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    I'm wanting to shoot a ptarmigan and have it mounted. Have they started turning white yet? If so, how much white? Thanks.

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    A wee bit early for that. First part of October for sure. It's a cruel joke when nature (photoperiod) turns them white early like the bird being retrieved by my pup Charlie last October.



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    Two weeks ago they were still brown on top, but fully white below. Of course that was up past Chicken. Now may be the time for a transition phase mount.

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    Seen my first Rock ptarmigan this past weekend, around 20 of them in two different groups. In the chugach mtns. They were white with brownish gray patchy backs. Very hard to see, but noisy things. I thought they were sheep over the next rise, never sheep hunted before. Eventually saw them and couldn't believe they made that much noise and it was deep like a grunting white tail buck! Bow only area though.

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    Attachment 38970
    Here's a few from last weekend's hunt. It's seems they are turning white a little early this year.

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    Default Ptarmigan on Nitro's b-day

    Here's a few birds from last weekend.bday hunt.jpg

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    Well, we managed to pick up some birds this past weekend. Nice mix of brown and white. Should make some beautiful mounts.

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    Well done Chilly. Nothing beats a fall day in Alaska huntin' birds.

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