Hunt Dates: Feb 1 – March 30
The Ptarmigan Slam – The Ultimate Alaska Upland Challenge. This hunt is for the serious collector that wants to harvest all three species of ptarmigan in one trip. We have been working on this for the last three years and we are now confident in our locations and have experienced high rates of success.
This ptarmigan hunt takes you on a 400 mile tour of Alaska through 3 mountain ranges hunting the tundra of Interior Alaska to the lowland willows of Coastal Alaska.
We will spend 2 days in Interior Alaska hunting willow and rock ptarmigan (with some ruffed grouse and spruce grouse possibilities) and then travel 300 miles south to coastal Alaska. Here we will hunt 3 days, first concentrating on white-tailed ptarmigan, and once successful, we will hunt willow ptarmigan.
In order to protect populations and to ensure high hunter success rates we are only offering two trips per year, with a 2 white-tailed ptarmigan limit per hunter. Hunters may harvest the legal limit of the remaining ptarmigan species. (Willow and Rock Ptarmigan limits range from 5 – 10 birds daily depending on location.)
We supply all winter travel gear that will be used on these hunts including snowmobiles, boats, snowshoes, and trucks. You can expect winter temperatures from 10 – 40 degrees. I would rate this as a moderately difficult to difficult hunt, depending on snow conditions. Some find the walking in snowshoes very difficult the first time. We have the highest quality Crescent Moon snowshoes and will teach you how it is done!
They are all white! So how do you tell the difference?
When in winter plumage, willow ptarmigan are almost entirely white with black tail feathers that have a broad white strip at the tip, similar to rock ptarmigan. Willows are distinguishable by their trademark feature: a thick, wide bill. Willow ptarmigan are also the largest of our three ptarmigan species.
Rock Ptarmigan –
Rock ptarmigan are larger than whitetails and smaller than willows. As is the case in willow ptarmigan, rocks are almost entirely white with black tail feathers tipped with white. One distinguishing factor is that cocks have a black mask from bill to ear. Most hens have no mask, but some may have a partial black stripe near the eye. A more tell-tale characteristic would be the rock ptarmigan’s much narrower bill, which clearly distinguishes it from the willow ptarmigan.
White-Tailed Ptarmigan –
Unlike willow and rock ptarmigan, the whitetail’s tail feathers are pure white. Whitetails retain these white tail feathers year-round since they only molt once each year in midsummer. Whitetails are almost entirely white in winter, even in the shafts of their wing feathers which are pale instead of black as in the other ptarmigan species.
6 days / 6 nights
$3,650 per person
- 5 Days of Guided Hunting
- 1 Day Travel through Alaska
- Shotgun shells
- Bird Prep/Cleaning
- Breakfast & Lunch
- Airport pick-up and drop-off
- All Transportation during hunt
Not included in the trip price:
- Hunting license ($20)