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.
Today's headlines read, "Hunter Dies of Heart Attack!"
I don't know how many times I have seen that headline in the past 16 years that I have lived in Colorado.
I moved here in 1994 via the U.S. Army to Ft. Carson, Colorado. The "Mountain Post" as it is sometimes called.
When I arrived here, in pretty good shape, the unit told me that I could not participate in P.T. (physical training) for at least 30 days. Now, I had just come from an overseas tour in Korea and was stationed in the...