Definately earned these beautiful ptarmigan. Steep ascents and soft drifts made the effort difficult. I jumped the 2 willow ptarmigan about 25 yards ahead of me on at least a 50* slope and made perfect shots. Had it not been for the brush, they would have rolled right past me, down the mountain face. Being content with 2 birds, I finished the ascent and took a snoozer on the rock face, up top.
After coming to my senses and getting a little rosey on the face, I snuck along the wind blown tundra and found 3 precious rock ptarmigan in their snow beds. I was happy to have harvested them too. Good thing I sighted in the trusty .22 Mag last week as all I had was a head exposed on one of them. The 40 yard shot distance, the abundant sunshine, no wind, solo on top, made taking those rockies memorable. I don't get many perfectly white birds as they're always hanging much higher than the willow ptarmies.
It looks like ptarmy chili tomorrow. I love AK.