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Old 04-29-2014, 03:34 AM   #1
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I'm trying to put a trip together for my nephews this summer to shoot some prairie dogs. I've found some hunting ranches online that offer "guided hunts" for a lot of $$, but I don't really have the funds for that. I was wondering how you guys go about finding spots to shoot. I'm located in eastern Missouri and it is at least an 8hr drive until I am in prairie dog territory, so I'd like to have at least an idea of where to go.
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You need to locate and talk to ranchers and farmers.

I got to go out to eastern Oregon a few weeks ago and had a blast zapping the little buggers but I just lucked into having a client out on a fishing trip when he mentioned the trip and his private access... "He knows the Rancher".

Try hanging out at the ranges and gun clubs... Look for the guys shooting varmint guns like accurized .17 HMR's and Loooong barreled AR's and ask them.

If your a decent shot you may get an invite.

You could try calling ranchers but they are understandable leery of shooters they don't know. Varmint hunters certainly help them out but any gains are lost quickly when a stray round catches a bovine.

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South Dakota has some excellent hunting for P-dogs.
I usually just drive up to Dalhart,Tx to hunt them. The ranchers in the panhandle hate these critter's,and we have been asked by a couple others to come on their ranches and kill all we want for free while we were up there hunting on property next to them.

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If you live in a rural area, a few fence staples and a hammer will get you more hunting places than cash money. Proving you will shut the gate is required. Be helpful! You will pick up some ammo money and win a lot of goodwill. If you want to claim hunting rights to a farm you must be willing to get rid of all the pests they have on the place. When you have coyote traps set and other activities going on the landowner is going to tell everyone else no.

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I'm trying to put a trip together for my nephews this summer to shoot some prairie dogs. I've found some hunting ranches online that offer "guided hunts" for a lot of $$, but I don't really have the funds for that. I was wondering how you guys go about finding spots to shoot. I'm located in eastern Missouri and it is at least an 8hr drive until I am in prairie dog territory, so I'd like to have at least an idea of where to go.
Thank you for any help you can provide. This forum is the best!
I was kinda wondering the same thing, I would love to go prairie dog hunting.

does out of state for these dogs cost extra, say like if i wanted to go to SD to shoot the little devils?
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I'd love to hit Montana for a week or so with my 700 in 204 Ruger.

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Years ago we hunted P. Dogs near Rapid City,SD.

We hunted P.Dogs at Buffalo Gap National Grasslands,during a National 4H shooting Comp.
There were several of us parents that took 4H kids to Buffalo Gap,which had several large P Dog Towns that we set up on,we had a great time and it only cost us our ammo and time.

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I am working temporarily in the North Dakota oilfields. All of the prairie dog towns I've seen are on public lands, National Grassland to be exact. The little buggers don't seem to like prairie that has been disturbed by plows. Cattle they don't seem to mind, as cattle are not much different than the bison that the prairie dogs shared the plains with for thousands of years. I have not seen any mounds in farmland or even private ranches here. Some cattle grazing is allowed on the National Grasslands. I go shooting on the public land near Teddy Roosevelt National Park. All that is needed to legally shoot in North Dakota is non-resident non game license. It was $17 last year, could be a bit more this year, I haven't got around to getting a new one yet. You don't need to hire a guide. Just get out here, look on a N.D. state atlas for the Natl. Grassland, and drive until you see some dog mounds. This town has many hundred mounds and covers a good square mile. Try to resist shooting the new crop of youngsters, they aren't smart about humans and are easily slaughtered. One could easily deplete the population of a town picking off the baby dogs. Here are some pics from last week, notice mounds near the rifles. Poor cell phone pic is of a dog shot with a .223 varmint load.

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I was kinda wondering the same thing, I would love to go prairie dog hunting.

does out of state for these dogs cost extra, say like if i wanted to go to SD to shoot the little devils?
Gotta check the laws...

I was hunting them in Oregon which requires no license if varmint hunting your own land "or invited by the land owner". License is required to hunt them on public lands.

I was behind a locked gate on private land so I didn't need to worry about it.
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