The mission was simple: footage of the new Benjamin® Rogue™ .357 taking a coyote.
The plan: hook up with Dan Goodenow of Jim Shockey’s The Professionals in west Texas and outfitter Desert Safaris for a predator hunt.
The result: the promise of the Rogue as a versatile, high-performance air rifle was proven, as it was beaten, bounced, dusted and put through the paces of rigorous hunting in the extreme desert climate. While the coyotes didn’t make a showing, plenty of grey fox and jackrabbits offered ample opportunity for the Rogue and Benjamin Marauder .25.
Prostaffers Chip Hunnicutt and Ed Schultz joined Goodenow, VP Sales and Outfitting for Jim Shockey, in El Paso, Texas for the four hour drive to Leoncita Ranch. Known for world-class mule deer and aoudad rams, hunting the 109,000 acre ranch is a challenge and complicating efforts was a massive wildfire bearing down on the ranch. Just a few days prior to the hunt, the fire destroyed half the town of Fort Davis, just fifteen miles from where we would be hunting. It wasn’t until the final day of the hunt that the winds died from their 45mph peaks to allow the smoke to clear and extend the range of our FoxPro predator call.
Ed Schultz, Director of Engineering for Crosman, was first up with the Rogue. A poll posted to Crosman’s Facebook page showed that 55% of fans who voted thought Ed would be first on the board with either a coyote or feral hog. Our first predator action would come later in the day, while the morning saw Ed bag a jackrabbit at 40 yards. Several more jackrabbits were taken that first morning as the group set up in a variety of locations for coyotes with no luck.
That evening Ed knocked down this grey fox at 50 yards with a head shot and got a second one a few minutes later. Chip posted his first fox harvest later in the evening.
After the first full day of hunting the advantages of the Rogue over other big bores were evident:
The Marauder .25 proved its place among Benjamin’s lineup of hunting air rifles with scores on jackrabbits and foxes as well. ”The stealth and power of the Marauder is perfect for predator hunting,” said Schultz. “The versatility and power management that the Rogue brings to the sport is unmatched among big bores and once shooters get it in their hands and take it to the field themselves, only then will they realize how big those differences truly are.”
The trip was being filmed for segments appearing on Jim Shockey’s Hunting Adventures later this year.