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samyang.45

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My humble hunting report
« on: January 10, 2022, 01:30:45 PM »
This is really more of a pest removal report. 

I use airguns around my rural backyard to control the pests.  So far I have managed the "herd" of groundhogs that overbreed from time to time in the burrows on my lot boundaries.  My .25 Marauder delivers a quick death with a headshot to a hog.  Ranges out to 50 yds. But they are hibernating now.

I used my .177 Benjamin Titan NP a week ago to kill the brown rat that had moved in under the gazebo.  The head shot is quick and effective with this caliber out the kitchen window with a scope at about 4 yards!

I had hoped to try out my .45 Sam Yang PCP on something large but after doing target work for a while I decided to try a power tune and never spent the time putting it back together (life intruded).  So now i'm working on reassembly.

The challenge of killing a pest as ethically as possible makes it interesting.  I think they deserve the best death that is realistically feasible, and I don't go looking for them.  They have to get in my way somehow.

I also enjoy firearm hunting for deer, turkey, and squirrels.

Gotta love nature!

Sam


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Re: My humble hunting report
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2022, 01:38:30 PM »
Good rat killing!!  8)

Cool you have groundhogs to dispatch too.
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« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2022, 03:25:29 PM »
Oh! Sam! I forgot to mention Steve's ratting skills. Just review a few of his rattus rattus videos.
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Re: My humble hunting report
« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2022, 09:47:36 PM »
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The challenge of killing a pest as ethically as possible makes it interesting. 
I don't go looking for them.  They have to get in my way somehow.
Sam


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Cool you have groundhogs to dispatch too.



Yeah, there is a wide varity of shooters among us.
Just compare the wide difference in motivation and satisfaction between Sam and Steve....! 😄



I'm with YOU on this, Steve, that's for sure. 👍🏼

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Re: My humble hunting report
« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2022, 03:46:34 AM »
I don’t like any of the critters to suffer, even the rats or ground squirrels. But the sound of a good thump to the noggin is satisfying.

Ground Hogs like varmints I shoot can do serious foundation damage to buildings, and they need to pay the price. Sorry not sorry!
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Re: My humble hunting report
« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2022, 05:26:52 AM »
Hi Steveoh,

I'll be the last to criticize anyone for nuking pests.  If you want to seek them out, go for it.  I just don't.  I agree on the happy "thump", it means i've done my job.

All the groundhogs on my property are on the fence lines, one adjacent to a corn/soybean field, another on a horse meadow.  The horse owners don't do anything to the hogs (????) and I just want to control them since I could have other nastier creatures move into the extensive burrows built up over time if I kill them all.  I did shoot three young hogs in one day, they got in my way!

And no, I haven't shot a deer with my crossbow (neck surgery) in the back yard, but it's perfectly legal and on the list.

It's a pleasure meeting you, Sir, and Alan also!

Sam
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Re: My humble hunting report
« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2022, 05:30:03 AM »
And the videos are great!  Ill be trying to post my rat and hog photos.

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« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2022, 10:53:44 AM »
Over the last few weeks, it has been squirrel city for me. Most of the acreage around my permissions, are covered with pecan orchards—essentially buffers. I got another squirrel this morning. It caught my eye, because it leaped from a fir tree to a piss elm about 30 feet away. Amazed me at his agility. But you really can't hide in a leaf-less tree, and so I did hear the whop. He fell into a crotch between two limbs, which allowed a second shot. I threw him out in the open, and it didn't take 10 minutes before a ferruginous hawk had his breakfast meal!
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« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2022, 11:39:14 AM »
Sounds like you have plenty of squirrels, Alan. Good on you!

We have a lot of predators in my neighborhood, from "outdoor cats" (don't get me started), to coyotes, foxes, hawks, owls, and a healthy crow population.  I think the crows keep them down the most.  So the habitat currently only supports one or two of the critters at any given time.  For that reason I don't hunt them.  I did a mercy killing on one I saw that was worm infested.  Gnarly.

Squirrel hunting in the winter woods with a .22 is my cup of tea with the tree rats.  And I've eaten a few.

So maybe I should check my laws and regulations about predator hunting with crossbow or airgun in my backyard!  That would be outrageous!

Thanks for getting me to think.  Since I like animals I could potentially eat on a hungry day to come to my yard, starting to discourage the predators could be a big step.

BTW, Alan, is NMMI still around?  My brother graduated from there a million years ago.  I grew up in New Mexico till junior year of high school.

I'm really enjoying this forum.  Thanks.

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« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2022, 12:47:23 PM »
We enjoy having you here.

Yes, NMMI is still here. This year is a bit less than usual for obvious reasons. I've lived here since 2001. Lived in the Denver, area before that, having moved to the area from Kansas City, in 1973.

I'm lucky too, I suspect, having parents who owned a sporting good store on the Missouri, side. You sound a bit older, but I suspect I'm one of the older ones here, at almost 82. I still get around like a bad penny. Heck, just ask Steve.
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« Reply #10 on: January 12, 2022, 07:00:34 AM »
I'm a youngster at 69, Alan!  Congrats on your 82 years.  Funny thing, the older you get, the more respect you have for people older than you.  I think it's called gaining wisdom.

I traveled many places after leaving New Mexico, but ended up here in the east (more Blue Ridge than coastal, actually).  I love the abundance of water here, although I just drove out  through Kansas City west to Colorado, and really enjoyed the plains landscape and wildlife. 

Have a good one!

Sam
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