This thread is for Ak. sagebrush and fullfurl........!
presidents day was super nice here. Shoulda went out and got another Oz, as the sig. other had a tag to fill. But the kid stuff took precedent. So me and the other just did a short subsistence ptarmigan hunt.
Jumped on the traditional snogos, they been around for 50 years or so. Slid the customary shotgun into the scabbard. Took our traditional cameras ( they been around for 100 yrs or so). Since this hunt was gonna be fairly close to town, I had a cell phone too, you know, just in case the kid got into trouble or something.
Just west of town is a brushy river. Moose, fox, reindeer, and of course the ptarmigan can be found there. Also beaver, otter, mink.
Hadn't got far along the river and there's some birds. 2 shots and 2 birds. Yeeha! But then the missing started and the flock flew off. Spent a good 15 minutes busting brush and glassing. Had just crossed the river and taken up a glassing spot when..............ring ring. My cell phone went off. Dang...........there goes my subsistence hunt. Can't be traditional if your using the cell. it was the g/f calling. She had been enjoying the scenery while I crossed the river. She wanted to know the best route to my spot. She's still not all that comfortable with this snogo hunting/trapping stuff. I told her to follow my trail and get over to me. Here's a pic of her after crossing the river:
She was driving my brand new machine. Well, long story short............we drove around for a half hour looking for more birds. As we got closer to some houses near the Teller road, we found more birds. Despite my poor shooting, I got 5 more. Here's what it looked like in front of me when I decided to quit shooting:
I was planning to breast the birds and sell them on the taxidermy site. Didn't want too many until I had tested the market. Here's me, the hunter:
The market wasn't too bad, need to get more actually. Here's the 7 birds before cutting:
On top of the money I made selling, we had a dang good breast strogenof, or whatever she called it. She's a good cook.
Maybe if I get out tomorrow, it will be a more "true subsistence" hunt. I'll even leave a few diseased ones out there maybe.