"Today is the last day of the ptarmigan season here in Iceland. Hopefully everyone has caught enough for a traditional Christmas meal. Eating ptarmigan for dinner on Christmas Eve is a tradition that can be traced back for centuries but like many other traditions it came from people who were to poor to slaughter a lamb for the holidays, so they went hunting for ptarmigans instead. Back in the days a lot of ptarmigan was exported from Iceland causing a great downfall in the population but due to warmer summers, selling ban and some management the numbers are now growing year by year. Old timers tell stories about not firing off a shot without having at least 4 birds in the sight to make the most out of the ammunition, but powder and lead were often hard to find and expensive. I wasn’t brought up hunting ptarmigan nor eating them, my grandfather always says that it’s like shooting chickens in a hen house. I have to both agree and disagree with him at the same time but I am always a sucker for a mountain hike with a gun in my hand, catching something is just an extra bonus. Alma on the other hand was brought up eating ptarmigan during the holidays so we will invite her parents for dinner and enjoy these beautiful birds together. Do you plan to eat wild game during the holidays ?
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