A picture of serenity and solitude.
I've got a family matter coming up next week, that will keep me away from hunting with my air guns for awhile, so I thought that I would take a day, this week, and head out to the wide open spaces for some serenity, solitude, and a little prairie dog hunting.
I set course for a dog town that I had located last Fall, but have never hunted before. As I was pulling into the dog town, a nice looking Pronghorn buck stood up in the sage, and slowly meandered away. They are interesting critters. When motivated, they can do a bit over 50 miles per hour. The only land animal that is faster is the Cheetah.
Just to mix things up a bit, I decided to hunt my .22 caliber, BSA R-10 MK 2, early morning, and then switch back to my .25 caliber Cricket rifle late morning. The .22 R-10, is launching an 18 grain JSB pellet at an average muzzle velocity of 880 fps, for 27.5 fpe at the muzzle, and the .25 Cricket, is launching a 34 grain JSB at an average muzzle velocity of 860 fps, for 56 fpe at the muzzle.
I spent from about 8:30, to 11:30 hunting this particular town. I switched back to my .25 calCricket rifle about 10:00. I did well with both guns, but after hunting exclusively with my .25 Cricket this season, the .22 R-10 almost seems underpowered. It's not, but the difference between hitting a prairie dog with an 18 grain .22 caliber pellet, generating 27.5 fpe at the muzzle, and hitting one with a .25 caliber pellet doing 56 fpe at the muzzle, is HUGE. Also, the difference in wind bucking ability between an 18 grain .22 caliber pellet, and a 34 grain .25 caliber pellet, going almost the same speeds, is also HUGE. The .25 really shines in the wind.
It was a pretty low key hunt. I didn't spend a lot of time taking pictures of my kills. I took one picture of a kill with each rifle. The first one, is of a prairie dog I took with the R-10 at 71 yards. All I could see of it, was its head sticking up from behind some sage. It took me awhile to locate it out on the flats, but I eventually found it down in one of the secondary escape burrows, it had dug near its main mound.
I walked past it a couple of times before I finally caught just a glimpse of some blood, and a foot down inside of the burrow. Using my prairie dog extraction tool, I pulled it up to the surface, and took a picture of it with the rifle.
The following, is a picture of a dog that I knocked off of its main mound, at 85 yards, with my .25 cal Cricket rifle. This one ran about 15 yards to one of the secondary escape burrows, and folded up in the entrance. They can be tough to find sometimes. How the area looks through a scope set to 10 power, is not what the area looks like when you get out to it. The scope compresses everything optically, and things look closer together than they really are.
On my way out to locate a p-dog, I count off my paces. In this case, I paced off 85 yards, and then started searching the area in a circular pattern, checking all of the burrows as I go. This dog had not slid very far down into the burrow, so was fairly easy to spot. I pulled it out of the burrow, and took a quick pic of it with the Cricket rifle.
By noon, I had everything put away, and headed for town for a mexican food lunch. I had a fun, relaxing time, and look forward to hunting this town again soon.
Until next time, thanks for reading.