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Rock Chucks by the hundreds!!

Discussion in 'Northwest Hunting' started by Angler, May 12, 2014.

  1. Angler

    Angler North Bend, OR Active Member

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    On Thursday morning the Bat Phone rang with a frantic California farmer on the line. "Please help I am overrun with rock chucks!!" My reply was "on my way"

    Arrived Thursday afternoon and commenced to shooting. Weather was cool and windy which keeps the chucks out all day. I started on the hay barns with the CZ in 17HMR Here are couple of pix of the CZ and it's handiwork:
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    In the afternoon I would position myself around 150 yards from a rock pile bordering an alfalfa field. Here is a pic of the work my Howa 223 is capable of:
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    On Friday my Ruger 77 in 223 started crying because of neglect. Here is a picture of a happy Ruger:
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    I would also drive around looking for chucks in the rock piles and see this:
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    I spotlighted one night for jackrabbits.
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    On Sunday at noon I was eating lunch and packing to go home when I totaled the results, 189!! Well I had to try for 200 so I kept shooting and finally left at 1309 with an even 200 rock chucks!! Yep 200 rock chucks in 2 full days and two half days. The farmer was very happy.
     
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  2. ocarolan

    ocarolan Portland, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Good shooting. Does Cali require a hunting license for varmint control?
     
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  3. 2Wheels4Ever

    2Wheels4Ever Portland Well-Known Member 2015 Volunteer

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    Holy hell those are bigger than I thought they would be. Is any of that good eating meat? Rock chuck stew or chili sounds kind of good.
     
  4. Angler

    Angler North Bend, OR Active Member

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    No license needed on private land, the land owner gives you a permit.

    They are very oily, but Marmot was Gengus Khan's favorite food.
     
  5. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    Nice "expolose'". lol
     
  6. Geol

    Geol Eastern WA New Member

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    As huge as those look, they must have been eating a lot of alfalfa. No wonder the farmer is happy, he'll have more alfalfa to sell, now.
     
  7. Stinkerbelle

    Stinkerbelle Tualatin, Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Nice. I didn't realize rock chucks were so big either. I have trouble with sage rats, but I might actually be able to hit one of those....naw, probably not.....but it's sure fun trying!