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    Default Snowy Owl hunting and trapping

    Back when I was a teenager I used to see hunters setting traps on high places out in the tundra, said they were going to catch snowy owl. My grandfather used to bring snowy owl home occassionally too, my grandmother would skin it, cut it up and put it in her oven. Real good eating, I like them better than hare. Over the years I would be out hunting and occassinally would come across a snowy owl sitting on a high spot out in the tundra. He wouldn't be sitting there too long though, my 22 was always pretty accurate. Thing about snowy owl they won't let you get too close, so you have to shoot accurately from a distance, sometimes you only have one shot before they would fly off.
    Best time to hunt them is in the late winter just before spring, when the ptarmigan start coming down from the mountains to the tundra flats.

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    Any pictures Nuka?

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    Sorry Waterwolf no pics here @ home, but I do have a old photo from the 1940s or 50s of two native hunters with the snowy owl they killed. May be able to post it at a later time.

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    Here is an old photograph from my family collection of a couple hunters holding a snowy owl, on the ground is a brace of hare and a half dz or so ptarmigan.
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    Smile Great Posts

    Nukalpiaq,

    I enjoy your posts and the stories you share about life in your part of the world.

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    Me too Nuka, thanks for sharing. Thats a neat piture.

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    Nuka, you can post stories anytime. I look forward to them.

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