Post by HighCotton on Jun 30, 2020 12:52:15 GMT -5
Terrible! We’ve lived in our current residence for 27 years and this is the worst I’ve ever seen! Unfortunately, I have two neighbors that adore these critters and feed them bird seed. Between the live trap and pellet guns I’ve “relocated” 33 so far this Spring/Summer!”
"The pleasures and companionship of roving the fields and woodlots with a well-trained dog is an experience no man should miss nor boy be deprived" Robert G. Wehle (Founder and Breeder of the Elhew English Pointer)
Rat traps work great with a nut on trigger, just put small rubber band around it so they have to work for it.
Good idea with the rubber band. I used a HavaHeart Live Animal trap to catch some fox squirrels that were raiding my bird feeders of the expensive sunflower seeds. I caught a lot of them until one time I left one in the cage too long. He figured out how it worked and told the others. So after that every squirrel that traveled though the trap would jump over the trip plate and not get caught in the trap. I thought about gluing some peanuts to the floor trip plate in the cage so that they would have to work hard to get the peanut free.
I ended up getting the rest of them with my Gamo Air Rifle. But the scope on my rifle kept sliding back on the rifle's receiver. The scope would not stay where I put it as the force from the Inert Gas Technology on the Gamo Air Rifle was so powerful that it was rocking the scope backwards and then forwards. The reticle fell apart eventually and the scope would not track right.
I finally got it fixed after about 2 years and am using it now to control the squirrels at my mom's house. She has a blueberry bush that they raid and eat the blueberries. Between all the gray squirrels in our yard and the fox squirrels in our neighbors yard the blueberry bush is under constant attack.
So I setup my shooting bench and use my Caldwell's shooting bag to set the rifle on. With a new riser on the rifle's receiver and a pin in the hole in the receiver the riser stays in place. Before it was sliding back with each shot. Now that the riser is fixed in place I added the new rifle scope on top of the riser and used a Wheeler Fat Wrench to torque the screws down and added some blue Loctite to the screen threads. That puppy is not going anywhere now. I think that there was a stop pin in the scope that I lined up with a hole in the riser. The only problem is that when the stop pins are in the holes this scope is too far forward and there is way too much eye relief. When I put my head on the cheek rest on the rifle's stock my right eye is too far back and I can't see though the rifle scope like I should. I have to move my face forward too much before I can see the entire picture of the scope's rear ocular lens.
Then I can see the entire picture of the scope. I have to do that to eliminate any parallax. So now I have some parallax problems which caused me to miss the target.
So now the squirrels are getting away. I can see the pellets and hear them hitting the tree that the squirrels are holding onto. But I've only hit a couple of squirrels and they limped away and didn't die. These pellets are heavy at 10.5 grains. They should kill those little gray squirrels at 30 yards if I hit them in a vital spot.
So the other day there were two squirrels in the blueberry bush and so I got the rifle, loaded it up with a pellet and cocked the spring mechanism. I went out and the squirrels dropped out of the blueberry bush and ran across the yard to the nearby maple tree. (60 years old tree). I had one shot as the squirrel was hanging on the side of the tree where I could still see him about 5 ft. off the ground. I took my shot and the pellet hit the tree instead of the squirrel. I didn't see him after that. I waited for a while but never saw the squirrels again.
So I went and got a empty 1 gallon ice cream plastic bucket with a red plastic handle on the bucket. I went out and picked the blueberry bush clean of all the ripe berries. I got a heaping gallon of berries. I went back into the house and got a colander and was washing the blueberries off in the kitchen sink. I was drying the blueberries in the colander. when I looked out the kitchen window by the sink and saw a squirrel tail on the brick outside the window ledge. The squirrel had climbed up the brick and was on the window ledge looking inside the house at me. He was watching me clean the blueberries in the sink. Those damn things are smart. I went outside and he ran away and hid in the maple tree and I didn't see him again. But he saw me out there picking all those blueberries and then went to the window to look inside the house to see what I did with the blueberries. Imagine that!
If I had chipmunks I would try to shoot them with a pellet gun if I could not trap them. Do they eat peanuts. Can you put out some poisoned peanuts to kill them so they don't damage you houses foundation. They did that out West to kill prairie dogs.
I live in Warrick Country and my mom lives in Vanderburgh County and I've never seen a chipmunk in these counties. Maybe they are here but I've never seen them.
Last Edit: Jun 30, 2020 14:45:54 GMT -5 by moose1am
If you guys use rat or mouse traps with glued down nuts or sunflower seed beware you will catch birds such as wrens. I quite using traps with superglued sunflower seeds for this reason and just use a suppressed 10/22 with subsonic ammo. 26 so far.