Posted 29 April 2012 - 12:15 AM
I do not know about So.Calif. But I used to live in Friant, outside Fresno, Calif. & there were lots of ground squirrels there. Madera area also & surrounding areas. They also have those long eared Jack Rabbits that are a blast to shoot & the ranchers & farmers hate them as well. I would suggest you post some bulleting board ads or paper ads. Many ranchers gave me pertmission to shoot them. I shot one are so much I quit checking it for many months as none came back. I now live in Oregon, just outside of Sunriver,Oregon. I drove 3 hours to the other side of Burns, Oregon to shoot Sage Rats. They are a ground squirrel that everyone calls "sage rats" so their wives & the liberals & etc. don't mind "RATS" being shot. These squirrels are about 3 to 4 inches tall & about 1+ inches across max with a short 2 inch or so tail. Some are smart, most are stupid. I shot just under 400 sage rats last sunday & monday. Sunday I used a 17 MACH II, 17gr & Monday a 17 HMR 17gr. I dispatched 4 Rock Chucks (Marmots, Wood Chucks, Rock Chucks are all the same). The critter called "Puncatonny Phil" is a Rock Chuck, they use to check if spring is coming or winter will hang on. Came home tired but pleased with the results as was the ranch owner. Hope you find a place to shoot. Some ranchers charge $75 to $150 a day to shoot. I do not go there. Most of the guys that go there take big game rifles shooting 300 mags & 338 mags & bigger & the hunt arranger says they hit the critter even if they missed as the recoil knocks them off & they don't know differently. They drive them around the ranch on flatbed trucks or pickups with a platform & railing with covers to keep the sun from baking them. I know because I met some at a camp & talked with them. Most were from back east that paid big bucks to fly in & stay at these places & shoot loooonng distances & kill (miss) critters. I shoot 17 Mach II, 17 HMR, 17 Remington & 204Ruger. I can see what I hit when I shoot. No recoil problems & no sore shoulder either. I also killed a Buffalo with the 17 Remington with one shot to the neck at about 75+ yards as it started to vacate the area. Great eating & I have pic's & a skull for the wall. as soon as I figure out how to town down the pixels so I can load pic's I will do so on Chucks, Rats & Buffalo. I have a friend down in your area that is a shooter as well. I will ask him if he knows of any places around there as well.