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Spent the weekend Rat/Rabbit shooting in Fort Rock, OR (Pictures)

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by Max713, May 15, 2016.

  1. Max713

    Max713 Albany Active Member

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    Finally made it over to Fort Rock area for some varmint shooting! Always an awesome time.

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    Despite a thunder shower mid Saturday afternoon, the shooting was surprisingly good!

    The AR primarily served rabbit duty, but saw more rat shooting inside of 100 yards too.

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    The babies were out in full force, made for some fun shooting. These were all shot off of one mound.

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    The 17 HMR served as primary rat duty. Put nearly 400 rounds through it in a day and a half!

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    BEWARE OF GORE, VIEW AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION....
    Also note the remaining photos were taken with my iPhone, video still with the DSLR.









    Set up the camera in a likely spot to get a kill shot... Too much work to do more than once.

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    .17 HMR VS rat

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    Because I may have a twisted sense of humour...

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    Some stills :eek:

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    Spot lighting rabbits is definitely my favorite part. One guy driving, one guy spotlighting, one guy way trigger happy with an AR. Doesn't get much better than that! Rabbits have a bit of a "water-balloon" effect when hit with a hot loaded 55gr SP SX or 55gr V-Max. I'd say we bagged upwards of 40 in the first night.

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    Hope you enjoyed!

    DISCLAIMER: Small animals were most definitely harmed in the making of this thread.

    :D
     
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  2. 41Slinger

    41Slinger Harrisburg Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    You'll probably get yelled at for the pics, but, I like your work.
     
  3. Max713

    Max713 Albany Active Member

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    Some people are too sensitive...
    Thanks!
     
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  4. Brutus57

    Brutus57 Skagit County Well-Known Member

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    Inquiring minds want to know...do they really taste like chicken? :rolleyes:

    Brutus Out
     
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  5. Dyjital

    Dyjital Albany, Ore Flavorite Member Bronze Supporter

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    Oh LAWRD that's disgusting but so much awesomeness I grew a full beard just looking at this thread.
     
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  6. Max713

    Max713 Albany Active Member

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    I mean... If you were hungry enough to want to eat one, they are conveniently "pre-gutted" for you. o_O

    :cool:
     
  7. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Nothing left to eat!

    That first picture is gorgeous.

    What a nice place to become one with mother nature, find your inner peace.
    And then murder it's inhabitants.

    Kinda jealous.
     
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  8. Max713

    Max713 Albany Active Member

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    You get it! :D
    Best kind of therapy there is.
     
  9. 70cyclone

    70cyclone Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    man I wanna go....
     
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  10. Dyjital

    Dyjital Albany, Ore Flavorite Member Bronze Supporter

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    I showed a buddy this thread. His name used to be Barry Gibb.

    Funny thing is now he must be called Barry White because it made his voice drop a full octave.
     
  11. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    How did you go about getting permission? DO you know someone there or just go up to a farm house? Seams getting permission is getting harder and harder to get each year. Got to be very careful to stay on private land and roads when spotlighting. As thats a big ticket if caught on public roads/land.
     
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  12. PBinWA

    PBinWA Clark County Well-Known Member

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    Looked like you were on a farm - did you know the owner or were you shooting on public lands? Just curious how you picked your location.

    (Looks Mark and I had the same questions).
     
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  13. SA Shooter

    SA Shooter Hillsboro, OR Silver Supporter Silver Supporter

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    I wanna go!!! I miss the whistle pig hunting I did while living in Wyoming.
     
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  14. Max713

    Max713 Albany Active Member

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    :cool:

    We've been hunting on the same land owners property for many years, this particular family owns the majority of the Fort Rock area valley.
    But you are right, permission is very difficult to attain these days. I would say a select few ruin it for all, but in reality there are more oblivious/disrespectful shooters than not these days. Sad.
    We plan on maintaining our relationship with this family, indefinitely!
     
  15. 308

    308 ΜOΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ ΜOΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ Platinum Supporter Silver Supporter

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    Did you have to get permission from the land owner?
     
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  16. Max713

    Max713 Albany Active Member

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    See above post...
     
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    308 ΜOΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ ΜOΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ Platinum Supporter Silver Supporter

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    Oops...sorry about that :eek::D
     
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  18. BlackRyder

    BlackRyder Edmonds Well-Known Member

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    So let's say that I, as an inhabitant of the suburbs, wanted to go out and do some varminting. What's the etiquette for approaching landowners about shooting on their property? I'm always hesitant to just walk up and knock on a strangers door, I feel like these days people don't appreciate that. Or is that considered acceptable behavior out in the sticks? Could I just locate a suitable spot, find the owners house, and "cold call" them? Offer my services as a pest exterminator (upon my payment of the appropriate trespass fee)?
     
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  19. Max713

    Max713 Albany Active Member

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    We've knocked on many a farmers door in our day. Some don't mind, some do.

    I've heard a good way to start is to swing by the local bar/restaurant and ask around. Prepare to bring something to barter with... 22 ammo is a staple. Booze sometimes does the trick.
    Another thought, drive around and look for "Hay for Sale" signs, and call the phone number on the sign. Easy, less "invasive" way to make contact.

    Just be polite, and don't be pushy. You should be able to find something.
    Really just depends how motivated you are :D
     
  20. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Personally If someone came knocking on my door asking to shoot on my land I probably wouldn't be too happy either.
    I don't trust any one and wouldn't want some jack wagon getting all trigger happy and throwing some lead towards my house or kids.

    But a little sluething work and you could find a phone number. Or find a real estate agent, and they can find it
     
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