Reviving an old thread.
I found this posting several weeks back and decided that it was darn near time for me to go out and hunt my first Prairie dog. My buddy Jack and I headed up on 7/16 and stayed at the Canyon Lodge in Seligman. Sunday morning we headed to the ranch. It was late in the season and the doggies got pretty spooked when we drove by. So, we decided to make it a fun day by taking no shots under 250 yards. With the laser rangefinder in hand, we drove around to spot a good place to go low and prone. Luck was not on our side.
It took an hour to find a place to hunt. We found a hillside that have us 500 yards of clearing and we spotted about 40 burrow/holes within our minimum 250 yard. As we set up our gear and optics, I had a shocking discovery. We forgot our 5-round AR magazines! The only thing I had was two 30-rnd Pmags. Sucked! We decided to just manually load one round at a time. This made our hunt much harder as we didn't have much of a chance to do any follow-up shots. After 2 hours of hunting, we netted 4 confirmed 1-shot kills. We had hoped for a better run but the winds were around 9-15mph, our rifles kept sinking into the soft earth, and our 8x and 12x optics were "just" good enough to see an 8" tall doggie.
Overall, it was a FUN first hunt. I'm looking forward to coming here again next year in early June and slam some more!Question for you pro hunters out there. Is there an actual "season" for prairie dogs? Or, can I go out and hunt them all year long, like bunnies and coyotes?