Prairie Dog Hunt

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Prairie Dog Hunt

looking for a place to prairie dog hunt, whether public or private lands. never pdog hunted, or  been to ND. need some help or advise where to start on finding some locations.

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First off, where are U from? If out of state or transient, let us know when you’d be here in ND, places you might visit like Medora where you could get some dogs while seeing TRNP and the badlands, etc.  

As a rule, the further west you get the more p dogs you’ll find on public lands, and usually the easier it is to get permission from private landholders, assuming you look upbeat, honest, etc. 

Email INFO at the ND G&F and they will usually help you, though I sometimes hear negative stuff on outdoor websites, though have never had problems.  Also, the UDA who regularly have to poison towns in the badlands to keep,them from spreading onto private lands. Sometimes this’ll help.

There’s lots of P,dog towns down on the Standing  Rock Reserve. Inquire from the Standing Rock game and  Fish at Ft. Yates tribal headquarters.  The license used to be cheap and you could buy an excellent map of tribal, non tribal and tprovate lands there with the towns all marked out, included upland hunting too, all for about 50 bucks. I hear that the license is pretty expensive now though, and after the “water protection, antipipline” debacle things might have changed and you might or might not run into adversaries. I have no idea, yes or no.    License/access fees would be up to you I suppose.  Would a p dog license of several hundred buck be too much for a guy driving a half million dollar motor home down there to. shoot dogs? I have no answer to that.  

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North of Medora, there’s a ton of them, some folks get mad/yell at ya/take pictures, but the shooting is really good...

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Yep, lots North and west of Medora. And SW too.  Never been yelled at, YET.   Shooting on BLM land s of Watford one time I was approached  by a Rancher, curious about what equipment I was using, really nice guy, and laughingly thanked me on behalf of the surrounding landowners for cutting the population of dogs, as they encroach surrounding land like a slow growing cancer.  Invited me to shoot as many as possible on his adjacent alfalfa field. Being yelled any shouldn’t normally be a problem, now in most cases is getting permission. USUALLY.....some have been burned by transients from the Oil Patch when it hit so hard I heard.

But people and land ownerships change, especially with the oil patch.

Go to Medora by all means and enjoy the sights and shows and TRNP.  But no point asking for info there, IMHO!  Few would would know where to go and many are out of state volunteers or international out of country student workers.

There is an colorful fellow named Ollie Goldberg ?!? Who runs a hotel/campground/restaurant bar a couple miles NW of Medora North on the Buffalo Gap Turnoff. Great fellow. Caters to hunters, p dog hunters Mah De Heh bicycle riders, etc.  A wealth of INFO do where to go, who to ask, etc.  at least he used to be! 

 

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Closer to Bis-Man and not knowing any landowners  or the country, I guess I’d like seriouslly look at Standing Rock.