"Blue grouse are chicken-sized birds closely related to ptarmigan. Weighing about 3 pounds, they are the largest of the four species of grouse in Alaska and they are the only grouse found in the Juneau area. They are year-round residents of Southeast Alaska, and although they don't migrate, they do move up and down the mountain slopes."
ADF&G writer Riley Woodford writes regularly for the Juneau Empire, and this is part of what he wrote about this largest of Alaska's game birds, and their spring habits. The spring hunting season is open until 15 May.