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GOT PRAIRIE DOGS? TIRED OF PUNCHING PAPER, HEADING TO SO. OREGON

Discussion in 'Northwest Hunting' started by Denwhit, Oct 26, 2013.

  1. Denwhit

    Denwhit Salem, Or Active Member

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    Can anyone point me to some prairie dog towns in southern Oregon? I'm going to take my fifth wheel over the mountains around Silver Lake rd. Any leads would be appreciated. denwhit@comcast.net
     
  2. coyoteman5

    coyoteman5 North south east west Active Member

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    Wasn't sure if there were prairie dogs in Oregon so I googled it and came up with this.
    Yes there are Prairie dogs that live in Oregon one such species is the Black-Tailed Prairie Dog that is on the endangered list. - See more at: Do prairie dogs live in Oregon? | ChaCha.
    I know there are a lot of sage rats also known as belding ground squirrels.
    But you'll have to wait a few more months before they start coming up around the alfalfa fields.
     
  3. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    There are no Prairie dogs in Oregon. The Prairie dogs don't range any closer to Oregon then Eastern Colorado or Eastern Arizona.

    None are listed in "Ingles" "Mammals of the Pacific Northwest" When I was in School that was the go to book on critters in Oregon.
     
  4. Denwhit

    Denwhit Salem, Or Active Member

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    Thanks for the input. Guess a trip to Wyoming is in order.
     
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  5. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    I don't know what you call those little hole livers down in California but we called them prarie dogs but maybe they are ground squirrels. They get pretty big and I've blasted thousands.. good fun.
     
  6. coyoteman5

    coyoteman5 North south east west Active Member

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    The belding ground Squirrel is actually a California belding grounds Squirrel.
     
  7. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    Huh, didn't you say that a Belding is a sage rat? Aren't sage rats about as big as a pack of smokes? The California critters often got to around the size of a fat loaf of bread.. usually the old boars and or mothers.
     
  8. coyoteman5

    coyoteman5 North south east west Active Member

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    Yup California belding ground Squirrel is aka sage rat. They get about two inches across and about 6-8 inches tall appox. So the official Species name is California belding ground squirrel
    Aka belding ground Squirrel, sage rat, Squeakers, and many other nicknames. What you describe is definitely some other type of rodent/species, I've never been to California hunting will never go to California hunting so I have no idea what kind of Rodents are down there. The only reason why I know about the sage rat is from talking to the ranchers and from googling it.
     
  9. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Beldings Ground Squirrel: Is medium sized with "a relatively short tail, short limbs, and small ears".[3] It has a gray pelage become more cinnamon at the underside and reddish-brown on the back. Its body length is 230 to 300 millimetres (9.1–12 in). The tail is 44 to 76 millimetres (1.7–3.0 in) and is bushy but also flattened. The distal hairs of the tail have three color bands, one black, one white and one red. On average, the ground squirrel weighs 290 grams (0.64 lb). Its feet are covered in little to no hair.

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    Prairie Dog: On average, these stout-bodied rodents will grow to be between 30 and 40 cm (12 and 16 in) long, including the short tail, and weigh between 0.5 and 1.5 kilograms (1 and 3 lb). Sexual dimorphism in body mass in the prairie dog varies 105 to 136% between the sexes.[5]

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    Range of the Prairie Dog

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    So as you can see the Prairie Dog ranges no where near Oregon Or California. And runs 2-6 times as heavy. And is much taller.
     
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  10. Will_Power

    Will_Power OR via OK Active Member

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    Isn't it the sage rats down around Christmas Valley and the like that all the varminters do most of their work on here in Oregon?
     
  11. elsie

    elsie Way over there on the left Well-Known Member

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    Yep. Sage rats by the thousands in the dryer parts of Oregon. Only up in the late spring and summer though. You can go through 1000 rounds on a good day. I call it "Teaching them to fly".


    elsie
     
  12. 45 colt

    45 colt N W New Member

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    no dogs in ore or wa just sage rats (squeaks) grey diggers and rock chucks (marmots) Prarrie dogs in Montana east.
     
  13. captqc

    captqc Tigard Silver Supporter Silver Supporter

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    I'm a member of the Eastern Oregon Raptor Feeding Society and we shoot sage rats. My best so far is 462 yards with a .204 Ruger. That's like hitting a soda can at just over four and a half footballs fields. It's great fun! Gary
     
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  14. Will_Power

    Will_Power OR via OK Active Member

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    Raptor Feeding Society?! That is a hillariously awesome name.
     
  15. jrprich

    jrprich PNW Well-Known Member

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    COOL..........really like your shooting table
     
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    captqc Tigard Silver Supporter Silver Supporter

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    It's not only funny but true, I have a picture that shows a bunch of eagles sitting on an irrigation pivot (sprinkler) waiting for us to kill their lunch! When an eagle comes down to feed the squirrels pop up to watch their buddy getting eaten and we shoot them too! (The squirrels not the eagles).
     
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    captqc Tigard Silver Supporter Silver Supporter

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    It's a BR Pivot, rotates 360 degrees. They were made in Bend by the guy on the right until he sold the patent to Midway. Now they are made in China, not quite as good but still worth the money. Gary
     
  18. Legs

    Legs NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    A Coors Silver Bullet can, filled with water as a target, aptly replicates the size of a standing Sand Rat (or whatever one wishes to call a Belding Ground Squirrel). While I prefer 17 HMR for them, I have taken them with 22mag, 22lr, 223, 22-250, 204, and 25-06 (which is visually impressive). Bring LOTS of ammo.
     
  19. coyoteman5

    coyoteman5 North south east west Active Member

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    Has anyone heard if Dinsdale farm are still allowing shooting on their land. Last I heard it sounded iffy if they still do cause of people Not following their easy rule.
     
  20. Angler

    Angler North Bend, OR Active Member

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    They told me they were closeing their pivots to general drive up and sign up type shooting. You can still shoot there if you know someone. Although when I called last week they said they might be open again to general public. kind of confusing I received two answers it 3 days and they were 180 from each other!!