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

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Unread 03-28-2014, 05:54 AM
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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.
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Unread 03-30-2014, 06:53 PM
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Unread 03-30-2014, 09:38 PM
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Re: Help a Gal--Need Prairie Dog/Varmint Trip Info

If you are torn between Wyoming and Montana, just come to Wyoming, I did 17 years ago and have been blessed with some of the nicest people I have ever met. Buffalo is nice, Sheridan is close by with lots of nice places to eat and put up for the night. Make your trip a truly great on and plan on spending an evening in Deadwood S.D., it is a pretty cool place to visit. Most of all, have fun. Wyoming weather can be unpredictable in June, usually it is nice, but it can be cool also.
I was looking for elk sheds yesterday in the Big Horn Mountains and came across a prairie dog town and they were out and about in the snow. Well, there are five less now. Saw lots of coyote tracks, but no coyotes.
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