bullseye-69—You may have to retire like I did if you want more time to hunt??? I hope you get that chance real soon.
870slugger—The PD town you mention sounds like a prairie dog shooting heaven!!! I have hunted on some PD towns out in Montana that were big—maybe several sections—maybe 1,500 to 2,000 acres. If your dog town is 1 mile wide by 7 miles long that’s almost 5,000 acres!!! However, if you’re talking 7 square miles, that would put that dog town at 31,360 acres!!!!!!!! I am surprised the land owner/s haven’t poisoned it regardless of whether it is 5,000 acres or 31,360 acres. That’s a lot of pasture or farm land and those PDs don’t leave a lot of grass for cattle to eat and they are do a lot of damage to cereal crops too. If I had a dog town to hunt on that was that big, I think I’d camp out there for a week at a time!!!
I got acquainted with 5 ranchers out in Montana who had lots of PDs on their land and they welcomed me and my rifles with open arms. I had thousands and thousands and thousands of acres of prairie dog towns to shoot in. I haven't hunted out there since 2006, so I may have to get in touch with them again, but gasoline prices and the cost of staying in a motel were getting too expensive to make the trip worthwhile, especially since I have lots of PD towns that range from only 35 miles to 85 miles away from my home.
rkittine—I’d sure like to shoot wood chucks out east or rock chucks out west some day. However, I wouldn’t trade my PD hunting for wood or rock chuck hunting. I love the target rich environment in these PD towns. One good thing about chuck hunting might be that the number of shots I'd take each year would be so few that I wouldn’t have to change barrels every several years???