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  • Vince
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    was on phone with another member today and had a few fly by me on Chena Hot springs road... in one of the heaviest populates spots.... WOW was i surprised i have never seen them that close to town..

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  • Chisana
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    According to this article ptarmigan are invading Fairbanks. Out here in the Aleutians I have up to a dozen in my yard most of the winter.

    http://newsminer.com/news/2009/jan/2...armigan-winte/

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  • TobinZeke
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    I think they are taunting me now, yesterday at work about 2pm there were 9 of them out in the parking lot...haha

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  • ga2akwild
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    Originally posted by TobinZeke View Post
    OK thanks might have to plan that one out and pack the dog up and run up that way... Looks like about a 3 hour trek one way...

    When you moving back up to Alaska? Where you going to be located at
    I'm headed back up to Wainwright in July, just in the thick of fishing season and only two months to plan a moose hunt. Well I can't wait, 146 days and a wake up.

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  • mit
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    I just saw some ptarmachickens flying by the old Denali center near the grade School.

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  • Limetrude
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    Slim Pickens

    Unless you have some secret spot right now, the pickens are slim.

    Sept and October were GREAT here in the interior...

    Now after this cold snap, hard to find em... been out many times since it warmed up and have not done too well... nothing like before December...

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  • TobinZeke
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    Fbksbowhunter-I am not looking for anyone's so called sweet spots, just trying to find out if anyone goes close to Fairbanks or does the 2 hour trek thing.

    Like I said I am accustomed to Valdez where you drive 45min and your on top of Thompson pass.

    Yea, I know most of those people were snowmachining, but I did see a few with guns and dont really like the idea of my dog and me out walking around on a side of a hill with a few others with guns around. I do remember when I first moved up here I saw a whole flock right by the library, So yes I do know they are around was just seeing if anyone else has gone out and where abouts and if they have had any luck THIS year...

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  • Daniel in Ak
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    yep! you can also find them along the dike out off south cushman......and believe it or not I saw a few right by the house here on the corner of Bradway and Badger in N.P. couldnt believe it and them rascals flew across the street into to Jehovas Church lot dang-it, dog was drooling and freaking out.
    Anyhow been seeing birds down low even on Wainwright around the airfield and up on top of the Hill.Like everyone said Murphy Dome....But there are a couple of fellas that hit that hard with snowshoes and dogs.Most of the trucks up there are out riding sleds and going to there cabins.
    Other than that everyone seems to have pointed into some good locations,but the further out you go the better you'll do.When it warms up again Im headed out myself. I need one maybe two birds to finsh my mount I want. Good Luck to you. Daniel

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  • FairbanksBowHunter
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    I second this area.. lots of fun.. low pressure and yeah it is a drive, but that is EXACTLY why I like it

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  • FairbanksBowHunter
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    More Birds

    Well of course ther are "around" Fairbanks, but is anyone going to tell you their secret spot.. haha..

    Murphy DOne can be a lot of fun, but it desont surprise me there were a lot of people there. I like going up on weekdays when I can, usually not many folks there.

    Ester Dome can work too. Bonanza/Standard Creek are good for grouse usually. I have heard people talk about hunting P-birds off the high ridges surrounding Chena hot Springs, never done that myself.

    You MAY find success in open places like the Nordale flats, Chena Flood Control, and off the Tanana Dike toward the river.

    These are ALL areas I hunted/shot grouse AND Ptarmigan

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  • TobinZeke
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    OK thanks might have to plan that one out and pack the dog up and run up that way... Looks like about a 3 hour trek one way...

    When you moving back up to Alaska? Where you going to be located at

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  • ga2akwild
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    Originally posted by TobinZeke View Post
    Are you talking about a left turn off the Elliot right past Livingood? Is this a access road that is passable with a truck or do you need snowmachines???
    its the road that takes you to minto and to manley hot springs. The road is just past livengood to the left, Ive never had issues on that road even in 2wd. There were some canadiens we had to pull out one year but that is the only people I have seen stuck. There are areas where people collect to unload there snowmachines, but for the most part it is open cntry and I have taken birds all along that stretch of road. The wooded area you encounter before the flats had a lot of lynx and grouse in it. I just get out and start walking every couple miles or spot tracks from the road. There are a couple places that you can glass for flocks in the open areas. In the early morning right at day break they would be all along the side of the road. Good luck I hope this works for you.

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  • TobinZeke
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    Are you talking about a left turn off the Elliot right past Livingood? Is this a access road that is passable with a truck or do you need snowmachines???

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  • ga2akwild
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    Originally posted by TobinZeke View Post
    Yea I drove up there with my dog also today, but turned around after seeing way to many cars. I went to Cleary Summit and chased 3 birds around for about 3 hours or so. Dog did his job and found them twice. I just couldn't hit them, got of 2 shots.

    I grew up in Valdez and used to Thompson pass where there were alot of ptarmigan. Is there any other places to go around Fairbanks that has more birds?
    I have not been up there for two years now, but I always went up toward minto flats. Turn left on the elliot just past livengood and once you get out of the woods it is open ptarmigan country. I dont know what the snow situation is but everytime I went there I had to take snow shoes. Its a little bit of humping but they were everywhere and would always come back with about 15 between two people and would see a lot more than that. Well I hope you find em and shoot straight. Good luck

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  • TobinZeke
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    Yea I drove up there with my dog also today, but turned around after seeing way to many cars. I went to Cleary Summit and chased 3 birds around for about 3 hours or so. Dog did his job and found them twice. I just couldn't hit them, got of 2 shots.

    I grew up in Valdez and used to Thompson pass where there were alot of ptarmigan. Is there any other places to go around Fairbanks that has more birds?

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