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Help a Gal--Need Prairie Dog/Varmint Trip Info

 
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Old 03-11-2014, 03:21 PM
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Help a Gal--Need Prairie Dog/Varmint Trip Info

I'm new to the forum, have read many prior posts, and still would appreciate any advice you can offer. I am trying to plan a surprise prairie dog/coyote hunt out west for my fiancee and myself, as this is on our "bucket list." We are both avid shooters, reloaders, and hunters, but have never done the prairie-doggin' thing before. We are considering SD, ND, MT, or WY. We'd like to spend 3-4 days shooting.

As we'll be traveling a great distance, we don't want to spend the time scouting and trying to find free public land; thus, I'd love to get some tips on general locations to consider, outfitters/guides, semi-guided options, and any other input you can offer. Cost is always a factor, but I realize you get what you pay for. I hate to use the word romantic in conjunction with varmint hunting, but we don't want to end up staying in a bunk house with a bunch of other guys. Since we don't get to take many trips together, we'd like to have the option of staying in decent (clean) accommodations and a few dining options would be nice. Short of calling local DNR agents, picking guides and locations is like finding a needle in a haystack, so any suggestions or guidance would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 03-12-2014, 12:24 PM
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Re: Help a Gal--Need Prairie Dog/Varmint Trip Info

He's a lucky guy.
Best wishes. And happy dogging
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Old 03-12-2014, 01:56 PM
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Re: Help a Gal--Need Prairie Dog/Varmint Trip Info

My hunting partner and I went to Wy. year before last around the New Castle area. I contacted the Ag. extension office in New Castle(1-307-746-3531) and they sent me a list of ranchers that would let you shoot PD's on there land. The first 5 we went to gave us permission actually we were greeted with open arm, great people out there. The ranchers we went to did not ask anything in return. One lady told us she would charge $1.00 for every dog we missed. We stayed at the Sundowner Inn (1-307-746-3344). Didn't go last year as the population was way down so you might want to check if the PD's have recovered yet. In my opinion shooting PD's is the most fun you can have with your clothes on!
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Old 03-13-2014, 01:22 PM
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Re: Help a Gal--Need Prairie Dog/Varmint Trip Info

Thanks for the replies, guys!

@rick523 I will check into the Wyoming hunting opportunities. Looks like Newcastle would not be a terribly long drive, as other places further west might be when coming from WI. Sounds like the people are friendly, too, which is great. We don't have to shoot 500 rounds a day to consider the trip a success; I'd just like to see some dogs, fire some rounds, and enjoy the company.

I'll try to make some contacts for info on effects of the plague. I've gathered from some research that early June would be a good time to head out there? If you were going for the first time, would you consider a guide, or would you try to make local contacts from home? Normally, I don't mind putting in my scouting time, but I just want to enjoy this trip. I'd love to hear from anybody else who has had positive experiences with guides/outfitters. I'd also appreciate any packing tips...is there any gear you wouldn't usually think of packing on a hunting trip? Thanks!
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Old 03-13-2014, 04:00 PM
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Re: Help a Gal--Need Prairie Dog/Varmint Trip Info

I don't feel a guide is necessary if you can make some contacts, everyone of the ranchers took us out and showed us the dog towns, and were more helpful than I could have hoped for. You also build some friendships along the way, which is always a good thing. You can never have too many friends. Unless it's on facebook.
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Old 03-25-2014, 07:08 AM
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Re: Help a Gal--Need Prairie Dog/Varmint Trip Info

I sincerely appreciate the input on planning a dog hunt. After much research into guides and hunting areas, I'm torn between northeast Wyoming (near either Hulett or Buffalo) or the Miles City area of Montana. Can anybody offer any pros or cons on either area? I've found guides and ranchers who seem both reasonable in price and honest, hardworking people who will give it their best effort...at least I'm hoping for the best. Thanks again!
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Old 03-26-2014, 08:31 PM
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Re: Help a Gal--Need Prairie Dog/Varmint Trip Info

NE Wyoming is a nice area since it's right along the Black Hills of SD.
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