If you are not familiar
with the Steel Dog, it is a relative of the Prairie Dog but,
it has proven to be a much more elusive creature. They are
similar in size to the prairie dog, about 12" in height
but they tend to stand on their haunches at all times to tempt
us. They do not whistle but they stay stationary so once they
appear they are not hard to find. They appeared last fall
for the first time on the property where we had a chance to
engage them with 4 for us. At this showing they only appeared
at 100 yards. They were engage with a various barrage of calibers
204 Ruger, 22-250, .223 and .308. With this showing we gained
very valuable intel. They will stay put and allow you to shoot
at them many times over. They prefer to be tipped backwards
and will show you a flag when hit and then spring back for
up the next person to try. We have found they will last quite
a while as long as we utilize frangible ammo. This serves
several purposes, you should be able to utilize the same ammo
as you use for regular Prairie Dogs and more importantly reduce
richocettes when missed at the longer distances. We found
so far one non usable bullet. That is the lead soft points
especially in the 22-250 round where it goes directly through
the Steel and does not tip the Steel Dog. Other calibers seems
to caused craters in the steel. Unlike it's cousin we are
not trying to destroy them but shoot the same one over and
over as many times possible.
Our scouting reports predict
that they will appear sporatically so please check the calendar
for their appearance. The will appear at distances between
250 yards to 550 yards. There will be a total of ten targets
and no more than 40 rounds will be needed.
There is no cost to WHAC members and, if you
would like to bring a guest, they pay only $10.
Sight in starts at 8am.
Set up will be at
Shooters meeting will be at 10am and we will start
shooting shortly after that.
Do you have the lead and copper to join us?