by Shawn Skipper - Thursday, August 21, 2014
Summer is an excellent time to bust out the varmint loads and put a hurting on small game. With that in mind, Web Managing Editor Shawn Skipper and some of the folks from Winchester ventured to northern Wyoming with the intention of putting the company's .17 Win. Super Mag. to work on the local prairie dog population. Get an inside look at the hunt with this gallery.
Our host was Brian Beisher and the staff of Big Buck Outfitters, Inc. Brian and his guides were gracious, accommodating and everything a hunter could ask for, and the lodge—seen here, decorated in the outfitter's namesake—was the height of comfort.
The most popular firearm on hand, beyond a shadow of a doubt, wasVolquartsen Custom's 17 WSM. Chambered in Winchester's new .17 Win. Super Mag., the semi-automatic tack-driver made life rather difficult for any varmints in its path, like the one pictured here.
As I noted, prairie dogs weren't necessarily the only varmints on the table. The only other ones we'd get a shot at, though, were a couple of yellow-bellied marmots—known locally as rock chucks, thanks to their propensity for climbing, well ... rocks. We tagged three rock chucks during our stay, including the two seen here.
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