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Montana Prairie Dog Hunts & Washington Varmint Hunts
« on: July 12, 2017, 09:44:37 AM »
Prairie Dog Hunts - Montana
We have a new ranch to hunt near Miles City, we shot a 500 brick of .22 in a few hours on a test run at the ranch. This is your chance to be some of the first outside hunters to hunt a large prairie dog town on this private ranch in Montana, it is not shot out like many places are these days. We charge $300 per day per hunter for min of 2 hunters for 2 days, 3 or more hunters $275 per day per hunter, max of 5 hunters. Limited July or August dates available this year, limited May through August dates next year. We suggest each hunter bring 500 .22 and 200-300 centerfire for each hunt day. Prairie dogs plus any badgers, skunks, or coyotes seen may be taken. Motel accommodations are available in Miles City, Montana, we pick up and return you to the motel each day.
Two Day Hunt $600 Each

Gopher Hunts - Montana
We have another new ranch to hunt near Bozeman for gophers, these are about half the size of prairie dogs but very fun to shoot too, we shot several hundred .22 at the ranch but this is a bit of a down year for gophers, litters weren't as large this year, so shooting is not as good this year as some years, we prefer to plan gopher hunts for next year. This is your chance to be some of the first outside hunters to hunt this private ranch in Montana next spring. We charge $250 per day per hunter for min of 2 hunters for 2 days, 3 or more hunters $225 per day per hunter, max of 5 hunters. Limited April through June dates next year. We suggest each hunter bring 500 .22 and 200-300 centerfire for each hunt day. Gophers plus any badgers, skunks, or coyotes seen may be taken. Motel accommodations are available in Bozeman, Montana, we pick up and return you to the motel each day.
Two Day Hunt $500 Each

Varmint Hunts - NE Washington
This is a better hunt for hunters not wanting to travel as far as Montana. We have several private properties to hunt in NE Washington for squirrels, skunks, and coyotes. There will not be as many shooting opportunities as the Montana hunts but there will be quite a bit of shooting at squirrels. I used to do these varmint hunts in the past but the squirrel population got low so I quit, now that the squirrels are doing pretty well again and need thinning on some properties we are going to offer these hunts. We charge $300 per day per hunter for min of 2 hunters for 2 days, 3 or more hunters $275 per day per hunter, max of 5 hunters. Limited May through June dates next year. We suggest each hunter bring 200 .22 and 40 centerfire for each hunt day. Ground squirrels plus any skunks or coyotes seen may be taken, fishing for trout/walleye/panfish can also be done, and other wildlife including deer, moose, elk, or bear may be seen, you will have a fun time. Lodging and meals are included with this hunt at Bearpaw Outfitters home base near Colville.
Two Day Hunt $600 Each
« Last Edit: July 26, 2017, 12:46:27 AM by bearpaw »
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Re: Montana Prairie Dog Hunts & Washington Varmint Hunts
« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2017, 05:50:17 PM »
There's still time to arrange a prairie dog hunt this summer! Bring several weapons that you want to hone your shooting skills with.
Bring 500 to 1000 rounds per day per person!
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Re: Montana Prairie Dog Hunts & Washington Varmint Hunts
« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2017, 12:31:47 AM »
We have two prairie dog hunters for two days who started shooting today. They brought 3 guns each and 600 rounds for each rifle and hunted two of the smaller towns, they never shot at the biggest prairie dog town! Today they both shot all their ammo, they shot 1800 rounds each, that's 3600 rounds shot at prairie dogs by two shooters in one day! :yike:

The shooters were amazed at their experience today, they thought I was exaggerating about how much shooting there would be, they never figured so much shooting was possible. They went to buy all the ammo they could find in town for tomorrow. This is the most amazing prairie dog shooting we've seen in many years. This is a new property and the first year these towns have been seriously hunted, be some of the first outside hunters to experience this amazing shooting opportunity.

This is your chance to experience some of the best prairie dog hunting possible.
Contact Dale to book your trip!
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Re: Montana Prairie Dog Hunts & Washington Varmint Hunts
« Reply #3 on: July 26, 2017, 06:13:20 PM »
Looks like fun times. Rick
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Re: Montana Prairie Dog Hunts & Washington Varmint Hunts
« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2017, 08:51:17 AM »
It's some of the best trigger time you can get.  Builds confidence for hitting small targets and varying ranges.  A must for young hunters.....
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Re: Montana Prairie Dog Hunts & Washington Varmint Hunts
« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2017, 09:02:26 AM »
I take a 5,000 round case of 22 LR-HP, a 2,500 round case of 22 Magnum Super-X HP, 1,800 rounds of 22 Hornet and about 500 rounds each of 22-250, 17 Rem & 243 when I go varmint shooting in Montana... I don't bring much home except empty brass

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Re: Montana Prairie Dog Hunts & Washington Varmint Hunts
« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2017, 09:14:35 AM »
Shooting prairie dogs is how I really saw and learned how to compensate for shooting in the wind. I highly recommend taking your deer hunting rifle when going prairie dog shooting. After shooting hundreds of rounds in the wind you can really learn how to compensate without needing to carry gadgets. The same applies to bow hunting, it's amazing how much you need to compensate in the wind.

Here are some bucks the guys got to see, they are coming back next year for more prairie dogs and for a mule deer hunt.
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Re: Montana Prairie Dog Hunts & Washington Varmint Hunts
« Reply #7 on: July 27, 2017, 09:19:31 AM »
Shooting prairie dogs is how I really saw and learned how to compensate for shooting in the wind. I highly recommend taking your deer hunting rifle when going prairie dog shooting. After shooting hundreds of rounds in the wind you can really learn how to compensate without needing to carry gadgets. The same applies to bow hunting, it's amazing how much you need to compensate in the wind.

Here are some bucks the guys got to see, they are coming back next year for more prairie dogs and for a mule deer hunt.

No one I have ever met who hasn't shot a lot in the wind has ever had any appreciation for how wind can affect a bullet's path from powder to target.  This has been especially true when shooting up and across canyons and coulees where wind changes direction, eddies and can blow up and down as well as north, south, east & west. 

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Re: Montana Prairie Dog Hunts & Washington Varmint Hunts
« Reply #8 on: July 27, 2017, 10:08:35 AM »
Looks amazing...Someday I hope.

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Re: Montana Prairie Dog Hunts & Washington Varmint Hunts
« Reply #9 on: July 27, 2017, 10:36:41 AM »
That buck on the left is a hog!
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Re: Montana Prairie Dog Hunts & Washington Varmint Hunts
« Reply #10 on: July 27, 2017, 10:52:44 AM »
That buck on the left is a hog!

Biggest mule deer I have ever seen was in that neighborhood.  Only about a hundred miles away.

Time your prairie dog hunt right and you could take in the Bucking Horse Sale while there

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Re: Montana Prairie Dog Hunts & Washington Varmint Hunts
« Reply #11 on: July 27, 2017, 11:20:48 AM »
back in the mid-80's the BLM would give varmint hunters maps of the dog towns on BLM land.  I hunted there and would go thru about 100 rounds a day.  Later I moved to a private land location down by Harlowton and took out my 100 rounds.  Burned thru that in 45 minutes and had to hike back to the car.  After that I measured my rounds in quart quantities.  I'd take two quarts of ammo out for the walkabout and never ran out again.

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Re: Montana Prairie Dog Hunts & Washington Varmint Hunts
« Reply #12 on: July 27, 2017, 11:23:28 AM »
That buck on the left is a hog!

Big frame for sure!
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Re: Montana Prairie Dog Hunts & Washington Varmint Hunts
« Reply #13 on: July 27, 2017, 11:27:13 AM »
back in the mid-80's the BLM would give varmint hunters maps of the dog towns on BLM land.  I hunted there and would go thru about 100 rounds a day.  Later I moved to a private land location down by Harlowton and took out my 100 rounds.  Burned thru that in 45 minutes and had to hike back to the car.  After that I measured my rounds in quart quantities.  I'd take two quarts of ammo out for the walkabout and never ran out again.

We saw a pickup stuck out in the middle of the prairie one day and pulled the guy that put those maps together out of a mudhole.  He had a two-wheel drive Dodge w/slant-six & three on the tree.

That act of kindness on our part was repaid many times over.     

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Re: Montana Prairie Dog Hunts & Washington Varmint Hunts
« Reply #14 on: July 27, 2017, 07:32:33 PM »
We require at least two hunters for a prairie dog hunt. I have one hunter from Nevada who wants to go on a prairie dog hunt anytime between Aug 11-30, but he doesn't have a hunting partner, he wants me to locate another hunter to go. Is there anyone who would like to go on a prairie dog hunt during that time frame?
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Re: Montana Prairie Dog Hunts & Washington Varmint Hunts
« Reply #15 on: July 27, 2017, 07:43:09 PM »
Just curious anyone ever tried cooking them up??  I hear squirrel is great, is prairie dog good??

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Re: Montana Prairie Dog Hunts & Washington Varmint Hunts
« Reply #16 on: July 27, 2017, 07:46:32 PM »
Just curious anyone ever tried cooking them up??  I hear squirrel is great, is prairie dog good??

Relying on the experience of quite a few others:  They taste absolutely horrible.  Prairie dogs that is, rockchucks are not bad if young.  That I know from first hand experience.   

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Re: Montana Prairie Dog Hunts & Washington Varmint Hunts
« Reply #17 on: July 27, 2017, 09:13:38 PM »
Brings back some memories, we had a place in MT growing up that had a small "hill" in the middle of the field that you could lay on prone and whack away until you ran out of ammo.  It was only maybe 5' above grade but you could literally get a couple of guys to shoot 360 degrees and they just kept coming out of holes.

 

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