where to go to shoot prairie dogs

Discussion in 'Hunting Forum' started by rodl, Apr 28, 2014.

  1. rodl

    rodl New Member

    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!
  2. Tackleberry1

    Tackleberry1 New Member

    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. :eek:

    Good luck


  3. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly Active Member

    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.
  4. John_Deer

    John_Deer New Member

    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.
  5. Eagle1803

    Eagle1803 New Member

    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?:D
  6. seancslaughter

    seancslaughter New Member

    Check craigslist for people asking for help shooting the dang things

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  7. 7point62

    7point62 Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

    I'd love to hit Montana for a week or so with my 700 in 204 Ruger.
  8. MOshooter

    MOshooter New Member

    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.
  9. sandog

    sandog Member

    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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  10. Tackleberry1

    Tackleberry1 New Member

    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.
  11. WebleyFosbery38

    WebleyFosbery38 New Member

    I thought it was a trick question, "Where to go to shoot prairie dogs". I would guess a prairie! Did I win?
  12. TexasRog

    TexasRog New Member

    Best place I have found is Pierre, South Dakota. That is the home of the Varmint Hunters Association. You can get a membership for cheap, they send out magazines, and list places you can shoot. I shoot out by the Oahe Dam along the river. If you go the local cafe and ask around you will find places to shoot for free. :)
  13. CaptMidnight

    CaptMidnight New Member Supporter

    Get Public Land Maps for the Rocky Mtn States. Idaho requires a Non-Rez hunting licenses for instance. Wyoming does not require a license. I would check regulations by state. Utah has the "White Tail" Prairie Dog on the endangered list. Colorado has some good public land shooting.
    Remember Prairie Dogs carry the Bubonic Plaque do not pick up dead animals or camp near the towns. Take precautions to avoid the "fleas" which transmit this disease.
    The areas designated as "Deserts" are very good habitat and are usually public lands. The Prairie Dog towns are also Rattle Snake domains. Eagles and Horned Owls feed in these areas. Make sure you do not bother these Raptors.
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2014