by Ken Marsh
Yesterday’s trip up Southcentral Alaska’s Glenn Highway started off with winds gusting to 65 mph. I almost turned back, but found Eureka area relatively calm, if cold (around 0 degrees F, not including a light chill factor). It was a perfect afternoon for snowshoeing – and hunting up some snowshoe hares. Some I shot with camera, a few I took with the .22 Henry. The scenery along the way was exquisite.
The immature northern goshawk above, seen yesterday near Gunsight Mountain, followed me for close to a mile. The local snowshoe hare cycle is high and I kicked up many as I walked. The bird used this to its advantage, eventually disappearing into the brush on what I assume was a successful hunt.
Sometimes, the hunt is less about game harvested than getting outdoors and playing a living role in the some the most beautiful country on Earth.
Success of yesterday’s hunt will be measured this evening in a nice meal of hare and dumplings.