You all enjoyed the last one I just know you want another. This one was just an afternoon outing, hoping for quick results. The opportunity for multiple kills was fairly good so 2 guns were taken. Again, like hunts of old, equipment was specially selected for hunt conditions, weather, etc. Here's a pic of the hunt area:
You can see the one scabbard on the snogo, and the GPS also. In the distance is the left overs of former mining activity. Mining has actually increased the habitat for my quarry of the day.
Binoculars and a little brush busting, driving around the creek bottom, eventually produce the desired quarry. Some successful shooting and voila":
3 ptarmigan. Unfortunately, this day I didn't pay attention to which way they flew and was unable to find them for some more tries.
Ptarmigan are a unique catch. In most cases, the sale value of the legally saleable parts on a subsistence catch is less than or equal to, the value of the meat. Ptarmigan, however, while only producing enough meat for a one person meal (per bird) produce about 5 times that much food thru their sale. They are truly an ideal subsistence prey.
These short hunts for ptarmigan can also produce other species at this time of year. Looking around with binoculars can produce fox or even a wolverine. On rare occaisions, hunters find wolves in our area.
That's it. Just 3 ptarmigan. But it was a fun afternoon.