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Ya can't call it hunting unless your talking about finding a place to go.

We lucked out a few years ago when we met a guy that was an avid horseman and drove out to North Dakota with his wife and horses every year to ride on some guys ranch. He told us the place was crawling with Prairie Dogs and we should go out and shoot. We called the rancher and he said we could camp on his land and he knew of lots of places to shoot Pdogs. My long time buddy from Arizona, Red Martin, and I loaded up our gear and took a camp trailer out for our first trip together in many years. I met Red back around 1960. He was a young Marine and I was a young Sailor. We were both dating girls from the local Bank of America. He was a small arms instructor at Camp Pendelton at the time and I was a gun nut even back then, so we had a lot in common. We ended up marrying those gals and have been life long friends ever since. Red and his wife have been out here a few times to visit since he has relatives in the area and we always talk about going on a pdog shoot.

June of 2006 rolls around and we arrive at our super secret camp. The dog town was down in a valley about 30 yards wide and 40 yards long. Might have been 50 prairie dogs in the whole place. We went to the Rance house and talked to the Rancher who told us he knew of another rancher that had plenty of dog on his place. We drove over and found basically the same thing. That rancher sent us to a third ranch and on the way, we drove down a dirt road and found a dog town on public land that had about 120 acres of prairie dogs. Now we're talking.



Red had brought two Coyote Jake shooting benches and we set them up at one edge of the dog town. He had a 6.5-284 and wanted some long range shooting. We spent two weeks in the same spot shooting dogs and never ran out of targets. When we returned to my place Red was n't feeling well, ended up in the emergency room and died a month later of Cancer.


In 2008 my neighbor across the road got tired of listening to me talk about Red and our last trip, so to shut me up, he agreed to go out and see what this Pdog shooting was all about.



Mike, his cousin and I took Mike's RV out in June of 08. We shot for four days and Mike was addicted. He made lot of 6-700 yard hits and in 09 we returned and he made a 925 yard shot so now he is REALLY addicted.



We camp on the edge of the dog town and shoot from morning to dark.
 

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Wow, how nice that trip must be. The saying must be true, "Practice makes perfect". That seems like the ultimate in practice. How many rounds per day do you average and how often do you clean the rifles?
 

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WOW,I MISS THE WEST,HAVING GROWN-UP AND LIVED THERE THE MOST OF MY LIFE.
GREAT MEMORIES.........PRICELESS!
 

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Wow, how nice that trip must be. The saying must be true, "Practice makes perfect". That seems like the ultimate in practice. How many rounds per day do you average and how often do you clean the rifles?
We usually take 6-700 rounds per rifle and 4-5 rifles each. I clean after each box of fifty rounds or so. Sometimes we just clean at the noon break and then again at the end of the day. I can't tell you how many rounds per day we shoot because it varies, but we always have ammo left after 4-5 days of shooting. Believe it or not, I often just get tired of shooting and sit there and watch the other guys. We good shoot a lot more if we moved around but we're old lazy guys and just sit in one place.
 

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So I guess you have become pretty well versed in the old question of,"How many rounds should you shoot before cleaning"? Do you have any insight into this? At what point do you notice accuracy decreasing? I have heard so many different answers and always wanted to ask one of the prairie dog disassembly guys! Thanks!

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Every rifle is different and will require a different interval. My 6 BR has a lot of copper after 50 rounds but my .223 is probably good for a hundred. Prairie dogs don't require a lot of accuracy but it's easier to get them clean when they are still warm and the crud hasn't had a chance to harden up.
 

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I have been HUNTING prarie dogs for over 20 years. I have always hunted the rosebud and private land around winner SD. The past three years have been the worst! The govt paid landowners to poison PDs and with the rough economic times- most ranchers took the money. The Indians on the other hand charged outrageous amounts to shoot PDs on tribal land. In the old days shooting from sunrise to sunset on huge towns was common. Not anymore. Those secret PD towns are still out there- keep looking.
 

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I won't hunt in South Dakota anymore. The Rosebud and othe reservations are getting greedy and so I'll go to North Dakota. It's their land and they can do as they wish but without my help. We're leaving again in a few weeks for our favorite spot. Hope there are still some dogs on it.
 

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DrDeath said:
Well ND will
be where I try to hunt PDs next... If you know of a good place to start - let me know.
Anyplace west of the Missouri river. South of Bismark you'll find tons of them. Best bet is to look on Google Earth. Got to Bismark and follow the rivver south. If you zoom in to about 5000 feet eye elevation you can see their holes.
 

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Ya can't call it hunting unless your talking about finding a place to go.

We lucked out a few years ago when we met a guy that was an avid horseman and drove out to North Dakota with his wife and horses every year to ride on some guys ranch. He told us the place was crawling with Prairie Dogs and we should go out and shoot. We called the rancher and he said we could camp on his land and he knew of lots of places to shoot Pdogs. My long time buddy from Arizona, Red Martin, and I loaded up our gear and took a camp trailer out for our first trip together in many years. I met Red back around 1960. He was a young Marine and I was a young Sailor. We were both dating girls from the local Bank of America. He was a small arms instructor at Camp Pendelton at the time and I was a gun nut even back then, so we had a lot in common. We ended up marrying those gals and have been life long friends ever since. Red and his wife have been out here a few times to visit since he has relatives in the area and we always talk about going on a pdog shoot.

June of 2006 rolls around and we arrive at our super secret camp. The dog town was down in a valley about 30 yards wide and 40 yards long. Might have been 50 prairie dogs in the whole place. We went to the Rance house and talked to the Rancher who told us he knew of another rancher that had plenty of dog on his place. We drove over and found basically the same thing. That rancher sent us to a third ranch and on the way, we drove down a dirt road and found a dog town on public land that had about 120 acres of prairie dogs. Now we're talking.



Red had brought two Coyote Jake shooting benches and we set them up at one edge of the dog town. He had a 6.5-284 and wanted some long range shooting. We spent two weeks in the same spot shooting dogs and never ran out of targets. When we returned to my place Red was n't feeling well, ended up in the emergency room and died a month later of Cancer.


In 2008 my neighbor across the road got tired of listening to me talk about Red and our last trip, so to shut me up, he agreed to go out and see what this Pdog shooting was all about.



Mike, his cousin and I took Mike's RV out in June of 08. We shot for four days and Mike was addicted. He made lot of 6-700 yard hits and in 09 we returned and he made a 925 yard shot so now he is REALLY addicted.



We camp on the edge of the dog town and shoot from morning to dark.
You are blessed to have such a good friend and such good memories together. My heart goes out to you for the loss. Tell me your impression of the shooting benches you used. Looks like you changed the seats?
 
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