out this September issue of Shooting Sportsman magazine (it has a photo of a sharptail in flight on the cover) for a story I did for them on Alaska sharptail hunting.

    Hang in there Jedi. It will come.

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    I noticed the old burn from 2004 at Nome Creek looked pretty birdy. Hundreds of thousands of acres of grassy, shrubby hillsides.
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    Skinny,

    You're right, there is no shortage of suitable habitat for sharptails due to tens of thousands of acres that burn each year. Takes a few years to become good habitat, but even then there is a lot of space around the birds, if you get my drift.

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    Jedi,

    Here is a photo of some I took out the area I pm'ed you about. I actually shot three, but stashed them in some bushes since I forgot my bird vest only to have a lynx come and decide he needed one more than i did!

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    Mom took a picture of a sharptail standing under the pipeline yesterday. Guess they like the edge habitat.
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    They love grassy edges. And wherever your mom saw, there are more nearby.

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    Victory ....One in the Bag! Yay.....I felt like I was back in the Infantry this last couple weeks. I have decided to get this one mounted, any suggestions for a taxidermist??


    Thanks again to everyone that gave me information in my quest.




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    Way to stick with it Jedi, Congratulations!

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    Good lookin bird!!

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    Anyone suggest a local (in Alaska) taxidermist for grouse?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JediMasterSalmonSlayer View Post
    Anyone suggest a local (in Alaska) taxidermist for grouse?
    http://forums.outdoorsdirectory.com/...rd-taxidermist

    Dennis,

    Give Ed in Big Lake a call. http://www.bbb.org/alaska/business-r...ke-ak-22552146 He will probably be the person I take my Alaska birds to.

    I'm also tempted to try Jesse Dahlberg of Dahlberg's Taxidermy in Palmer just because I've had some interactions with him and seen all of his big game work and he seems to be top shelf. He is Hoytguy on this forum so PM him for prices, let us know what you find out. I haven't gotten that far yet.

    What can you tell us about the bird? http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/b...d/stgrouse.htm

    Oh, and CONGRATS!!!!!!
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