Since we've been a little light on hunting reports lately, I figured I had better post these images from an afternoon of ptarmigan hunting last Sunday. I was hunting on snowshoes and using my Webley and Scott 12 bore with 26" barrels choked improved cylinder and modified. I started out using 1 1/8 of 7 1/2 shot, but switched to 1 1/8 of number 6 as the birds were flushing a little wild. The eagles had them worked up and good close range flushes were rare.
Here are a few birds as I was working up to them:
A nice male:
And my bag for the day, 4 males and 3 females:
These are rock ptarmigan and it appears that the population is strong this year. We don't seem to have the big cycles of abundance that are seen in the interior, rather we see year to year variation in abundance that seems to be tied to conditions during the spring hatch. Hunting around here is best after a heavy snow that concentrated the birds on the flats, in the willows and near creeks and bogs.