Hunting Ptarmigan


Hunting Ptarmigan in Alaska


It is day four in the magnificent Alaskan Wilderness. As the team await the arrival of their bush pilot, Cole to begin transporting the harvested meat from the previous day, they decide to take it a bit easier today glassing for signs of moose and ptarmigan hunting with an air rifle.

They have noticed a lot of ptarmigan flying around nearby and will try hunting these gamebirds with the Air Arms S510 TDR airgun. There are rock ptarmigan scurrying around everywhere. The team are fairly confident that they will be able to successfully harvest a few and cook up some fresh game.

Water supplies are vital on an Alaskan hunting adventure. Luckily the team have a number of tools for the task. They use a bladder to collect water from the stream. This is decanted into the Katadyn Base Camp System that filters drinking water through a gravity system. Whilst the water is crystal clear, there is a possibility of picking up a virus or parasites so it is always best to use a filter.

This area is perfect for ptarmigan... ...Ian can hear them, but can’t quite pinpoint their location

The team are also glassing the area for moose in preparation for the start of the Alaskan moose season the following day, it is promising to know there is activity nearby.

Before long the aircraft arrives and it is all hands on deck to get the Super Cub loaded up and ready to go. It is critical to ensure everything is loaded correctly in the right place and getting this process right requires a lifetime of experience.

Cole heads out to a local airstrip to drop the first load and will return to collect the rest of his gear before switching to the larger Maule M5 for the long trip back into town. The team return to glassing and enjoy what is turning out to be an enjoyable and relaxing day.

They attempt another go at ptarmigan hunting, keeping watch and backing with a rifle in case of any predators. This area is perfect for ptarmigan with plenty of dense cover and insects to feed on. They move as carefully as possible through the brush, stopping periodically to scan the undergrowth with the binoculars. It is just a matter of perseverance when hunting ptarmigan. Their patience pays off and they see a covey of birds in a shootable position.

Other hunting products used

Sauer 404 Synchro XTC in .300 WIN

Hornady Interlock 150grain ammunition

The Air Arms S510 TDR

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