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Old 03-12-2019, 11:33 PM
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Eh, I guess Iím just not cool enough to get the appeal of killing things for no reason.

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Eh, I guess I’m just not cool enough to get the appeal of killing things for no reason.

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Feeding Eagle and Falcon babies is not killing things for no reason
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Yup. Most of the time I’ll hunt 2 days in a row. I’ve NEVER, not even once, found a trace of any rock chuck I’ve killed the day before.


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Eh, I guess I’m just not cool enough to get the appeal of killing things for no reason.

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You don’t like varmint hunting, good, you don’t have to do it. I’ve never eaten a coyote, gopher, or a skunk either.
There’s a reason they have no limit and no season.

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Yup. Most of the time Iíll hunt 2 days in a row. Iíve NEVER, not even once, found a trace of any rock chuck Iíve killed the day before.




You donít like varmint hunting, good, you donít have to do it. Iíve never eaten a coyote, gopher, or a skunk either.
Thereís a reason they have no limit and no season.
Not that I donít like it. Itís just that anything I kill I either want to eat or get some use out of. I think a coyote or skunk hat would be sick. Iím just not into shooting things and leaving them.
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I knew a rancher in Montana that as a kid was left in the mountains to take care of the sheep. Once in a while his father didn't get back in time to bring the grub so John would shoot a rock chuck or two to eat. I guess they weren't to bad eating. Also know a guy in Calif. that as a kid left in the mountains east of Fresno in cow camp would do much the same thing except they were ground squirrels when they got to tired of beans. I'm not judging anyone but I can see this both ways, I have no problem blasting 200 dirt rats a day and if a rock chuck got stupid and got out in front of me he's gonna regret it. It doesn't mean that I'm going to make a habit of it.
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Not that I donít like it. Itís just that anything I kill I either want to eat or get some use out of. I think a coyote or skunk hat would be sick. Iím just not into shooting things and leaving them.
I'm with you. I'll predator hunt from time to time, either at our property or places we quail and deer hunt, but I don't see how a rock chuck is impacting hunting of other species.

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We shoot ground squirrels around here they are pests and fun to shoot .Those marmots aren't really hurting anything but I can see the fun in blasting them if that's all you have to shoot at.
so what caliber are you using I can hear you work the bolt
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Nice... What camera set-up, distance, and marmots right?
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Not that I don’t like it. It’s just that anything I kill I either want to eat or get some use out of. I think a coyote or skunk hat would be sick. I’m just not into shooting things and leaving them.
I always joke that I’ll make a blanket or a jacket out of pelts. But, the problem is that their fur is usually trashed, missing half their hair, and probably not even safe to be handling, being covered in fleas or mites.
However, this fine specimen you see here, sits atop my desk as king of the rock chucks. This one has great coloring from nose to tail, so I had him tanned.



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I knew a rancher in Montana that as a kid was left in the mountains to take care of the sheep. Once in a while his father didn't get back in time to bring the grub so John would shoot a rock chuck or two to eat. I guess they weren't to bad eating. Also know a guy in Calif. that as a kid left in the mountains east of Fresno in cow camp would do much the same thing except they were ground squirrels when they got to tired of beans. I'm not judging anyone but I can see this both ways, I have no problem blasting 200 dirt rats a day and if a rock chuck got stupid and got out in front of me he's gonna regret it. It doesn't mean that I'm going to make a habit of it.
They are no different than sage rats. People that don’t see that haven’t been around them. They are just like a rat or gopher, but bigger.

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I'm with you. I'll predator hunt from time to time, either at our property or places we quail and deer hunt, but I don't see how a rock chuck is impacting hunting of other species.

To each his own.
It’s not always about impacting hunting. Impacting farmers around here is a BIG deal. Rock chucks are way more destructive than mice, ground squirrels, or gophers. They’re 8-15 pounds and eat a lot.

I hunt fields like this as well as natural habitat. They’re rats.

Here’s some of the damage rock chucks can do in no time. The farmer who owns the field asked me to sort his problem out. I try to hit his fields a couple times a year, and pulled 70 out of this field alone last year. The alfalfa is supposed to be about 12 inches high all the way to the road. The chucks grind it down to nubs.





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We shoot ground squirrels around here they are pests and fun to shoot .Those marmots aren't really hurting anything but I can see the fun in blasting them if that's all you have to shoot at.
so what caliber are you using I can hear you work the bolt
They’re no different than the ground squirrels, I used to hunt those in CA too.

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Nice... What camera set-up, distance, and marmots right?
Thanks.
Yea, they’re technically yellow bellied marmots I think.

Here’s a pic of my setup. It’s a vortex razor 27-60 spotter and a homemade ‘phone skope’


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Trob, thanks for the followup. That's good info, I had no idea they were so destructive. Keep blasting them, good video btw.
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We're going to Northern Cal in a few weeks to shoot ground squirrels. My friend had two farmers ask that we shoot on their land. One said no one shot on his property last year and he now has a huge problem with squirrels. 17 hmr, 17 wsm and a 17 Hornet is going with me. Colt 22 magnum SAA too. One has Rock Chucks too.
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Yep. We hunt rockchucks here as well. We shot on two rock piles within 50 yards of each other last year and netted 14 chucks. They had eaten the alfalfa down to dirt on a large portion of the pivot. I'll be back again come May.

Great video, btw!
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Yep. We hunt rockchucks here as well. We shot on two rock piles within 50 yards of each other last year and netted 14 chucks. They had eaten the alfalfa down to dirt on a large portion of the pivot. I'll be back again come May.

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I always joke that Iíll make a blanket or a jacket out of pelts. But, the problem is that their fur is usually trashed, missing half their hair, and probably not even safe to be handling, being covered in fleas or mites.
However, this fine specimen you see here, sits atop my desk as king of the rock chucks. This one has great coloring from nose to tail, so I had him tanned.





They are no different than sage rats. People that donít see that havenít been around them. They are just like a rat or gopher, but bigger.



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Itís not always about impacting hunting. Impacting farmers around here is a BIG deal. Rock chucks are way more destructive than mice, ground squirrels, or gophers. Theyíre 8-15 pounds and eat a lot.

I hunt fields like this as well as natural habitat. Theyíre rats.

Hereís some of the damage rock chucks can do in no time. The farmer who owns the field asked me to sort his problem out. I try to hit his fields a couple times a year, and pulled 70 out of this field alone last year. The alfalfa is supposed to be about 12 inches high all the way to the road. The chucks grind it down to nubs.





Healthy alfalfa





Theyíre no different than the ground squirrels, I used to hunt those in CA too.



Thanks.
Yea, theyíre technically yellow bellied marmots I think.

Hereís a pic of my setup. Itís a vortex razor 27-60 spotter and a homemade Ďphone skopeí

Thanks for the context. Makes more sense now. The video looked like you could be 8k feet up in some Wilderness
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Thanks for the context. Makes more sense now. The video looked like you could be 8k feet up in some Wilderness
lava rock and farmland. not many trees around here.
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Nice! What bullet/load are you using and what ranges were your shots taken from? I have a Rem 700 Varmint 223 that I'd love to try out on action like that. Currently have a Burris Veracity 3-15x50 - would that be enough magnification?
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