I had a chance, about a week ago, to get out and do some more ground squirrel hunting with a good friend of mine. He was shooting his new Daystate MCT, .22 PCP, and I, once again, hunted with my Marauder PCP pistol/carbine.
It was an awesome day of squirrel hunting. My buddy made some very impressive shots out to 80 yards. Inside of 60 yards, my P-Rod, as usual, was knocking them dead.
The hunting was very challenging. The vegetation has gotten thick and tall. The stinging nettles were 5 to 6 feet tall in many areas, and it was a challenge to not get tangled up in those things.
The weather was just about perfect. It never got really hot, and there was just enough wind to keep most of the flying, biting, bloodsucking, insect critters stuck on their launch pads. This time of year, all of the skeeters, deer flies, sweat flies, gnats, and no-see-ums, have all hatched out, and are all looking for something to eat, so it was nice to get a reprieve from the onslaught of flying, biting, bloodsucking bugs.
I'm in the process of making the switch from hunting ground squirrels in California, to hunting prairie dogs here in AZ, so this will probably be the last California Ground Squirrel hunt for this year.
The only gun I've hunted ground squirrels with in 2011, has been my Marauder PCP pistol/carbine, and I can't say enough good things about this rig. While hunting in some pretty steep terrain, I've come to really appreciate the compactness and light weight of this small carbine. The accuracy has been stellar, and the 13 fpe she generates with the 12.8 grain Sn-2 tin pellets, has been more than enough to cleanly kill ground squirrels out to just past 60 yards. She has most definitely earned a permanent spot in my airsenal.
Below, are some video clips from this latest hunt. They may take 20/30 seconds to load, and run about 2 minutes and 30 seconds. I didn't narrate these clips as I hunted along, but the shots ranged from about 30 yards, to just under 50.
I've got my new .22 caliber, AA 510 TC to use, and it's time to dig out my .25 caliber Marauder, and start taking care of business in the prairie dog towns. Hunting prairie dogs presents some different challenges from hunting ground squirrels. One of the big ones is, the ever present wind on the open prairie. Fifteen to 20 miles per hour is typical, so you need to bring your wind doping "A" game when going after these guys with airguns.
Weather permitting, I'll be after them later this week, so stay tuned, more airgun hunting adventures to follow.