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RATTUS!!
« on: July 31, 2020, 04:52:50 PM »
What happened to the weekly or at times more often "Rat Patrol" videos?  Come on Steve slather some Peanut Butter on your target and show the action.


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Re: RATTUS!!
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2020, 05:10:54 PM »
Too many kids playing in the backyards adjoining my lot.

It’s legal in my town to shoot airguns BUT, I don’t like drawing attention. I do put out peanut butter several times a week to keep them interested.

Also wife stole my Arlo, and disconnected my blue light special. I’m slightly annoyed. As Covid19 eventually let’s things get back to reasonable normal and I’m still breathing, I’ll be back.

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Re: RATTUS!!
« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2020, 07:45:59 PM »
That's what I needed to know; having some sort of withdrawal syndrome.  Need a fix!!
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Re: RATTUS!!
« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2020, 07:27:18 AM »
I glanced up the hill last night around 10pm as my spidey sense said to fetch the Marauder w/ATN and see if I had a visitor. Well the neighbors were out enjoying the cool air and that put the kibosh on any rat plugging. Oh well.

The one remaining rat feed station has a volunteer almond tree next to it that has some giant almonds on it. I see the squirrels and probably rats have been helping themselves. Neither are starving.

Will bait the station with Peanut Butter for the next few nights and see about hooking up the blue light special again or a ding donger.

I am after all a rat killer. 8)
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Re: RATTUS!!
« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2020, 07:43:15 AM »
What is the blue light special you speak of?  My wife's garden is being invaded by rats and I might just set up a bait/shooting station.  Since you are the local ratting expert, thought I could use any advice
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« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2020, 10:44:12 AM »
What is the blue light special you speak of?  My wife's garden is being invaded by rats and I might just set up a bait/shooting station.  Since you are the local ratting expert, thought I could use any advice

Here's an outline. I'll try to add to this with more particulars, and images.

Rats:
Rats are picky
Rats love peanut butter
Rats prefer consistency
Rats will often not eat anything you give them until they know the food is safe. Just stick with cheap peanut butter, and refresh it daily. A thin coat on the shelf will suffice.

Station:
This is in my backyard, and it has to stop a pellet no matter what due to having neighbors close by. As a result it is heavy and way overbuilt.

Box made of 2x4 / 2x6 fir, double thick at back and sides.

Filled with rubber mulch.

Will stop a .458 solid lead bullet from my 500fpe Quackenbush, my most powerful rifle.

I like to keep the backdrop of the station loaded up with fresh cardboard, and a stick on target so I can tell if I have hit the rat if it disappears on me. There will be a tell tale hole that us ringed with fur, and often brain or gut matter.

Lights:
I use cheap AAA powered multicolored lights I get from Amazon. Works best with rechargeable batteries. Batteries and charger from Amazon. You can turn the lights down, and get all night performance.
Enough light to be able to shoot rats at 35 yards without nightvision.

If I use the ATN I usually have a 12volt IR illuminator flood light set up. Works perfectly.

In California it's illegal to use the ATN with an illuminator attached. But is ok to use the ATN by itself and with a detached illuminator. Makes no sense, but the laws were written decades ago. This is my interpretation of the laws, so beware.

Alarm:
I use one or more alarms to tell me when a rattus or mouse or an occasional vole pig out on peanut butter at the feed station. If I am awake when the alarm goes off, and it's not 3:30 am, I will sneak out, grab the rifle dujour, and slip it into the Born Wild Chair, and kill the varmint.

Good:
Harbor Freight Driveway Alarm
This is a remote alarm and sensor and has limited range. At 35 yards it struggles. Eats batteries, and has leaking issues when it starts raining.
The alarm on the Harbor Freight will wake the dead, so I immediately take a new one apart, and clip one speaker/piezo wire. You will get a red flashing light instead of the soul sucking buzzing alarm.

Far Superior:
Blue Light Special Alarm - designed by Alan. Has a sensor you place overhead at the feed station, wired to a blue strobe that is 35 yards down the hill and within view from my bedroom.
Amazingly sensitive and reliable.

Night Vision:
ATN X-Sight 2 5-20x

Rifles:
Benjamin Marauder .25
Eun Jin Sumatra Carbine .25
Much less powerful rifles will suffice also. I've also killed at least one rat with a .22 QB-78 CO2 rifle.

Ammo:
JSB .25 JSB Diabolo Exact King .25 Cal, 25.39 gr
    or
Air Arms Field .25 Cal, 25.4 Grains, Domed

Alternative for really big rats, with the Sumatra:
JSB Diabolo Exact King Heavy MKII .25 Cal, 33.95 gr

Legality:
In my city it is legal to shoot an airgun within city limits, and in your backyard, as long as your projectiles do not go into someone else's property. I have checked with the Chief of Police and the City Attorney, and got both to sign off.

That being said, I do not shoot loud rifles or rifles beyond the power of the Sumatra Carbine in the backyard. I don't want to disturb the neighbors or alarm them to the fact I shoot out back.

I do test the big bores here and there in the shop driveway. The backstop is a 5gallon bucket of rubber mulch, and a 5/16" thick piece of steel behind. The shop is the ultimate backstop.  If the rifle does not have a moderator, I use a concrete mold tube, lined with foam, to surround the muzzle. Makes hollow sound thuuuuuuumpf. I just don't target shoot or rat shoot with the noisy super powerful ones.
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Re: RATTUS!!
« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2020, 02:11:49 PM »
Wow perfect that's alot of good info. I know they are comfortable eating vegetables.... Lol. The garden is right outside the spare bedroom window so I may set up some lights you mentioned and post up in the window with the screen off for a while. Back fence is like a rat highway they run across it constantly all night I'm guessing cause we have pear trees behind us.
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« Reply #7 on: August 06, 2020, 03:29:47 PM »
Baited the Rattus Feed Station last night. Plugged in an Arlo camera, set up my old ding donger, and added the red LED Light.

Rats and mice visited all night long and one rat and a mouse has visited in broad daylight.

Yup, back in the game.
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Re: RATTUS!!
« Reply #8 on: August 06, 2020, 03:51:04 PM »
I found solar powered yard lights work well and you don't have to deal with swapping batteries and keeping them charged.    These are the $10-$15 versions you find in the lawn and garden areas in the big box stores.
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« Reply #9 on: August 06, 2020, 04:19:26 PM »
These came from Amazon. I buy rechargeable AAA batteries and they last all night if you turn the LEDs down. The light works well for an ATN Xsight or even a regular scope.
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Re: RATTUS!!
« Reply #10 on: August 06, 2020, 09:48:49 PM »
Here you go...

Between ear and eye, in and out

Video tomorrow...
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Re: RATTUS!!
« Reply #11 on: August 07, 2020, 05:05:05 AM »
I think we should start a fund-me campaign to buy Steve a new pair of boots!
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Re: RATTUS!!
« Reply #12 on: August 07, 2020, 05:33:10 AM »
Woo Hoo !!!!!
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Re: RATTUS!!
« Reply #13 on: August 07, 2020, 03:47:18 PM »
I think we should start a fund-me campaign to buy Steve a new pair of boots!

Are we sure that's Steve or better not say who lol

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« Reply #14 on: August 07, 2020, 04:08:26 PM »
Those are just my ugly work in the yard and go shooting with Kevin boots. The former means dodging dog patties, and latter means dodging cow patties. :)
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