Ptarmigan Hunting At All Alaska Outdoors Lodge

Great news: the birds are back! 2017 and 2018 showed amazing numbers of Willow Ptarmigan in all three geographical locations that we hunt. In 2019, the birds were so good in the Kenai mountains that we never left. 2020 Hunting volume was down due to COVID. But we got out and found more of the same. Lots of Birds, especially Willows which may be close to all time highs. For those hunters willing to work hard, we are still able to put you on White Tail and Rock Ptarmigan with good success. Some elusive hat tricks (all 3 species in one day) were accomplished in 2019! We got all 3 species again in 2020 over the course of several trips. Had a lot of One on Ones due to cancellations and was forced to tote my 16 around a few times. Got to hunt over some good Dog work both from Maverick, my lab and some guest’s dogs. Enjoy the sample below. By the way-Love the ShotCam. Get your legs in shape, break a few clays and sign up for what is likely to be another fantastic season next year because bird numbers usually stay stable for decades.

Wing Shooting In Alaska

Another consideration for autumn guests is the opportunity to add some Alaska Ptarmigan Hunting to your itinerary. We begin Ptarmigan hunting in Alaska in late August. They are plentiful birds that inhabit some 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 West of the Alaska Range by your pilot guide Bob Ledda in our Dehavilland Beaver. Based on recent experience, hunters can expect to see large numbers of Willow Ptarmigan. Rock Ptarmigan and White-tailed 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 ours. We can also supply shotguns. Ptarmigan inhabit terrain that is extremely physically challenging and you should be in good physical condition. Our hunting guides recommend a rugged, comfortable hunting boot for this trip with good ankle support.

1 on 1 – $1,050 per person
2 on 1 – $950 per person
3 or greater – $875 per person

Boat on trailer lined with ducks from a successful hunting trip.

Kenai River Duck Hunting & Grouse Hunting

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. September 1st is the opening day of Duck season in Alaska. The Kenai River offers decent duck hunting for Puddle Ducks.

$375 p/p minimum party of 2

Man and dog after a successful ptarmigan hunt

General Info

Non-resident, small-game licenses are currently $60. Do not buy a regular hunting license as that will cost you $85. An Alaska duck stamp is $10, or a hunter may use his federal stamp in all states. Late September 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 dream vacation!

Note – Late September 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.