I'm going to attempt to explain to you how exhilarating chasing jackrabbits and other varmints in a 4x4 truck is in the snow, I'll start by saying it's probably the next closest thing to helicopter hog hunting, for those of us on a more modest budget. All that you need to take part is some Montana farm land where you have permission from the land owner to hunt, spotlighting (lamping) equipment and rimfire rifles. It basically works like this, you drive around farm tracks and over stubble fields (to chase high value targets), you spot them in the headlights then follow them with a lamp and shoot them from 10-200 yards depending on conditions and whether they'll sit still or not.
Headshot on the run at 90 yards with Ty's customised Ruger 10-22 chambered in 17 Mach II built with a JWH Customs bolt, Magnum Research carbon fibre barrel and Hogue overmoulded stock. The camera is an ATN Shot Track.
You have to be prepared to take shots in literally seconds or your target will move on, forcing you to take them on the run. By the end of my trip, I got pretty good at this, with the most memorable shot being a 90 yard headshot on a bunny moving 20+ mph right to left. With enough practice, you start to get a feel for the gun and do holdover and lead adjustments on the fly, there is no way you can input data in to a ballistics calculator and take wind readings etc. The coarse nature of it all and the fact it is a country boy's way of shooting led me to call it Hillbilly Truck Shooting or HBTS for short.
Ty with his Savage 93R 17 HMR with a BSA Sweet 17 Scope and ATN Shot Trak Camera.
Each time I go to visit my good friend and POI admin Ty, we go out with lamp man and sharp shot Aaron every night almost for hours. We hit it hard and do a great job for the Montana farmers. Ty might correct me, but I wouldn't be surprised if we put 150 Jacks on the deck during my 2 weeks in the U.S.
You guys will need to understand before you watch the video, that these Jacks are hardy creatures and a good boiler room shot from a rimfire may not put them down straight away, and a headshot isn't always achievable from the truck on the move. We always take follow up shots where required and do our best to avoid causing any suffering. The adrenaline of the chase and the sub zero temperatures I'm sure will help to take the pain away and advance their expiration. You'll see Ty puts a second 17 grain Hornady V-Max in one bunny that was headshot he isn't sure about.
I am absolutely hooked on Montana varmint hunting and can't wait untill I return in May to go to town on the gophers, jackrabbits and anyother pesky varmints that come in to our crosshairs. I will try to bring you some more footage with a hopefully more varied varmint line up then.
The jackrabbits went on to be coyote bait using a revolutionary new method!
I also took some with the Nitesite Eagle on the 17 HMR, check out the Nitesite Review for the footage and some Yorkshire, UK bunny bashing too.