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Hunting, shooting for Ptarmigan

Driven birds, Walked up

Large, as far as the eye can see, swaths of alpine meadow make home to ptarmigan, a cold-climate-loving upland bird.

Member of the grouse family, ptarmigan thrive year-round in the arctic and sub-arctic climates of the Northern Hemisphere and live in a covey, or small group. As their plumage, varying on the species, turns white come wintertime, it becomes easier to identify a camouflaged ptarmigan in late fall and early winter. Trophy birds are also easy to see in the wintertime on bright, clear days or through the tundra where there is no snowfall.

Generally, they are spooky and will launch at the first sight of a predator, flying low to the ground and as far away as one mile before landing. If you find yourself on a hunt for these small birds on a snow-filled, overcast day, where no shadows offer to help you differentiate a bird from a snowfield, be prepared for a good test of your eyesight, these birds are small!

Ptarmigan are as lovely as the barren landscape that they come from and well worth the adventure to the frozen north.

Basic Info

Scientific name: lagopus 

Size: length: 31 – 35 cm, wingspan: 54 – 60 cm

Weight: 400 - 600 g

Lifespan: 9 years

Methods: Bow hunting, Falconry, High volume shooting, Hunting from a blind, Wildfowling, Wing shooting, Driven birds, Stalking, Walked Up

Countries: North America, Europe, Asia