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Tim had to work late Friday night so we didn't get out of town until about 9pm. By the time we got into the area we wanted to explore and look for some rock chucks the next day, it was past midnight. It was chilly, but not freezing, so we just set our sleeping bags out on our cots under the stars and got some shuteye.

Before going to sleep, I set my camera up on a timer to see if I could get a picture of the stars while we slept.




I was up before sunrise and had my bedding all stowed and packed away and a thermos of coffee ready in time to sit and watch the sun come up.




Tim was still sleeping, but I rousted him after taking this picture.


Then we set out to see what we could see. It was unseasonably cold, and windy, and we got hit with rain and hail squalls off and on throughout the day. But, we still managed to find as many rock chucks as we felt like shooting.




The three 'chucks above, all got popped in less than 10 seconds. That AR is just a hoot in a target rich environment! We ended up with about 30 rock chucks between us for the day. We also stopped to go to work on a few ground squirrel colonies here and there, with both the AR and my old .17 HMR.

Most of the day though, all we really did, was look for new Jeep trails and see where they went. The steepness of some of the terrain, the fresh mud and the fact we were probably the first vehicle on many of these roads in a long time all added up to using a lot of 4 wheel drive, which, we like. That, and taking in the views. A few pics from the day.







There's 'chucks up in them thar hills!



Too much fun!

- DAA
 

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Sounds like a great time Dave...

And the pictures bear that out,really love to see your posts.Those poor 'chucks don't stand a chance against your black rifle.:D
Thanks for sharing your adventure with us.
Matt
 

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Those are awesome pictures, thanks for posting them! I really like seeing big country like that; nothing like that back here in the NE.
 

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Oh, I do MISS outings in the west like that. The smell of the earth after a rain...and the sage! Heavenly.

Thanks for the pix, Dave!

I hear ya on the "Black Rifle". With some help from some friends that know how, I was able to custom build one that shoots small one-holer groups.

With a group of PDs standing on a mound like bowling pins, I was able to have 2 or 3 bullets in the air before the first one met fur! The mound exploded like and enemy tank being strafed by an A-10 Warthog! Dirt, and PD stew scattering everywhere!

ARs have their place on safari too!

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