Upland Bird Hunting

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Ptarmigan

My son Adam and I along with two of our SMs had the opportunity to hunt
ptarmigan in August and again in September along the Denali Highway.

Adam and Oz working prime ptarmigan cover The pickup is parked on that road down there
Adam and Oz working prime ptarmigan cover, August
The pickup is parked on that road down there
   
Thousands of acres to hunt
Thousands of acres to hunt, September
   
Adam takes a shortcut Oz and Muda
Adam takes a shortcut
Oz and Muda after September ptarmigan
  Oz with a September ptarmigan
Oz with a September ptarmigan
   
Adam, Oz and Muda at the end of a successful August ptarmigan hunt
Adam, Oz and Muda at the end of a successful August ptarmigan hunt
   

Sharptail Grouse

I had the opportunity to hunt sharptail grouse near Delta Junction. It was a beautiful Fall September day.

I had the special opportunity to spend a beautiful September day hunting sharptail grouse near Delta Junction. My hosts were Lee Payne, Bob Sjordal and Jim McCann, author of the book titled Upland Hunting in Alaska, The Bird Hunter's Guide [ ISBN 10: 0974168424, ISBN 13: 978-0974168425].

Point!!! Sharps!!! Bob and Belle Taking a break
Point!!! Sharps!!! Bob and Belle
Taking a break
(L to R) Jim Julson, Oz, Bob Sjordale, Belle, Jim McCann, Charlie
   
Discussing strategy Examining the harvest
Discussing strategy
(L to R) Bob Sjordale, Sue, Lee Payne, Oz. Notice the snow covered mountains in the background
Examining the harvest
   
We didn't need this, porcupine Oz was one patient SM as I pulled numerous quills from her muzzle. It was like she knew they had to come out
We didn't need this! Removing porcupine quills!
Oz was one patient SM as I pulled numerous quills from her muzzle. It was like she knew they had to come out
   
The end of a great day  
The end of a great day!! Bob Sjordal, Sue, Belle, Muda, Lee Payne, Charlie, Jim McCann
   

Spruce Grouse and Ruffed Grouse

The girls and I hunted spruce grouse and ruffed grouse along the Steese and Elliott Highways. We harvested several spruce grouse but did not connect on any ruffs.

Oz and Muda with Spruce harvested along the Elliott Highway
Oz and Muda with Spruce harvested along the Elliott Highway