Arizona Prairie Dog Hunting
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Posted 19 June 2009 - 11:36 AM
The lightning was all at the trailing edge of the storm, so I just kept an eye on it as I hunted. When the leading edge of the storm started blowing an increasing amount of rain in my direction, I knew it was time to head for the pavement. It sure was fun while it lasted. I'm heading back out there next Wednesday. The weather is supposed to be much better. This dog town covers about 4 or 5 square miles. Lots of walk around airgun hunting opportunities out there.
looks like a good time to bad about the weather but when your out in the flat land carrying a metal rifle with lighting cracking do you start feeling like your holding a lighting rod? last time I was out and the lighting storm was going good for about 30 min. it dawned on me I'm the tallest thing around sitting on a metel table under a metel framed umbrella swinging around a metal rifle, once I had that brain storm, left the table & umbrella grabbed the gun and hit the cabin untill the sun was shining bright
Posted 19 June 2009 - 11:45 AM
I found that a spot and stalk method that worked pretty well was to approach them at an oblique angle. I would still be closing the distance on them, but not be heading directly at them. Heading directly at them seemed to put them down in a hurry. If it appeared that I would pass at a distance, many of them stayed up long enough to give me a shot. Sometimes it was only a head peeking over the edge of the mound, but that was okay.No logs or stumps to put the critters on for the photo shoots, so I've found a new use for my Stoney Point bipod.
Get there before they come out of their burrows....set up an ambush...(.looks like good prone shooting area,as well...)
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Posted 20 June 2009 - 06:39 AM
I learned my lesson, about sticking a 4X4 in the mud, back in the middle seventies in Wyoming. It was the first time I had encountered a gully washer while out on the prairie shooting prairie dogs. It's also when I learned the lesson about not losing forward momentum, EVER, while trying to drive out of that mess. Wound up having to wait about six hours for it to dry out enough to dig the rig out. It was hot, humid, and the mosquitos were out in force. It was not fun, but it sure was an adventure.
It sounds like you had a great time and have found a place to get some good shooting. You shouldn't let a little rain, lightning and mud bogs put a damper on a hunt.
Posted 20 June 2009 - 06:57 AM
We've been out of Kaliforniastan now for two years. It's one of the best things we've ever done for ourselves, in more ways than one. Arizona is very gun and hunting friendly. Varmint hunting here is excellent. Lots of big game hunting as well, but I don't know much about that since I'm mainly focused on hunting small game and varmints. Especially with airguns. Kalifornia's laws for hunting with airguns are a bit more generous than here. For example, no hunting upland game with airguns in Arizona, but I can live with that. Hunting tree squirrels here in the Fall is an absolute blast. Roaming around these beautiful pine forests hunting the wily Abert's Tassel Eared tree squirrel is hard to beat. Lots of stuff to hunt here.
You have every sort of animal there Cliff. Squirrels in the mountains and now prairie dogs too. I know you are probably loaded with rabbits for something else to shoot.
Posted 22 June 2009 - 05:06 AM
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