Well have been looking for a ptarmigan area in the chugach, Went out on Wednesday on my second scouting run. This time got back into my new valley and started to see some fresh trails across the mountain in a small gulley, hoofed it up there and searched around and found zero birds but some real fresh sign. I start to hike back due to fog moving in on the mountain and snow was unstable and didn't want to risk an avalanche, lot of cracking in top layer and huge slabs wooping underneath me. I started to pack up to head down when out of the fog 8-12 ptarmigan fly past me, out of the fog and back into it. I spent some time looking for them and had no luck. Really wish I would have brought the shotgun instead of the .22 because I could have got them on the wing with the shotty. But at least I know there are some birds up there. I'll have to give it a try again next weekend.