Yakima Was A Bust For Squirrel Hunting

I saw a bunch of squirrels, but I couldn’t shoot them because the area was too populated. I saw a ton of California ground squirrels around the orchards and fields along Ahtanum Rd., but there were just too many farms, horses, cows, goats, kids (both human and goatal… that’s got to be a real word, right? Goatal?) cars and chickens to get off a safe shot.

But, I did end up killing a couple of squirrels anyway. I was driving along, minding my own business, when into my sight, around a curve in the road, came 3 ground squirrels. One of the squirrels was alongside the road, and the other two squirrels were in the middle of the road; just on my side of the yellow line.

The two squirrels in the middle of the road were facing my left front wheel and doing the nasty at a high rate of speed. (I think the squirrel on the side of the road was either watching or waiting for his turn.) I decided that I should make sure that they practiced safe sex and used birth control, so I gave them a rubber. Unfortunately for them, it was the rubber on my tire, which kind of killed the “safe” in safe sex, since neither squirrel lived. LOL

Back to the squirrel hunting issue though. I think that there are probably a ton of California ground squirrels along highway 97 between Goldendale and Toppenish. I know there’s a bunch of them from Christmas Valley in Oregon all the way to Biggs Junction, so it makes sense that they would have crossed the Columbia River at Biggs and headed north to Yakima. That’s obviously why there are California ground squirrels in only 2 Washington counties; they haven’t had time to spread yet.

I will attempt to get back over there before the end of July when they start to hibernate, but if I don’t, there’s always next year. In the meantime, I should have tape later in the week from a squirrel hunting trip that some guys I know took to Enterprise, Oregon; I’ll let you know.

2 Responses to “Yakima Was A Bust For Squirrel Hunting”

  1. sammieboi says:

    I want to take a few buddies of mine out squirrel hunting, but we’re from Puget Sound area and I’m hoping I can find somewhere close like Yakima to shoot some squirrels. But from what it sounds like from you, there’s not a lot of places you can shoot them? Where would you suggest I take my friends to go kill some of these buggars?? This would be the first time for them, I went once before but I don’t remember where I went.

  2. It’s not that there aren’t any squirrels around Yakima, because there are, I just didn’t know anyone to talk to about where to go.

    If I was going to try to find a place to shoot, I would start by calling the feed stores or Grain Grower companies in the little towns around Yakima. I know from reading and from talking to people that you’re going to have better luck finding them along the highway 97 corridor from Toppenish to Goldendale. Here’s a map
    of the area I’m talking about.

    You could also look on the bench above the Columbia River too, around Goldendale, because they migrated across the river from Oregon using the bridge at Biggs, Oregon.

    Here’s who I would call first:
    Klickitat Valley Grain Growers
    210 W Brooks St, Goldendale, WA
    (509) 773-4906

    Washington Beef Llc
    201 Elmwood Rd, Toppenish, WA
    (509) 865-2121

    R & R Halvorson Inc
    2010 S McKinley Rd, Toppenish, WA
    (509) 865-2870

    Emerald Ranches
    6800 Emerald Rd, Sunnyside, WA
    (509) 837-6787

    I just went to Google maps and typed in ranch, farm, grain growers, seed, etc… You can also got to each town on the map, find their city chamber of commerce website and then look for businesses that fall into the farm, ranch, hay, orchard, grapes, cattle, horses, etc… categories.

    Also, don’t forget, the squirrels are going to start hibernating any day now.

    Good Luck

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