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Old 05-30-2018, 04:25 PM
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Last weekend my buddy Tim had to work late Friday night so we didn't get out of town until about 9pm. By the time we got into the area we wanted to explore and look for some rock chucks the next day, it was past midnight. It was chilly, but not freezing, so we just set our sleeping bags out on our cots under the stars and got some shuteye.

Before going to sleep, I set my camera up on a timer to see if I could get a picture of the stars while we slept.




I was up before sunrise and had my bedding all stowed and packed away and a thermos of coffee ready in time to sit and watch the sun come up.




Tim was still sleeping, but I rousted him after taking this picture.



While Tim was getting his stuff put away, I was just kind of looking around and spotted a coyote watching us from about 350 yards away. Pointed it out to Tim. About then, the coyote laid down and all we could see was it's eyes and ears above some sage. Tim says "bet you can't plug that coyote between the eyes". So... I unlimbered my .22-250AI, setup a sandbag on the tailgate, sat there in my camp chair, and executed that poor old coyote. Part peer pressure. Part plain old low down meaness I guess... Did not take a picture of the poor summer slick bastage. Still not sure why I even did that...

Then we set out to see what we could see. It was unseasonably cold, and windy, and we got hit with rain and hail squalls off and on throughout the day. But, we still managed to find as many rock chucks as we felt like shooting.






The three 'chucks above, all got popped in less than 10 seconds. That AR is just a hoot in a target rich environment! We ended up with about 30 rock chucks between us for the day. We also stopped to go to work on a few ground squirrel colonies here and there, with both the AR and my old .17 HMR.

Did see a few more coyotes too, but made no effort to harm them.

Most of the day though, all we really did, was look for new Jeep trails and see where they went. The steepness of some of the terrain, the fresh mud and the fact we were probably the first vehicle on many of these roads in a long time all added up to using a lot of 4 wheel drive, which, we like . That, and taking in the views. A few pics from the day.










There's 'chucks up in them thar hills!



Too much fun!

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Old 05-30-2018, 08:14 PM
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thanks for sharing Dave

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Another great batch of photos and the story to go with them. Can't beat that!
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Old 05-31-2018, 01:25 AM
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Awesome pictures. Thanks for sharing. Congrats on the chucks.
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Great pics! Beautiful country! Thanks for sharing!
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Thanks for sharing. The pictures you took are awesome. They look like a professional photographer took them.
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Thanks for sharing, I am jealous
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Old 06-20-2018, 04:52 PM
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Thanks for all the kind words fellas!

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Great pictures and story, Dave. Thanks for sharing.
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