It has finally cooled off enough out in the dog towns, to start hunting them again. I headed out to the ranch early this morning. On the way there, I had to stop and grab a pic of the wild sunflowers, that are growing along both sides of the County road I use to get to the ranch. They go for as far as the eye can see. We've had a lot of rain this summer, and it's showing in the unbelievable displays of wild flowers.
When I got to the ranch, the rains had also had a big impact on the local vegetation. It was the thickest I have ever seen it this time of year, and I knew it would make the mornings hunt even more challenging than usual.
I've been hunting prairie dogs all summer with my .25 caliber Marauder, and if there was ever an air rifle up to the task, it's this one. The accuracy is amazing, and the power is very nice to have. Shot count is not an issue, because I have yet to get anywhere near sixteen chances at these prairie dogs. They are widely dispersed, and you really have to work at it to get much shooting at all.
Final sight-in target, just prior to starting to hunt prairie dogs in early summer. Five shots, 30.8 grain Kodiaks, 65 yards. I cranked in one click of left windage, and went hunting. This thing shoots.
I slathered on some sunscreen, sprayed a layer of insect repellent over that, gathered up my gear, and headed out onto the prairie. I hunted for close to an hour before finally picking a prairie dog head out of the vegetation. It was about 63 yards out, and I dropped it in place with a head shot.
Things really started to pick up after that. I hadn't gone another 75 yards, and I saw two more. One was at 58 yards, and the other was at 67 yards. I dropped both of those and continued on.
Maybe 45 minutes later I got two more. One at 73 yards, and another at 84. I hunted for three hours and got nine prairie dogs with twelve shots. Pretty typical for a morning hunt in these dog towns.
I'm really pleased with the performance of the .25 Marauder. These dog towns are dusty and dirty, and she takes a lickin', and keeps on a tickin'.
So to answer the opening question, " How Much Fun Can You Have Hunting - With A PCP - That Doesn't Cost A Grand Or Two? Short answer.....A TON!
I got some good video clips of the .25 today, that once again show the power and accuracy of this rifle. They may take 20/30 seconds to load.