Re: Help a Gal--Need Prairie Dog/Varmint Trip Info
Contact the game and fish department of each state you may be interested in going to. Get the regs ,license cost if any, and ask about which area in the state plague has reduced the p dog population. Some counties within a state have rural road maps which you may find at a county court house and or road department. The first week in June is a fine time to be in p dog country , by then the dumb pups are out of their holes. There are plenty of shots within the range of an accurate 17 HMR rifle with a 4-14 X AO scope and for longer shots a accurate 204 Ruger rifle with a 6-18 X AO scope. But you need to learn how to hold into the wind. When I retired 16 years ago I moved into prime prairie dog country but since then plague and poison has decimated the population. I grew up in p dog country and started shooting them with a 22 RF rifle in 1949. Since then I looked for the perfict p dog shooting cartridge. I v used 17 HM2, 17 HMR, 17 Fireball, 17 Rem, 204 Ruger , 22 RF, 22 WMR, 22 Hornet, 221 Fireball, 222 Rem, 223 Rem, 22-250 Rem, 220 Swift, 243 Win, and some big game cartridges. This spring I ll be trying out a 17 Hornet rifle. P dog rifles must be accurate , that is five shot 3/4 inch and better 100 yard groups with good quality scopes. If you get into some good p dog country its eazy to shoot 200 rounds per day so its handy to have extry rifles so the barrels have time to cool off.