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Old 03-26-2007, 4:45 PM
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Default First time varmint hunting

After we finished up hunting for coyotes and pigs, did a little varmint hunting today. My first time, had a lot of fun. Even funner than the plinking days Chabot used to have!!

Spotting the squirrels with the binoculars was a big challenge for me. I only spotted one of the ten I shot at. The others my brother spotted for me.

3/10 today. Missed a lot of easy shots.

I think I'm hooked. Come next March, Surprise Valley here I come .
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Old 03-26-2007, 4:59 PM
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Very nice, welcome to the varmint hunting. It's all about having a great time shooting !!
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Old 03-26-2007, 8:40 PM
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After we finished up hunting for coyotes and pigs, did a little varmint hunting today. My first time, had a lot of fun. Even funner than the plinking days Chabot used to have!!

Spotting the squirrels with the binoculars was a big challenge for me. I only spotted one of the ten I shot at. The others my brother spotted for me.

3/10 today. Missed a lot of easy shots.

I think I'm hooked. Come next March, Surprise Valley here I come .

How did you do on the coyote and pig part??? Any pictures???
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Old 03-27-2007, 7:43 AM
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It gets very, very addictive if you have enough targets.
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Old 03-27-2007, 9:53 AM
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Well.......it was a nice morning for some hiking . No pics.

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Old 03-27-2007, 10:19 AM
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That's why you bought the binocular instead of the reload press. How far are the targets, and what did you shoot with?
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Old 03-27-2007, 3:02 PM
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Yup, I already have access to a friend's reloading equipment and a pretty nice stockpile of ammo so.........

They were from 70-175 yards using a remington varmint something or other in .223. I want my own varmint rifle to practice with now .

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glad you had fun. now you are like the rest of us "addicted".
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Old 03-28-2007, 11:57 AM
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Well if you enjoyed shooting squirels then I warn you never to go on a prarie dog shoot! Stay very far away from this past time as you will burn through hundereds of dollars of ammo a day and spend alot of money on rifles, scopes, and equipment!
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I just wished there was an easy way to find these locations (Prairie Dog Cities)out of state Not enough rock chucks to keep me busy in CA....
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Old 03-28-2007, 1:39 PM
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where is a good place for varmint hunting here in socal?
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Old 03-28-2007, 3:09 PM
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I've been very tempted to pull the trigger on a RRA varmint upper the past few days.

Is it true ground squirrels are cannibals, that will collect and chow down on their downed brethren?

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Old 03-28-2007, 3:13 PM
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I just wished there was an easy way to find these locations (Prairie Dog Cities)out of state Not enough rock chucks to keep me busy in CA....
I cannot divulge my source for prarie dogs...but something that works very well is to pick a small town in Wyoming, Colorado, Montana and any other state that has good populations of prarie dogs. I know this sounds stupid but most of these towns are small enough that every one knows eachother. Write to the post master in that town and ask for them to put you in contact with any ranchers that would like someone to shoot prarie dogs and include all of your contact information. I have known several people that have done this and had great results.The best part is if the sun is shining then prarie dogs are out. You can shoot them all year. Most ranchers are open to people shooting on their property. Sometimes they are hesitant but as long as you ask them if they have any rules and show as much or more respect for their property as they do you can usually shoot there as much as you want.
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Old 03-29-2007, 6:56 AM
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Completely understand about not "divulging"... Had a friend make a run and scout out an area in Wyoming last year and could not find more than a handful of mounds he said. He also had bad weather following him.
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Old 03-29-2007, 3:57 PM
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Your close enough to make the squirel hunt worth while. I would look more towards parts of eastern Montana. PM me for some possible towns to look for.
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Old 03-30-2007, 7:01 AM
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We just got back from "real" Northern California before St. Patricks's Day, but the rats weren't in full swing yet.....
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Old 03-30-2007, 4:25 PM
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One thing I would recommend is subscribing to The Varmint Hunter Magazine. 4 issues a year and it has alot of technical info and great articles and places to shoot around the country. Well worth the money. http://www.varminthunter.org/
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