Hooter 2 Mark 0

I had to run whale watching boat today, so only had time to go up behind the house to hooter hunt.  Last year, I climbed up the knob, and right when I got to the tree with the hooter, the hooter flushed and I never saw him.  Today, a lone hooter was on the same knob, and from what I’ve read, likely the same one as they keep their territory year to year.  The bird was in a tree practically hanging off a cliff, so I had to go alongside the cliff, up the hill, and side-hilled it the trees.  It took quite awhile to see the bird.  I ended up catching some movement in the tree next to the tree I thought the bird was in, and there he was.  I had a .22 over 20 gauge that I have not shot before, so I loaded a shell and when I was comfortable, I saw the bird had switched positions from head to tail, so I just thought as the bird was in plain view, I’d just wait till he turned around again.

Then I see a big raptor cruising.  And then realize what’s going on – he’s coming to this hooter too, and that was all it took.  The hooter flushed, and I tried watching where he went but lost him in the trees.  I just had to laugh, as he got me again.  I walked up on the knob and couldn’t hear any other hooters, what with the creeks rushing and car noise below.  I waited awhile, and descended around the cliffs again in the direction the bird had landed, but I didn’t see it.  Of course, when I got all the way down, he starts hooting again.  I started up for him, but checked my time and realized I’d probably have to turn around after I got up there to not be late for work.  So I headed down the hill with another story of the one that got away, with that hooter calling to me nearly all the way home.

Mark Stopha

Alaska Wild Salmon Company

4455 N. Douglas Hwy

Juneau, AK 99801

www.GoodSalmon.com