Prairie Dogs

Discussion in 'Varmint Hunting' started by fetch, Jan 3, 2011.

  1. fetch

    fetch Well-Known Member

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    Hey guys, looking for a little info on prairie dogs. I want to go this year (2011) and looking for any recommendations on guides. I am in Kansas and do not mind traveling from Texas to north Dakota.

    Any info would be great
     
  2. Ernie

    Ernie SPONSOR

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    When I lived in Hutch we would go to some private land west of Hutchinson, about 40 miles or so.
    Just asked for permission. Small town 300-400 yard max distances.
    I don't have anymore info than that.
    There is also a nice pd town just north of Panhandle, TX (used to be anyway).
    Again private land, just asked permission.
    I do know of a guide near Devil's Tower (WY).
    I can look up his info if you would like.
    He has access to a number of towns, and I have shot at one of them near his lodge.
     

  3. A_Gamehog

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  4. crowsnest2002

    crowsnest2002 Well-Known Member

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    They are all over out in Colorado as well. There is different terrain in colorado. Heck I think I've even seen them in FT. Carson Area ;) My wife and I used to live in Kansas. Its about 8hrs from Junction City area to Colorado Springs. Just for reference.
     
  5. trout-n-salmon

    trout-n-salmon Well-Known Member

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    A_GameHog - do you have know any ranchers that welcome P Dog killing in Central/Eastern Washington? I use to have a location out in Paulina, but the ranch sold and I am out of a spot. I am looking for a closer spot to travel than Montana!
    THanks
     
  6. meatyrem

    meatyrem Well-Known Member

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    Fetch. Me a d a friend went a few years back to south Dakota. It was near Pierre. On the lower brule Indian reservation. I think the license was around $105 and the land owner only charged $20 for the week. And then we went to another property and we were told to just go ahead and hunt, no charge. We had dogs all day long. We had shots up to and including 700+yds. Had a blast. Good luck!

    Meatyrem
     
  7. A_Gamehog

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    Trout-and-Salmon:

    I live 45 minutes from Christmas Valley, they have 1,000's of acres of Alfalfa which has the Squeaks by the thousands. PM me for more info... I hunted in Nebraska, So Dakota,Colorado, Utah last year and have a lot of spots. The ranchers never denied me access when I found the dogs. Same old stuff, find a diner, open up with a few friendly faces and the next thing you know it's paydirt!

    Yeah I was retired last year also. Just starting to settle in here again. Don't tell anyone here but shooting SQUEAKS is more fun than P-Dogs! more shots longer shots etc...harder they are smaller...

    For those who have no clue where to find P-dogs let me post this again.. This is only for SD all the states that have P-Dogs have similar maps available...Tree hugging vegans make nice maps..

    http://gfp.sd.gov/wildlife/docs/prairedog-distribution-report.pdf
     
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  8. Goofycat

    Goofycat Well-Known Member

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    I hate to appear dumb, but what's a "Squeak?" A ground squirrel?
     
  9. A_Gamehog

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    The belding's ground squirrels are called Squeaks, as they sit near their holes and squeak all day, high pitched squeaks when raptors or humans are near. Also the "Squeaky squirrel gets greased"?
     
  10. Goofycat

    Goofycat Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, Gamehog. I have relieved several thousand of them from their life of "squeaks," but (believe it or not) have never killed a prairie dog. It would be nice for a change to be able to go after the larger targets presented by PDs. In April, I took out many, many juvenile ground squirrels (including one badger) in NE California, but they were about the size of a salt-shaker.

    While staying a couple of days in a trailer park in Lubbock, Texas, on the way back from New Orleans on a motorhome trip in 2010, I was lucky enough to park next to an open area next to us that was full of PDs. They had no fear, and I was biting my nails because I had no firearm, no license, no permission to shoot, and had to just sit there and look at these varmints, while they thumbed their noses at me. At least I now know what they look like "in the flesh."