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Old 06-12-2012, 07:31 PM
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If you're strapped for time, an outfitter may be exactly what you need. You trade some time and trouble for an area to shoot and first-hand knowledge.
Yea your right. My problem is I really don't know where to start. I guess I'll just ask around and see what comes up. I have a little time but not a ton of it. From what I have read there are outfitters and then there are outfitters. Hard to tell the good from the bad. The prices are all over the place. All I want is a place to hunt. I don't need the "full" experience. I know that is how they make their money but I have all my lodging and meals with me.
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Yea your right. My problem is I really don't know where to start. I guess I'll just ask around and see what comes up. I have a little time but not a ton of it. From what I have read there are outfitters and then there are outfitters. Hard to tell the good from the bad. The prices are all over the place. All I want is a place to hunt. I don't need the "full" experience. I know that is how they make their money but I have all my lodging and meals with me.
PD's are a scourge to ranchers. If you see a town on land that is private find the owner and just ask. Most will welcome the help as long as someone hasn't come along before you and screwed it up trashing the place or shooting his livestock.

The mapping program mentioned on the previous page would be awfully helpful if you have GPS system that supports it.

Local Feed Stores, Restaurants and sporting goods stores can be great resources too.

Expect your first trip to be one of mostly scouting, meeting people, and shaking hands.
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Your 200 shots would be pretty easy. Don't limit yourself. I start with a 17 HMR at close range and work out to about 250 yards with that. Then I start using the 17 Remington Fireball or 223 Remingtons from there to about 400 yards. I then switch to the 22-250 and work out to about 750 yards where it goes subsonic. Beyond that range you can use anything you choose as long as you don't mind the recoil and you have someone to spot your shots. Once you get bigger than the 22-250 It's almost impossible to see your hits because of recoil. And believe me, in the constant 15-20 mph crosswinds in PD country, you definitely want to be able to see where you hit.
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Try feed stores where farmers and ranchers buy their supplies and hang out.
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Old 07-04-2012, 09:26 PM
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Yeah ya see where I come from 100 yards is a long shot. LOL 200 seems a mile. Most of all my hunting shots are well within 100 yards. Heck around here you can't see more than that if there is an open field. LOL

Thanks for the help guys. I should be in the pd area in about 3 to 4 weeks. I went though Wyoming but where I was it wasn't to promising and I really didn't have the time to check it out much. When I did I found just about the areas were closed to pd hunting. This was in the eastern part not the west.
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Old 07-23-2012, 07:53 AM
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Check out my post reply to the Englisher. We had a ball on the Reservation. The Game and Fish head walked up while we were buying our permits at the casino quik mart and told us to come to the main office. He had one of the guys sit down and go over the whole map and explain what the map meant.
After finding a perfect spot at the first try, there was no need for us to look any further. We were 5 miles from the lodge and there were plenty of dogs to shoot at. Ranges from 150-450 yards with most shots at 200. At the most, our wait for a shot was 3-5 minutes. There was a period in mid-afternoon when they seemed to take a nap.
We were stopping to clean rifles about every 10th shot. That gave the dogs about 5 minutes to regroup. We were both shooting .223 and factory ammo because our rifles are both kinda new and not enough brass to do our own loads. That is no longer a problem. It's amazing how close you can come to one of those little buggers and not get a hit. We lifted many into the air with close misses.
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