Varmint Hunting

Varmint Hunting
Not everyone enjoys shooting sports and not everyone is a hunter.  We recognize that and if that describes you then I suggest you click to another page.  This page will definitely be deemed rated “R” in your eyes so look away.  This is not meant to offend but offered to help you avoid entering a zone that will surely make you uncomfortable.
 
For those of us who DO enjoy shooting sports welcome to the wonderful world of sage rat shooting.  Each spring we host a number of families, couples and addicted shooters on our varmint hunts.  These squirrels are affectionately known as sage rats, squeaks, varmints and pop-ups. Heck anything with that many nick names has got to be fun to hunt.    And that’s what we do from March through May.  We shoot them in the sun. We shoot them in the snow. We shoot them in the rain. We shoot them in the hail.  Heck my friend, they are everywhere.  (Oops, too much Dr. Seuss)
 
We shoot from a stable shooting platform that we have dubbed the VEU which stands for Varmint Extermination Unit.  This shooting trailer has two levels, 360 degree shooting benches and stabilizing jacks on all corners.  The amenities, along with abundant sage rats equal a mobile outdoor shooting gallery. 
 
It is not unusual for a single “rat hunter” to expend 500 rounds of ammunition in a single day. High season for this sport is definitely spring time, when sage rats are most active.
 
A 22-caliber rifle with a scope is the weapon of choice of the rat hunter because the ammunition is reasonably priced, although some hunters use the twelve-ounce “pop-ups” to sight in a big game rifle in anticipation of deer or elk season.  A 17HMR is also a very popular gun for the sport.  it never ceases to surprise me though when a group arrives and they begin to unload their arsenal.  It is not uncommon for a single shooter to bring 5 or more firearms for the day.  We’ve seen some pretty amazing guns on our hunts; some rare, some custom and some fresh out of the box. 
 
It is a fact that Belding’s ground squirrels eat alfalfa plants and roots, damage fields, bury plants, and build mounds that damage swathers and other equipment. They also attract badgers, a natural predator that can cause very major damage to fields. Badgers dig deep and they dig wide.  They can cause perilous conditions for horses.   That said, shooting these varmints does help curb a population often run rampant.  But I have to admit that while it is nice to be doing a “good and helpful deed” for the farmer, varmint hunting is all about fun.
Hunts begin early in the morning.  Typically you’ll meet your guide at 7AM and we wrap up the day by about 4PM.  We recommend packing a lunch and bringing plenty of nonalcoholic beverages.  Sunscreen and a hat are advisable and wear layered clothing.  Hiking boots are suitable.
 
We hope you’ll join us in the high desert farmlands of the Klamath Basin for a shooting adventure soon.

Risk
Hunting trips are not without inherent risks.  ROE Outfitters LLC cannot assume responsibility for injury to hunting / fishing / rafting / kayaking / canoeing / boating / snowshoeing / birdwatching / hiking and rental participants or loss of personal property. You will be required to sign a participant waiver and release prior to your trip.
 
Varmint Hunting Quick Facts
Season April - May
Rates $400 a day per group of 2 ($50 each additional person)
Weekend and Single Day Bookings add $100 per day additional per group.
50% Nonrefundable Deposit Required For Booking
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