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hunting a %$#@* woodpecker

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by MoNsTeR, Mar 30, 2003.

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  1. MoNsTeR

    MoNsTeR Member

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    So there's this blasted woodpecker that hits our house around 5am every morning, pecking so loud it wakes everyone up. I've decided it's gone on long enough!

    But, I've never so much as pointed a firearm at a living thing, so I don't know how to go about it. I have a number of pistols in .22, 9mm, .357, and .45 handy, as well as two .22 rifles, and a 20ga shotgun. The shotgun's right out, way too loud for urban use. So I'm thinking either a .22 slug or some type of pistol shotshell.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. ChristopherG

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    First, please make sure what you are proposing is not a crime. Either shooting in your environment or, more importantly, shooting the particular species that's bugging you.
    cg
     
  3. stevelyn

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    Too loud for urban use. Probably not safe for flying lead either.

    Solution? Rat poison in the bird feeder.
     
  4. hps1

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    Try putting a small strip of raw bacon in a rat trap and fastening it in the area your feathered friend frequents. Have neve tried it but have heard they like bacon. This would probably be a little more selective than poison and I'm not sure but don't think woodpeckers will eat bird seed.

    Once had a cat that, for reasons only known to the stinkin feline, took great joy in jumping up in the middle of my fresly painted car and scratching about a 12" circle in the fresh paint. Finally cured him by tying a rat trap to rear view mirror w/parachute cord and placing set trap in the middle of "his" circle. Each morning the trap would be hanging from mirror, but no fresh scratches. Repainted hood, problem solved.:D

    Regards,
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    PS If you try the trap, let us know how it works.
     
  5. Sisco

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    Like ChristopherG said, make sure it's not protected. If not, in an urban setting a BB or pellet gun would work.
     
  6. SIC TRANSIT GLORIA MUNDI

    SIC TRANSIT GLORIA MUNDI Member

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    ha ha haha ha
    ha ha haha ha
    ha ha haha ha
    hahahahahahaha...

    Woody's revenge....:)
     
  7. CZ 75 BD

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    I use

    Aguila Colibri or super Colibri. .22 LR, 20gr bullet, primer only, no powder. Really thumps the backyard pests. Colibri suitable for handgun only, may noy make it through a rifle barrel. Not as loud as a .22, but about like the old super cap guns. About $12.00 brick of 500. They're great fun.
     
  8. Zorro

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    Scoped Pellet Rifle.

    Shoot.
    Shovel.
    Shut Up.


    Not that I know anything.

    :evil:
     
  9. cratz2

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    Those wooden owls seem to work pretty well, or so I'm told. We just moved to an area that has many wood exterior homes and several people swear that those owls keep woodpeckers away.
     
  10. cratz2

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    I put two boxes of Colibris through my Savage MK II with no problems. Still tore up aluminum cans pretty well, too!

    The Super Colibris are quite a bit louder than the Colibris. Been a long while since I've shot CBs in a rifle so I can't compare the sound of the Super Colibris to CBs.
     
  11. Bravo11

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    I had a woodpecker working on the eaves of my house-really tearing things up.
    I have a pest contract with Terminix and I asked them about it.
    I was concerned about the Woodpecker being protected by law.
    The guy said there wasn't much they could do-- I said OK as long as I tried to be law-abiding. Needless to say he isn't around anymore. I don't condone taking out protected species but there are times when one becomes a pest.
     
  12. GinSlinger

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    According to the local TPWD guys protected animals are no longer protected when they do damage to your property. If the woodpecker is attacking your house (as one did mine) you are free to respond in an appropriate manner. That being said, owl decoys have worked for me and my family.

    GinSlinger
     
  13. hps1

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    Ginslinger:
    Glad the owl working for you. I had less success with one in the S. Tx. brush country. :)

    We had problems with woodpeckers pecking holes in a box blind during the summer and then when you climbed in before daylight on opening morning, you found blind full of yellowjackets! Put one of those paper mache (sp?) owls on top of the blind early in November. Worked great all deer season.

    Next year, went back to find the pesky birds had pecked a large hole in the side of the owl's head.:mad: . Wasn't all bad, at least the yellowjackets were in the owl, not the blind.

    Regards,
    hps
     
  14. gun-fucious

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    know your target and what lies behind it

    tying streamers to the affected area works for flickers

    i had a robin that decided that my deck sliding glass door
    was an enemy robin and he spent a week attacking his reflection.

    with each attack he took a dump on my deck

    i put out a rubber snake

    he dumped on the snake

    an amusing silly bird, rapidly became an agrevation worthy of a sniper blind

    mr. robin met mr. assault garden hose

    mammals rule!
     
  15. Dr.Who

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    You may have another problem....

    Woodpeckers are always on the search for bugs. Bugs to live in wood. Have you looked at the area that he is attacking, you could have an infestation that could cause some damage to your home over the long run... Get rid of the bugs, Woody goes away... If that does not work, then get your 22 some of those bird shot loads, there deadly within 20-30 feet and do not travel too far...

    Just one question.... Is this Pecker endangered?.... Ha Ha

    Good Luck and Enjoy...:rolleyes:
     
  16. Double Naught Spy

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    Woodpeckers are protected species under the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act. There is no woodpecker season as with other game birds like ducks, geese, etc. If you shoot the woodpecker, you will be breaking the law.

    The following site gives some ways to chase them off.

    http://cecalaveras.ucdavis.edu/woodpeck.htm

    A word to the wise, more than one person has seriously damaged their home trying to shoot woodpeckers.

    MoNsTeR, you will likely break firearms laws discharging a firearm where you are as it sounds like it is in the city or 'burbs of the city.

    I would suggest you call animal control and see if they can trap and remove the bird or make other suggestions pertaining to chasing woodpeckers away.
     
  17. Dave McCracken

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    How about a blowgun? My Cherokee ancestors used them for most small game, and there shouldn't be much noise or danger to bystanders.

    Anyone seeing the Reverend Stacey Groscup do his act would know that at close range blowguns are quite accurate and effective...

    HTH...
     
  18. gun-fucious

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    A woodpecker drumming at dawn at the same locale is most likely announcing his territory. My Dad has one spot on his redwood siding that the flickers and peckers attempt to use every year. I gather its an accoustic sweet spot for the neighboorhood. Dad has 10 foot streamers hanging there now. The only way i could see to trap the bugger, would involve a vertcally mounted rat trap.
     
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  19. Double Naught Spy

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    McCracken, I am rather surprised that as a moderator for this forum that you would be advocating an illegal act.
     
  20. Art Eatman

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    Hey, what's illegal about a blowgun? And protecting one's home is quite legal under that Higher Law from which all else derives. :D

    Art
     
  21. MoNsTeR

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    Well, just for the record,
    1. I don't give a hoot if it's a protected species. Unless the garbage men are working for the EPA or Forest Service or whatever federal acronym enforces this nonsense, I'm not worried.
    2. Denver animal control is a joke. You should have seen how hard it was to get them to send someone to clear out a pack of raccoons who had invaded our house and were tearing the place up. If I called them about a woodpecker they'd just laugh and hang up.

    I had thought that shooting it with an actual gun might be taboo, so I appreciate the suggestions of alternative means.
     
  22. MeekandMild

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    Can I have your guns if they convict you of a Federal felony?

    Seriously there are ways to repell woodpeckers. Being the peaceful sort, I don't advocate any harm to any nongame animal (except for feral cats which should be killed on sight).
    Webpage 1
    Webpage 2
    Webpage 3

    (Some of these links are to really expensive industrial size amounts but your pest control guy should be able to chase it off cheaper. Cheaper than bail bond money.)
     
  23. Mannlicher

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    I could not countenance shooting the bird. Bad form. Bad PR, and unless you live on a farm, most likely against the law.

    to say:"Well, just for the record,
    1. I don't give a hoot if it's a protected species. Unless the garbage men are working for the EPA or Forest Service or whatever federal acronym enforces this nonsense, I'm not worried."

    ........shows a decided lack of ethics, and that you are totally devoid of sportsman like attributes. I for one am thankful that you do NOT hunt.
     
  24. standingbear

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    tried the owl idea..

    it attracts annoying screaming crows like flies.used the owl to keep squirrels out of the birdfeeders and digging up my plants.it never ends.the joys of city life.get an airsoft pistol(plastic bbs) for that woodpecker,wont kill it and wont damage anything,maybe itll leave.
     
  25. MoNsTeR

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    You'll have to excuse me, Mannlicher, if I have no idea what you're talking about. I flat don't know what "sportsman like attributes" are, nor can I conceive how killing a pest animal constitutes a "decided lack of ethics".

    And feral cats are of much more redeeming value than woodpeckers. A cat can be tamed and made into a family member, a woodpecker merely destroys property and makes noise.
     
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