Varmint Hunting


For those of us who enjoy shooting sports welcome to the wonderful world of sage rat shooting. Each spring we host a number of families, couples and addicted shooters on our varmint hunts. These squirrels are affectionately known as sage rats, squeaks, varmints and pop-ups. Heck anything with that many nicknames has got to be fun to hunt. So, from March through May we shoot squeaks. We shoot them in the sun. We shoot them in the snow. We shoot them in the rain. We shoot them in the hail. Heck my friend, sage rats, they are everywhere. (Oops, too much Dr. Seuss)
We shoot from stable shooting platforms that we have dubbed VEU which stands for Varmint Extermination Unit. These shooting trailers have one or two levels, shooting benches and stabilizing jacks on all corners. The amenities, along with abundant sage rats equal a mobile outdoor shooting gallery.
It is not unusual for a single “rat hunter” to expend 500 rounds of ammunition in a single day. High season for this sport is definitely spring time, when sage rats are most active.
A 22-caliber rifle with a scope is the weapon of choice of the rat hunter because the ammunition is reasonably priced, although some hunters use the twelve-ounce “pop-ups” to sight in a big game rifle in anticipation of deer or elk season. A 17HMR is also a very popular gun for the sport. it never ceases to surprise me though when a group arrives and they begin to unload their arsenal. Its no surprise for a single shooter to bring 5 or more firearms for the day. We’ve seen some pretty amazing guns on our hunts; some rare, some custom and some fresh out of the box.

Sage Rat Hunt
Sage Rat Hunt

It is a fact that Belding’s ground squirrels eat alfalfa plants and roots, damage fields, bury plants, and build mounds that damage swathers and other equipment. They also attract badgers, a natural predator that can cause major damage to fields as well. Badgers dig deep and they dig wide. They can cause perilous conditions for horses. That said, shooting these varmints does help curb a population often run rampant. But I have to admit that while it is nice to be doing a “good and helpful deed” for the farmer, varmint hunting is almost all about fun.
Hunts begin early in the morning. Typically you’ll meet your guide at 7AM and we wrap up the day by about 4PM. We recommend packing a lunch and bringing plenty of nonalcoholic beverages. Sunscreen and a hat are advisable and wear layered clothing. Eye and hearing protection are HIGHLY recommended. Hiking boots are suitable.
We hope you’ll join us in the high desert farmlands of the Klamath Basin for a shooting adventure soon.

Trip Length:

1 or more days


October – March 10


Single Hunter $250 per day
Two person Minimum.
Must hunt two or more days.

Group Size: 
minimum two / maximum five per guide
(groups of two will be partnered with other groups)

Minimum Age:
10 with hunter’s safety and an accompanying adult.

License Requirements:
Oregon hunting license
Oregon waterfowl stamp
Federal duck stamp
Hunters safety if under 18.

Trip Begins/Ends:
Klamath Falls Oregon – ROE office.
5391 Running Y Road, Klamath Falls OR 97601

Activity Location:
We hunt on private and public lands throughout Southern Oregon. Most hunt locations are 20 minutes to an hour from the ROE office.

Nearest Airports:
Commercial – Medford Oregon (MFR)
Private: Klamath Falls Oregon (LMT)

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Call: 541.884.3825

Suggested Firearms: 12 or 20 gauge shotgun
Suggested Ammo: Ducks – #3, #2 / Geese #2 & BB
Chest Waders
Camo Waterproof Coat
Camo Facemask
White Facemask
Oregon Licensing
Day pack with bottled water & snacks
eye protection
hearing protection
Hand Warmers
Toe Warmers
Dress for the weather. We hunt rain snow or shine so dress appropriately. We recommend waterproof boots, field pants, coat and hat. You MUST HAVE CHEST WADERS even though we don’t ware them every day. Layer according to the temperatures.

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We hunt on refuges, rivers, lakes, marshes and private property throughout the Klamath Basin.  Most properties are about 20 minutes to an hour from the ROE office.


Canadian and Whitefront geese, Mallards, Pintail, Widgeon, Gadwall and Teal or experience open water diver hunting.


See below for how our season looks year to year.  Keep in mind this can change with conditions every year.  This is just a guideline.

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All reservations are charged in full at the time of booking. If you need to cancel or modify your reservation for any reason you are required to notify us 30 days prior to your scheduled tour. If you need to cancel prior to the 30 day notification period a 50% refund will be given. Reservations are considered final 30 days prior to your scheduled tour and are not eligible for any refund OR rescheduling.
We do not sell travel insurance but recommend that you purchase travel insurance for your trip. We recognize that plans can change and emergencies can happen. Our cancellation policy applies regardless of the reason for cancellation. Travel insurance can help if you must change or cancel your plans.


Hunting trips are not without inherent risks. ROE Outfitters LLC cannot assume responsibility for injury to hunting participants or loss of personal property.
All participants are required to sign a participant agreement before the hunt begins.

If under 18: A parent or legal guardian must also sign the participant agreement.
Please note and understand that our staff and management have the right to refuse anyone participation rights if they do not meet the hunting requirements or if it is deemed unsafe for them or anyone else in the group to participate. Hunter safety is the top priority. If any participant demonstrates unsafe behavior, appears intoxicated or under the influence of drugs or medication that may affect their judgment or abilities or for any other reason the staff believes they may present a risk to themselves or others by participating, they will not be allowed to participate in the hunt. Staff has the final say on participation.

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