The weather has continued its unpredictable nature. What was forecast to be sunny and pleasant turned out to be overcast with cold winds, not ideal rat shooting. We worked at it and made 4-500 rats into carrion feed for the day. Late in the day we decided to find a rock chuck. Chucks typically inhabit rocky points and rock piles where they can see and still be within a short walk to a good food source like the alfalfa field we were rat shooting on. This point is a 140 yard shot which is on the long end for 17hm2 but in the effective range for 17hmr.
The Legend with a chuck that he peeled off the previously pictured knob. He was teaching it to ride his shooting bench and to share space peacefully with other passengers. Both chucks got along quite amicably.
These chucks committed the mortal sin of getting caught out in the open field and were easy work for my 17hmr. Since this is the Kimber forum I grabbed one of my Classic Varmints in 17hm2 for photo purposes. Four rock chucks have the same forage consumption rate as a cow, so they can really impact hay and pasture production.
The next morning dawned bright and sunny with little to no wind and the best part is that the new croppers were up. A great morning, we may have eliminated 8-900 sagerats in about 4 hours. This was my view from the office. The bare spots are squirrel mounds that the rancher had just harrowed down.
To reply to earlier comments, the winter did impact rat numbers significantly but with the babies up, the hunting should improve. The goofy weather is still a major factor, overcast, cold and windy keeps them in their holes. With the alfalfa starting to grow, at some point we'll be impacted by our ability to see them.