If you are interested in shooting sage rats in the area, here is some general information to get you started.
- Take hwy 31 east off of 97, just south of LaPine to Fort Rock.
- In both Fort Rock and Christmas Valley you just need to knock on doors (they all say yes, except the ones with No Hunting posted.
- Skip the grass fields, go for the alfalfa.
There is a commercial ranch (Dinsdale Ranch) ten miles past Fort Rock (on the way to Christmas Valley) that has a sign-up sheet at their weigh station for hunters. They have maps of all their fields and encourage shooters, but only 22 rim fire are allowed. They have about 20 fields locally, so there should be enough to go around.
There are two hotels in Christmas Valley that are both a little gross but at least partially clean. A guy can easily shoot 50 rats a day and triple that on a good day.
Here is a link to the general Christmas Valley area on Google maps for those of you who don’t know how to find your *** with both hands. (Sorry about the rude *** comment, but I just spilled hot coffee in my lap and it made me irritable. Now I need to go shoot some squirrels.)
I forgot to mention that when you are looking at the Google map, if you click “Find a Business” and then type in RANCH, it will give you a list of ranches and driving directions to them on the map. You can then call them before you go so that you aren’t wasting your time driving around when you could be shooting squirrels instead. Once again I’ve done the work for you because I’m cool.