Varmits that plague your area...


March 25, 2012, 10:40 AM
What varmits do you have plaguing your area? We have coyotes around here in NW Arkansas and a few hogs. The coyotes move a lot at night and are not easy to call in. My brother and sister live in the country and have killed them in their yards, 3 so far this year. Some people have a problem with a few hogs moving around, I have not seen any of them myself.

Last week I was in Louisanna and spoke to a guy at a Wal Mart, he said he had killed as many as 40 hogs in 1 night, group of buddies and AR's. He has also killed several gators.

Last year I was out in the panhandle of Oklahoma and blasted on several farms with prairie dog infestations. The farms don't ask your name but how much ammo you have and point towards their place if you have ammo left.

What do you have in your neighboring areas that are basically shoot on site?

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March 25, 2012, 10:59 AM
Around my home, it's small stuff, skunks, possums, and raccoons. Coons are probably the worst as they do lots of damage.

In the rural areas I frequent, it's coyotes and pigs. The darned pigs are getting way out of control. Heck, I'm seeing them in the high desert.

My state basically has a 24/7/365 "season" on them with no limits, and they still multiply like bunnies.

March 25, 2012, 11:14 AM
Coyotes, raccoons, and skunks are the most common nuisances here, though an occasional fox or ermine may pop up.

Prairie dogs are a problem on some of the ranches nearby, but fortunately, none are on my property. While they may be fun to shoot, it's better not to have them around.

March 25, 2012, 11:20 AM
Obnoxious teenagers, ill-mannered children, and entitlement-mentalitied "adults" constitute the bulk of the varmint population in my area. ;)

March 25, 2012, 11:51 AM
Gophers, I can shoot everything else that causes any damage.

I built this contraption a few months ago and it seems to be the solution for the gophers, not exactly hunting but gets rid of the varmits.

March 25, 2012, 12:12 PM

Gophers around here too. Are you also in Montana? How does it work? I can the disc, the foot, & the roller, but am having a hard time understanding how it's effective. Cost of fuel vs .22 ammo leads me to think shooting them is still the most bang for the buck as it were.


March 25, 2012, 12:13 PM
Skunks. I'd love to pick the bastards off.


March 25, 2012, 12:28 PM
CB, it's east TX gophers. They never are above ground, just pile dirt up high enough folks don't want to cut and bail hay in the fields they infest.

They way the machine works is you fill the hopper with poison seed and once in the ground the round "tooth" makes a tunnel for them to find. The rear wheel with chain drive turns a 1" shaft with a blind hole drilled into it drops 13 or so of the seeds down the 3/4" tube into the tunnel every 3'+-. They find the tunnel and then the seed.

We tried it out on a 32 acre field to begin with. Hundreds of mounds when we started, a week later there were 8 new mounds. Two weeks later 2 new mounds, 3rd week 0.

March 25, 2012, 12:35 PM
Here are some more photos.

March 25, 2012, 12:58 PM

OK, I understand. The ones around here are properly either Cascade or Richardson's ground squirrels, but commonly called "gophers". Not the cute little stripey critters, but a 1/2 scale model of a prairie dog. Millions of 'em. However, they stand up just like a p-dog & a .22 does the job just fine.


March 25, 2012, 02:56 PM
Groundhogs are the worst here since they dig under porches and are destructive to wiring, etc.

The coyotes aren't much of a problem unless you have a pet like I do so I shoot them when I can.

Raccoons are a real pain. If you plant ANYTHING, they'll dig it up and I really don't know why.

Deer are a pain when they dine on my fruit trees so I take them out when I have nuisance permits.

I take out crows just because there are too many of them and they're bullies.

Starlings will get in any small crevice in your house and build nests so I shoot those as well. They'll also build nests in your airplane. I got one today as a matter of fact.

Opossums and skunks have never done any mischief around here that I'm aware of so I leave them alone.

March 25, 2012, 03:00 PM
Coyotes and Hogs!

Causing so much impact on the environment and wildlife here that DNR asks for hunters to help on the DNR website!

March 25, 2012, 03:14 PM
Racoons and crows!!! Last year my bro-n-law asked me to come out to his 40 acres and shoot some coons that were breaking into his chicken coop, harassing his small dogs, etc. Went out and shot 2, then he asked me to advise him on buying a rifle. He ended up with a .22 mag and killed 14 after that. Then he asked me to shoot 2 crows that were dive-bombing his small dogs. My Benelli took care of them. He has also since shot 5-6 possums that his dogs didn't like. He sure likes those dogs!!

March 25, 2012, 03:18 PM
Oh, and forgot to mention since prairie dogs are not in my area, but I drive 5 hours to western Kansas and shoot 100s of them. Shooting prairie dogs has become my favorite sport and the ranchers love me

March 25, 2012, 03:47 PM
Ever seen what ground squirrels can do to corn? I don't do a lot of varmint control, but once a month or so I pop at least a hundred squirrels that destroy a friends crops. Other than that, there is the occasional coyote, but I see more flattened than walking around.

March 25, 2012, 04:00 PM
Ground-hawgs, raccoons, skunks, opossums, feral cats, coyotes with a smattering of other stuff tossed in.
Deer for instance wreaked havoc on the corn crop last year.

Art Eatman
March 25, 2012, 06:20 PM
Plaguing? Mosquitoes, in south Georgia. In Terlingua? Moths, mostly. And scorpions.

Everything else is sorta fun, really...


March 25, 2012, 08:25 PM
Coyotes, Ground Hogs, Coons.....killing off our Pheasants population. Hawks are also a big problem killing off pheasant chicks, some farmers around here have taken to shooting them even though they are protected by law.

March 25, 2012, 10:05 PM
The worst vermin we have here are bleeding hearts that insist on letting prairie dogs live in city limits.

There used to be a bunch that would snare prairie dogs and put em in a box for delivery to the porch of one of the bleeding hearts.

Prairie dogs grow so old here they get gray beards. Honest truth. Each time I pass a dog town in some city limits I think of all the kids that are being deprived of target practice and learning good gun handling.

Course the prairie dogs also bring the coyotes that are also encouraged by the idiot bleeding hearts. Although lately a few human attacks and lunch on a leash incidents have put the coyotes in a more sinister light.

In Lafayette the dog town became infested with the plague and rabies and the city decided to take them out. Poisoned them. The bleeding hearts put little cardboard cut outs of angel prairie dogs going to dog heaven.

Eventually some bleeding hearts kid will get rabies or the plague and common sense will return.

March 25, 2012, 10:24 PM
Around here, it's Hogs!!!

March 25, 2012, 10:45 PM
Here it's coyotes, coons, armadillos, possums, lost of skunks and about once a year I have a bobcat problem. Normally the bobcats show up in the spring. Also every now and then a big cat will be seen in the area harassing someones livestock. Owls are also very hard on my chickens!

March 26, 2012, 02:09 AM
We dont say things like that out loud. SHHH

Anyway where Im from Hogs and such on the ground. In the water however Gar we kill all of them we find. They will eat anything in a fishing hole they can get their mouths around. And they get big i live not far from the trinity river in texas where the record was caught.

March 26, 2012, 02:44 AM
Hogs, coyotes, raccoons and feral dogs. With the occasional fox and bobcat thrown in, but they are hardly a "plague"

He sure likes those dogs!!

That, or he just likes the "bark" of the .22 Mag ;)

ol' scratch
March 26, 2012, 09:41 AM
Groundhogs, coyotes and feral dogs. I have seen coyotes walking down the sidewalk in my neighborhood. Not near me, but I have seen coyotes in Chicago near the casinos close to the Chicago Skyway. I had to throw ballast and pieces of rotten ties at a pack of feral dogs while working in Toledo that took too much interest in me once.

March 26, 2012, 02:30 PM
coyotes, skunks, coons, javelina.

March 26, 2012, 03:13 PM
Cats. Neighbor feeds em and wonders why they wont leave??

I told her "just like welfare-why leave?"

March 26, 2012, 03:16 PM
I forgot stray cats

March 26, 2012, 05:02 PM

We have too many. They are destroying the RMNP ecosystem and the national park service won't cash in on a hunting program to thin them out.

tightgroup tiger
March 26, 2012, 05:47 PM
Feral Cats, groundhogs. Squirrels, possums, racoons, and woods rats. We have the hawks and falcons all over the place but they eat he woods rats so they I guess are welcome.

The squirrels chew down all the pecons from my pecon trees and only take one bite out of them. I used to shoot them with my slingshot and 00 buck shot pellets. I couldn't shoot them off fast enough to make a dent so I gave up. The possums I have under control and the hawks seem to keep the rest at bay now.
North Carolina is a bird sanctuary so I can't shoot the hawks and falcons, I wouldn't anyways, they are helping out to much right now.

March 27, 2012, 02:06 AM

We have too many. They are destroying the RMNP ecosystem and the national park service won't cash in on a hunting program to thin them out.
Elk?? I never thought that one would show up on here. How many do yall have Coromo

March 27, 2012, 02:21 AM
Nutria out here in Oregon.

March 27, 2012, 10:12 AM
Elk?? ... How many do yall have Coromo
There are roughly one million elk roaming the North American continent. And roughly one third of them are in this state.

So to answer your questions... we have many. In some places, way too many.

March 27, 2012, 10:33 AM
Armadillos and coyotes. At least the yotes are smart enough to stay out of my yard. When I moved into my current local, we had a lot of field mice (the chubby, brown ones) and snakes. I started rotating pastures and clipping more often. The result; land is more productive, less issues w/ parasites and the hawks thinned out the mice and snakes.

March 27, 2012, 12:43 PM
South Texas so: Rats, Opossums, Raccoons, Feral Hogs, Skunks, Stray dogs, Coyotes, Feral Cats, Bobcats, Mosquitos (They can be a pain to shoot though!), Ground hogs, and once a Horse standing at my front door porch eating my plants!... I thought for as second I might have had too much "Lone Star" in my system, but alas he was there! (No I didn't shoot him, we don't do that here in Texas,... mabye the neighbors Roosters I have not decided yet!):D

March 27, 2012, 06:21 PM
I have had more than one property owner in the mountains tell me to kill every marmot I see.

March 27, 2012, 06:44 PM

I know about the bleeding hearts in Lafayette, I live just outside the city limits. Wished I knew whom the BH's are, I'd help box those suckers up. A friend and I used to shoot the tar out of the Pd's, but with all of the building going on, those are memories now. Lots of coyotes around though!

March 27, 2012, 07:18 PM
Next to post #18.... are these.

March 28, 2012, 12:15 PM
Damned possum ate my watermelons and low hanging oranges last season. If I see that critter, the Hoyt gets loaded.

tightgroup tiger
March 28, 2012, 04:43 PM
Damned possum ate my watermelons and low hanging oranges last season.

That's how I feel about the damn squirrels in my pecans trees and the @#$% hawks don't seem to give them a second look.

Maybe I should take up a new hobby with both of them.

March 28, 2012, 10:37 PM
Ground squirrels, coyotes, and increasingly skunks. Occasional possum and racoon. Along the river parks, beaver. And in the current economy, feral dogs and cats. We have lots of kit fox, but they're protected and generally keep to themselves - but they do have an effect on the cat population...

March 29, 2012, 12:45 AM
Ditch Tigers, lawn leopards, porch panthers, and other names for feral cats.
Not many yotes here. Gophers are a problem every few years. The ones that drive me nuts are the cats. They eat the birds right off the feeder, snag rabbits right outta the yard, and kill the squirrels off before I get a chance too.

March 29, 2012, 09:52 AM

March 31, 2012, 05:21 PM
In this area it seems to be in order of numbers: stray cats, stray dogs, coyotes, racoons, possum, in-laws, :rolleyes: seriosly though it seems like every stray cat in two counties winds up here of course that could be because of the crazy cat woman up the hill too :banghead:

March 31, 2012, 07:55 PM
Woodchucks. They love to take a single bite out of each piece of produce and leave the rest to rot.

March 31, 2012, 09:24 PM
Sister lives up on Mogollon rim in cattle country. Folks drive up there and drop pets, cat and dog, they want to get rid of. These are worse than coyote up there. Feral dogs pack up and pull down livestock, Brother in law is well known there and frequently gives a call to me about a problem. He takes along a 270 for far work and I have a wincester Trapper in 357 for anything under 75 yds. Since we are both retired we go fairly often. Coyotes are out there but seeing a big feral Rottweiller going down sure makes the ranchers happy.


April 1, 2012, 01:09 PM

April 3, 2012, 10:29 PM
Coyotes, crows, skunks, coons, and ground hogs.

Had a coyote on my porch while I was off deer hunting. It would just walk away and look back at my wife when she ran it off of the porch. If diesel was not so expensive I would have driven hundreds of miles back home just to take care of wiley.

I could not wait to get home and meet that skinny coyote that was going through the porch pickets. By the time I got back from my long deer hunting trip I think my neighbors had already taken care of ol wiley. We never saw him again except on the game cam above the house and it was dated the same day that my wife heard several gunshots from the neighbors property. No pictures of wiley after that.

April 4, 2012, 11:38 AM

Other than that we *thankfully* don't really have a varmint problem. Plenty of turkeys and headlight admiring deer though...

Odd Job
April 5, 2012, 09:03 AM
In South Africa we had lychee trees, mango and avocado trees growing on our property. How much of that stuff do you think we got to eat?
Very little.
The monkeys got most of that. I wouldn't mind if they take an avo and then eat the whole thing, but they take one bite, throw it down to the ground and look for another one.

I am looking for a picture of one I took on the roof of our house in Amanzimtoti around 2002. They would pull off the slate tiles from the roof and throw those down onto the cars, and crap everywhere also, even in the pool! Unfortunately we weren't allowed to shoot them, its a residential area.
One time my mother made a nice toasted cheese and tomato sandwich and left it cooling down on a plate in the kitchen. No windows open. She went to fetch a book out of the study and on the way back saw a large monkey outside sitting next to the pool eating that sandwich. He was cool as a cucumber. He would have come in the front door, through the lounge, taken the sandwich and then back out again quick as a flash.

In 2008 I stayed in a little holiday flat in Amanzimtoti in January. One morning I heard some shouting, the monkeys had got into the kitchen and were taking sugar. They had sat there for a while eating on the counter before they were disturbed. Tried to get at the eggs also:

Here is one of the cuplrits, after he took his loot into the tree outside:

Here is his mate, who likes brown sugar, clearly:

And another one who prefers white:

April 6, 2012, 09:11 PM
No monkeys here. Nothing else seems to like our Avocados. We have a BIG tree in the back, little orange that attracts the possums, and a pecan that attracts the squirrels. I don't mind eating squirrels, but I'm in town, ordinances to deal with.

We're looking to move to the western hill country. When I plant, there, I'm guessing I'll have to use chicken wire, maybe hog wire, to keep the critters out. We'll be in a settlement, non-incorporated, so shooting will be legal. The house we're looking at sits on a fence next to a big ranch. I'm thinkin' I might be able to trap hogs in the back yard. We'll see. Be the only meat I get unless or until I sell my land here and buy some up there. That might take a while. But, I'll likely be adding deer and especially hogs to the varmint list there. The garden will definitely need protection.

April 6, 2012, 10:31 PM
The worst varmints here in Wyoming are wolves.
North Yellowstone elk herd is down from 21,000 to 4100 since wolf reintro.
CoRoMo, you can take all you want.

April 7, 2012, 05:03 PM
Mississippi - feral pigs, coyotes, feral/stray dogs, feral cats, beavers, skunks, armadillos, rats, opossums, racoons, deer....

April 18, 2012, 05:26 PM
Coyotes, coons, dillers, feral dogs & cats here people think that if they drop their unwanted pets off in the country they will find someone to take care of them. We do but not like they think!

May 2, 2012, 04:00 PM
Canada geese, feral pigs and goats.

Rail Driver
May 2, 2012, 05:51 PM
Armadillos, tree rats and stray cats.

May 2, 2012, 06:52 PM
I appreciate urban wildlife but the fat squirrels around here make my beagles CRAZY (and they don't need much help). Can't shoot them in town. Not even with an air rifle.

Prarie dogs seem to be the popular varmint out here.

May 3, 2012, 04:56 PM
Around my home we've got a very dense population of Armadillos and while some may consider these critters to be harmless they can flat out destroy a well kept/tended yard and are pretty tough to eradicate effectivly. All in all I've developed a profound hatred for these nearly worthless animals.

Rail Driver
May 3, 2012, 04:58 PM
Around my home we've got a very dense population of Armadillos and while some may consider these critters to be harmless they can flat out destroy a well kept/tended yard and are pretty tough to eradicate effectivly. All in all I've developed a profound hatred for these nearly worthless animals.
'dillos spread disease too. They're much worse than possums and raccoons. They dig up almost anything I plant in their search for grubs, and they leave a stink in the air. I despise the creatures with a passion.

May 3, 2012, 10:23 PM
Cats that the neighbor insists on feeding and those that drive 35-40+ on the street, posted at 25.

Texan Scott
May 4, 2012, 11:31 AM
Feral cats. Pretty sure German immigrants of the 19th century brought over about 6 black cats and it just snowballed from there....

October 10, 2012, 07:03 PM
around here it's crows and stray cats,
I have used the .22 CB short on both of them and now I am a BIG fan of the .22 short,
I want to try the new C.C.I. new Quiet .22 LR.

October 10, 2012, 10:31 PM
Well said WYcoyote, well said.

October 12, 2012, 06:57 AM
In SW Oklahoma the principal varmints are coyotes, wild hogs and feral dogs, in that order.

October 12, 2012, 08:37 AM
There are roughly one million elk roaming the North American continent. And roughly one third of them are in this state.

So to answer your questions... we have many. In some places, way too many.

Wait till the wolves get well established down there.
Then you'll see your elk numbers drop, till you hardly have enough to hunt.
Course your deer will disappear first.

October 12, 2012, 01:40 PM
Groundhogs..lots of them!Coyotes are becoming a plague too.

October 15, 2012, 04:04 PM
Sorry I didn't word my response carefully but I was in a hurry.
I was just trying to say that I live in a populated area and the
CB .22 short is the only bullet to use. It has given me several
one shot kills using my single shot Marlin 915ys

October 15, 2012, 06:00 PM
First post on the Forum.

Pests around my areas aren't too bad just gophers which are easily remedied with conibears and feral cats that run rampant.

October 16, 2012, 10:29 PM
NE Wisconsin has COYOTES!! They eat: turkeys, grouse,and deer. I will shoot every one I see.

October 17, 2012, 12:33 PM
We have a lot of squirrels around here---can't shoot them so I feed them 'chocolate cookies out the back window.
They love to run out in front of cars---lots of dead ones in the street.
We have some varmits breaking into our houses lately---I switched SD weapon from handgun to Mini-30 w/ 20 round mag

October 19, 2012, 12:01 AM
We have coyotes, skunks, raccoons, feral cats, mountain lions (at times), and an assorment of birds like grackles. We also have a lot of bugs like box elders and wasps.

October 20, 2012, 06:02 PM
Most people around here call hogs "varmints".

We have a lot of coyotes, bobcat, 'coons and 'possums of course. Armadillo seem to be making a comeback.

October 25, 2012, 12:37 PM
Plenty of groundhogs in Pennsylvania.


November 3, 2012, 01:28 PM
I live on 6 square mile island with no coyotes.
Just off island coyotes will kill any chicken outside of a pen.
Here on the island, a chicken can out run a raccoon in the daytime.
But chickens must be penned up at night.
The roost cannot be too close to large screen, or the raccoons will reach through and pull the chicken's head off.
Sometimes raccoons, squirrels, rats, mice, flies, hornets, or mosquitoes come into the house.

100 years ago, with 6 sq miles of woods, the island probably supported a dozen raccoons.
But now with 20,000 people putting out dog dishes, cat dishes, garbage cans, fruit trees, and gardens... there are hundreds of raccoons here... and they are pests. Every house on our street has raccoon guards on the chimney.

November 4, 2012, 11:44 AM
I appreciate urban wildlife but the fat squirrels around here make my beagles CRAZY (and they don't need much help). Can't shoot them in town. Not even with an air rifle.

If you can't kill them build one of these. At least you'll have fun driving them crazy.

Your dogs will also have a shot when they fall off.

Click photo to play video (

November 4, 2012, 12:27 PM
Tree rats are the biggest problem around here. Naturally, we have a crazy lady next door that thinks they're cute and feeds them. I balance the equation by cautious and fruitful application of a .177 caliber air-driven round ball (AKA BB) whenever the opportunity presents itself. The bodies are not wasted though. I use the tails for material for streamer flies.

Also have a possum family living under the deck. Ol' ma possum is a monster and provides me with a whole litter of babies every year. The little ones are cute, in a ratty sort of way, but invariably grow up into a major garden-destroying pest. Thank Heaven for super Colibri's and an accurate rifle.

My location is north-central Texas, adjacent to a pair of large cities, exact locale withheld to prevent prosecution of the guilty.

Ron in [REDACTED] Texas

November 4, 2012, 01:55 PM
I live east of Houston, Texas and wild hogs are a major problem here. I have two neighbors who have huge BBQ cookers/smokers and one of them wants me to go on a hog hunt. I'll bet I can put the hog hunt and the BBQ cookers together!

We also have a problem with Armadillos. Those critters can tear up your yard and garden in a heartbeat. I had a 'Dillo living under my barn and every night, he'd come out to do more damage. Maybe someone got him as I haven't seen the damage for a while.


November 7, 2012, 05:16 AM
I live near Yellowstone, so tourists.

November 8, 2012, 07:44 AM
Wolf, coyote, city folk

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