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Ground Squirrel War: Cedarville physician does double duty


By Jean Bilodeaux, squirrel hunter and author of Squirrel Wars, A Politically Incorrect Manual on Combat available at www.modocmemories.com
As other doctors in Surprise Valley before him, Dr. Chuck Colas, of the Surprise Valley Smokepoles, a black powder shooting club, uses his time off to attempt to hold the line against the rampaging hoards of Belding ground squirrels that devastate farmer's fields each year. Help will arrive on Saturday March 20 when the annual Squirrel Roundup will be held in Surprise Valley.
The SV Chamber of Commerce initiated the annual war against the squirrels 19 years ago. Since that time the event has turned into the chamber's biggest money maker and a win, win, win situation for almost everyone except for a few hundred thousand squirrels.
1. Win–for the farmer, as some control of the squirrel population is effected on this day.
2. Win – for the varmint hunter who is invited to shoot as many squirrels as he/she can and then enjoy a barbecue (beef or chicken, not squirrel) in the evening.
3. Win – for the raptors that are now trained to fly in and feast on the ravages of the war.
4. Win(?) – for the squirrels that are left as there is less competition for food.

See registration information below

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Dr. Chuck Colas, of the Surprise Valley Smokepoles

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Getting in place at first light is important.

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Neither rain, nor sleet, or snow will stop the squirrel hunters from their assigned duties.


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Taking fire and holding the line against the advancing squirrel hoards.

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Youngsters also participate.
Registration information for the 2010 Squirrel Roundup! March 20
Reservation required and entries are limited to 100. Cost is $45 per person.
Hunters are responsible to secure a place to hunt, but lists of available ranches inviting hunters are available.
For more information or to register contact the Surprise Valley Chamber of Commerce, 530-279-2001 or email svcoc@hdo.net
Caution! Barrel meltdown is a real possibility in this target rich environment, bring more than one rifle and some hunters suggest 1,500 rounds of ammo.
All photos courtesy of Jean Bilodeaux

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08/26/15 -- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) reminds hunters that non-lead ammunition is required when hunting on CDFW properties for the upcoming hunting seasons. Lead ammunition may still be used on... Full Story

ODFW: Bow hunting to start Aug. 29

08/26/15 -- Despite a flurry of internet rumors claiming otherwise, Oregon’s statewide deer and elk archery seasons will open as scheduled on Saturday, Aug. 29 but ODFW is advising hunters to “know before you go!”... Full Story

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A field of free roaming elk, photo courtesy of CDFW
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Mourning dove, photo courtesy of CDFW
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A deer in the wild with Papillomavirus infection
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Whitetail Prairie, Montana photo courtesy of Rocky Mountain Elk
08/18/15 -- The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has worked with a conservation-minded family and a group of partners to permanently protect and conserve 2,810 acres of elk habitat in the Big Belt Mountains of west-central Montana... Full Story

Trespassing -- No Need To!

Garmin Montana 600 with a picture of actual spot and hunt spot in the S. Wagontire Unit. I did the computer download and on a blank sd card on this Montana. I like the software and google earth on my computer to review spots and new spots, then send out the gpx file waypoints) to the hunters.
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B&C hunting, cooking books win awards

Hunting cookbooks, Photo courtesy of the Boone & Crocket Club
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Hunt for suspect closes part of D9 Zone

Wanted poster for Benjamin Peter Ashley, photo courtesy of Kern County Sheriff's Office
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ODFW offers family & gal pheasant hunts

Portlander Vickie Valdez with the pheasant she took at an ODFW workshop. She had never even held a firearm before she took the class.Photo courtesy of ODFW
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Oregon man slammed for poaching elk

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OSP F&W seeks help in poaching case

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Waterfowl regs set for 2015-2016 season

Ducks and geese at Gray Lodge. CDFW photo by Lori Deiter.
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CA FG&C votes to ban bobcat trapping

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ODFW offers free youth pheasant hunts

Boy, girl and dog pheasant hunting, photo courtesy of ODFW
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More RMEF grants to help Idaho elk

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RMEF: Watch for #ProjectElk Documentary

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A very good Pronghorn in the South Wagontire hunt unit in Oregon
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How much venison do hunters harvest?

Venison Bourguignon (Venison Stew), photo by Daniel Bledsoe, Food.com
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RMEF: 2015 Elk Camp registration opens

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vortex straight and angled spotting scopes
By Gary Heffley
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Vortex Optics: Quality, Value & Confidence

vortex straight and angled spotting scopes
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Liesl, 11 month old pudelpointer, photo by Gary Lewis
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It’s Not over Till the Lady Sings

mountain lion on rocky edge, photo courtesy of UDWR and Carrie Wilson, CA DFW
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Modoc Big Buck honors shared

Sheriff Mike Poindexter of Alturas bagged this beautiful X2 4X4 - 30 inch Buck. Photo courtesy of Sheriff Poindexter
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old black and white photo of a skiff loaded with ducks and a man with his shotgun, courtesy of Don Webster
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Tyler Low with his 3x4 buck shot at 100 yards with a Weatherby Vanguard .300 Winchester Magnum. Photo by Kyler Olson
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Sacramento Valley Pheasant, Steven T. Callan, Where Have All the Pheasants Gone
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heritage, history of hunting, hunting as a family, Jason Haley, Mt. Shasta, Mount Shasta
Article and photos by Jason Haley
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Never say never, rifle buk, Francisco Garcia, MyOutdoorBuddy.com
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Twin melanistic fawns with doe, Me and my shadow, Jean Bilodeaux, MyOutdoorBuddy.com Article and photos by Jean Bilodeaux
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Deer holding tight in cover during times of heavy hunting pressure as I was about to find out. Francisco Garcia hunting story. MyOutdoorBuddy.com
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