Wing Shooting In Alaska
Another consideration for fall guests is
the opportunity to add some wing shooting to a fishing
venue. We begin Ptarmigan hunting in Alaska in late August. They are
plentiful birds that inhabit spectacular country. There is a
generous bag limit of 10 birds per day in the Kenai
Mountains, while across the Alaska Range the limit is 20
birds per day. You may be flown from the lodge, by
floatplane, into the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, to a
permitted area on the Chugach National Forest or Lake Clark
National Park by your pilot guides, Bob Ledda and Jay Mahan
in our Dehavilland Beaver or Super Cub. Hunters can expect to see large numbers
of Willow Ptarmigan and can usually see Rock Ptarmigan as
well. Whitetail Ptarmigan are available but inhabit more
difficult terrain and are not as reliable. You may bring
your own dog if you like or hunt over one of our experienced
dogs. We can also supply shotguns. Ptarmigan
inhabit extremely physically challenging terrain and you
should be in good physical condition. Our hunting guides recommend a rugged, Vibram sole, hunting boot for this trip.
Fall White Tail Ptarmigan
Spring Willow Ptarmigan (March/April One on One)
Darren Herrmann with a Rock and a White-tail (2013)
A 2013 Fall Willow Ptarmigan Limit
September 1st is the opening day of Duck
season in Alaska. The Kenai River offers decent duck hunting
for Puddle Ducks.
A final consideration for the wing shooting
enthusiast is Spruce Grouse hunting. We hunt the Kenai
National Wildlife Refuge road system for these unique birds.
Along with Ptarmigan the season opens on August 10th, but by
far the best hunting is during Sept. and early Oct.
Non- resident, small game licenses are currently
$20 (do not buy a regular hunting license as that will cost
you $85) and an Alaska duck stamp is $5. A hunter may use
his federal stamp in all states ($15).
Late September to early October is an
excellent time for combination wing shooting / fly fishing
packages with beautiful fall Peninsula views, and no crowds.
Special customized packages can be arranged to create the
outdoorsman’s perfect trip.