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10February2010
Paul here in Phoenix. Looking for an individual or group to buddy up with hunting varmints in Arizona. Interested mostly in prairie dogs. I hunted pasture poodles in Colorado, and Woodchucks in New York area some years ago. Probably Northern Arizona, but would appreciate some clues as to where to hunt. Can email me at doc.savage@runbox.com. My age is 61. Would welcome invitations from ranchers, etc.
Paul

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Welcome to the forum Doc! I really like your name! Watch out for Redbird, he is a Remington man!

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Welcome to the forum Doc!
Yes look out for Redbird ............ he is a died hard Remington fan. no.gif He will come to the drak side some day!

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13February2010 Saturday
Paul here in Phoenix. Well, my last two varmint rifles were Remington. A 40XB in 6MM REM in 1988 which I sold, and presently a Remington 40XS in 308 WIN which I recently purchased and I still have to put the glass on it and tweak up a few things. It has a McMillan Fiberglass stock. The workmanship was a bit rough on the bolt, but I managed to mostly correct that. I like the high ballistic coefficient of the long 30 Cal bullets. Good in the wind. It will be a little while before I am ready to go varmint hunting for the first time in Arizona. I hope I can find some places to hunt safely.
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Doc do they even have PD's in Arizona?

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13February2010 Saturday
Paul here in Phoenix. Well, my last two varmint rifles were Remington. A 40XB in 6MM REM in 1988 which I sold, and presently a Remington 40XS in 308 WIN which I recently purchased and I still have to put the glass on it and tweak up a few things. It has a McMillan Fiberglass stock. The workmanship was a bit rough on the bolt, but I managed to mostly correct that. I like the high ballistic coefficient of the long 30 Cal bullets. Good in the wind. It will be a little while before I am ready to go varmint hunting for the first time in Arizona. I hope I can find some places to hunt safely.
Paul



For a guy called Doc Savage you sure do have a lot of Remingtons!!!!!

 



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Hey Rick and Jim, sounds like Doc Savage here knows good guns! Keep up the good work Doc, and welcome to the forum.

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Rick in Ohio wrote:

Doc do they even have PD's in Arizona?




   Yes, Rick, Arizona does have some PD's. I lived near a small PD town in Flagstaff. Too bad it was inside city limits where you can't shoot ( Legally ). Most of the dogs are in the North West corner of the state. Haven't explored there as yet. Not as many as further North.



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There is a small version of the prairie dog (I think it Gunnison like in Oregon/Washington) at the Coolidge airport. It is a tiny airport in the middle of nowheresville. I shot my first yote there and my son shot his for squirrel there. There only problem is that you wont get out to the distances you stated. A 22lr will do you just fine. I took my yote in a clearing that was about 250 yards with a 22-250.

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Mitch wrote:

There is a small version of the prairie dog (I think it Gunnison like in Oregon/Washington) at the Coolidge airport. It is a tiny airport in the middle of nowheresville. I shot my first yote there and my son shot his for squirrel there. There only problem is that you wont get out to the distances you stated. A 22lr will do you just fine. I took my yote in a clearing that was about 250 yards with a 22-250.

Mitch

-- Edited by Mitch on Sunday 21st of February 2010 11:01:21 AM



Hi Mitch ;oD
Paul Hammond here in Phoenix. If you are looking for a PD hunting buddy, I'm interested! Still getting my gear put together. Email me at doc.savage@runbox.com if you want to compare notes. I have one other friend also in Mesa that is interested.

 



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HI PAUL..I LIVED IN PRESCOTT FOR 5YRS,AND FOUND SOME GOOD PD LOCATIONS..GO NORTH TO SELIGMAN AND EXIT 123..GO RIGHT FOLLOW THE CURVE IN THE ROAD,AND IN ABOUT A 1/4 OF A MILE LOOK TO THE RIGHT AND U WILL SEE A GATE TO A RANCH..THE GATE IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC MOST OF THE YEAR .. ONCE INSIDE GO ABOUT 4MI AND THERE IS A ROAD OFF TO THE RIGHT THAT WILL TAKE YOU ON TOP OF A PLATUE. YOU SOON WILL BE ON THEM PD'S..GOOD LUCK..


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HI PAUL..I LIVED IN PRESCOTT FOR 5YRS,AND FOUND SOME GOOD PD LOCATIONS..GO NORTH TO SELIGMAN AND EXIT 123..GO RIGHT FOLLOW THE CURVE IN THE ROAD,AND IN ABOUT A 1/4 OF A MILE LOOK TO THE RIGHT AND U WILL SEE A GATE TO A RANCH..THE GATE IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC MOST OF THE YEAR .. ONCE INSIDE GO ABOUT 4MI AND THERE IS A ROAD OFF TO THE RIGHT THAT WILL TAKE YOU ON TOP OF A PLATUE. YOU SOON WILL BE ON THEM PD'S..GOOD LUCK..


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3March2010   Paul here in Phoenix. Hey PDOGMAN how ya doin'? I used to get my Veterans Healthcare at the Veterans Hospital in Prescott. Been around Prescott quite a bit. I drove there from Flagstaff and then Phoenix awhile back. Thanks for the info, it gives me some hope that I will be hunting PD's soon. My buddy and I will have to go check this out. If you want to hook up with us, email me at doc.savage@runbox.com. Do you know of any other spots? I like the long range type shooting. ----Paul 

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AZ Gunnison P/D season (yes, AZ has a season, and P/Ds) runs from June 16th of each year to March 31st of the following year. Check page 67 of the AZ Huntings Regs (it's on line) and you'll find the rules you are looking for. Seligman plays host to Californians, Nevadans and other P/D shooters, and is generally the epicenter for this activity. The ranch that PDOG is referring to is the Bonillas Ranch. The P/D population is no where as thick as North or South Dakota so if large numbers are your game it would be best to go elsewhere. Unless you are a poor shot (lots of misses) you will be lucky to fire much over 100 rounds daily per shooter, as these P/D towns are more like small hamlets and more loosely associated. I am now living in FLA, but still return to AZ at least yearly for a good time in Seligman with friends. I have attached a picture of a coyote I killed while shooting P/Ds last June with my Cooper Model 21 in 20 VarTarg at over 350 yds. A "Texas Hearst Shot" with a 40gr Hornady V-Max.

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AZ Gunnison P/D season (yes, AZ has a season, and P/Ds) runs from June 16th of each year to March 31st of the following year. Check page 67 of the AZ Huntings Regs (it's on line) and you'll find the rules you are looking for. Seligman plays host to Californians, Nevadans and other P/D shooters, and is generally the epicenter for this activity. The ranch that PDOG is referring to is the Bonillas Ranch. The P/D population is no where as thick as North or South Dakota so if large numbers are your game it would be best to go elsewhere. Unless you are a poor shot (lots of misses) you will be lucky to fire much over 100 rounds daily per shooter, as these P/D towns are more like small hamlets and more loosely associated. I am now living in FLA, but still return to AZ at least yearly for a good time in Seligman with friends. I have attached a picture of a coyote I killed while shooting P/Ds last June with my Cooper Model 21 in 20 VarTarg at over 350 yds. A "Texas Hearst Shot" with a 40gr Hornady V-Max.

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10March2010
Appreciate the information, ae35gunner, Thanks! That's a big coyote. Was it shot at the Seligman location? We have coyotes here in Phoenix. They frequently get together and have a howling contest at night on the nearby golf course. Is that area near Seligman the only place to hunt PD's in Arizona? I want to build up a list of several places to try. I knew about the season. What is the hunting like during the hot part if the Summer? Provided I can stand it.
Paul

 



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Coyote was shot just south of Seligman. There are prairie dogs elsewhere in AZ, but very scattered. You also have to be careful in some locations as they may be protected. You can call AZ Game Dept and they can help answer your questions. I have hunted June and Sept mainly, and the weather is warm, but nothing like Phoenix as Seligman is approx 1 mile high.

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13February2010 Saturday
Paul here in Phoenix. Well, my last two varmint rifles were Remington. A 40XB in 6MM REM in 1988 which I sold, and presently a Remington 40XS in 308 WIN which I recently purchased and I still have to put the glass on it and tweak up a few things. It has a McMillan Fiberglass stock. The workmanship was a bit rough on the bolt, but I managed to mostly correct that. I like the high ballistic coefficient of the long 30 Cal bullets. Good in the wind. It will be a little while before I am ready to go varmint hunting for the first time in Arizona. I hope I can find some places to hunt safely.
Paul



Welcome again Doc-Savage/Remington. That sounds better. biggrin Keep us posted on that 308. Im a fan of that caliber too, have a Remington Police 308. Great shooter and have taken quite a few varmints with it.

 



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Coyote was shot just south of Seligman. There are prairie dogs elsewhere in AZ, but very scattered. You also have to be careful in some locations as they may be protected. You can call AZ Game Dept and they can help answer your questions. I have hunted June and Sept mainly, and the weather is warm, but nothing like Phoenix as Seligman is approx 1 mile high.



Thanks Charles for the info! So the AZ Game Dept will give me locations of some of these PD towns, or just where they are protected? Happy "Picket Pin" shooting! - Paul

 



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13February2010 Saturday
Paul here in Phoenix. Well, my last two varmint rifles were Remington. A 40XB in 6MM REM in 1988 which I sold, and presently a Remington 40XS in 308 WIN which I recently purchased and I still have to put the glass on it and tweak up a few things. It has a McMillan Fiberglass stock. The workmanship was a bit rough on the bolt, but I managed to mostly correct that. I like the high ballistic coefficient of the long 30 Cal bullets. Good in the wind. It will be a little while before I am ready to go varmint hunting for the first time in Arizona. I hope I can find some places to hunt safely.
Paul



Welcome again Doc-Savage/Remington. That sounds better. biggrin Keep us posted on that 308. Im a fan of that caliber too, have a Remington Police 308. Great shooter and have taken quite a few varmints with it.

 



Hey, Redbird! Yes, there is just "something" about .30 caliber. It's like a great big locomotive roaring down the field! Do you have any experience with the Sig Sauer SSG3000 308 bolt rifle? It looks like a possible good one. Price $4199.00 MSRP. Also, what do you think about sound suppressors on a 308, hunting prairie dogs? Not sure if it's legal in AZ. If not, it should be. - Paul

 



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