Prairie Dog Hunting in Wyoming

If you happened to miss the videos – I recently went on a trip to the state of Wyoming to hunt some prairie dogs.  We were hunting on Q Creek Ranch – one of the largest ranches in the United States.  This ranch is a continuous 560,000 acres! We quite literally had permission to hunt pretty much as far away as we wanted to.  This ranch is located in the SE corner of the state.

A HUGE Thank You to Caldwell Shooting Supplies for sponsoring the trip and inviting me to come.

Why hunt prairie dogs? Are they not just cute and cuddly animals?  I’ll keep my response short….Per the ranch manager – The prairie dogs carry diseases, destroy the land, and cause horses/cattle to step in their holes and get injured.  Yes, the ranch does charge folks to come hunt the prairie dogs, but they are 100% a pest and the ranch very enthusiastically wants to be rid of as many as possible.  We just about could not go anywhere on this ranch and NOT SEE the prairie dogs – they were everywhere.

I chose to take 3 different rifles on my trip – a .223, .22-250, and .204 Ruger.  If you happened to miss the videos, definitely go give them a watch.  A fast, flat cartridge is what you want to take with you when prairie dog hunting.  The following ammo is what I took with me:

Remington Premier AccuTip-V 204 Ruger 32 Grain

Remington High Performance Rifle 22-250 Remington 55 Grain

Remington Premier AccuTip-V 223 Remington 50 Grain

Tips from me if you are planning a prairie dog hunt:

  1. Take a lot of ammo.  Most of us brought about 1,000 rounds and used a lot of it.
  2. Take a flat cartridge. My personal favorite is the .204 Ruger.
  3. Do all you can to go somewhere with A LOT of prairie dogs.  You want to spend your time shooting the prairie dogs, not trying to find them. On the Q Creek ranch we literally hunted all day and easily found them all day long.
  4. Take a rifle tripod with you.  We all used BOG Deathgrips and they worked out great.
  5. Go with friends.  We had such a great group with us – it was ALMOST as fun hanging out with friends as it was hunting the prairie dogs 🙂

I had an incredible time prairie dog hunting.  I hope to go again soon!

Quick links to the videos:

Preparation for the hunt 

.204 Ruger vs Prairie Dogs 

.22-250 vs Prairie Dogs

.223 vs Prairie Dogs 

Highlight Reel 

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