New to the forum and Alaska (Wasilla), came up from North Dakota/Nebraska this fall. I am lucky enough to have made a pilot friend and he and I flew out somewhere south and west of Big Lake on President's Day. Walked some spruce for grouse and bunnies but had no luck.
I'm wondering, if you didn't have to worry about road access, what areas or habitats you would hit up?
We walked a ribbon of spruce surrounding a lake, I know it depends on the species but my suspicion is that contiguous blocks of habitat would be more productive than linear tracts. Or are the ribbons holding more critters? I've come to understand that wild animals don't read books or the internet and they end up wherever they think might keep them alive into the next day.
As I don't own snowshoes yet, does anybody feel like giving me a recommendation via PM about somewhere a guy could land on a Champ with skis and be within boot-walking distance of ptarmigan habitat? I was a grassland grouse researcher in a former life and the open country of the ptarmigan holds more interest to me.
Hoping to meet some of you folks and appreciate your comments.
Prairie Guy 13