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Rats are various medium-sized, long-tailed rodents of the superfamily Muroidea.
"True rats" are members of the genus Rattus, the most important of which to humans are the black rat, Rattus rattus, and the brown rat, Rattus norvegicus. Many members of other rodent genera and families are also referred to as rats, and share many characteristics with true rats.
Rats are typically distinguished from mice by their size. Generally, when someone discovers a large muroid rodent, its common name includes the term rat, while if it is smaller, the name includes the term mouse. The muroid family is broad and complex, and the common terms rat and mouse are not taxonomically specific. Scientifically, the terms are not confined to members of the Rattus and Mus genera, for example, the pack rat and cotton mouse.

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    Sage Rat equipment

    I was invited to go on a paid rat hunt in eastern Oregon. I was told I can bring any rifle I want and 1k rounds. I have a really nice AR with a high end trigger, but I just shoot iron sights. Is this going to be ok or will it suck the fun out? I really like shooting irons, but never had to shoot...
  2. pharmseller

    Rat shooting extravaganza!

    Due to scheduling conflicts my brother, his son, and I were limited to this past weekend for our annual rat shoot (Belding’s ground squirrels) outside of Klamath Falls. The weather report looked iffy at best but if we didn’t go, we weren’t going to go. Besides, if we got rained out we could...
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    Available sage rat hunting in Tumalo OR if sharpshooter

    Just joined having I stumbled upon your site while researching options to rid our farm field of sage rats. Having just joined AMAC and for years NRA, I am very interested in protecting our gun rights as citizens. I have offered to shooters paid ammo to have fun in my field, but understand also...
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    New Member that likes sage rat hunting

    Hi, Guys (and gals) - Newbee here. But I've been reading posts for quite a while. My hunting partner and I are interested in decimating a community of sage rats, for the first time. We're in Coos Bay, Oregon, and figure on trying Christmas Valley. Not knowing the area, we figure on...
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    Rat Patrol with new bomber.

    Hard to believe I still get excited about shooting sage rats. Maybe because nothing else to shoot in late spring/summer. Can't wait for the first target with this new Savage B17 bomber. Hope it shoots like most Savages. Any other new rat guns headed east this month?
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    Anyone in Salem that can tell me about Sage Rat Shooting?

    This was my first time out and I drove over to Christmas Valley yesterday thinking I might raise a sage rat or two. I had to cancel the motel stay because I could not find the rats out. I think I'm way too early. The alfalfa has been cut and just the stubble out. It's just too cold right now...
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    427-year-old mouse trap design

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