Hunt KS Prairie Dogs and Keep Your Shooting Skills Sharp
Seeing that blaze orange vest hanging in the closet in the summer is a sharp reminder of how far away the fall hunting seasons are in the future. The spring turkey season is behind us, but there is an opportunity for hunters to sharpen their shooting skills and to hunt some wild game right now: Kansas prairie dog hunting is it.
“Unless you want to hunt coyotes in the heat,” Tim Weddington, owner of 10 Gauge Outfitters says, “prairie dog hunting is something you can go do right now because all the other seasons are closed right now.”
Shooting prairie dogs at 10 Gauge Outfitters is a great way to tune up for hunting other game with rifles. For example, hitting a prairie dog at long range is excellent preparation for hitting the vitals of an antelope or whitetail deer.
Most clients will shoot about 200 to 500 rounds per day with their own guns. Shooting benches are provided by 10 Gauge Outfitters.
According to Weddington, the .204 is the smallest recommended round, and the flat-shooting calibers include those from that round up to the .223. Most prairie dog hunters prefer a 50 to 60-grain bullet. Weddington’s favorite round is the 22-250.
In Kansas, the prairie dog season is open year-round, and there is no possession or maximum daily bag limit. The regulations are fairly simple, and more information can be found on the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism website.