Rebel Ridge Outfitters
                                                         Southwest Kansas Prairie Dog & Bison Hunts
Modus Operandi

Mode of Operation:
We are well-suited for accomplished marksmen who are serious about their sport and able to make shots beyond 300 yards.  At this range and beyond targets are essentially unlimited.  We have many high vantage points to set up shooting tables, offering excellent fields of fire over large areas at distances from 100 to 2,000 yards.  If you can’t shoot beyond 300 yards this is not the place for you.  I do not allow clients to drive around and shoot from their vehicle.  This practice is damaging to the pastures and makes the prairie dogs more gun shy, effectively diminishing the success of future hunts.  Plan to shoot from a bench rest with several moves throughout the day as needed.  Keep in mind that this is hunting, which means that results will be mixed depending on the day.  If it is too cold, too hot or too windy there will be fewer prairie dogs out.  One day may yield 60 shots and the next could yield 400.  That being said, your chances of having a good day out are far greater than if you were big game hunting.  The big difference is that you know where the prairie dogs will be.  They are not nomadic like other game and stick within a few yards of their burrows.  Oftentimes a bit of patience is required between shots, especially when you first arrive in an area.  Initially the dogs will scatter when you show up and most within a 300 yard radius will stay below as long as you are there.  But after a short time, usually about as long as it takes us to get set up, the dogs will gradually re-emerge into the open.
Plan to shoot with wind.  Wind is a fact of life and a daily occurance in this region.  If you waited for the wind to stop before hunting you would never get a shot off.  We cannot take credit or blame for the weather.  Plan to hunt rain or shine or wind.
Please remember, this is hunting and hunting by nature is unpredictable.  There are no guarantees that you will have unlimited prairie dogs dancing on the end of your barrel from dawn til dusk.  To make promises to the contrary would be foolish.  I do not control prairie dog behavior.  Some days there are more than you can shake a stick at.  Other days, even with nice weather, they are scarce.  I have had clients tell me that a particular field had been "shot out" even though they were the first hunters on that property in over a year.  Knowing this could not be, I drove out the next day to have a look and there were hundreds of dogs in plain view.  Just keep in mind that with any type of hunting there can be no guarantees, only the opportunity for the best hunt you've ever had.
 

Firearms:
If you’re new to the sport, I highly recommend a scoped rifle with bipod, sandbags or both.  You will initially get shots within 100 yards but this soon dwindles and you are shooting 300+ yards after that.  At 300 yards and beyond the prairie dogs either can’t see you or are not concerned and will stay out until you connect or get really close.  Because of the ranges involved you need a steady platform (hence the bipod/sandbags), a scope with good magnification (16X-24X is recommended) and a fast, center fire varmint cartridge such as .223, .22-250, .204 Ruger, .17Rem, etc.  Larger, heavier calibers such as .308 Win are needed for ranges beyond 600 yards.  Rimfire rifles are fun to shoot but have limited range and you soon run out of targets that are within your reach. 

A scope with bullet drop compensation and windage adjustment is essential.  Scopes with target knobs that can be reset to zero are very effective and convenient.  A few of my favorites are the Burris Fullfield E1 4.5-14X42 and the 6.5-20X50.  This scope has a fantastic bullet drop compensation reticle with added hold points for windage, making shot adjustment quick and precise.  Another fine scope is the Leupold with the varmint reticle.  

An even more precise method is to purchase a set of custom ballistic turrets for your existing scope from Kenton Industries.  With your load data (bullet weight, velocity and environmental parameters) they will custom build you a set of turrets with yardage markings laser etched onto them rather than the factory MOA markings.  With this setup all you need to do is range the shot, dial your turret to the correct distance and shoot. 
 Shooting with wind is a fact of life in
Kansas
and can cause your bullet to drift significantly at longer ranges.  The only ammo restrictions I have at this time are on tracers, for obvious reasons. 

AR-15 Rifles:
We no longer allow AR-15 type rifles.  One guy with an AR-15 chews through 4X as many dogs as a guy with a bolt gun.  We can't acquire enough dog towns to keep up with AR-15s and this is not a cost-effective way to utilize our leases.    
 

   

 



Gear:
We provide up to eight shooting tables and chairs.  We highly recommend that each shooter have his/her own pair of binoculars. 
Ammo is available in limited type and quantity within 50 miles of
Syracuse, so bring as much as you think you will need plus a little more.  Over the past several years people have typically averaged around 300 rounds per day.  If you want to bring more ammo than is allowed on a plane (11 lbs.) you can ship it to Matt Gould, 602 E. Avenue C Syracuse, KS. 67878 and it will be waiting for you when you arrive.  Temperatures can fluctuate greatly from morning to afternoon, so bring adequate layers of clothing.  Sunscreen and a wide-brimmed hat are also good items.  Be aware that during the warmer months rattlesnakes are present in prairie dog towns.  Leather boots and long pants provide a greater degree of protection than other footwear and should be worn in the field.

 
 


The Stalk:
The majority of people who hunt prairie dogs work at perfecting the long shot because that is usually all you are going to get.  However, prairie dogs can also be effectively hunted in a more traditional sense, using camoflage and concealment. This affords one the opportunity to do more work with the rimfires.  The .17HMR is an ideal caliber for this application as most of your shots using this method will be within 200 yards.  We have several places on the property with dry creekbeds which allow you to move undetected and out of sight while manuvering into a good shooting position.  Some fields are also bordered by high grass,  offering cover around the perimeters.  This method is more rewarding for some but requires a bit more motivation and significantly increases your chances of encountering a rattlesnake.  This should be taken into account before you decide to employ the stalk. 

Common Questions:

  Would my group be combined with other hunters?
    - No.  You will only hunt with the people in your group.  We never combine people of different groups.  You would have exclusive access to several large properties for your hunt.

Would we have to share accomodations with other hunters?
    - No.  Your group will have one of our two lodging facilites all to yourselves.

Is there a seperate guide fee?  
    Our prairie dog hunts are self-guided.

Can we shoot the hawks?
    - No.  First of all, that is a federal crime.  Secondly, you have paid for a prairie dog hunt.  That means all hawks, burrowing owls, coyotes, rabbits, turtles, lizards, meadow larks, antelope,  and all other wildlife are off limits.    

Is a guide necessary?
    - No.  We will provide you with detailed maps to get you to and from your hunting properties.  We will also have a guide "on call" at all times should you become lost or need assistance of any kind.  
    
- We also recognize that there are a large number of you who have been shooting dogs for many years and do not require the guide service.  
  
 We have a few simple rules.  (1)  We do not allow hunting to take place from a vehicle.  All shooting must
be done from a bench or on foot.  (2)  All vehicles must remain on the fencelines or established roads.  (3)  Safe hunting practices must be maintained at all times.  Some properties will have livestock present.  This requires extra caution and constant awareness.  Some properties are bordered on at least one side by a road.  These properties require extra planning so as not to end up shooting at the roadway.  If any unsafe act is observed or if blatant disregard for our simple requests is apparant, your group will be required to leave immediately.  If you do anything illegal and the authorities show up, you're on your own. 

Have these towns been shot?
    -  Unless you are the first group of the season, yes, of course.  We are in the business of hunting, therefore we hunt our properties.  We spend roughly $30,000 each season on lease fees and subsequently cannot afford to hold properties in reserve until you get here. 

With that being said, we have very large properties with good dog populations on them.  We schedule our properties on a rotational system, allowing them down time throughout the season and we do not overbook.  If there happens to be a scarce turnout of dogs on a particular day it will be due to time of day or environmental factors such as heat, rain, overcast, etc.       
Just let us know what your experience level is and what you are looking for in a hunt.  We will accomodate you any way we can.

 

 

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