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Going on first Prairie Dog hunt 2012

 
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Old 12-06-2011, 08:53 PM
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Going on first Prairie Dog hunt 2012

I am wanting to hear from you guys that are experianced prairie dog hunters, I live in Kentucky and have a long drive to any prairie dog town , I am buying my gear now to be ready , anything yu can tell me about the location , Rifles , Benches, Lodging , would be very helpful to me . Thanks this is my first thread on here. Merry Christmas everyone !!!!
Thanks Again: Ricky
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Old 12-07-2011, 06:31 AM
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Re: Going on first Prairie Dog hunt 2012

Hello Ricky, and Welcome to LRH.

You've opened a big can of worms, because the options are limitless

I believe there are praire dogs in Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and Montana. There might even be some in other states that I don't know of. I am guessing that WY, CO, SD, and MT are probably the most populated with PD's, but that is a guess.

Some guys make their own bench's, others use folding tables, some buy pre-made benches, some shoot off a bipod prone in the dirt, others shoot off the hood of pickup trucks, and others build elaborate benches mounted to trailers with umbrella's, beer kegs and BBQ's attached, again the options are limitless.

Rifles that work best are highly accurate, not picky about ammo, not cold/heat sensitive, and shoot good even with dirty barrels. They usually resemble a benchrest gun, more often called varmint guns........the heavier the better. Something from 204 Ruger to 25-06....lots of choices in between. If you find a good town that's fairly fresh, you'll shoot alot of ammo pretty quick.....so cost of ammo and components is a consideration for some. Low recoil is a consideration for most.

You'll probably want a scope that magnifies at least 10X, 14-18X works great, 20-24X is ok so long at the heat waves and mirage aren't too bad.

You can spend as much as you want on rests and bags, but you don't necessarily have to. You can fill some shot bags with sand and shoot your barrel out just as fast as the guys with $1000 pedestal rests.

Take sunscreen, bug juice, plenty of water and ammo. Don't forget the cleaning rods/solvents, ect. Binoculars are a big help IMO.

We could discuss this subject for hours and hours.
The Varmint Hunters Association is a good reference/magazine if you'd like to get really serious about it. I've been a member there since the early 90's.
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Old 12-07-2011, 07:37 AM
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Re: Going on first Prairie Dog hunt 2012

Thank You S. Bruce I didnt mean to open up a can of worms LOL, but yes you were a lot of help, The recoil rifle would be a problem especially after shooting 300 rounds in a day , I am really looking at the .223 in the new Savage LRPV , I have the Ruger no1 V in .243 . I am really loooking forward to this trip , we are looking at panhandle of Texas really good , just because of distance . but dont know about PD population ?
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Old 12-07-2011, 10:47 AM
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Re: Going on first Prairie Dog hunt 2012

I think the 223 is the ideal pdog rifle for the average person. The cost of ammo is the reason I think it's the best. You can buy super accurate black hills ammo for relatively cheap and shoot it till your barrel is so hot you can't touch it. The 223 will also create plenty of red mist out to 400 yards and hits beyond that are still very possible, the results just aren't as dramatic.

I've shot pdogs with a 17 HMR, 22 mag, 223, 22-250, 243, 6mm, and a 300 WSM. I think you'll want a 22 lr, 17 hmr, or 22 mag to carry with you in the truck so you can shoot the little bounders up close and save a little money. If I had a dedicated pdog rig for high volume shooting it would be a 223. If the pdogs are few and far between then I'd take whatever rifle I have and get some good practice with it.
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Old 12-07-2011, 05:23 PM
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Re: Going on first Prairie Dog hunt 2012

Thank You , BrowningLover your reply is a very good assurance to me about the .223 . Where can i buy the Black Hills Ammo ? If i decided to fly out and ship my ammo thru the mail and send my rifles with me on plane you think that would be reliable to have everything there when im there and ready for it ?
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Old 12-07-2011, 10:07 PM
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Re: Going on first Prairie Dog hunt 2012

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Thank You , BrowningLover your reply is a very good assurance to me about the .223 . Where can i buy the Black Hills Ammo ? If i decided to fly out and ship my ammo thru the mail and send my rifles with me on plane you think that would be reliable to have everything there when im there and ready for it ?
You can buy Black Hills through most large sporting goods stores like Sportsmans Warehouse, Bass Pro Shops, Cabelas etc. You might find another ammo that your gun likes really well that's even cheaper, but Black Hills is truly great stuff and has shot well in all guns I've tried it in.

Depending on where you're going to hunt I would just buy the ammo from an online store and have it shipped to wherever you will be staying, or if you will be hunting in an area that's close to one of the good store I'd just buy it locally and save yourself shipping costs/hassels.
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Old 12-08-2011, 04:26 PM
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Re: Going on first Prairie Dog hunt 2012

Ricky , your choice of a Savage 223 is good for all the reasons posted above . Before you go buying a ton of Ammo , make sure that your Rifle likes it . It may and it may not . Saying that , I've seen Black Hills Ammo work well in a friends Savage after he ran out of his handloads in S. Dakota . I've seen it for Sale all over SD and Montana . Don't know which Bullets they offer now , but pick a Hollow Point or Polytip Bullet . I like 40 Gr. Vmaxes for my 223 . A good Laser Rangefinder is a big aid . A used Leica 1200 will serve you well and is seen on this Boards Classifieds fairly often . Try the different types of shooting and see what you like , whether it's with a Bipod on the ground ( be real careful what you lay on .....lots of stuff will sting you ) , off a Bench , off the hood of your vehicle ( watch the Paint & Mirrors ) . I much prefer walking ( when I am able ) and shooting off a stand-up tripod . Get yourself a good pair of Sunglasses and take a lot of water . Get a set of really detailed Maps ....the BLM Maps are very good . When I was pressed for time ( like when I was working ) , I picked a Big City near where I wanted to Hunt . Went to the Library , got a phone book out and called one of the Sporting Goods Stores and looked for one which would accept my "stuff"'. Don't know what the Rules are now , but I shipped my Guns & Ammo to myself in care of the Store . I did that well ahead of time and everything was waiting for me there . Once you go Pdoggen you won't want to quit !

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