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Daughter and Sage Rats
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April 27, 2013
12:21 pm
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Can anyone tell me a good place to take my daughter to shoot rats or rock chucks?  I am in Salem OR and can head East or South.  Is now a good time?

Thank you for any advice.

April 27, 2013
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Master said
Can anyone tell me a good place to take my daughter to shoot rats or rock chucks?  I am in Salem OR and can head East or South.  Is now a good time?

Thank you for any advice.

Sorry, I can't be a help to you on this subject (I live in western Kansas), but I do want to welcome you to the forum.  

April 27, 2013
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pastorm said

Master said
Can anyone tell me a good place to take my daughter to shoot rats or rock chucks?  I am in Salem OR and can head East or South.  Is now a good time?

Thank you for any advice.

Sorry, I can't be a help to you on this subject (I live in western Kansas), but I do want to welcome you to the forum.  

Thank you. I love Sportsman's and I love forums so it was a no brainier for me.

April 27, 2013
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I am of no help either as I live in NM but this was discussed a while back in another thread I believe. If you do a search in the archives I'm sure you will find some info. Welcome to the forum.

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April 28, 2013
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Is it really that big of a problem that you feel the need to shoot rats in your state? We get field mice, but we don't hunt them. That's what cats do best. Best of luck finding some.

A few nice words and a cool head will go a long way in life. When that won't work I've got my 1911.
April 28, 2013
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Master said
Can anyone tell me a good place to take my daughter to shoot rats or rock chucks?  I am in Salem OR and can head East or South.  Is now a good time?

Thank you for any advice.

I don't know anything about sage rats, but if you google sage rats you might find the information you want.I know it has some information on the subject.

April 29, 2013
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DonVito said
Is it really that big of a problem that you feel the need to shoot rats in your state? We get field mice, but we don't hunt them. That's what cats do best. Best of luck finding some.

I was wondering the same thing.  I thought maybe sage rats = prairie dogs?

April 29, 2013
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wyflyguy said

DonVito said
Is it really that big of a problem that you feel the need to shoot rats in your state? We get field mice, but we don't hunt them. That's what cats do best. Best of luck finding some.

I was wondering the same thing.  I thought maybe sage rats = prairie dogs?

I'm not sure but I think sage rats and ground squirrels are the same, at least the pictures I saw of them look like squirrels.

April 29, 2013
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I've heard and seen rock chucks, but I've never heard of a sage rat… curious to find out what they are.

April 29, 2013
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You would think out in the desert area there should lots of those whistle pigs ( small gopher like creature ) . Out here in south western Idaho this time of year there are thousands running around all over.

April 29, 2013
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I'm from an area where we don't really have this as a game option. What exactly is the appeal of shooting these? It isn't my cup of tea, but to each their own. Do you eat them, sell the pelts, or what? Do you just do it for varmint control?

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April 30, 2013
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From the people I've talked to it is mostly for varmint control.  "Whistle pigs/sage rats" are only about the size of a chipmunk.  "Rock chucks" are about the size of a groundhog.

I wouldn't eat one! 

 

You can do a google search to find out more about them, and there are some videos on YouTube that can help. 

 

Here is a picture I found online of the whistle pigs:

 

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And this is a picture of a rock chuck I took near Twin Falls, Idaho:

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April 30, 2013
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Agreed on the varmint control motives.  It's probably a lot like those who enjoy shooting prairie dogs.  Those critters can do a lot of damage to an area where you don't want them to be.

May 4, 2013
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DonVito said
Is it really that big of a problem that you feel the need to shoot rats in your state? We get field mice, but we don't hunt them. That's what cats do best. Best of luck finding some.

They are kind of like ground squirrels.  They multiply very fast and do lots of damage to their crops.

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