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ptarmigan hunting

I got some good advice on sage grouse the other day and now was wondering about ptarmigan in Colorado.

General elevation to hunt and possibly some general areas around here that might be best and anything else relating to these interesting birds.


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I wasn't aware that Colorado

I wasn't aware that Colorado even had a population of ptarmigan. I did a little research and found that in 2004 there were approximately 463 ptarmigan killed by hunters, compared to 975 in 2003. For 2005 forward, they do not have any figures published for that species. That could indicate that the numbers are dwindling, but not necessarily.

I guess not many people hunt them, and if you do, you will pretty much be alone.

Here's an interesting article that might be helpful: http://www.outdoorlife.com/articles/hunting/2007/09/birds-all-yourself

I also read that east of Jones Pass, past Empire and Berthoud Falls is a pretty god area for ptarmigan.

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