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Oregon Ground Squirrels

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    Each spring, especially March and April, the ground squirrels emerge from their holes and provide hours of opportunity to practice your trigger control. It is not uncommon for hunters to shoot over a thousand rounds a day. Elia and I were only out for about 2 hours and shot about 100 rounds each. She was banging away with a 17 HMR while I was getting after it with the first rifle I was ever owned, an old .22 that Grandma gave me for my eleventh birthday! Not a bad way to spend a few hours during the day!

    Notice these two American shooter have no bench rest in sight! This is all about field work and trigger control.
    The squirrels (the Belding ground squirrel) are quite small.

    Prone 2.jpgProne 4.jpgSquirrel and Rifle 3.jpgSquirrel and Rifle 1.jpgElia Squirrel Shoot 5.jpgElia Squirrel Shoot 2.jpgElia squirrel shoot 1.jpg

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    Looks like a fun outing.
    Certainly good practice.
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    Got a friend of mine shooting them near Alturas CA this week
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    Brickburn- It is wonderful practice! Both my daughters shot squirrels extensively just before our trip to SA last year. Both had one shot kills on their respective animals!

    Cliffy - Alturas isn't all that far away at about 100 miles! I have a friend in Lakeview (closer to Alturas) who is practically begging people to come and shoot. Toughest part this year is finding the 22 ammo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HuntingGold View Post
    Toughest part this year is finding the 22 ammo.
    I have had that problem in peak gopher season (spring). Its easy to go through a pile of it that's for sure.
    The journey is the reward.

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    WE go up to Dorris every year and have a great time shooting squeaks.

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    Dorris is less than 20 miles away and they do indeed have the critters in big numbers!
    It was rainy and windy today and a good day to go to work!

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    I love shooting gophers up here... I tend to use my .223 the most right now, then the HMR & then the .22.

    Haven't got much shooting in the last couple of years, as my main shooting fields have been shot up pretty good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toxic111 View Post
    I love shooting gophers up here... I tend to use my .223 the most right now, then the HMR & then the .22.

    Haven't got much shooting in the last couple of years, as my main shooting fields have been shot up pretty good.
    the .22 is certainly the least spectacular to shoot them with. Last year the grass was real high so they were hard to find.
    The journey is the reward.

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    The little 17 HMR gives a great report upon impact!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diamondhitch View Post
    the .22 is certainly the least spectacular to shoot them with. Last year the grass was real high so they were hard to find.
    Was the same up here...

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    My buddy uses a CZ in 17 HMR. Loves it! He's begging me to come up and do it.
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    Oh I love my HMR too... but the .223 gives redmist over 300yrds. At 250yrds the HMR just gives a pop and a dead rodent...

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