Oregon ground squirrel Shoot-A-Pallooza

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    Doug-T
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    Yesterday (Monday) my best friend and shooting buddy, Wade, and I had the day off of work so we packed up our air rifles and drove the two hours from Pendleton to Enterprise, Oregon.  Wade is shooting a .22 gen 1 Mrod and I’m shooting a .22 Synrod.  Both have LW barrels and Leapers 3-12 non-IR SWAT scopes.  Mine has factory internals and is shooting JSP 18.1g at about 865fpsfor 25-30 shots.  We've done a considerable amount of work to Wade's (regulator @ 1800#, nylon hammer, captured hammer spring, opened up transfer port, lighter valve spring, etc.) and it's shooting the same specs for a bunch of shots. 

     

    I had permission to shoot ground squirrels at four locations.  We got to the first location about 10:30 and there were squirrels everywhere.  This is the same spot I took Mike from West Virginia to a couple week back and we shot 60+ off of.  The first thing I did was place five different colored 5-gallon buckets around the area at approximately 40-45 yards from where we’d be shooting so we could use them as a point of reference for quick shot spotting. The grass was fairly tall around the perimeter of this 1-ish acre area but was still fairly short from being grazed a few weeks ago.  We shot about 10 squirrels before we even got loaded up and closed the truck doors.  We walked about 15 yards to some metal horse fencing panels and shot another 5-6 there then headed to the tin hay shed.  There were squirrels everywhere.  We were trying to alternate turns shooting and many times a dozen or more squirrels would be visible at any given time.  I was having some accuracy issues so I walked back to the truck and found that my zero was off by 2" at 40 yards.  How in the HE!! did that happen?  I’m careful when handling my air rifles.  I re-zero’d and gassed up while Wade kept shooting and then brought the air tank and had pump back to the hay shed and got back into the action.  After an hour of shooting we had 71 confirmed kills between us.  I had just aired up a 2nd time while Wade's gun kept on shooting for the full hour.  Amazing!  He must have gotten 65 or so shots on one air fill!!!  After another half hour they were getting pretty this so we walked up the gravel side road and greased another dozen or so.  After 1.5 hours we had 93 confirmed kills, packed up and headed out.

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    Me shooting.

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    Wade shooting.

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    The 2nd location was a grass pasture about 50 acres in size but there were hundreds of sheep grazing it.  The grass was super short but the sheep seemed to keep the squirrels underground and there were manure piles everywhere to mistake for squirrels.  We walked to the far end where there were fewer sheep and about then the sheep headed the other direction clearing out of the area.  We started to see more squirrels running around in the short grass.  In about an hour of walking we shot 19 more.  Kind of slim pickins

    A typical 1/2 grown ground squirrel.  A lightly boned, lightly muscled bag of guts. 

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    We then got in the truck and headed to location three.  There we slowly drove along a rural gravel road overlooking the same owner's property, but further north.  The grass hadn't been cut or grazed so seeing them was difficult but the elevation of the road gave a pretty good vantage point.  Wade shot out of the passenger window while I very slowly drove and spotted with binoculars out the right side.  Lots of forward 10 yards, back 5 yards, forward again.   Most were on dirt mounds around their holes in the middle of the grass pasture with only their heads & shoulders showing, some were climbing wooden fence posts but the best were the juveniles playing in the rock jacks.  We shot this way until we reached the end of the property 35 minutes later and had tagged 40 more.  I got two of them when Wade handed me his Mrod to shoot out of the driver's window, which is kind of awkward. 

    Looking over Wade's shoulder at a squirrel on a rock jack about 18 yards away.

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    Wade shooting video.  (Sorry, I don't have a better place to store videos)

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    Location four is the historical Grand Daddy location of them all.  For the past 6-7 years the elderly property owner, Ken, would call us each spring to ask I we were coming back to shoot squirrels out of his yard.  We’d always have a ½ hour friendly chat, he’d admire our air rifles and we’d bring cookies or beer.  Last spring Ken passed away and I didn't get permission from his sons or try to press the issue.  This year I found out that the property had sold so I called the new owner and he gave us permission.  In past years he'd had the pasture grazed by cattle so the grass was short and you could shoot as far as you wanted with squirrels as far as the eye could see.  Not so this time, the grass was ankle/knee high and the squirrels were hard to see. You could hear them but rarely were they visible.  After a quick 20 minute walk around his yard in both directions we bagged 17, all at very close range (6-15 yards).  Typically our kills are 6-100+ yards.  I was really looking forward to this spot since we didn't shoot here last year but was disappointed. 

     

    We then had "lunch" about 16:00 and headed back to Pendleton.  Our tally for the day was 159 witnessed kills.  Not bad but we’ve have numerous better days.  The first location was world class and will be my go-to spot in the future.

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    JohnL57
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    Nice write-up and pics, definitely sounds like a heck of a day! The 'young and dumb' have just started showing up on my place-got 7 this morning and another 3 this evening. I keep the population fairly well down so big days don't happen here.

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    SquirrelWar2
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    That's some serious squirrel warfare!  😅

     

    All in one day!   Wow. 

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    Motorhead
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    Beldings …. gotta love a day where shot opportunities are near non stop.

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    Wiseguy
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    Great pictures and one awesome writeup! Thanks for sharing!

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