Hunting with Trophy Ridge Outfitters (TRO)
7 - 10, 2010
Copyright 2010, Christopher Long - use of pictures and
content by explicit permission only
Another great hunt this
year in Carlile Wyoming with Ralph and Lenora Dampman
of Trophy Ridge
Outfitters! I was joined by my longtime friend and business partner
Glenn. The weather was good, and we had four excellent days of shooting.
The shooting ranged from a couple hundred yards out to about 1050 yards,
and all ranges in between. We shot a BAT 6
Dasher, a 260 AI, and a
BAT 6.5-284 for long range, as well as a
Rock River Arms AR-15 for some shorter range action.
As usual, the TRO
accommodations were excellent, and Ralph had scoped out some excellent
dog towns for our shooting pleasure.
This town was
mostly located in a recently plowed field, with some parts of the town
located at 1050 yards from our shooting location.
Here is Glenn getting
ready to shoot at the 1050 yard dogs using the 260AI.
We were shooting moly coated 130 grain Berger VLDs, Ramshot Hunter
powder, GM215M primers, and Remington brass.
Good weather again, and an
excellent dog town on a flat river flood plain. Tall grass, but tons of
dogs, at ranges out to about 850 yards. We started with the
6 Dasher, using 105 grain AMax bullets over
33.6 grains of RL-15 and a CCI 450 primer. The AMax bullets are a good
choice for this application as they are a lot more frangible than the
105 grain Berger VLDs, and definitely plant the dogs well when hit
Here was our setup with
the 6 Dasher. We used the Wild optical
rangefinder to calibrate landmarks in the field to make more rapid
elevation adjustments. The Leica Geovid ranging binoculars worked great
on most items, but flat mounds in tall grass at over 600 yards was too
much to ask from them. The bench is a BR Pivot, by the former Varmintmasters
LLC. They are still sold under the
During shooting, we watched a
huge badger working the field in search of a late afternoon snack. The
grass in this picture is over 12 inches tall, making this a large
specimen. We watched him dig (impressive!) for at least 10 minutes
before he disappeared.
We had shot this town a
couple years ago, and as before, it offered a lot of dogs at ranges out to about 650
yards. This time, we had another type of "doggie" to contend with, ones
that kept walking in front of us as we were shooting. Here is a shot of
Glenn patiently waiting for them to disperse. We had to continually stop
shooting, and play
cowboy to shoo them out of this part of the pasture.
We were back shooting the great
town outside of Oshoto, WY, with target opportunities out past 1600
yards. I had made a 1330 yard shot here a few years ago, and we both
made 1005 yard shots in the early morning, before the wind picked up,
using the BAT 6.5-284. These pictures
were taken when we were using the AR-15 to have a lot of fun working
over the dog town right below us into the gully, from about 200 to 650
The AR-15 is a Rock River
Arms EOP model, with a 24" barrel, and a shop made muzzle brake. We were
making repeatable one shot hits out to 400 yards, and 650 yard shots
were usually made after one or two ranging shots.
The trip was perfect. Good
weather, great shooting, great hosts, and beautiful country. I'll be
back again next year! Here is the now traditional sunrise photo taken at
the TRO, with a deer and a turkey low in the foreground.
If you want a great
experience, give Ralph and Lenora a call:
Copyright 2010, Christopher Long
- use of pictures and content by explicit permission only