Discussion in 'General Bushcraft Discussion' started by BC-Medic, Jun 9, 2019.
Based on on info,guidance from the forums. I'm sighting in my new Hatsan 95...22
Wow that bad!? Most of the squirrels jump on the roads here to commit suicide.
I wouldn't count on eradication. Seems like they make two for every one I kill.
if you stay at it, you can put a HUGE dent in the population ...
One year I had a red tree rat problem. I thought there 4 of them around my house. I spent 2 weeks with the air gun handy and killed 15 of them in my yard over that time!
Whoa. Thank you for sharing @BC-Medic. I am going to have to get one of these. The ground hogs around my yard have been the bain of m garden's existence for the past three years. I just watched a couple reviews on the Hatsan 95 and it looks perfect.
As the sun was setting at the end of a mid-summer day last year, one of these offending whistle pigs went on a ride with my friend Ruger out on Route 22 and we never saw it again. My neighbor started losing her mind.
Looking good! Scads of bushytails have had "severe health incidents" in my back yard since I got my Crossman Venom. It's very close to what you have there. How is the trigger?
Years ago I had a house with a nasty red squirrel problem.
I sorta lost count but in about a 6-8 month period I shot 80 some.
They are prolific breeders and have a much bigger territory than those stumpy little legs would lead you to believe.
The just keep coming, in waves, and hoards.........
Yeah, I had a few wreaking havoc in my backyard. I got rid of 15 of them and didn't make a dent. New ones just fill in.
You can hardly put a dent in the population through shooting. True eradication requires chemical warfare and is endless.
Shooting them is fun and great practice. Sell the tails to Mepps and have a BBQ.
Your reference to Mepps has prodded me to tell a story. I'm a flyfisherman and tie my own flies. One year I decided to harvest my own squirrel hair for flies. I went out to my cabin and shot a squirrel. I took along a cheap beard trimmer to shave off the hair instead of the traditional but more involved process of skinning it. So I trimmed off much of the hair. Time was short so buried the body in a shallow "grave". The couple weeks later I ran into my cousin. He mentioned that his dog ran into the woods and came back with a squirrel body that had a strange case of mange. After laughing for five minutes I let him in on the secret.
There was a time when rural folks bent some game laws when it came to nuisance species. Law enforcement understood the mindset and rarely wrote a summons. These days are different and at least in PA they now have a zero tolerance attitude.
We have them here in town. The cats keep them down in number but no one keeps the cat numbers down.........yet.................
The old .25 33 grain JSBs work great.
Not bad , a little heavy with slight creep. It is adjustable. I will tweak that slowly.
there's a guy on youtube named lethal something or other that is an absolute crackshot, headshots only. he posts 'narrated' versions of his squirrel sniping and its like watching the golf channel. very calm, incredibly patient. uses a baited box and quite literally covers the ground with squirrel bodies below.
edit - found it. Lethal Lee:
A closely monitored season here in Northern Arizona on our Aberts squirrels.
The trigger, on a Hatsan, needs to be pulled " up and back". Kind of like the rear trigger on a shotgun.
I had a cat for years who took care of squirrels. Nothing left but a skull and a tail, inside the house. He was about 3 feet from toe to toe when he stretched out, never-mind his tail. Fastest cat I've ever seen. He would nail rival cats in mid-air if they came onto his turf.
And he was a ladies man. Good looking young gals would visit my wife and he got up next to them and put a paw or two across their legs. Never annoying, just claiming a bit of territory, but they were scared. Funny as hell. One day he disappeared. Maybe a coyote? He was old.
That is awesome, sorry you lost him. All cats as most pets are unique and special to us. Some household and or barn cats can pull off some impressive acts....I watched a neighbors car once chase some squirrels, I used to laugh a bit saying to myself " Never going to get him " squirrel's to fast in my mind.....until the morning I saw it bag one....
Tree rats are good eatin, if you braise them for 3, 4 hours. Taste just like chicken quarters.
If you kill 'em. . .you gotta grill 'em. Actually, a braise then a bit of pressure cooking, dice up the meat with some chopped walnuts. . . broil them on bagels with a bit of cheese. You won't be disappointed (credit goes to a mom on YouTube).