So once again I got out this weekend looking for those beutiful white birds. Heck this week I was even willing to take a rabbit after getting skunked the three previous weeks.
So here is the deal. Went out to Murphy dome, lots of people at the summit so went on down to a few other places off 15 mile Rd. One we saw a flock of about 5 flying but lost sight of them from the road and couldn't get a fix on where they landed. The rest of the day I decided not to torture my buddy so I volunteered to walk the scrub. Hiking in 1 to 2 miles at a few locations trying to stir em up out of the brush but nothing. Food sources where EVERYWHERE but as hard as I looked I saw no tracks. We saw one other bird for the day but it stayed just out of range in an arc around us.
Now there were PILES of feathers up at some of the parking areas so birds have to be there right? I didn't even see any grouse. Only thing we saw in quanity were Gray-Jays. It was a gorgeous day and I got some great pics and exercise, but I'm really really wanting to taste some Ptarmigan. I keep hearing how good they are yet i can't find any to harvest so I can try them.
What am I missing?
BTW I am supposed to be having my wrist fused in Nov or Dec and I really don't want to go the next 8-12 in recovery without having at least had one hunt I harvest on. (I considder all hunts where everyone comes home safe and happy successful)!