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Driving away unwanted birds with guns

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by HighVelocity, Oct 12, 2005.

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  1. HighVelocity

    HighVelocity Member

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    This appeared in todays paper and I cannot help but think it'll turn out bad. :rolleyes:
    I've had run-ins with these birds myself and it was very Hitchcock. Masses of birds so thick they block out the sun, waves of droppings falling onto parking lots. It's really something to see but the approach that the city is taking to get rid of them sounds rediculous.
    Mother nature usually prevails.

    http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/news/local/12880792.htm
     
  2. elric

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    Hope they expand that program to Austin ... I'll sign up. I hate those grackles. Don't park your car near any tree in the Lincoln Village/Highland Mall area, or it'll be white when you come back :barf: .
     
  3. GunGoBoom

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    Makes me wonder why the great-tailed grackle is still on the protected federal migratory bird species list - but they are, so better not shoot them.
     
  4. Omni04

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    watch out for the Avian Flu, don't forget your SARS mask!
     
  5. Jeff White

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    The PD I used to work for got the job of driving away birds from around the courthouse. We must have shot 200 bird bomb 12 gauge rounds over four consecutive evenings. It worked....According to the person from DNR who advised the county, it had to be done on consecutive evenings at the same time of day.

    The birds moved on.

    Jeff
     
  6. beaucoup ammo

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    Grackle Problem

    San Antonio is famous for many things, not the least of which is the River Walk lined with cafes, shops, etc. It's also lined with oaks and...right..grackles. The birds love to perch and bomb the tourists eating outside or on the barges that traverse the winding water way!

    The Park Police use the gun method to disperse the pesky critters.. as does Fort Worth. Only problem, they're back in 15 min.

    The rotation plan in Cow Town sounds viable..I'll mention it to my councilman.

    Take Care
     
  7. waterhouse

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    It's always a toss up as to whether I park under a tree to be in the shade and risk the grackles or park out in the sun and get into a 200 degree car. Any program to limit their numbers is fine by me.
     
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    I hear it is a lot of work, and it takes a while, but in the end the bird bomb method works.

    Places that kill (poison or shooting) the birds end up with tens of thousands dead birds and a hell of a lot more work to get rid of the corpes. You don't get rid of them correctly quick enough, and you have a much bigger problem with flies, smell, etc.
     
  9. entropy

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    I used to use bird bombs for keeping coots out of our mallard and bluebill spreads. :D
     
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    I don't like this method because the birds are increasing in numbers and people are just sending them off to bother someone else.

    I agree with the above post about how killing them can cause other problems, but passing the buck won't work for long.
     
  11. Lennyjoe

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    I use the 12 guage shell crackers as well as 15mm screamers and bangers every day here around the airfield. Fun stuff for sure. :D
     
  12. Azrael256

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    So what's wrong with something in 40mm? Surely Bofors can come up with a rapid-fire multi-gun mount designed to take down the little b*stards. Admittedly it would be kinda hard on windows, but you just know it would be cool to watch.
     
  13. belton-deer-hunter

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    i think that they need to open the season on them and they will allow us to actully hunt them sure you can not hunt them but they can be killed and they are easier then skeet to clean up after you are done
     
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    Grackles have been a problem at the Ft Worth water garden for ages. They did run out the homeless people but it probably wasn't worth the tradeoff. I remember at one point they tried bird bombs in the gardens but too many people complained.

    To get rid of the birds we'll borrow all of WI's feral cats.....
    To get rid of the feral cats we'll introduce more feral dogs......
    To get rid of the feral dogs we'll introduce the starving people of some third world country.......
    To get rid of the once starving people we'll bring in the military......
    It's just an evil conspiracy to create a police state.
     
  15. Vern Humphrey

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    When I lived in Virginia, I had a nice mulberry tree. The grackles would swarm it just about berry picking time and strip it.

    One day the wife had our daughters out shopping and I was home alone. The grackles descended on the tree and I decided to do something about it.

    The kids came home. "Daddy! There are dead birds in the back yard!"

    "Yes, honey, there are."

    "Daddy, there's blood on those birds!"

    "Probably leaked out the bullet holes, honey." :D
     
  16. thorn726

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    guns at the dumps!

    they use "guns" at the big landfills here to scare of the massive gull flocks!

    i havent ever gotten close enough to the guy to see exactly what it is , but it is some sort of gun that shoots a little reporting rocket.
    almost like a bottle rocket, but they shoot them somehow/

    maybe someone knows what these guns are?
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    they might just be modified tubes with some sort of ignitor, but they can fire them off pretty quick, pop pop pop,
     
  17. entropy

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    An 870 withbird bombs has the same effect.They won't operate a semi-auto.
     
  18. HighVelocity

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    Apparently the guns aren't enough so now we're going to try lasers, fog and falcons. :rolleyes:

    http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/13019900.htm

     
  19. Remington788

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    Sometimes you have to make them bleed. Grackles are smart birds and if you just keep scaring them, eventually they will become accustomed to the noise and it won't bother them. Any time you use non-lethal methods, some lethal should be used at the same timie so the birds associate the loud noise with the death of some of the flock. Have one person shot a couple of pyros and another person blast a few with the 12 guage.
     
  20. Darth Ruger

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    I like the way the proposed actions are all laid out.
    If all else fails, there's always WMD's. :D

    Keep us updated.
     
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