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Predator Paradise - Burns OR - Sage Rats - Badgers - Coyotes
Justin Aamodt was born and raised in southeastern Oregon, he has spent all of his life enjoying the outdoors.
With parents that spent all of their free time in the outdoors, it was only right for Justin to be in the outfitting business.
2003 Outdoor Report -
To book a high-volume sage rat shoot, call Justin Aamodt of Diamond A Guides in Burns, OR at 541-573-6080.
Aamodt has access to some of the best land in the state, and can get you into outstanding shooting.
In the mid-June, I had the good fortune to spend a few days in the field with Burns, Oregon guide Justin Aamodt
Putting to use the digital Foxpro calling system, we came away with a coyote and two badgers.
The coyote responded to a male challenge call while the badgers went crazy over the flicker call.
This time of year, putting yourself in the right habitat is key to success.
has access to tens of thousands of acres of private land, a real hunter's paradise, situated in the heart of Oregon's best predator country.
Given the cold, wet, dreary days since the start of Oregon's 2003 turkey season, the results have been slow in coming.
By Justin ...
By Justin Aamodt
...Editor's Note: Justin Aamodt is the owner and operator of Diamond A Guides in Burns, Oregon.He
can be reached at 541-573-6080.In addition to badgers and coyotes, Aamodt guides for bobcat, cougar, varmints and big game.
By Justin ...
By Justin Aamodt
In the last of a two-part series, noted guide and predator caller, Justin Aamodt
, shares more secrets to help hunters take both coyotes and bobcats throughout the West.
...Editor's Note: Justin Aamodt is owner and operator of Predator Paradise in Burns, Oregon.
To inquire about booking a hunt, or to learn more about his
soon-to-be-released specially designed predator hunting packs, call him at 541-573-6080.
"It's very easy to shoot 1,000 rounds in a day out here," said Justin Aamodt with Diamond A Guides (541-573-6080) in Burns,
Public vs. private land
With snow on the ground, this is one of the best times of year for varmint gunning. Aamodt
said that when push comes to shove, push goes to private land hunting for predators and varmints.
"Hunting coyotes on public land is tough," he
operation leases more than 450,000 acres of private land.
"It takes three hours to get from the northwest corner of one of our leased ranches to the southeast corner of the other one," he
said.That's a lot of land available for shooting.
Another issue about shooting on public land is safety, as in having the proper backstop for rifle shooting.Aamodt
said that in the shooting "circles" he's
established, the fields are completely backed by hillsides, where bullets won't travel far before burying into dirt.
Ah, the good life Aamodt
has been a full-time guide since 1990.He
guided for two years in Montana, then moved back to his
not guiding hunters for predators and varmint plinking around Burns, he
guides elk hunters for Battle Creek Outfitters in the Heppner Unit. He
also guides on the John Day River drainage for "cast and blast" fishing and hunting trips.
One of the advantages of making the trek to southeastern Oregon this time of year is combining various hunting opportunities into one trip. Aamodt
clients out by hunting coyotes early in the morning, then moves on to ground squirrels (also called sage rats) in the afternoon.
But the shooting doesn't end when it gets dark.Next up is spotlighting for jackrabbits.
"We usually have our clients come out the evening before, and stay in our bunk house," Aamodt
reports it's been a healthy year for jackrabbits, since with all the snow it's harder for coyotes to catch them.
Jackrabbits can really do a number on alfalfa fields, so ranchers are happy to have their overwhelming numbers thinned down.
However, these aren't the edible cottontails or snowshoe hares you're accustomed to.
"We don't even touch 'em," Aamodt
said."They smell terrible.They carry more diseases than other rabbits do."
Crazy for coyotes Aamodt
uses a blind and calls to attract coyotes within range."Typically, the jackrabbit distress call works the best," he
"I use several different brands of calls, like the Primo Mini-Mag Howler, the Regulator 10 and 14, and then I have some calls I've made myself by taking other calls apart and putting together a new one."
The same conditions making it comfy for the jackrabbits - lots of hard snow - makes the coyote hunting better, too.
"When we have hard, crusty snow, the rabbits can stay on top of it and really move, while the coyotes are slipping and sliding," Aamodt
"We had a lot of snow early in the year and we saw a coyote coming in from a mile out, breaking the snow as he
said that since the hound-hunting ban went into effect, cougars are just about everywhere.
"It's not difficult to find them," he
said."It's not easy to get one, but it's not difficult to find them." Aamodt
cougar hunts at midnight."I'll leave at midnight, head up into the woods and find a track," he
said the key ingredient is to keep still while you're waiting out the cougar."They'll catch any movement," he
"They're pretty leery.It's so difficult to sit still because you want to keep looking behind you."
"They'll always try to sneak around you.I've had cougars come up behind me before, so if we're hunting together we'll sit back to back." Aamodt
always tries to gain a vantage point if he
"I even like portable tree stands," he
said."You can see better."
offers a brand of cougar hunting that, if the hunter is in good shape, is highly challenging.
"If my client's in good shape and if the snow conditions are right, we can walk down a cougar," he
Information: Justin Aamodt
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Ground squirrels and badgers
Even with all the other critters, sage rats are the most popular thing to shoot here.
"More people come out for that than anything else," Aamodt
recalls how one client of his
shot out 2,300 rounds in a day last year: "She
connected a fair amount of the time, probably hit 700 to 800 squirrels."This is "pop-up" shooting of the most fun kind.
"They're about 6 inches tall, and they pop up out of their holes," Aamodt
Badgers also make up part of the blasting bag in this high desert country."You have to find a fresh hole, in an alfalfa or wheat field," Aamodt
"It's always around 10 a.m. when they go to roll in the water," Aamodt
If you've never done this kind of hunting and shooting before, Aamodt
is here to give you a helping hand. He
said that one of the most critical things is good camouflage clothing.
"It doesn't have to be expensive," he
"It just has to match up good.If we have a lot of snow, snow camo is necessary.But if you don't have it, and a lot of hunters don't, even a white bed sheet will work."
As far as the calling goes, Aamodt
said to use a basic closed-reed call, and try to vary the pitch.Realism is key.
"Put some emphasis on the calling," he
said."Like, 'this is real distress.' You have to make it sound like something really bad is happening."
When it comes time to take the shot, Aamodt
advises that it's always best to get the animal to stop.
"I use what I call the 'kiss of death,' where you kind of smooch your lips together and make a kissing sound," Aamodt
"That'll stop a coyote right in his
tracks.Coyotes are very, very difficult to hit when they're moving."
Coyotes are smart, too."No matter which way the wind is blowing, they'll always try to circle you to get downwind," Aamodt