Hunting your favourite birds in Alaska is enthralling
It is an easy and enthralling opportunity to get attached to nature and appreciate its diversity. Notably, hunting birds is considered part of small game, and does not need a license.
Fortunately, the birds are in plenty, and you can enjoy following the species of choice. To make the expedition even more enthralling here is all that you need to know.
Common birds that you can go hunting in Alaska
As you march with a short gun on the shoulder and dry leaves cracking under your weight, the main birds you are likely to get in the wilderness include ruffled grouse, spruce grouse, ptarmigan species, and sooty grouse. Most of these birds will hide or fly away from you into the woods.
You should, therefore, search for thickly covered areas and high-bush cranberries. Other hiding areas include birch and spruce forests that provide a wide range of food from insects to nectar. Do not forget to check on river valleys and marshlands where many birds frequent to drink.
Using hunting dogs and guide
Notably, the wilderness that birds inhabit is also home to thousands of dangerous bears. To hunt successfully and keep off bears, it is advisable to consider using a guide.
The guides know routes that bears use and will easily help you to stay away from trouble during a hunting expedition. You can get a list of top guides in Alaska from a simple search on the internet.
Whether you prefer to use a guide or not, a trained hunting dog will be an invaluable asset. The dog will retrieve the birds such as waterfowls, grouses, and ptarmigan from their hiding so that you can follow them and take a shot.
Hunting gear and equipment
As a bird hunter, you require the right gear to stay safe when away from home. Make sure you have the right waterproof boots that rise well above the ankle. They should be fitting and have firm treads to make movement in the wild easy.
You will also require chaps/hunting vests that provide ample pockets for your shot gun shells and carrying the birds you shoot.
Most of the shooting vests are also carefully designed to guarantee adequate camouflage so that birds do not note as you approach.
Other gear includes warm jackets and long pants to protect your feed. Note that the Alaskan weather can change rather fast and it is advisable to be ready with ran vests.
Best guns for hunting birds
To bring down the common birds such as ptarmigan and grouse, the best rifle is the light shotgun. Many hunters appear to have a special preference for the 9, 8, and 7½ lead shots because birds are light and usually flush at close range.
If you will be hunting waterfowl, it is advisable to go for a heavier riffle, preferably the 12-gauge short gun. This is because you will need to fire at a longer range.
Remember that once you have finished your hunt, cleaned and oiled your tools you should always store them in a biometric gun safe which is the most secure way to prevent accidents in the home and also theft.