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  • Is anyone hearing hooters?

    I went listening last week and didn't hear any yet.
    "...just because we didn't agree with you doesn't mean we didn't have good discussion. It just means you missed it." -JMG-

  • #2
    I've been hearing a lot. Do you hunt them? I have never heard of people hunting owls. What is the purpose?

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    • #3
      i hear them every day

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      • #4
        Soggy, it's nice and sunny here today and was talking to the daughter about it's time for them to start and was thinking of climbing the hill to check it out........
        Vegetables arenít food, vegetables are what food eats.

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        • #5
          I saw a couple of them on Thursday night. Seems like they were congregating around the local watering holes. I flushed a pair just past the dart board and saw a single in the parking lot.
          Passing up shots on mergansers since 1992.

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          • #6
            OP, Yes for about a week, but only the Male.
            ALASKA is a "HARD COUNTRY for OLDMEN". (But if you live it wide'ass open, it is a delightful place to finally just sit-back and savor those memories while sipping Tequila).

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            • #7
              I've had a pair of great horned in my yard off and on all winter eyeballing my wifes chickens. Yesterday I saw a short eared owl about a mile from the house.
              Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day,
              Teach a man to fish and he'll also learn to drink, lie, and avoid the honey do list.

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              • #8
                Anyone hunt Blue grouse with a dog? Heading to the south east with my pup is on my bucket list! Any info from you guys down that way?
                "If I could shoot a game bird and still not hurt it, the way I can take a trout on a fly and release it, I doubt if I would kill another one." George Bird Evans

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                • #9
                  I thought I heard a hooter the other night, just like I do each spring. Not sure. Getting old and can't stay awake long enough!

                  Hoyt,

                  When doing research for my book I tried to find someone using a pointing dog for blue grouse and nearly arranged a trip down Juneau way to do my own hunt over one of my dogs, but decided to leave it out. Mostly they are hunted now when they are up in the branches hooting and shot sitting. Not my cup of tea.

                  Skinny,

                  You need to be hitting the books and leave those hooters alone. Nothin' but trouble, I tell ya.
                  Jim

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                  • #10
                    I have never put much thought into this topic

                    But, earlier tonight I read this thread and found it interesting, and just moved on. A few minutes ago (around 3:15 A.M.) I went outside and within seconds I heard two hooting near my house. I thought that was rather interesting. So, can you eat 'em?:cool:

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by yogibear View Post
                      But, earlier tonight I read this thread and found it interesting, and just moved on. A few minutes ago (around 3:15 A.M.) I went outside and within seconds I heard two hooting near my house. I thought that was rather interesting. So, can you eat 'em?:cool:
                      What was the number or cadence of "Hoots"......? (The Male is Hoot-Hoot.....Pause....Hoot-Hoot-Hoot) It is Two/pause/Three. It is easy to confuse this with being two different birds.
                      ALASKA is a "HARD COUNTRY for OLDMEN". (But if you live it wide'ass open, it is a delightful place to finally just sit-back and savor those memories while sipping Tequila).

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                      • #12
                        I think folks are confused here. Soggy was asking about grouse, in the spring the males find a tree and hoot as a mating call. I haven't heard any yet. But this warm weather we've got coming should get them moving a bit. Last year I heard one this early but it wasn't till the end of March before they really got going.
                        I'd agree with you, but then we'd both be wrong.

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                        • #13
                          AkBoater,

                          You are, of course, correct. A fellow needs to slow down and really read all the posts before answering I guess. Lots of different types of hooters out there! :-) But it is that time of year for owls to be hooting for a mate just like our southeast blue, or dusky grouse.

                          Everyone enjoy! Soon we will be listening for drummers here in the interior. Not a rock band, but the ruffed grouse! Although, SkinnyD may get to hear both varieties of drummers from what I can tell of the locations he goes in search of hooters.

                          Jim

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                          • #14
                            If Skinny thinks hunting is expensive he should definitely become celibate immediately. I've been enjoying my decision not to heed the words of wise woodsman but that means I won't get to SE to see/hear/hunt those duskies for probably a decade.

                            Someone post pics if they are successful please. I went on a hike with a gun yesterday with the my wife, 8 month old, and the beast. Took the Goldmint Trail at Hatcher Pass. Saw lots of hare tracks, and a single "grouse" track. Went to investigate without snowshoes and buried past my hip. Seems my only hope for my first Alaskan small game is dwindling.
                            Go Big Red!

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                            • #15
                              In the interests of defending what little reputation I have as a bird hunter, I should point out that I am not a frequent visitor at the local watering hole and that I only found myself there Thursday because it was No Snakes in Ireland Day. Normally at that time of night you'd fine me either at my fly tying bench or, more likely, asleep. I did hear a hoot owl over on the ridge toward the river by Old Nenana Highway the other night when I was trying to take pictures of the lights. Also had one in a tree above my tent when I was camping in Minto last fall. It drove the dogs NUTS.
                              Passing up shots on mergansers since 1992.

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