Archive for October, 2007

4 17hmr Ballistic Tips Vs. One Ground Squirrel

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

I just posted this on youtube. I was going through old discs of squirrel hunts that I haven’t used yet, and found a ton of stuff I forgot I had. This video is 4 shots taken from my Savage 17 hmr at a ground squirrel. It was at the end of the day, and I’d just missed the last 5 squirrels or so. (Even the SquirrelSniper gets weak and tired after 8 hours of shooting and only 4 Twinkies.)

These shots all hit though, and this squirrel ends up in 3 or 4 pieces. The video is a little shaky because Wanna Bee was holding the video camera in his hand, instead of having it on the tripod. Also, the rolling sound in the background in the middle of the video is of my brass rolling around on the dash…. Yea, Yea, I know, but I was just too tired and lazy by then to get out of the truck. LOL

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Vote For Best Squirrel Dog…

Monday, October 29th, 2007

OK, some stuff just makes you laugh, especially when it’s first thing in the morning and has to do with wiener dogs. Frankie, over at VegPlot has a dilemma. The squirrels are eating his
Chestnuts, and his wife says she’ll divorce him if he gets a wiener dog, which Wikipedia says is the King of Squirrel Dogs. LOL

Of course, if you read the Wikipedia post, it looks like the wiener dog is actually the meat of choice.

Squirrels can often become prey to different dogs that have the speed and agility to catch them. Dachshunds are among some of these. Its light red or pink flesh has only a slight game taste.

So, Frankie is asking for other suggestions for a squirrel dog, instead of a, as he puts it, sausage dog…

My vote, of course, would be to make his wife chase the squirrels until she let him have his weenie dog. It’s hard to be depressed when you own something that’s so goofy looking that it makes you laugh just to look at it.

How Many Unsafe Hunting Practices Do You See?

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

This 10 minute hunting video has some good squirrel shooting footage on it, but watching it made me cringe. From the looks of it, and the sound of it, they are using a .22 long rifle and an AR-15 in .223. BUT, they are doing quite a few things that are really unsafe, as well as indiscriminately shooting things other than squirrels.

The main problem I have with their shooting is that they don’t make sure of their backstop before taking the shot. They take shots at squirrels that are in front of Cows, Houses, Tractors, Roads, Sprinkler Pipes and more.

They are also shooting birds. While you can get a hunting license to shoot some birds, LBB’s (little brown birds) and Magpies aren’t included in that list. (As a matter of fact, last time I checked, it was illegal to shoot Magpies in Oregon, and the video looks like it was shot in Central Oregon. But, I’ve been wrong before.)

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Rocky The Flying Squirrel

Tuesday, October 9th, 2007

Oh Yea! This is a great piece of footage. LOL
If you’ve ever wanted to see a squirrel shot out of a canon, this is what it would look like.

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Update to the “Cougars & Wolves” Post

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

Bob Rich over at said I was a little hard on the DEP Biologist, so here’s my small retraction…. “Sorry” DEP Guy… (while looking down and scuffing my toe in the dust.) LOL

Bob said that:

NOTE: In all fairness, the DEP Biologist did get back to me and he has always responded to my letters. It was the Sergeant that simply didn’t believe me. Here’s what the biologist wrote:

For those of you who haven’t read Bob’s cougar story, go to and read it.

In the post I did on Bob’s cougar story and my wolf story, I didn’t mention that the cattle rancher who gave me permission to hunt on their property told me that there had been two cougar sightings on their property the day before, within 10 minutes of each other, 3 miles apart. You might think a cougar could do 3 miles in 10 minutes, but not when one mile is straight up over a mountain, and another mile is straight down the other side. (The other issue is, “if you see one, there’s 10 more watching you”.)

She also told me that the year before, they had had a bowhunter come in all white and shaky and tell them that a cougar had been stalking him, and that he had turned around and seen it just in time to get up from where he was sitting and attack it first. (Yelling, waiving his arms etc…) He told the lady that owns the ranch that he would never bow hunt again without taking a pistol or rifle with him, even if he got a ticket for it.

I also play poker with a guy who says he has been stalked by a cougar three times in the Blue Mountains of Oregon. Twice, when elk hunting, he has followed his own trail back to camp in the snow and seen cougar tracks covering his. Another time, when he stopped to use the outhouse at Target Meadows, above the Tollgate ranger station, he came out of the outhouse to see that a cougar had walked around the outhouse three times when he was in there; it had just started to snow as he left his truck.

We also lost an elderly man, who was a diabetic, in that same area this year. He left camp to pick huckleberries, and just disappeared. One of the search guys said that he ran into a cougar 20 feet off the trail, about 100 yards from the guys trailer. He also said there was a ton of bear sign too. (The whole thing freaks me out a little since I got lost up there once when I was a kid…. Overnight! Ahhhh!)