Discussion in 'Hunting' started by whetrock, Jan 28, 2012.
No, because Opossum are not that filthy................
For those of you worried about armadillo rabies, here is a Georgia farmer almost killed by a cow with rabies.
Nor as high horse.
Speaking of armadillos...
My dogs were barking this morning at around 4am. Took a flashlight and a handgun outside to see if any 2-legged predators needed killin', but it turned out that it was an armadillo digging up my front yard and then trying to dig under the fence. I went back inside and swapped out handguns to something a bit more pest appropriate -- a long barrel .357 mag with VERY low powered handloads in it. I've got it loaded with 158 gr LRN bullets that are only traveling at 350 fps. Walked back outside, stood over him so that I'm shooting down at about a 60-75 degree angle and put one round through his body. He's still moving / twitching and would be difficult to scoop up with a shovel, so I backed off a few feet and changed my angle so that the next round entered right above the tail and then went lengthwise through the body. Well, that resulted in no more movement. Grabbed the square point shovel from the garage, scooped him up, took him to my rear fence (which borders a greenspace) and used the shovel to catapult him over the fence and down the slope towards the lake / water retention reservoir / whatever it is supposed to be called. The buzzards and fire ants will have it cleaned up in a few days. End result -- dogs shut up, I went back to sleep, no neighbors were awoken (or at least they didn't call the cops).
At the place where I once lived we had a problem with copperheads mainly at night. The four dogs in the back yard had all been bitten and they hated the snakes. They had an entirely different bark when they were tangling with one than they were barking at deer or other critters. After being bitten they would not kill the snake but would usually harass it until it left the area. I had no problem with copperheads as long as they were not in my yard but it got so I would recognize the copperhead here bark and I would take a gun and go outside and dispatch it. One night what seemed to be the snake alert bark was going on and the dogs seemed to be at the edge of the back yard fence. It wasn't exactly the right bark but the dogs were really agitated. This time I grabbed the .357, slipped on my house shoes and slipped outside dressed only in my skivvies. On high alert I slipped around the corner of the house and nearly stepped on a large armadillo. It went straight up in the air about four feet and my memory is kind of foggy right after that. After I restarted my heart and checked my underwear I found that I had put a 158 gr HP right through the middle of him. Don't know if I shot it up in the air or on the ground or what. Well that's my armadillo story and I', sticking to it.
LMAO ....Thanks needed this on a MONDAY
During the depression they were called Hoover's turkeys in the south. Taste a lot like pork, par boil them first then grill and slather with barbQ sauce. Getting the hide off is the hard part!
Dang, I'd have to be pretty hard up to skin and eat an Armadillo, however desperate times call for desperate measures.
Went into the Army in San Antonio. After basic a buddy left and went to Louisana. This was About mid March.
Armadillos were soon lying along most roads-dead.
The buddy came back at Memorial day for a long weekend visit. He warned me-NEVER hit an armadillo, dead or alive. He said it was like hitting a rock the size of a basketball. I never hit one-he must have.
We used to try to run em down and catch 'em. They can really scat. We pretty much left alone though.
Ranger's 'dillo story: "I once shot an armadillo in my skivvies. What he was doing in my skivvies, I'll never know!"
LOL, yeah I've done my share of damage with a 20' bat wing schredder. 'Dillo's are like mini-hogs the way they tear up the turf. I've killed a good number of them over the years at the farm, some of them are so dumb you can walk up and kick the ***** out of it before it knows what's happening. They love to dig under our building support's, damn farmhouse has a lean to it now because of it.
I read that the armadilo's are pushing the possum out of thier native enviroment. I have to admit I havent seen as many possums these days, not even dead ones on the road.
At the beginning of small game season this year I came upon a guy that was skinning 4 dillas. The Fl. Game Comission threw a bbq for some big shots decades ago. They thought they were eating pork, but it was dillas.
If you'd like acquire some possums to re-populate your area, we've got plenty down here in N.C.. I counted four dead by the roadside on my way to town this afternoon; an 11 mile trip.
I remember seeing a where armadillos had tunneled under a plane that was tied down on the grass for a long time without being flown. The plane had sunk so far into the ground that it was mainly being supported by the brake disks.
When I was a kid, one of my mom's friends taught us a cool trick.
They have bad eyesight but pretty decent hearing. If you're careful and you guess their path you can get in front of them. Stay real still and they may run in to you. They get confused, take a big sniff, smell you and then realize what's going on. They'll scoot away really fast.
We used to do this on Honeymoon Island State Park in Florida.
We used to sneak up very slowly behind and downwind of them.If you don't stomp your feet and only move when his head is down,feeding,you can sneak right up to them.Then drop down on top of them with your hands ,hard,and pin them to the ground.You pick them up by the base of the tail and hang on tight.Then drop him in a box and tape it shut. Now comes the fun part... take a ride to International Drive in south Orlando,the tourist strip.Find an unlocked car with out of state tags,and release the dilla! Works with possums too,all but the catching part.
All I can say is that they are getting so thick around here you are libel to find them just about anywhere.
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