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#180700 - 05/05/17 07:05 PM Re: Rock Chucks! [Re: Ernie]
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I am mildly jealous of you western guys and your rockchucks. It looks like a great time and some great shooting.

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#180701 - 05/05/17 07:41 PM Re: Rock Chucks! [Re: cmnash]
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Great Shooting Ernie!

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#180710 - 05/06/17 12:20 PM Re: Rock Chucks! [Re: cherokeetracker]
Ernie
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As I posted in the early afternoon yesterday we had a pretty slow morning Even after we ate a late lunch we weren't seeing that much but it begin to get a little bit better as we move to a different location I'm guessing we got started around 3 o'clock in the afternoon and I killed around five or six more checks at this different location but the wind was still blowing and they were wanting to come up very much In this location I finished up the rounds I had left for the 7 Dakota it made some extreme kills again. Dick/six-shot was keeping track of the amount of kills and most of the distances as well. After spending about an hour and a half in that location we moved to a similar place where we were the evening before. As a sidenote, I can't tell you how much I enjoyed being with Dick he is a great person, he is also very good at describing where the chucks are and is a good spotter as well. When you are shooting with and spotting with an experienced shooter it just makes everything easier and more enjoyable.
So we get moved to the different location at around 4:30 in the afternoon and still there are not many chucks moving. Even if I did not kill anymore, it had been a wonderful time. But the winds finally started going down below 10 mph and when they got to around 8 miles an hour they begin to show up slowly at first. As the time progressed, the winds got lower, and more and more chucks begin to come out. Game on! Up until this time I had been shooting from odd shooting positions that were harder to shoot from, and not completely stable. In this last set up I shot from a rest like Dick does when he goes chuck hunting. Basically, a portable solid bench rest. Before it was all said and done our total for two days was 50 rock chucks. Serval times I went fairly long strings without a miss. My longest string was 10 rock chucks in 10 shots with distances ranging from about 150 yards to 380 yards. I'll post pictures later on once I get to the house. I reserve the right to be wrong on some of the details as Dick is a great statistics.
I was in shoot mode. The 6XC did all of the late afternoon killing at the last shooting position.
Dick will probably be able to tell you how many chucks I killed in about an hour and a half but it was a lot.
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#180712 - 05/06/17 01:31 PM Re: Rock Chucks! [Re: Ernie]
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The rest Ernie is talking about is a formica counter top cut out from a kitchen sink. This is laid across the back of the 4 wheeler & then sandbags can be used or the short Harris bi-pod. This makes for a very solid shooting platform & I've used it for years. We just sit on a folding stool or chair & settle in behind the 4 wheeler & start shooting.
It almost takes a Humvee to hide Ernie, he takes up a little room! Also his Wy-Shot shirt was a very light color & each time he moved those sharp eyed Chucks would be gone, their eye sight is amazing, switching to a neutral color is much better.
Ernie started off hot right from the jump & ran 7 straight, all from different distances & angles, much different than shooting Prairie Dogs. Many times you are shooting at part of a Chuck or he's at an odd angle, no problem for Ernie, he was on his "A" game.
Early on I learned not to take my muffs off to talk, the first time I started to say something after a shot he shot again before I could even speak..... LOUD! I didn't think he could shoot that fast.
He kept passing on the easier, 300 yd. shots & taking the longer 400-550 yd. shots, sending out lead poisoning at 2750 fps.
I'll cut this short & let him pick up from here when he gets home. We had a great time & the second day he really put the pressure on them. There will be Rock Chuck Funerals all day today.



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#180714 - 05/06/17 02:05 PM Re: Rock Chucks! [Re: sixshot]
Ernie
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I really didn't know much about rock chuck shooting until these past two days.
I will definitely wear darker colors next time.
Are use bungee cords to hold down the countertop on my four wheeler and it was nice and solid as well.
It didn't take me long to realize that they don't like wind, and they don't like movement, and they have really good eyesight.
I think my spec rest would also work really good from the sitting (on the ground) position with that kind of shooting we were doing.
Shooting from Dick's portable BR table made things very easy on the knees, neck, legs and arms. Shooting from the double knee position for long periods of time or kneeling position or a standing up but squatted down crouched position tends to make you tired after a while. At the same time, it's kind of fun to shoot from odd positions or less than perfect positions, and try to find a way to make it stable enough to make a precision shot ( on critters it seem to constantly move) that's the fun part!
If we do this again I want to get Dick and I together so that we can shoot at the same animal or you could call it synchronized shooting or shoot at different rock chucks at the same time. To do this consistently and successfully we will both need to be using specialty pistols that are set up so we can spot our own shots.
Dick is a good shooter and I know he's up to the task. He picked up my six XE and immediately killed a Rockchuck on the first shot with it even though he had never even dry fired it before
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#180715 - 05/06/17 03:43 PM Re: Rock Chucks! [Re: Ernie]
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Salt of the earth folks.

We didn't take hardly any pics on Thursday afternoon, as we were to busy shooting. Here are some pics from Friday.
Also we didn't even try to recover all of the rock chucks....Time that we had we spent shooting for the most part.






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#180717 - 05/06/17 04:00 PM Re: Rock Chucks! [Re: Ernie]
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Looks like a lot of fun!
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#180718 - 05/06/17 04:28 PM Re: Rock Chucks! [Re: TN Lone Wolf]
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It didn't take long for me & Ernie to hit it off, I guess when you've both done a lot of shooting you sort of speak the same language when it comes to locating targets in fields, rocks, brush, etc. We got along great & getting on target was easy. In two days of shooting in some tricky conditions the wind only got him twice, actually only once. The wind was hard to the left at 500+ yds & Ernie slipped the shot just off the left side & before I could even speak he sent another 107 grs. of lead poison down range & it landed on the right side.....the wind had stopped just for a brief second, just enough for the impact to swap sides.
All the rest of the time his windage was spot on, every time, fast & methodical & from some rather tough positions. I think he was getting a kick out of making it tough.
Several times he would pass on a 350 yd. shot in order to take a 500+ yd. shot. On the second day I finally talked him into using the folding chair & the flat table top on the 4 wheeler & he immmediately ran off 10 straight.
In less than an hour & 30 minutes he shot 19 Chucks out to 380 yds for a second day total fo 27 & a grand total of 50 with his very last load.
I took the photo's, he can post the one's he wants, great fun!
Here's a photo of a huge Badger my son shot about an hour before Ernie arrived. We were hunting Ground Squirrels.



Dick


Edited by sixshot (05/06/17 04:33 PM)

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#180721 - 05/06/17 06:38 PM Re: Rock Chucks! [Re: sixshot]
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That is Godzilla of badgers!

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#180722 - 05/06/17 07:04 PM Re: Rock Chucks! [Re: sixshot]
Ernie
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 Originally Posted By: sixshot

In less than an hour & 30 minutes he shot 19 Chucks out to 380 yds for a second day total for 27 & a grand total of 50 with his very last load.
I took the photo's, he can post the one's he wants, great fun!
Here's a photo of a huge Badger my son shot about an hour before Ernie arrived. We were hunting Ground Squirrels.



Dick


That is a monster of a badger your boy killed.
There was not a reason for going home with loaded ammo....Plus, 50 kills sounds like a perfect number
;\)
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