The Verminator Is After Varmints

I’m headed to Unity again tomorrow to shoot a few more squirrels. I wanted to just hang out at the house and fix the messed up video about counting squirrels, but my brother-in-law, the Verminator, feels the need to kill something. He was invited to go to the squirrel shoot last week, but he decided that saving his marriage, by taking his wife and kids to the beach with the in-laws, was more important that killing rodents. I think he regrets that decision now. (You can always get a new wife, but squirrel hunting weekends only come on weekends. If you figure that the sage rats are only out from April to July, you then realize just how valuable those squirrel shooting weekends really are. LOL)

I suppose it’s OK with me too, because I proved last week that I couldn’t get any decent videos of squirrel hunting up close and personal. The only really good shot I had last week ended up being 3 feet to the left of the frame. I shot this sage rat with a 50 grain Nosler Ballistic tip from about 100 yards out with my Bushmaster .223 Varminter, and it just exploded. I then proceeded to hit it twice more while the pieces were still dancing in the wind. But, all you get to see on tape is a big cloud of dust and hear a bunch of people yelling “Oh Yea”, “Nice Shot”, “Holy Crap, Did You See That?”. It’s not really the same as actually seeing the shot, so I will try again tomorrow.

5 Responses to “The Verminator Is After Varmints”

  1. lpierce says:

    I am a bit of a rookie to the Sage Rat thing. I live in Portland and want to head East in search of the little fellas. Any suggestions on where I should go? Please help, I need to kill som critters.

  2. There are a lot of squirrel shooters in the Bend area, and that’s just a couple of hours out of Portland. The problem is, I don’t personally know any of them, nor do I know where they shoot over there.

    If you were willing to drive to Unity, then you could just stop and talk to a rancher or two and find a place to shoot squirrels, no problem. Or, you could go to Burns and head east over to Crane and shoot squirrels in the hay fields around there. (rimfire only.)

    If you wanted to go all the way over to Ontario, they have a managed wildlife area on a guys ranch that has some good squirel shooting. But, you would probably need to contact Ontario fish and game to get directions to the ranch they are using… Sorry but I don’t remember the name of it.

    The best way to get a sure thing would be to call the Unity Motel and ask Bill to take you squirrel shooting. I’m sure if you booked a room for the weekend and gave Bill some money for his time, he could find you a couple of hundred squirrels to shoot; especialy if you gave him a few days notice. I’ve dont this a few times and it fricken rocked.


  3. Try contacting:
    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

    Prineville District Office
    3050 N.E. 3rd Street
    Prineville, OR 97754
    Telephone: 541-416-6700
    Fax: 541-416-6798

    Burns District
    28910 Hwy 20 West
    Burns, OR 97738
    Telephone: 541-573-4400
    Fax: 541-573-4411

    These guys are going to have a pretty good idea of what’s available in the Prinville, Bend and Burns area.

    You should also follow the link on the front page of this site to the “Great Squirrel Massacre” sorry, the “Great varmint Massacre”. The massacre took place in Christmas Valley, Oregon. The Christmas Valley Chamber of Commerce is located on the web at

    Squirrel Sniper

  4. mrkc says:

    Been shooting in the Crane area a few years but would like to try another area. Would you have the phone # for the Unity Motel?
    Also would like info on the Unity Squirrel hunting competition.

  5. Unity Motel
    Phone: (541) 446-3431

    Give them a call, they can fill you in on pretty much everything you need to know. Also, the gal who owns “The Eldorado Ditch” Bar, is the one who is in charge of the annual squirrel shoot. (541) 446-3447.

    Google map

    I heard the squirrels are still out in the afternoons and evenings. Have fun!


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