Those are some nice sized squirrels. Should be good eating.
It seems as long as they have a plentiful source of food, its hard to hunt them off a property. I'm not really trying to thin them out here. I just think its fun to shoot and eat them.Old friend has a home in an area overrun by wild quail, sets live traps around the yard and regularly enjoys the results. Tells me that the more quail he harvests the more quail show up on his property.
Are squirrels the same?
It's a Hatsan model 95 .22 cal spring piston air rifle. These three were all somewhere between 15 and 20 yards. I'm using Gamo "Red Fire" 15.4 grain pellets. They're basically a hollow point pellet with a pointed polymer tip.Nice work! Lotsa questions... what's the gun, about what range to the squirrels, and what pellets did you use?
If you are just trying to get rid of them because of damage they are causing, you can use rat traps baited with peanut butter. Anchor/tie the traps to something. I was in the Navy with a guy that ran a squirrel trap line using that technique. Always had plenty of squirrels to eat.I need to start killing these pests. They like to chew on my back deck and front porch. Both are wood. They have done some pretty significant damage this year. Problem is I live in a neighborhood, shooting out back wouldn't be a problem as I have 1.5 acres but out front I'd be concerned about hitting the neighbors houses.
Actually I did replace the stock scope. It's a "Hammers" 3x9x32 with adjustable paralax. Never heard of it before but it had pretty good reviews on Amazon, so I took a chance. It's by no means a high end scope but it's alot clearer under full magnification than the stock scope, and seems to hold zero well. Overall I'm pleased with the setup.Nice, thanks for sharing. A lot of folks do not know how truly enjoyable Air Rifles are. Wish I had your deck to shoot mine from.Some further info for those interested. The Hatsan 95 is a Turkish Clone of the Weilrauch HW95 a notoriously fine German Air Rifle. Both have a lot power and recoil and can be loud. Might not be neighbor friendly for some. The Turks always seem to get some nice wood stocks.
That looks like a Stock scope that comes with the Hatsan. Obviously the rifle gets the job done. Congrats.
That's a fantastic idea however I doubt I'd get my wife to agree to it. She's barely OK with me shooting them and that's only because of the damage they are causing.If you are just trying to get rid of them because of damage they are causing, you can use rat traps baited with peanut butter. Anchor/tie the traps to something. I was in the Navy with a guy that ran a squirrel trap line using that technique. Always had plenty of squirrels to eat.
Come to my rural farming town. We have more squirrels than cats !!!Been busy moving the last few months to a new house on three acres. This weekend I decided to bring my spring piston air rifle to join me on my deck for my morning coffee. Got 2 Saturday and one Sunday. All three were busy working the tree tops. View attachment 391701 View attachment 391702 View attachment 391703