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NPS.ORG From the Archives – The black-tailed prairie dog (Cynomys ludovicianus), a member of the Sciuridae or squirrel family, is important to native shortgrass prairie ecosystems and occurs in Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site (NHS). The black-tailed prairie dog is the most abundantly and widely distributed prairie dog species. Prairie dogs increase habitat diversity and contribute to grassland ecosystem processes by clipping vegetation and creating open habitats preferred by grassland birds and are proposed as a keystone species in North…[FULL ARTICLE]
BERETTA BLOG.COM From the Archives – Since we weren’t really prepared for a serious prairie dog hunt, my grandson, Charlie, and I decided our best tactic was to shoot the closer dogs with the .22 rimfire. I had only two rifles in the truck, one was a .223 Remington 5.56mm NATO rifle with a 1-6 Alpen scope. The other was a .22LR semi-auto rifle. I shot a couple of dogs out at longer ranges with the .223, but the extra noise caused…[FULL ARTICLE]
Weekend, February 24-25, 2018 - When winter exits the Wyoming sage country the broad expanses of nothingness seems to come back to life every year. Early signs of prairie dogs going “up periscope” marks the emergence of those little blackfooted critters that have a habit of making holes for cattle, sheep and horses to inadvertently step into. That frequently means another house call for the local vet. So you can see why cowboys and Indians both have “a thing” about prairie dogs and that “thing” often involves a rifle and plenty of ammo.
Our turn came on a day when the good folks at Trijicon decided to invite a passel of outdoor writers to a big ranch just covered with ‘dog turrets,” those spongy holes in the ground that the ‘dogs call home. It doesn’t require much skill to shoot a prairie dog, as long as you can see them. Normally, that’s not a problem. But on that day I was unaware that my vision had slipped a notch or two and what I was looking at through my Trijicon riflescope didn’t appear to be alive. Fortunately, my wife was “along for the ride…..” Ha! But she was just as anxious as anyone to try her luck on dog elimination.
Naturally, I was on the portable shooting bench first. A guide from the ranch who knew every inch of the territory barked instructions: “There’s one over there!” “Where, I responded.” “There. ‘bout 40 yards out.” “Hmmm,” I responded. “Don’t see anything.” That’s when my wife took over, shouldered the AR, squinted her aiming eye and touched the trigger. Up flew the little dog, about four feet airborne. Embarrassing. It took awhile before I realized my old eyeglass prescription was not just old but ancient. Good enough for an excuse, anyway.
Truth be told, I had a difficult time seeing – much less hitting – the target. But when I did, hits became more often than misses and a day ridding the world of doggie vermin made the ranchers happy.
The controversy over prairie dogs still wails. Folks who don’t like hunting or are PETA-ized have a habit of making us feel like the rats we really are. Yet, we’ve been back to that same area of Wyoming several times since and the same old prairie dogs that hung out there were, once again, hanging out there. And that’s something akin to what you’ll see this time around at…
Flying prairie dogs in North Dakota. Join expert marksmen as they zero in on prairie dogs in order to help manage the population.
This program discusses the relationships between the five species of prairie dogs (Black-tailed prairie dogs, Mexican prairie dogs, Gunnison's prairie dogs, White-tailed prairie dogs and Utah prairie dogs) and their endangered North American prairie grassland ecosystems. A number of prairie animals are at risk of extinction (as well as prairie dogs themselves) because prairie dog numbers are so low. Five animals that are dependent on prairie dogs and are at highest risk are Black-Footed Ferrets, Swift Foxes, Mountain Plovers, Burrowing Owls and Ferruginous Hawks.
It's springtime on the prairie, and the prairie dogs emerge in the morning chill to find an intruder in their midst.
Prairie dogs in Grand Canyon National Park exhibit an interesting behavior after a kit fox kills one of their own.
Award winning footage with Travis Livieri from Prairie Wildlife Research and Patrick McMillan from Clemson University. Expeditions brings you the first ever broadcast footage of a Black-footed ferret interacting with a prairie dog in daylight. Check it out...it's prey versus predator as this prairie dog defends himself in the early daylight hours.
Cinematic HD and slow motion prairie dog hunting. Experimenting with some camera angles.
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American Patriots: The anti-gun and anti-2A forces are assembling in towns and cities across our great nation. They are emboldened by the fever pitch of the recent tragedy in Florida and feel the wind is at their back as they move, as always, to…
CBS NEWS February 23, 2018 – A new CBS News poll shows that while nearly two-thirds of Americans support stricter laws on gun sales, including an increasing number of Republicans, there’s more division when it comes to arming teachers. CBS News’ David Begnaud met with three…
TOWNHALL.COM February 23, 2018 – These are the sorts of questions all elected Democrats should be asked, taking into consideration the flagrant gun-banning impulses of their base versus the party’s “common sense reforms” posture in the gun control debate. Should all semi-automatic rifles be outlawed? If not, why…
TOWNHALL.COM February 23, 2018 – In the aftermath of the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last Wednesday; NY Times columnist Nicholas Kristof had a couple things that made sense, though his piece was mostly grounded in anti-gun talking points….
sponsored – NSSF.ORG February 23, 2018 – The senseless loss of life that occurred on February 14th in Parkland, Florida, is unimaginable and heartbreaking. Members of the firearms industry share the goal of all Americans in wanting to see violence in our society reduced…
AMERICA MAGAZINE.ORG – February 23, 2018 – In my experience teaching social ethics, I have found that Pope John XXIII’s social encyclical “Pacem in Terris” generates important insights that are relevant to the current debate. The encyclical reminds us that in our public discourse…
CORPUS CHRISTI CALLER – February 23, 2018 – There are 172 school districts in Texas that allow staff and/or board members to carry firearms on school premises, according to a statewide review of board policies by the Texas Association of School Boards.
ABC NEWS February 23, 2018 – NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, in his first public comments since the shooting in Parkland, Florida, said Thursday that NRA members mourn for the Florida victims, but at the same time he issued a searing indictment of…
BOB ROGERS | Monday, February 19, 2018 – It’s not about what you can do. It’s about what you can’t. Passing new laws to control guns has limitations. Our liberal brethren seem to think that a magic political wand – or will – is all that’s needed to put a CANCEL stamp on a piece of paper. That’s only about 227 years too late. In 1791 the Bill of Rights, which includes the first, second and fourth amendments to the U.S. Constitution, was ratified by 75% of state legislatures. Granted, that was then and this is now. But that’s what constitutions are for; to set down rules in and for present and future time the conduct of people, places and things. What one wants and what one can have are two unequivocal things. That includes not just the governed but the government; the difference between being citizens who rule or being just subjects that are ruled. To even try to compare America’s style of government with that of other countries is indomitably foolish. A headline: Florida Students Plea With Congress: It’s About the Guns. No, it’s not. It’s about the law. When you break it there’s a price to pay; emphasis on “you.” (read more)
SHELBY MURDOC | February 15, 2018 — It seems obvious, but cartridged firearm ammunition is one of mankind’s greatest inventions. Maybe not the wheel. But not too far off. It’s been in use for hundreds of years and will remain common for several hundred more, I wager.
This is going to “out” me as a major nerd, but one of the best birthday presents I ever received was a game called Traveller when I was in junior high. Traveller was a tabletop role-playing game, sort of a “Dungeons & Dragons in space.” It was the early 1980s, back when such things were considered pretty far-out and were borderline taboo in my straight-laced conservative community out in the corn fields of rural Minnesota. But this nerd had longed for the game all summer, and when I finally held “Traveller: Science-Fiction Adventure in the Far Future” in my hands, I tore into it, diving into topics such as character creation, starship construction, and personal combat rules with gusto. [read more]
STEVE COMUS | Thursday, February 1, 2018 — The shooting sports industry has changed more in the past decade than at any time in history. Its direction is becoming clearer as the panic buying of recent years recedes. It is common to consider the industry as though it were some sort of monolithic block within society. Think that way at the peril of missing what is really happening. The buyer/owner base is broader and deeper than it was before the Obama tsunami. The base is varied significantly.
In the beginning of the Obama era, most vocal and fastest growing within the owner base were those who were pushing back against the imperialist administration. They had a sharp attitude and the kinds of guns and gear they embraced reflected that attitude. [read more]