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Sage rats and rock chucks

Discussion in 'Northwest Hunting' started by 284guy, Mar 30, 2009.

  1. 284guy

    284guy Woodburn Member

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    Its getting that time of year....... has anyone been East to see if they are poking their furry little bullseyed heads up out of the ground in any numbers yet?
     
  2. Frog

    Frog Vancouver, Washington Member

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    It's a bit early yet, as it takes a nice warm sun to bring 'em out.

    I just talked to a guy you spent last week over there. He said it was still quite cool. I'm going to head over to Prineville and 'check it out', the middle to the end of April, depending on what the weather over there is doing.

    I'm getting 'anticy' too, but it's usually May before they really start 'the run'!

    Frog.
     
  3. solowars

    solowars Lake oswego New Member

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    Im going out in a week or so to see if the babys are out yet, if not im just going to call for yotes.
     
  4. Snopczynski

    Snopczynski Bonney Lake, WA Member

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    I want to go hunting for these things, but I cannot get a straight answer from anyone on here on where to go.
     
  5. solowars

    solowars Lake oswego New Member

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    Go on a road trip with a BLM map and find them. Thats all you have to do.
     
  6. Frog

    Frog Vancouver, Washington Member

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    Are you wanting an address? :laugh:
     
  7. chainsaw

    chainsaw East side of Or. Active Member

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    I live in the "east" and yes they are starting to come out,I like to wait until may to start shooting though,gives the babies a better chance to grow and start coming out side the holes.I haven't been to my favorite rock chuck area yet,soon though.
     
  8. Frog

    Frog Vancouver, Washington Member

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    Thanks for the update, chainsaw. I'm heading over to the Prinville area around the middle of the month to scope it out.

    Keep us advised.

    Thanks,
    Frog.
     
  9. chainsaw

    chainsaw East side of Or. Active Member

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    I imagine they will be out in force around Prineville,it's still a little cold where I am.
     
  10. Snopczynski

    Snopczynski Bonney Lake, WA Member

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    Its probably gonna take me upwards of 5-7 hours to get down in that area from the Seattle-Tacoma area where I am at. I just want to go well prepared. I plan on going for two days, so If my first day is spent looking for a spot, I have a 2nd day to shoot. I need to get something planned though, or no one else will go with me if I cant give them some decent game plan info. Anything helps, name of some nearby cities, name of some ranchers, name of some gun stores or sporting goods stores that will have ranchers looking for extermination, etc...... I dont want to step on anyones toes and say "Hay, tell me where your spot is", but I want to try this type of hunting out. I have some cool guns that would work well for this, and it looks like a lot of fun. I work in the firearm industry and sell gun, home, and commercial safes for a living. We have a buddy with a safe retail store down in the Medford area, he has given me some insight on where to go, but anything helps.
     
  11. RallySoob

    RallySoob Salem, OR Active Member

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    Drive around out in Prineville, Fort Rock, Christmas Valley, klamath falls areas looking at the fields to see which ones have little dirt mounds. Stop, stare at the mounds for about a minute, if you see the lil *******s crossing hole to hole you will want to proceed to the farmers house and ask for permission to shoot on his land. works for me everytime...

    note: bring some home made jerky if you have it, or some type of offering if you want to be nice about it. Jerky seems to be universal
     
  12. chainsaw

    chainsaw East side of Or. Active Member

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    Years ago,you could get paid for shootin them in Fort Rock area.Some of the ranchers would even buy your ammo.
     
  13. RallySoob

    RallySoob Salem, OR Active Member

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    wouldn't that be nice... Pro-bono exterminaters is all we are these days
     
  14. JAYROD9528

    JAYROD9528 PASCO WA New Member

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    I'm in Eastern Washington (Tri-cities) they are out already over here. Im going this weekend.
     
  15. Frog

    Frog Vancouver, Washington Member

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    The best weather forecast I've seen for the Bend/Prinville areas is 50 on Saturday and 55 on Sunday, with mostly cloudy sky.

    I thinks it will take another 2 - 4 weeks before they start the spring run.

    But, please......, when you see them, let us know. I'm ready to rock! :D

    Frog.
     
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    Frog Vancouver, Washington Member

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    Looks like your temps will be about 10 degrees warmer this week-end than in the Bend area. :thumbup:

    May the Rats be with you...........

    Please, let us know how it was.
    Frog.
     
  17. RallySoob

    RallySoob Salem, OR Active Member

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    we're gonna go out towards fort rock on tuesday and give it a shot, will report back
     
  18. solowars

    solowars Lake oswego New Member

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    Who's the jerky for? the varmints or the farmers?
     
  19. Snopczynski

    Snopczynski Bonney Lake, WA Member

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    We have sage rats in Eastern Washington? Where at? How good are the numbers for a day of hunting?
     
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    Pnutz BEaverton Member

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    Keeping tabs on this one. I'm heading out their a couple of weeks as well.