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steveoh

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Rattus Rattus Hit the Groundus
« on: June 07, 2018, 09:51:32 AM »
Yep, Rattus Rattus Hit the Groundus. I've been watching this rat for over a week now, actually closer to two weeks. It started coming in for a a few seconds at a time, once a night. It slowly got braver, and would make multiple passes a night and lately it's been getting fat in an almost leisurely way off the copious amounts of peanut butter I've put out. It was however still skittish.

The rat would dash in, grab a bit of peanut butter or the suet cake, then dash out and go up one particular limb of the cottonwood tree, just out of sight. It has of late been repeating this half a dozen times per 3 or 4 visits. It's been typically from 2-4am, but last night it came early.

Around 12:30 last night my cat Catnip (pronounced Kay-it-kneeep in a southern sort of way), shows up, and wants inside. So I put her in the garage where she likes to sleep, and head back to bed. I start to fall asleep within a few minutes, when the ding donger starts angrily flashing at me. I look at my Arlo app on the phone, expecting to see the young possum, but instead see a rat dashing away. Hmmmm, ok I'm game. Grab the Sumatra and turn on ATN X-Sight, head out the back door, and set up in Kevin's Super Awesome Born Wild Chair (yeah I love it), and cock the rifle. Peer through the scope and the rat is gone. But I think I know this varmint and predict he'll be back in a minute or two. Just in case, I turn the video on, and I verify by the counter incrementing.

So I sit and wait.

And wait.

2 minutes later the rat shows up. It stops short at the corner of the feed station, and I think to myself it's pausing because I've moved, or made a noise, or it smells me. This is 25 yards away.

So I can see the rat crouched down, and either it's head is tucked down or it's pointing away from me because I see no glow from it's eyes. I decide to take the shot, and have the crosshairs in the center mass of the body since I'm still unsure of where it's head is. Squeeze that gritty ass Sumatra trigger and even with LCD it sounds freaking loud at 12:30am.  Of course the pellet hitting rat is even louder. WHACK! Rat falls to ground and I hear no twitching or dancing. It's lights out.

Put the rifle back inside, and grab the rat retriever (a 3 dollar extended set of hands from Harbor Freight.) and my head lamp, and I make my way to the feed station. Walk up the 15 sets or so of stairs, and look at the bottom of the cottonwood tree, and there he is with x's on his eyes. He's bigger than I thought. I poke around and find one entrance but no exit wound. Hmmmm, usually the Sumatra, even at low power gives me a complete pass through. oh well.

This morning, I look at the Arlo footage, and it got nothing. I take the memory card out of the ATN X-Sight ll and plug it into my Mac, and WTH, no video. This is twice in a row where the ATN said video was recording, but didn't. Hmmmm. I'm wondering if I need to reformat the card, and start over.

Anyway, it was great to finally get another rat to shoot at.



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Re: Rattus Rattus Hit the Groundus
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2018, 10:08:46 AM »
I don't know which is hairier; the rat or the leg!? And slippers too!
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Re: Rattus Rattus Hit the Groundus
« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2018, 11:48:58 AM »
I don't know which is hairier; the rat or the leg!? And slippers too!

Hey those hairy legs and slippers are the sign of a pro.  8)
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