Coming up this summer...
I plan on making a trip up from Oregon this summer, and staying in Ninilchik. So far it looks like it will be late September. I will mostly be fishing, but I was curious how the upland bird and small game hunting is that time of year. Down here grouse season starts Sept. 1 and runs through Jan. Is it similar for you guys?
Upland bird hunting (mainly ptarmigan) opens on August 10th, and should be great when you're here in September. From Ninilchik, your best bet would be to drive an hour and a half north into the Kenai Mountains. There are a lot of excellent trails that will take you into the alpine - Devil's Pass, Crescent Lake, Skyline Trail, and more. Another option in September will be spruce grouse, which can be found in the lowland forests right around Ninilchik.