I found another good picture from the hunt that's worth sharing.
I found a good spot on top of a hill that overlooks a sparse patch of sage brush. That spot always has prairie dogs because it's next to an irrigated hay field. I hunted that spot with my air rifle three summers ago and got over 200 from that little place. Mostly pups. It's a hard spot to hunt from ground level, but this hilltop provides a definite advantage. And the tall sage brush makes good cover.
This was another perfect day with zero wind, and I had the 17hmr and 204. I started with the 17hmr and two prairie dogs popped up at 217 yards off to the right. I shot each one, then just for fun, I shot them again while they lay kicking. Four shots and four hits.... which shows how accurate the 17hmr is when there is no wind.
The longest kill with the 204 was ~290 yards. I tried a 337 yard shot which is in the middle of the hay field but I missed.
I only got about 20 from this spot, which is a good sign of progress.
I got past 5000 on this trip and my total count is now 5177.
Three years ago I setup a prone position with my air rifle off to the left of the picture. I was waiting for the sun to come up when a pack of 8 coyotes came into that sparse patch of sage brush and they were hunting for breakfast. As I was watching them, another coyote came from the hay field with a prairie dog and joined the others. They all piled up and started fighting over the prairie dog. They were 65 yards away and it was quite the spectacle. I don't know how they didn't tear it apart, but one coyote made off with it and came running past me about 10 yards away with the rest of the pack chasing him. That was definitely fun to watch, but I have to admit, being that close to a pack of 9 hungry coyotes armed with only an air rifle made me a bit uneasy.
BTW... if my 4 wheeler looks purple, that's because it is. I bought it about 13 years ago and the camo paint turned purple even though I keep it parked in the garage. My brother-in-law has the same make and year. His did the same thing.