Willow Ptarmigan are prolific in Southwest Alaska. They are excellent sport for the wing shooter and they also make excellent table fare.
Alaska Ptarmigan hunting season begins on August 10 of each year and prime time hunting is from opening day to September 25th annually. All birds are wild. Seeing and flushing bird numbers into the hundreds is not unusual on any given day in the field.
Covers and birds exist in sufficient quantities that we are able to offer all of our upland hunters at least one opportunity to be the first guns on at least one section of cover. We seldom visit covers more than twice per season and give the covers sufficient rest between visits.
Alaskan upland hunts are conducted by one guide directing a maximum of three hunters. The country is big and the vistas extraordinary. Pointing dogs steady to wing and shot locate and hold game. Transportation to the field is by aircraft. Flights are generally between 20 minutes to an hour each way and sights along the way are a highlight!
From August 10 through August 30 hunts are conducted on the Alaska Peninsula and from September 1 through the 25th we focus on Kodiak Island. In addition to excellent wingshooting for ptarmigan both regions offer "the best of the best" fresh water stream fishing for Rainbow Trout and silver salmon, salt water fishing for silver and king salmon and halibut, bear viewing in Katmai National Park and Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge.
We recommend that you bring your favorite double gun; otherwise a 12 or 20 gauge double gun can be provided. Appropriate ammunition is provided as are blaze orange strap vests, caps, water bottles, and bug repellent. You must provide waterproof upland hunting boots and appropriate clothing for the time of season. (See "What to Pack" for our recomendations.)
The terrain shown is typical cover. While the overall terrain is relatively flat the ground is uneven and 1-3 miles of walking is typical during the course of a hunt. Participating hunters should be in good physical condition.
Information about our 2013 Ptarmigan Hunts is now available. Find out more about these 1-4 days hunts below:
2013 AK Peninsula Ptarmigan Hunts: AK Peninsula 2013 PDF »
Meals and Lodging are pre-arranged and hunts are all inclusive.
PLease contact Lori or Cilla at (907) 315-6098 or (907) 246-6318 for details and available dates.