Howdy all you dedicated ptarmigan hunters!
The days are longer and the weather seems to be warming a tad. I've been out and about a bit with my little Brit. Each weekend from now on hopefully I will be out looking over the high country and snowshoeing as possible to get near flocks of these beautiful game birds. My dog is learning to point and I am pleased to be in those alpine areas.
Bird populations seem to me to be down the last few years, everywhere I've heard. This year we've seen few birds and few tracks. A friend from the Copper River Valley reports few birds and that he isn't hunting them to conserve them. Some have said the birds are up in the mountains and haven't come down due to little snow pushing them down.
I just hope they are there. I probably won't be doing much snowmobile ptarmigan hunting but that is an excellent way to get in to more remote back country alpine areas.
ADF&G reports they will be doing a ptarmigan study around the proposed Susitna Dam area this Spring. Hopefully we citizens can contribute to a data base in someway. Maybe checking with the small game bio at ADF&G would be a good idea.
I don't want to hear where your secret spot is exactly located but it would be cool to hear if people are seeing flocks in areas and what your take is on population trends. It seems skinny out there again this year.... Actually I've seen very few game birds here in the Fairbanks area or in Southcentral. Seems they are generally down. What say you?