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Re: Eastern grey squirrels
« Reply #15 on: December 16, 2020, 06:20:55 PM »
Too cute to shoot!


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Re: Eastern grey squirrels
« Reply #16 on: December 16, 2020, 06:21:33 PM »
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Re: Eastern grey squirrels
« Reply #17 on: December 16, 2020, 06:45:20 PM »
I love any product that ends with "INATOR".  That usually means that things are going to die.  I'm a novice, all I gots is a small Have--No-Hart.
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Thats what I thought to. :chuckle:

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Re: Eastern grey squirrels
« Reply #18 on: December 27, 2020, 09:44:44 AM »
The problem is the Eastern and the Western Gray exist in overlapping areas. Shoot a Western and your guilty of killing a protected species.  I used to hunt around Fort Lewis for Eastern with a Red-Tailed Hawk. Had a great time until I had a conversation with a new Base Game Biologist.  I had to admit that yes, I can tell the difference between the two, but not my hawk.  Since I'm unable to "call off" my hawk if it decides to go after a Western, I was asked to no longer hunt any squirrels on base. 
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Re: Eastern grey squirrels
« Reply #19 on: December 27, 2020, 11:21:50 AM »
My wife has some kind of huge squirrel hitting her bird feeder. Darn thing is the size of a rabbit.
She has been chucking rocks at it.
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Re: Eastern grey squirrels
« Reply #20 on: December 27, 2020, 02:26:05 PM »
The Easterns need to be shot.

Cute but they are ruthless nest raiders.

I've got a pretty good setup in Pierce for them but it is archery only.

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Re: Eastern grey squirrels
« Reply #21 on: December 28, 2020, 02:13:18 PM »
My wife has some kind of huge squirrel hitting her bird feeder. Darn thing is the size of a rabbit.
She has been chucking rocks at it.
probably Eastern Greys. If you're not in a firearm exclusion zone you might bag some with a silenced 22 if you can get a safe shot... the state doesn't allow airguns for hunting or I'd be tagging some in my urban back yard  :chuckle:
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Re: Eastern grey squirrels
« Reply #22 on: December 28, 2020, 02:58:04 PM »
My wife has some kind of huge squirrel hitting her bird feeder. Darn thing is the size of a rabbit.
She has been chucking rocks at it.
probably Eastern Greys. If you're not in a firearm exclusion zone you might bag some with a silenced 22 if you can get a safe shot... the state doesn't allow airguns for hunting or I'd be tagging some in my urban back yard  :chuckle:

Eliminating vermin isnt hunting. 

The city that you live in may have restrictions on air guns, but it isnt a hunting violation.  No different from plinking rats. 

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Re: Eastern grey squirrels
« Reply #23 on: December 28, 2020, 03:07:57 PM »
They can't stay out, pretty crazy effective and all you need is a handful of sunflower seeds.  It also can be used as a secondary cat attractant once you get a squirrel in there.  I had to get a cat trap too, they were ripping up my garden and leaving presents.  The squirrels get pretty rowdy, but the cats are on another level, especially if they are feral.
A question for the trappers, can you use that trap without a trapping license? Looks like a good option. In the lean winter months, or when the neighbors stop feeding them they chew through our plastic garbage cans in the neighborhood. A clear sign of overpopulation.

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Re: Eastern grey squirrels
« Reply #24 on: December 28, 2020, 03:57:24 PM »
My wife has some kind of huge squirrel hitting her bird feeder. Darn thing is the size of a rabbit.
She has been chucking rocks at it.
probably Eastern Greys. If you're not in a firearm exclusion zone you might bag some with a silenced 22 if you can get a safe shot... the state doesn't allow airguns for hunting or I'd be tagging some in my urban back yard  :chuckle:

They recommend pellet rifles for rock dove (pigeon) control so I dont see why it would be different for other invasive species nuisance control. 

"Shooting has been effective in eliminating small isolated groups of pigeons. For safety considerations, shooting is
generally limited to rural situations and is considered too hazardous in more populated areas, even if legal. Where
shooting is legal and safe, .22 CB caps work well, so does any semi high-powered pellet rifle with a pellet velocity
of 800 fps or more."

https://wdfw.wa.gov/sites/default/files/publications/00628/wdfw00628.pdf

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Re: Eastern grey squirrels
« Reply #25 on: December 28, 2020, 03:59:46 PM »
They can't stay out, pretty crazy effective and all you need is a handful of sunflower seeds.  It also can be used as a secondary cat attractant once you get a squirrel in there.  I had to get a cat trap too, they were ripping up my garden and leaving presents.  The squirrels get pretty rowdy, but the cats are on another level, especially if they are feral.
A question for the trappers, can you use that trap without a trapping license? Looks like a good option. In the lean winter months, or when the neighbors stop feeding them they chew through our plastic garbage cans in the neighborhood. A clear sign of overpopulation.

"Legal Status
The Eastern gray squirrel and Eastern fox squirrel are unclassified and may be trapped or killed year-round as long as you have a hunting license. In such cases, no special trapping permit is necessary for the use of live traps. However, a special trapping permit is required for the use of all traps other than live traps (RCW 77.15.192, 77.15.194; WAC 232-12-142).

It is unlawful to release a squirrel anywhere within the state, other than on the property where it was legally trapped, without a permit to do so (RCW 77.15.250; WAC 232-12-271)."
https://wdfw.wa.gov/species-habitats/living/species-facts/tree-squirrels#

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Re: Eastern grey squirrels
« Reply #26 on: December 28, 2020, 04:50:36 PM »
Thanks! There goes my Mukilteo release site idea, I hear it's great habitat  :chuckle:

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Re: Eastern grey squirrels
« Reply #27 on: December 28, 2020, 05:47:31 PM »
Read the RCW and WAC's.  Pertains to release of most wildlife.  Catch on your property, release on your property only.
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Re: Eastern grey squirrels
« Reply #28 on: December 28, 2020, 07:08:20 PM »
I got them running all over the place.  There's one that looks like he swallowed a softball whole.  Dang this thing is huge.  We can't have bird feeders anymore.  Despite all my best efforts, they got at them.  Might be one or 2 of them stuffed into my crab pots next year.  Worth a try I figure.
I know some commercial guys are using mink carcasses for bait. Im sure that a eastern gray would work just as well.
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Re: Eastern grey squirrels
« Reply #29 on: December 30, 2020, 03:03:25 PM »
probably Eastern Greys. If you're not in a firearm exclusion zone you might bag some with a silenced 22 if you can get a safe shot... the state doesn't allow airguns for hunting or I'd be tagging some in my urban back yard  :chuckle:

Just shoot a 22 from inside. No one will know.

 


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