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Some flickertail shooting fun on the North Dakota prairie

Because of the thousands of holes these critters dig, cows and other livestock can easily step in and break a leg.

Photo of a rodent on North Dakota prairie
Rodents on the prairie, such as gophers and flickertails, can create havoc for farmers and ranchers.
Chad Koel / Northland Outdoors
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In this episode of Northland Outdoors, host Chad Koel and guest Joe Klein take you to the prairie pothole region of North Dakota to hunt rodents.

Gophers and flickertakes, that is.

The North Dakota prairie is an awe-inspiring place of idyllic views that stretch for miles. The central part of the state with its hundreds of undeveloped lakes and rolling hills of cropland and grassland is an outdoor lover's paradise. Especially in the fall when waterfowl upland bird and big game hunting seasons draw hunters from all over, but the lush warm summer months aren't without their opportunities for shooting fun.

Now before we get too many complaints about shooting a small helpless forbidding critter, you have to understand that these little guys are incredibly prolific. They breed — well, like rodents — and they're extremely destructive to pasture land. Because of the thousands of holes they dig, big holes that cows and other livestock can easily step in and break a leg. Ask any rancher in the state and they'll want to get rid of as many of these little guys as possible.

This is just a tremendous way to get kids into shooting because it's it's not a lot of work and it's just constant fun.


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Holes like this can be dangerous for livestock.
Chad Koel / Northland Outdoors

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