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Sage rats

Discussion in 'Northwest Hunting' started by Cody Clark, Apr 13, 2016.

  1. Cody Clark

    Cody Clark Lebanon, OR New Member

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    Anyone have an update on how the sage rats are looking so far this year?
     
  2. rick49

    rick49 Lewis Well-Known Member

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    image.jpeg Pretty much the same as last year.
    Sorry couldn't resist.:)
     
  3. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Depends on where you are and who you know...
     
  4. KTM530XCW

    KTM530XCW Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    I'm currently eating dinner at the Cowboy Dinner Tree in Silverlake. Drove thru Christmas Valley today scouting fields. There are some rats but not like some years. Spent most of the day shooting jack rabbits in the sage adjacent to some alfalfa fields. Got a dozen or so bunnies. They're thick right now.
     
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    KTM530XCW Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Found a good cluster of them today. Q

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  6. KTM530XCW

    KTM530XCW Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    It's all about who you know down there
     
  7. Otter

    Otter Oregon - mid Willamette Valley Active Member

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    I was sage rat hunting last weekend. I shot 530 rounds. Three buddies probably shot about 400 rounds each. We set up tables and never moved once over the course of 2 days. We quit shooting each day around 1 or 2 otherwise we would have shot more rounds. We did a lot of spotting for each other too which slows down the shooting.

    They were thick, and the field we shot had seen action for the two weeks prior to us shooting. We were shooting 200 yards mostly and out to 350 yards. It was challenging hitting them though...10 mph cross wind and it seemed like all we had to shoot at were the babies and juveniles. Two of the guys did a little walking around with shooting sticks and 17 HMRs for some closer in action.

    The bad news is the grass was already so high last weekend that in some areas of the fields you could see the grass moving around but would not see the rat or would just see the ears for a second. Good chance the season is over already and you will have to wait for the first cuttings.
     
  8. USMC-03

    USMC-03 Moscow on the Willamette (i.e. Portland, Oregon) Well-Known Member

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    Anyone check out the rock chuck population this year yet?