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Gizzards make good catfish and crawfish bait.
 

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mmmmm:) Gizzards and hearts
 

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Didn't think it could be done...but the fried squirrel from our last Ptarm outting...got beat out by this years wild bison steaks....mmmmm.

 

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thanks gdog

Bison filet mignon with pre-cooked veggies, a pat of butter, salt n pepper and then wrapped in foil. Cooked over some Krummholtz.

Wow, it's almost as good as squirrel.

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A successful ptarmigan hunt requires burning a lot of shoe leather. This trip exemplified that.

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a little bailing wire and good to go:
 

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Just happened to have the wire with you?:mrgreen:Something else to put in my pack:!:
 
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Ptarmigan food, like geum, Alpine Avens and cinquefoil, was abundant where we hunted but the bird's crops were full of seeds and what looked like unripe currants; kinda odd.

We found the birds in small flocks, usually 4 birds. Out of each mini flock we'd leave a few birds for "seed"; a smart management tool on our part. :)


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Just happened to have the wire with you?:mrgreen:Something else to put in my pack:!:
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I have carried a small length of bailing wire in my pack for 45 years or more; before there were Leatherman pliers I think. A small piece of wire has saved the day on many trips - especially the long hauls and on hunting trips that required packing heavy loads of gear or meat.

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This is what I would call a "normal" crop of ptarmigan food, some alvens, cinquefoil, willow, maybe draba, and a few seeds:


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Great report! How many cred points do you guys get for that hunt?

Any mushrooms?


Its funny you mentioned currants. I was hiking up in the Wasatch yesterday and was on a rockpile at 10275 ft. Here, I found what appeared to be currrants with small appealing fruits. I wasn't 100% sure so I didn't partake, but I'm fairly sure that was what they were. I'd never seen them before on this part of the Wasatch.
 

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Ah, here's what looks like currants and willow leaves taken from a ptarmigan crop on an earlier hunt:



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Great report! How many cred points do you guys get for that hunt?

Any mushrooms?

Its funny you mentioned currants. I was hiking up in the Wasatch yesterday and was on a rockpile at 10275 ft. Here, I found what appeared to be currrants with small appealing fruits. I wasn't 100% sure so I didn't partake, but I'm fairly sure that was what they were. I'd never seen them before on this part of the Wasatch.
We had currants up to 11,800 ft elevation.

Only a few mushrooms; nothing I would eat though.

UWN cred points:
Nevada Himalayan Snow**** = 5 cred points
Utah ptarmigan = 2 cred points
archery mule deer over 186" = 1 cred point
archery elk over 370" = 1 cred point
rifle mule deer over 186" = .5 cred point
rifle elk over 370" = .5 cred point
wyoming rifle antelope over 82" = honorable mention
 
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We had currants up to 11,800 ft elevation.

Only a few mushrooms; nothing I would eat though.

UWN cred points:
Nevada Himalayan Snow**** = 5 cred points
Utah ptarmigan = 2 cred points
archery mule deer over 186" = 1 cred point
archery elk over 370" = 1 cred point
rifle mule deer over 186" = .5 cred point
rifle elk over 370" = .5 cred point
wyoming rifle antelope over 82" = honorable mention
Utah Snapping Turtle over 15 lbs = 1 cred point

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