Archive for April, 2009

Holy Dead Squirrels Batman!

Friday, April 24th, 2009

Nikki, who did the video below this one too, sent me a new one that has over 200 squirrels being shot with a .17 HMR, using Hornady Ballistic Tips. You should see how thick these squirrels are, or were, it’s kind of creepy. (Like Hitchcock’s “Birds”, only with squirrels instead.)

I need to find out where this is so I can go there. All of this footage was shot in 2 days.

Squirrel Shooting Almost Sold Out!

Friday, April 24th, 2009

Jennifer, at the Crown Cattle Company, emailed me today to say thanks for putting them on the website. She says that almost all of their available days have been booked for the season, and they have only a couple of days left. If you want to grab one of the last few days available contact her at the number or email address below.

Jennifer
Crown Cattle Company
crowncattle@gmail.com
(541) 542-2608

Squirrel Shooting in Slow Motion

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

There are a couple of shots on this video of two squirrel with one round, and the last two shots are from 304 and 357 yards out. The video is a little over 6 minutes, and worth watching. Watch and enjoy…

Ironside, Oregon 4H Fundraising Shoot

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

Next Sunday, April 26th, 2009, in Ironside, Oregon, the Oakes Ranch is having a 4-H fundraising shoot for anyone who wants to come. The shoot is from 10am to 4pm Mountain Time, or 9am to 3pm Unity, Oregon time, for those of you who will still be there after the Annual Squirrel Roundup on Saturday.

The Oakes Ranch is in Ironside, Oregon, and is a mile or two north of Highway 26, about 28 miles east of Unity. Their phone number is 541-446-3557, or 541-889-2302, for anyone who needs directions or has questions about the event.

This is the second time that the Oakes have done this in the last couple of years. Both times have been to benefit granddaughters who are in 4H and have been trying to raise the $4,000.00 it takes to pay for their Student Agricultural Exchange trips to Australia.

Lunch will be available, and, according to Mrs. Oakes, it’ll be pulled pork or BBQ Pork sandwiches, plus a bunch of other stuff. If you want to know for sure, give them a call. Here is a list of the events that are planned for Sunday, and it looks like a ton of fun. All the events have prizes, plus there is a grand prize of $100.00.

  • Rim Fire Egg Shoot: 5 shots at an egg suspended by a string at 50 and 100 yards off hand. This is a rim fire event made for you guys who have .17HMR’s, and still have ammo left after the squirrel shoot on Saturday. The price to enter the competition is $5, and you can enter twice if you need to. (Of course, that means you suck, but hey.)
  • Long Rang Rifle: 5 shots at a deck of playing cards at a distance of between 200 and 300 yards. (You can shoot from prone using a bipod or rucksack rest only.) The best poker hand wins…
  • Long Range Steel Target: 5 shots at steel targets in the 200 to 300 yard range. You can enter the long range shoots for $10, twice.
  • Sporting Clays: 36 clay birds and/or rabbits for a $15 entry fee.
  • Pistol Shoot: 5 shots at 10-25 yards. You can enter for $5 and do it twice if you have to…
  • There is a discount for multiple entries!
  • And Finally, there is going to be a .50 caliber shoot too, but you will need to call them on the particulars.
  • It was also mentioned, that there might be some squirrels to shoot, but you will need to call and ask about that too…

All of you guys who are going to the Unity Squirrel Roundup need to show up for this, have some fun, and spend some money for a good cause. If your willing to spend $75 per hunter to shoot squirrels where the prizes suck, you might as well spend some money to help out some kids.

SS

Dead Sage Rats

Monday, April 20th, 2009

I went squirrel shooting on Saturday, and got 86 dead squirrels on tape in about an hour and a half. It was awesome, considering how the day started out.

I was supposed to meet the Verminator and some new meat in Unity at noon on Saturday to go shooting, but nothing went right, and I ended up not getting into Unity till around 1pm. I went to the bar, ate a burger and tots and waited for them to come and find me. They showed up around 2:30 and told me that they had only dropped like 60 rats in the last 2 days.

Well, 2 days and 60 rats sucks, so I told them to go ahead and head back to the ranch they were shooting, and I would try to line something good up for the next day. This of course entails driving a bunch of gravel roads and knocking on doors, but that doesn’t usually bother me too much, since it’s for a good cause. The only drawback was that I was driving my truck, which has Washington plates, which makes them think I’m some damn Seattle city slicker instead of the good-ol-boy that I am. (In the past I’ve actually borrowed my Dad’s truck with Oregon plates…)

I drove into Ironside and headed down the first gravel road on my left. I knew that I could hit up the first ranch, because I’d shot squirrels there before, but they hadn’t been that good, so I drove on. I ended up stopping at the Oakes place, at least that’s what I think the name was, but it could have been Doaks or Oaks; I suck with names.

The short version is that they have a killer view over thousands of acres of grass, but they are a Century Ranch, which means that they have been around for over 100 years, and have tons of friends and relatives who like to shoot squirrels, so the answer was no. But, read the next post, because they have some fun stuff going on next weekend as far as shooting and squirrels go. (By the way, the Unity Squirrel Roundup is next Saturday…)

I then wandered Northeast for a few miles until I came to some road signs. By then, I was afraid I would spend the rest of my life on gravel roads in Oregon, so I followed the sign pointing me back to highway 26. As I got to the highway, there was a pickup coming down the road, so I waived the guy over and asked him if he knew where I could shoot some squirrels. He told me to follow him, and took me to meet his boss.

I’d tell you his name and all, but I’m still debating it in my head whether to tell anyone or not where it’s located. (When you shoot 86 squirrels in less than an hour and a half, it’s not human nature to want to share that location with others.) The ranch owner did tell me though, that he was interested in having shooters come out for around $35 a day, so you may get your chance yet. I’ll let you know…

The ranch is 2600 acres of hay, watered by those huge center pivots, so you know that it’s prime squirrel land. As a matter of fact, it’s where the winners of the 2007 Unity Squirrel Roundup were shooting when they took 1st place. According to the owner, that group of 6 shooters only picked up squirrels till 1pm, instead of 4pm, because they knew they had already won and were tired of picking up squirrels. They won with 992 dead squirrels, which comes out to 33 squirrels shot per shooter, for 5 straight hours, and that includes the time they took to pick them up. (When was the last time you shot 1 squirrel every 2 minutes for 5 hours straight?)

I’ll continue this post later…

SS

Crown Cattle Company Update

Friday, April 17th, 2009

I talked to Jennifer, at the Crown Cattle Company today, and she asked me to tell everyone that they only allow 1 group of shooters per day. That means if you don’t get your request in soon enough, then another group might book your vacation days before you do… And boy, wouldn’t that suck?

Call Jennifer at: (541) 542-2608

SS

Crown Cattle Company Offering Squirrel Shooting

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

Jennifer and Mat, over at the Crown Cattle Company, which is located near Seneca, between John Day and Burns, Oregon, are offering sage rat shooting for very reasonable rates. In this instance, reasonable means that you have the luxury of showing up from hundreds of miles away and knowing you’ll have a place to shoot squirrels. In my opinion, their rates are great, and I’d sign up in a heartbeat if I was coming in to shoot squirrels from out of the area.

If you want to shoot on their property, you need to call them at (541) 542-2608 and make a reservation before showing up. (What did I just say people? DON’T JUST SHOW UP, CALL FIRST, LIKE A PERSON WITH MANNERS!) They have a 2 page form to fill out that says if you break stuff or yourself, or shoot each other, or shoot cows, horses, chickens, or Big Foot, you will be asked to leave a check for the damages, and then, “Just Leave”!

The Cattle Company’s squirrel shooting rates are $25 per day, per hunter, Monday through Thursday, and then they go up on Friday, Saturday and Sunday to $35 per hunter per day. They offer special pricing of $10 per day for hunters under 12 years old, but I don’t know anyone in their right mind who’d want to go squirrel hunting with someone under 12. (Oh, Dang, I wrote that out loud, didn’t I? Please don’t send me mail, I won’t read it anyway…) They also offer $5 off per hunter, for groups with more than 3 adult hunter in them. (No further discount for the kids, sorry.)

Here are all the rules and regulation, except for the “No shooting Bigfoot type legalese from the back of the form”:

  • You must schedule hunting times with the owner prior to your visit.
    1. Prior to hunting, you must sign a release form and agree to follow the hunting rules. Everyone in your party who will be on the property needs to read, sign, and place these forms in the orange box prior to hunting. Parents must sign for minor children.
    2. You are only allowed to shoot sage rats and badgers.
    3. Driving off roads is allowed only if ground is dry enough that you are not leaving ANY ruts. No driving is allowed on the hay meadows. You are welcome to walk in any of the designated hunting areas. No driving off roads after July 10th due to fire danger.
    4. Do not leave any garbage, litter or ammo boxes behind. Please take it when you leave.
    5. No shooting near horses or cattle.
    6. No shooting around the shop, barn, houses, or corrals.
    7. Close all gates that you open.
    8. Drive and hunt only in the designated areas. (See map that will be provided)
    9. Violation of these rules will get you tossed off the place, with a request never to return…

There are a couple more points I’d like to make. The above rules should be no-brainer, common sense, reality to people who shoot and/or hunt on other’s property. Please don’t make the rest of us look bad and close down another hunting area, like the Dinsdale Ranch, because you’re an ID TEN TANGO.

Here’s a map that shows where Seneca is:

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Prairie Dog Slowmo

Sunday, April 12th, 2009

It’s hard for me to realize just how much bigger Prairie Dogs are over the Belding ground squirrels we usually shoot. Check out the size of these dogs while watching this video from PrairieDogHunting.net.

Bye Bye Squirrels

Sunday, April 12th, 2009

Just a short video of squirrels doing back flips, 360′s, somersaults and learning to fly. Some of the squirrels have split personalities and a few seam to be falling apart at the seams.

Squirrel Eating Live Snake

Sunday, April 12th, 2009

Check out this video of a squirrel and a snake going at it. The snake is trying to get away, and the squirrel is eating it’s tail as it tries to get away. I don’t know who to root for, since I like shooting squirrels and snakes. LOL