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Old 07-23-2019, 11:56 AM
JC in Calif JC in Calif is offline
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FWent prairie dog shooting in Wyoming 7/9-7/11. I would have posted sooner, but came home and got picked for a Jury. Thats a story for another day. Probably, the story can be told by the outcome, a hung jury, 11-1.

I flew on this trip. Shipped ny ammo ahead of time, so I wouldn’t be limited by the airlines. Took my model 38 Cooper .20 Vartarg and a Dakota Arms .222. The Vartarg is really a favorite of mine. An efficient cartridge, that sends those 32gr Vmax’s down-range in a hurry and is very accurate. The .222 is very accurate, I’m shooting 40gr Vmax’s out of it.

I shot several different areas on one very large ranch. The shooting was steady, not barrel melting, but it kept me busy. The grass was tall in several areas, as Wyoming has had lots moisture this year. In these areas, you really had to hunt your targets. My buddy used a weed whip on the first area I set up, to give a clear view down on to the pastures I was shooting. The first areas I shot, had shots ranging out to roughly 250 yards. A canyon area, I shot later, had unlimited range opportunities.

I did have a funny thing happen to me. I got adopted! The first day I shot, I had my muffs on. They are electric to enhance hearing, I had not turned them on. Between shots, I noticed a noise. When I turned around, 20 yards away was a young Pronghorn buck. He was squeaking and kicking up some dirt. He stuck around for awhile and watched me, then he disappeared. Next day, about a half hour into my shooting, here he comes. Watches me for awhile. Third day, I’m in a different area. After about 10 shots, over the rise comes the buck! He stopped at about 25 yards and bedded down. He would feed and then bed down for the rest of the day. I started to think, I might be able to take him on the plane home, as my “service animal”!

Most of my shots in the canyon area, were 250 to 325 yards. One of my favorite shots was a dog at 325 yards, on his mound in front of a large Cedar tree. I put down my binoculars and found him in the scope of the .20 VT. At the shot, he was lifted high off the mound and did several back flips, before hitting the ground in a heap. That must have boosted my confidence, as I found some dogs close by this one and had a short run of 6 in a row. The pups were up an afforded me several chances for doubles. In the grassy areas, many shots were head and partial body, not covered by the grass. I really had to concentrate on those shots. The VT got most of the work. The .222 got its share also and was fun to shoot. I did lighten its trigger a bit more when I got home. It will see lots of use in the future. I like Vmax’s and use them almost exclusively in my varmint guns. They are accurate and explosive. They also send back a loud report when they find their target.

My last day, as I was picking up to leave. I had a dog that had been scolding me all day, start chirping at me. He was behind my shooting position, so I didn’t bother with him. I got my bench in the truck. He was really talking now. I put a round in the VT and let one fly offhand. I thought I would just scare him, but much to my surprise, he exploded! I had another one start in also, he got the same treatment!

A great few days on the beautiful prairie. I can’t wait to get back.

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Last edited by JC in Calif; 07-23-2019 at 02:03 PM.
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