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Re: Bushy tailed Rat(s)... more....
« Reply #15 on: February 15, 2018, 06:05:04 PM »
.177 Gamo - DRT if I do my job right  ;)

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« Reply #16 on: February 15, 2018, 09:13:59 PM »
Our contribution...


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« Reply #17 on: February 15, 2018, 11:22:59 PM »
Nice!  When I was a kid, I shot a beautiful Fox Squirrel with my bow and, of course, he ran up the biggest tree in our yard with the target arrow halfway through him (I was a kid so don't judge me too harshly....).  My brother had the great idea of shooting him out with the .22 and promptly shot the tail in half.  The tail was the main reason I wanted that darn squirrel....

When I was cleaning these, I discovered that the second one I shot today was the last one I had shot at and "missed" last week.  How do I know? His back leg was broken with a clean .22 hole through the leg.


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« Reply #18 on: February 19, 2018, 07:19:17 PM »
Yay! Hopefully the last one, at least for a while.

Weird scar on its side though.

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Re: Bushy tailed Rat(s)... more....
« Reply #19 on: February 19, 2018, 07:23:04 PM »
Maybe from a ring worm :dunno:
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« Reply #20 on: February 23, 2018, 09:03:04 AM »
Interestingly, there was no indication of any damage to the meat or even the back side of the skin under that scar.

I didn't see any for a few days and then went to let the chickens out yesterday... standoff at 12 feet, I lost having no gun in my hands.  Took up my defensive position on my shop porch and waited.  Finally after about 20 minutes, she came back, big mistake.

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« Reply #21 on: February 23, 2018, 09:13:02 AM »
I think you should throw a first annual hunt-wa squirrel fry at your place, I'll bring the beer  :drool:
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« Reply #22 on: February 23, 2018, 09:57:28 AM »
I think you should throw a first annual hunt-wa squirrel fry at your place, I'll bring the beer  :drool:

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« Reply #23 on: February 23, 2018, 10:42:45 AM »
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That's pretty good shooting right there!  Nice.

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« Reply #24 on: February 23, 2018, 10:46:47 AM »
I didn't see any for a few days and then went to let the chickens out yesterday... standoff at 12 feet, I lost having no gun in my hands.  Took up my defensive position on my shop porch and waited.  Finally after about 20 minutes, she came back, big mistake.

I find that is about the typical time frame for them to come back around, if you don't spook them too much at the first interaction.  Lay low for about 10-15 minutes and they typically come back around, if there was something they were looking for in the first place, and not just passing through. 

I get both kinds at my place, for strawberries, cherries, apples, etc. and transients.  For some reason they do not care too much for blue berries and raspberries, though.  :dunno:

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« Reply #25 on: February 23, 2018, 11:59:16 AM »
The scar is from a bot fly larva lokidog, kind of like the movie 'Alien'

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« Reply #26 on: February 24, 2018, 11:47:32 AM »
I didn't see any for a few days and then went to let the chickens out yesterday... standoff at 12 feet, I lost having no gun in my hands.  Took up my defensive position on my shop porch and waited.  Finally after about 20 minutes, she came back, big mistake.

I find that is about the typical time frame for them to come back around, if you don't spook them too much at the first interaction.  Lay low for about 10-15 minutes and they typically come back around, if there was something they were looking for in the first place, and not just passing through. 

I get both kinds at my place, for strawberries, cherries, apples, etc. and transients.  For some reason they do not care too much for blue berries and raspberries, though.  :dunno:

The others have taken 5-10 minutes.  It surprised me that this one took so long as it was still staring at me when I turned and walked slowly away.  I thought it might actually still be out there when I returned with the gun.

I had a misfire on my first shot as it was going through the fence hole, on the second shot it seemed to get caught in the netting as the others have done after being hit, then suddenly it took off out the door where it paused.  I couldn't get on it though before it went behind a tree, but then it came out relatively slowly from behind the tree and I got it with a high shoulder/neck shot.  I missed the first one somehow, maybe too flustered at the misfire.

I have to admit, as frustrating as these things are, it is kind of fun sitting there waiting for them to come back.  I have a neighbor who feeds lots of birds that might be getting sick of feeding the squirrels, I need to check in with them.   8)

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« Reply #27 on: February 25, 2018, 02:33:28 PM »
Right on!  :tup:

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« Reply #28 on: February 28, 2018, 08:48:17 PM »
OMG, saw another one yesterday as I  was packing for a week out of town. I sat there for a half hour and nothing.  I guess I have something to look forward to on my return....  😯

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« Reply #29 on: February 28, 2018, 08:50:42 PM »
Live traps work well, but I suspect not as well with piles of chicken feed strewn about.  A squirrel poll would probably work well, if we weren't in WA.

 

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