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Sage rats by the thousands!

Discussion in 'Northwest Hunting' started by Angler, Feb 20, 2015.

  1. Angler

    Angler North Bend, OR Well-Known Member

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    Visited a new ranch near Bonanza and found the ground covered with squirrels! I sat in one spot and shot 1000 rds. I took a pic of the first 6. PM me if you want info on sage rat hunting.

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  2. FortunateSon

    FortunateSon Marion County Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Trips like that make life worth living, eh?
     
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  3. Classic

    Classic Federal Way WA Well-Known Member

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    It might be worth the drive to Oregon for that much fun!
     
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  4. AMT

    AMT Vancouver, WA. Well-Known Member

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    This is the time of year. :)
     
  5. Stomper

    Stomper Ungovernable! Become Ungovernable! Gold Supporter

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    What do you do with them afterwards?
     
  6. John H

    John H Whatcom County Well-Known Member

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    Fire up the BBQ of course :eek:
     
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  7. Stomper

    Stomper Ungovernable! Become Ungovernable! Gold Supporter

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    Ewwww.... You use them for fire starters?! :eek: :D
     
  8. skydiver

    skydiver Sandy,OR Well-Known Member

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    At a buck a round for .22 ammo, that was an expensive hunting trip! ;)
     
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  9. Caveman Jim

    Caveman Jim West of Oly Springer Slayer 2016 Volunteer

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    Wait one minute here .... all the videos I have seen show them dissipate into thin air with the totally cool red mist....... is you using FMJ instead of the ballistic tips?
    Oh, just got on the desktop & zoomed in on the rifle, a 10/22.
    Nice shooting!!!:cool:

    Oh and Stomper, they taste just like squirrel.....:p
     
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  10. Classic

    Classic Federal Way WA Well-Known Member

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    Taste like chicken....:eek::eek::eek::eek:
     
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  11. Stomper

    Stomper Ungovernable! Become Ungovernable! Gold Supporter

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    I haven't eaten squirell before, but I hear-tell it ain't too bad, actually. Given their typical diet, I can see why they wouldn't be rank.

    I'll eat just about anything at least once (except for canabalism) as long as it's not moving, but that's not a deal breaker either. ;)
     
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  12. oknow

    oknow amboy wa. Well-Known Member

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    I would say something about the last sentence but deadeye would censor it out.
     
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  13. Stomper

    Stomper Ungovernable! Become Ungovernable! Gold Supporter

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    Don't EVEN go there, you pig. :p
     
  14. Crim5on

    Crim5on Roseburg Member

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    Ive heard of another group of guys that have family with a ranch over there in Bonanza. They show pictures of hundreds a day piled up. Really makes me want to get my old man away from work and take a trip for a weekend.
     
  15. gunfreak

    gunfreak Boise Well-Known Member

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    We'll be headin over there in late April. Can't wait....
     
  16. eldbillbo

    eldbillbo clackamas New world samurai and a redneck none the less Bronze Supporter

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    No, Squirrel taste like chicken, sage rat taste like squirrel
     
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  17. NONAME762

    NONAME762 Nowheresville Active Member

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    I've heard those sage rats are also called swamp rats. Is there any truth to that?
     
  18. sladedrago

    sladedrago nw oregon Member

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    :)Whistle Pigs, Ground squirrel, 'rats'........See you critters in May!!! 17HMR heaven.
     
  19. Angler

    Angler North Bend, OR Well-Known Member

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    I have only heard muskrats called swamp rats.
     
  20. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    Saw HERDS of sagerats on my way to Pendleton last Friday.