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#3199194 - 03/25/19 02:48 PM What do you consider a good day for shooting prairie dogs?
CRE10 Offline
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Registered: 03/25/19
Posts: 48
Loc: MO
New to the forum. Just curious what do you guys consider a good day for shooting prairie dogs? Do you go by round count? If so how many rounds? Atmosphere? Guide? Adventure?

I've been going to Rosebud South Dakota for 3 or 4 years now and have been thinking of mixing it up a little to go to a different spot. I'd say over 3 days of shooting from 700 to 4 or so we average 200 to 300 rounds.

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#3199204 - 03/25/19 04:01 PM Re: What do you consider a good day for shooting prairie dogs? [Re: CRE10]
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A good day? I have had days where I got a couple hundred in just 2-3 hours time. Had to keep swapping guns as the barrels became sizzling hot. But I would be OK with 200 kills in a day. That's enough to call it a good day for me. Don't want to be too greedy you know.
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#3199217 - 03/25/19 05:37 PM Re: What do you consider a good day for shooting prairie dogs? [Re: CRE10]
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If you mean 2 or 300 per trip that's really light, if 2 or 300 per day that's not terrible but could be better. Like Rusty said, when they are super dumb, never been shot at or pups you can torch a barrel in no time.
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#3199223 - 03/25/19 06:10 PM Re: What do you consider a good day for shooting prairie dogs? [Re: 204 AR]
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Originally Posted By: 204 AR
Like Rusty said, when they are super dumb, never been shot at or pups you can torch a barrel in no time.


The first year I had my AR-15 Varminter my buddy and I got access to some land near Casper that had not been hunted in decades. The pooches had no idea what we were and had no fear of us. There could be 7-8 of them standing on a mound and you could just mow them down one after the other and they would just stand there. You could splatter them with the guts from the guy standing next to them and they would just stand there looking a bit bewildered. It was just incredible. When it finally slowed somewhat we could throw guns and benches into his Jeep, move about 200 yards set up again and start all over. What a day that was.
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#3199239 - 03/25/19 08:01 PM Re: What do you consider a good day for shooting prairie dogs? [Re: CRE10]
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Registered: 11/22/03
Posts: 313
Loc: Kansas U.S. of A
Any day in a dog town is a good day. That thing called work sure gets in the way of my hobbies.

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#3199295 - 03/26/19 09:30 AM Re: What do you consider a good day for shooting prairie dogs? [Re: 204 AR]
CRE10 Offline
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Registered: 03/25/19
Posts: 48
Loc: MO
2-300 per day average. Average total per year over three days maybe 900-1100 rounds.

I'm going up about two weeks earlier this year to see if it's better.

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#3199528 - 03/27/19 09:42 PM Re: What do you consider a good day for shooting prairie dogs? [Re: jsh]
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Originally Posted By: jsh
Any day in a dog town is a good day. That thing called work sure gets in the way of my hobbies.


Exactly. I don't worry about how many I kill. It is always nice to kill a lot but a good day is any day you can get out to do it.
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#3199589 - 03/28/19 11:24 AM Re: What do you consider a good day for shooting prairie dogs? [Re: CRE10]
jpretle Offline
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Registered: 10/23/06
Posts: 88
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Any day pulling a trigger is a good day. However, some are definitely better than others.

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#3199605 - 03/28/19 01:33 PM Re: What do you consider a good day for shooting prairie dogs? [Re: CRE10]
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Registered: 01/07/11
Posts: 1630
Loc: almost Canada
A good day is when I don't get the plague from crawling around from mound to mound. Or stuck fast in gumbo.
A normal good day is around 200 shots never was in to "Verified kills"
we do normally take a back up gun to let them cool.
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#3199684 - 03/29/19 01:23 AM Re: What do you consider a good day for shooting prairie dogs? [Re: CRE10]
Viper6 Offline
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Registered: 01/12/14
Posts: 177
Loc: Washington
A good p-d day many years ago was 400-500 rounds per day was the norm in the mid '80s. We rotated several rifles to allow them to cool down. We used Remington 700 .222 and .22-250 rifles.


Edited by Viper6 (03/29/19 01:33 AM)

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#3199685 - 03/29/19 01:44 AM Re: What do you consider a good day for shooting prairie dogs? [Re: Viper6]
1Fox Offline
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Registered: 08/22/08
Posts: 189
Loc: Iowa
A good Day 5-600 rounds. A medium average day 3-400, easily doable on the private ranches where they don't get shot at much. I don't worry about barrels anymore they're expendable items. I don't take any collector guns and most everything has had one or two barrels screwed on already.

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#3199703 - 03/29/19 09:45 AM Re: What do you consider a good day for shooting prairie dogs? [Re: CRE10]
CRE10 Offline
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Registered: 03/25/19
Posts: 48
Loc: MO
I'm already scheduled to go to my same spot this year, but I may do some research for next year and head a bit further north to see if shooting is better.

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#3199729 - 03/29/19 02:32 PM Re: What do you consider a good day for shooting prairie dogs? [Re: CRE10]
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Registered: 01/19/11
Posts: 3066
Loc: colorado
I count number of kills, and number of shots. My best success rate is about 80%, that is including shots to the mid 300's. Most shots are in the 200 to 250 range, a few around 150, and a few beyond 300 to 350.
My lowest ratio, is usually around the 65% mark, that's on windy days with mostly longer shots.

I don't kill hundreds per day, some places there just aren't that many. But, I also don't go through hundreds of rounds either. Often when I am with others, they count it as a hit if the animal is gone, except that many of those times it was a miss and it just ran off. Those same people really don't shoot much, yet claim their success rate to be 90% or higher!

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#3199757 - 03/29/19 07:30 PM Re: What do you consider a good day for shooting prairie dogs? [Re: CRE10]
Brad Phillips Offline
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Registered: 01/11/04
Posts: 1236
Loc: Gilbertville, IA
20 years ago, near Wood, S.D. 1500 rds. in three days. This doesn't include close stuff with .22LR, pistol, or .44-40 levergun.

Not even real sure of the populations around there now. Four of us hunted private ground, had a great time.
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#3200067 - 04/01/19 06:20 PM Re: What do you consider a good day for shooting prairie dogs? [Re: CRE10]
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Registered: 03/03/02
Posts: 3124
Loc: Wisconsin
I don’t mind a bit more on the ‘hunting’ side of the equation, over total rounds fired. That means I often roam around, lean against something firm with shooting sticks.

I may sit a bit & wait for the closer dogs come up, higher percentage shots. The weather can be a wildcard, hoping for cooperative weather mid June.
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