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#3199194 - 03/25/19 02:48 PM What do you consider a good day for shooting prairie dogs?
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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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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]
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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]
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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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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]
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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]
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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]
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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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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]
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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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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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#3203008 - 05/05/19 06:21 PM Re: What do you consider a good day for shooting prairie dogs? [Re: CRE10]
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My good day is how accurate was I. If I missed a bunch it's a bad day. Never shot on a big town of stupid prairie dogs so I've never had even a hundred round day but if I hit the majority of my shots, I'm good with it.

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#3203513 - 05/12/19 08:20 PM Re: What do you consider a good day for shooting prairie dogs? [Re: CRE10]
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A good day is when you look in the shell box and 80-90% of the empties are, "dimple up".
I put them back neck up when I miss a dog.
No, you don't get to turn one over for a double.
Had one of those days today. Mother's Day Dogs.

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#3203553 - 05/13/19 07:35 AM Re: What do you consider a good day for shooting prairie dogs? [Re: jetman]
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[quote=jetman] A good day is when I don't get the plague from crawling around from mound to mound. Or stuck fast in gumbo.

Crawling around in a dog town, to eachs own I suppose.
Rattle snakes, cactus and ants ain’t what I want to crawl around with. The guys I hunt with would make sure I only did that once, lol.

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#3205484 - 06/08/19 03:33 PM Re: What do you consider a good day for shooting prairie dogs? [Re: CRE10]
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I just got back from a PD hunt and the shooting was great, pretty much something to shoot at steadily, there was never a time a PD wasn't in view. I shot about 1200 rounds over three days. I had four rifles, ran out of ammo on my 20 practical half way into the second day, and was rotating between the other three to keep the barrels cool the whole time, it was great.

My partners that carried AR's shot about twice what I did. I could have shot more but didn't want to torch my rifles and I was shooting steadily. I really don't see how someone could shoot more than about 400 rounds a day unless they're just flinging them. I do try to discipline myself and make good shots, and I'll turn down a 150 yd gimme to try and get one at 550 yds because I love the challenge of longer range.

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#3205693 - 06/11/19 07:28 PM Re: What do you consider a good day for shooting prairie dogs? [Re: CRE10]
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A good day of prairie dog hunting is hard to determine. I realize the OP is asking for our own individual opinions. I would have to say the hit% is way more important than the quantity. They go hand in hand of course, but I always try to shoot 60% knowing that I have to shoot well in the beginning when the dogs aren't scared and just peeking out of their holes from 250yds +.

Where I shoot you can sit in one spot for 30 minutes before you get a shot every 10-15 minutes. I've done it, but I'd rather crawl on my belly to the top of a hill and shoot without them realizing im there.

I suppose in a day if I can hit 60% of the shots I take, have a confirmed hit past 400 yds and kill 12 dogs an hour that's a pretty dang good day to me. Oh, and do it with handloads that I can look back at in satisfaction by their performance and accuracy. Sharing that moment with my daughters, son, father, brother or a pal is better than doing it solo.

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#3274028 - 03/17/21 05:41 PM Re: What do you consider a good day for shooting prairie dogs? [Re: Acronin]
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my best day 6/20 was 961 with 5 triples and 27 doubles with 527 cz 20vt it was a very liberal dog town!

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#3274045 - 03/17/21 07:48 PM Re: What do you consider a good day for shooting prairie dogs? [Re: jb42]
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Originally Posted By: jb42
my best day 6/20 was 961 with 5 triples and 27 doubles with 527 cz 20vt it was a very liberal dog town!


Those are incredible numbers. Even if you take the doubles and triples out of it wouldn't that be something like shooting one PD per minute for nearly 15 hours straight? Or one PD every 30 seconds for 8 hours straight no breaks. rolleyes

Now that is some seriously HOT shooting and I can't believe the barrel wasn't completely roached out by mid day. That Sir is one awesome rifle you've got yourself! thumbup1


Edited by B23 (03/18/21 09:58 PM)

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#3274079 - 03/18/21 09:13 AM Re: What do you consider a good day for shooting prairie dogs? [Re: CRE10]
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Shooting the CZ 17 HMR on private property and never getting out of my truck last year and averaged 200 a day and nothing over 150 yds. Just driving the truck a bit and shooting repeat, repeat, repeat. Good solid hits with lots of aerial acrobats.


Edited by wicka (03/18/21 09:17 AM)

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#3274265 - 03/20/21 08:51 AM Re: What do you consider a good day for shooting prairie dogs? [Re: CRE10]
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961 in a day.......B23’s math is acceptable to my findings.
Let’s not forget loading magazines.
Oh, I suppose there were only two misses in that day as well.
I have questioned folks numbers before, it was met with lots of explanations.
I smell a fishing story, I bet the biggest dog of the day was 35” tall and weighed 29 pounds.

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#3274270 - 03/20/21 09:25 AM Re: What do you consider a good day for shooting prairie dogs? [Re: jb42]
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Originally Posted By: jb42
my best day 6/20 was 961 with 5 triples and 27 doubles with 527 cz 20vt it was a very liberal dog town!


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#3274276 - 03/20/21 10:37 AM Re: What do you consider a good day for shooting prairie dogs? [Re: SlickerThanSnot]
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#3274296 - 03/20/21 04:02 PM Re: What do you consider a good day for shooting prairie dogs? [Re: jsh]
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Originally Posted By: jsh

I smell a fishing story


Gotta give em credit though, if you're going to tell a "fish story" you may as well make it a real doozy! lol

But it's probably best to at least do the math before you hit "post". wink

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#3275205 - 04/01/21 01:11 AM Re: What do you consider a good day for shooting prairie dogs? [Re: B23]
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i used a counter hanging on my front rest to count hits. i use a 360 deg. swivel bench rest in the back of a daihatsu mini truck with atv tires and move often. on ranches that want them gone. i did fire 1100 rounds. went back the next day killed 561. i hang gun pointed down and put distilled water down the barrel and then run 4 or 5 dry patches. you won't believe the carbon that comes out. 1/2 that many is a average day. been doing this in the same area for 10 yrs. the ranchers find me other places to shoot pd so i and my 4 brothers will come back and shoot the towns we can't wipe out. we spend 10 to 20 days each year. more fun than poison.we only use low recoil guns so to see every hit.

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#3275862 - 04/13/21 08:51 AM Re: What do you consider a good day for shooting prairie dogs? [Re: jb42]
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Originally Posted By: jb42
i used a counter hanging on my front rest to count hits. i use a 360 deg. swivel bench rest in the back of a daihatsu mini truck with atv tires and move often. on ranches that want them gone. i did fire 1100 rounds. went back the next day killed 561. i hang gun pointed down and put distilled water down the barrel and then run 4 or 5 dry patches. you won't believe the carbon that comes out. 1/2 that many is a average day. been doing this in the same area for 10 yrs. the ranchers find me other places to shoot pd so i and my 4 brothers will come back and shoot the towns we can't wipe out. we spend 10 to 20 days each year. more fun than poison.we only use low recoil guns so to see every hit.


I don't care if you were pouring liquid helium down the barrel, the math just doesn't add up. Now, you're adding in that you "move often" which no matter how you slice the fish story just doesn't allow enough time in a day for one person to shoot that many PD's because nobody or their rifle is going to shoot a PD continuous none stop every 30-45 seconds for 8-12 hours straight with no breaks in order to achieve those kinds of numbers.

It's best to do some math before you make silly claims. Reminds me of another Ohio person that claims his Bmag shoots dime size groups at 100yds all the time everytime and with any and all ammo. crazy

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#3277319 - 05/17/21 01:29 PM Re: What do you consider a good day for shooting prairie dogs? [Re: CRE10]
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Any day out shooting P-dogs is a great day. Numbers don't matter. I recently shot southwest Wyoming and only shot 51 rounds for the entire day. Worth every second. I hunt Montana almost 3 weeks a year and shoot on some days new fields close to 300 rounds a day. Multiple guns switching out when they get warm. Clean at lunch and start over again in the afternoon. Worth every second. I love being out and seeing the beauty that surrounds us. I have taken friends out and I have only fired one or two rounds for the entire day to let them enjoy the experience. I have read others say to take 1000 rounds per day and I'm in agreement with the numbers just don't match up. We'll see what the shortages are going to do to the avid P-dog hunters. Getting ready to take off for Montana in a week or so and taking 2 20 Pracs, 1 .204 and a 17 HMR for close stuff. Probably about 4500 rounds for the first trip. I hope I don't shoot them all. Happy dogging to all you avid shooters. Pray for this country to heal so we can get back to normal.
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#3277849 - 05/31/21 04:07 PM Re: What do you consider a good day for shooting prairie dogs? [Re: CRE10]
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Depends on the property, some local ranches 10-20 shots.Some closer to 100. But they still need shot. Plus it helps feed the turkey vulture population!

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#3278045 - 06/06/21 10:53 AM Re: What do you consider a good day for shooting prairie dogs? [Re: reb8600]
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Originally Posted By: reb8600
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.


thumbup1 I'll second that

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#3278249 - 06/11/21 11:17 AM Re: What do you consider a good day for shooting prairie dogs? [Re: CRE10]
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Having living in prairie dog areas my whole life and have shot in many different towns, I'll be honest. Most people who come in from a place that doesn't have them have numbers that I'm skeptical about.

You hear a lot of guys saying they've heard or have seen or have killed 1000 prairie dogs in a day.

Well our favorite Pal Mr. Artithmatic just rear's it's ugly had sometimes and here's how it pencils out. . .

Not much before 8am and not much after 8pm is when the shooting starts and stops. My experience may be different than others, but we'll just go with that.

12 hours= 720 minutes

I don't know about you, but I've never had 12 hours of killing a dog every minute. EVEN IF you shoot 50% that means you actually kill one every 30 seconds.

No pee breaks, no lunch breaks, no picking up and moving. That is the math and I can tell you that it would be extremely difficult to average killing a prairie dog every 30 seconds for 12 hours non-stop.

But IF that was the case to get to 1000 you'd have to kill a prairie dog every 43.2 seconds. That's with 100% accuracy... at best at that volume a human could possibly do is MAYBE 75%. MAYBE. But I highly doubt that. The volume is too high and if you don't have time to move to a different town or even a different place on that property you'd be shooting farther and farther out as the day goes on.

My buddies from the east part of the state would call out "hit!" when I know dang well from that dust flying up in front of the mound that that was in no way a confirmed hit.

I'm not trying to be that grumpy guy, but in trying to answer the original post, math isn't some guy's strong suit. Can 2 guys kill 1000 in a day? Probably, but to be honest. Not likely.

So back to the math. If you killed 500 prairie dogs in one day with 75% accuracy for 12 hours in a day, you'd be killing a priairie dog every 63 seconds.

Every 63 seconds on AVERAGE. So yes, right when you get to a town it's pretty easy to shoot 5-6 that' first minute, but in an hour, the shooting will slow down significantly.

Basic math is our friend. I don't want some people to think that they are failures or they have to keep looking for the prairie dog gold mine to get what most people perceive they get. Just go out and have fun. I do find more success in killing 50 dogs with a high percentage than I do 100 dogs with sub-par accuracy.

You may want to double check my math, but it pencils out for me.
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#3278271 - 06/12/21 04:24 AM Re: What do you consider a good day for shooting prairie dogs? [Re: CRE10]
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I have mentioned the same math as you. I won’t call many an out and out liar, but I am old enough I have heard a fair amount of BS and darn near all the fish storie.
Some get butt hurt over this subject. I have shot in enough timed events, based around accuracy and speed to have somewhat of an idea of what is honestly possible.

Lol, bang and the dog is gone does not mean a hit.


I did a fairly honest count last month on three of us. Our hit ratio was at or around 50%. We ran through about 175 rounds a day including rimfire along with moving and reloading. We all wish we had the problem of 1000 round day every other time out.


Edited by jsh (06/12/21 04:24 AM)

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#3278277 - 06/12/21 09:49 AM Re: What do you consider a good day for shooting prairie dogs? [Re: Sgt_Mike]
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Originally Posted By: Sgt_Mike
Originally Posted By: reb8600
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.


thumbup1 I'll second that


And I will third that. thumbup1

A week from today I plan on being in Wyoming doing my level best to atomize some hapless prairie poodles. Got Sat-Sun to hunt one area of BLM land before moving on to a private ranch (two of them actually, both owned by the same person) to help him out with his hole digging friends. And this guy is "oh by the way I have a few coyotes too that you can shoot". Twist my arm why don't you? smile
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#3278278 - 06/12/21 10:28 AM Re: What do you consider a good day for shooting prairie dogs? [Re: CRE10]
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;-) we got to the point of looking for ones laying flat on a mound. The acrobatics from the hydraulic effect when a 17 or 20 caliber pill is applied just under the chin is pretty impressive.

I have some Calhoon double hollow points I am going to try in the near future.

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#3278421 - 06/18/21 12:35 AM Re: What do you consider a good day for shooting prairie dogs? [Re: CRE10]
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It’s been a lot of years (20ish) since I’ve shot pds. If my memory is correct we would shoot 150-300 rds with a most times 50% hits. 300yds and less yielded great accuracy but 300-600 the averages started to go down fast. Best shoot was with an 17 hmr. Wind in my face. Shot around 400-500 rounds with about 250 kills out to 300dys. The small rifle doesn’t heat up and the sound is less so the pds stay much closer then shooting the big rifles. My # might not be great but it was awesome and I’ve learned to shoot a lot better since then. Hopefully someday I can get back out to shoot some.

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#3278466 - 06/20/21 01:48 PM Re: What do you consider a good day for shooting prairie dogs? [Re: CRE10]
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Upon my return trip home from Montana bear hunting I stopped in Wyoming for some PD action with my Tikka 17 Remington.. A few years ago I found some property while antelope hunting that had what seemed like miles of PD towns.
I stopped there last year with my bear rifle and shot several PD in the 300-500 yard range.
This time I was armed with the 17. I had a great morning shooting while my wife called out the shots and yardage. I killed several over 400 yards with the 25 grain Hornady bullets.
I did break out my deer rifle and killed one at 634 yards. My wife said I had to put the deer rifle up and get the 17 back out.
We shot for a few hours before the wind got too sporty for the 17 so we shut down.
I just love shooting PD’s.

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#3283929 - 10/21/21 09:16 AM Re: What do you consider a good day for shooting prairie dogs? [Re: jb42]
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Originally Posted By: jb42
my best day 6/20 was 961 with 5 triples and 27 doubles with 527 cz 20vt it was a very liberal dog town!


If you are from ID sounds more like a ground squirrel day (sage rats, potgut's, squeeks, etc)

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#3284244 - 10/27/21 08:18 PM Re: What do you consider a good day for shooting prairie dogs? [Re: CRE10]
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Well I guess I'm the odd man here. Never been PD shooting, never shot at one and never really had the desire to go. But if I could tag along and shoot at the coyotes coming in for a free meal....count me in.


Edited by pyscodog (10/27/21 08:18 PM)
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#3289363 - 12/30/21 11:03 AM Re: What do you consider a good day for shooting prairie dogs? [Re: CRE10]
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Registered: 12/29/21
Posts: 3
Loc: North Dakota
I started shooting prairie dogs when I moved to North Dakota in 1977. I average about 7 trips a year, as the dog towns are not too far away. I've used 222, 223, 22-250, 243, 17 hmr and now the 17 WSM. A typical day I'd burn up 500 rounds of 17 WSM, and conservatively average 80% on my hits. Currently, I'm on my 4th 17 WSM(Savage, Franklin Arms, Ruger, Volquartsen). Conditions have to be fairly good with winds no stronger than 15 mph. I have a Leupold 6.5x20 mounted on all of the guns mentioned. I use a portable swiveling bench with sandbags. I also use a Leupold range finder. My longest shots are at 300 yards with the majority in the 125-175 yard range. The 20 grain pellet has plenty of knock down for PD shooting. I have also taken several coyotes with the same load/gun. Therefore, I have done my fair share of reducing the prairie dog population. As a side note, shooting prairie dogs keeps you in good shape when it comes to all the other hunting you may do.

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#3292746 - 01/28/22 11:54 PM Re: What do you consider a good day for shooting prairie dogs? [Re: CRE10]
sscoyote Offline
Die Hard Member III

Registered: 11/28/02
Posts: 2486
Loc: pueblo, co
shooting with guns is great but in the end i've had just as much fun shooting them with bows too.

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#3293078 - 02/01/22 10:42 AM Re: What do you consider a good day for shooting prairie dogs? [Re: sscoyote]
spotstalkshoot Online
Die Hard Member III

Registered: 12/22/13
Posts: 2418
Loc: so.mn
When I'm with other shooters, 200 rds a day is enough. Usually I plan for 2 moves, but have setup 4 times because of weather. Take a break/move for lunch which also least is setting trucks or popup for shade. I have seen shooters who run 10-12 hits out of 50 rds. I always help them, often their"zero" isn't on. I have shot clean on 50 rd boxes, but seem to be usually well into the 40's if the shooting is mainly 250 yards or less. Some areas leaving town at 8am means first shots about 10-10:30, so we shoot until 5pm. I have shot to sunset in Aug, but don't like driving pastures after dark. These are prairie dogs, would like to shoot gophers sometime with rimfires.

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#3293112 - 02/01/22 02:34 PM Re: What do you consider a good day for shooting prairie dogs? [Re: CRE10]
Stugotz Offline
Predator Master

Registered: 04/17/17
Posts: 62
Loc: Minnesota, USA
My best day ever was when my friends AR Jammed and he became my designated spotter. His jam happened very early on the second day we were out and with him spotting constantly I must have killed over 350 P. Dogs. I offered to let him shoot my rifle but he was content just spotting for me. After a long day of shooting we went back to the motel and were able to clear the issue with his rifle. We were back at it the next day. I have never done so much shooting in one day. I always plan for LOTS of shooting and drive out west myself toting everything but the kitchen sink and LOTS of .204 Ruger and .223 ammo. You can never be to prepared in my book.
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