May 2, 2013 | Vol. 39, No. 18

Grouse and ptarmigan wing and tail samples wanted

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Small Game Program is asking upland bird hunters to submit one wing and the tail of each grouse and ptarmigan they harvest in Southeast Alaska this spring. Samples can be placed in wing envelopes available free from local ADF&G offices or the samples can be dropped off in a paper bag. Hunters are asked to include information regarding the date and approximate harvest location along with each wing and tail sample submitted.

By submitting a wing and tail from each harvested grouse and ptarmigan, hunters can help the department better understand the distribution of grouse and ptarmigan species and provide information on age and sex composition of the upland birds harvested in Southeast Alaska. Hunters who submit wing and tail samples will be notified regarding the species, age and sex of the samples they submit and receive a copy of ADF&G’s annual report on the “Status of Small Game in Alaska” when it becomes available in late summer.

The grouse and ptarmigan season in Game Management Units 1-7 closes on May 16.

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