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Varmits that plague your area...

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by tri70, Mar 25, 2012.

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  1. tri70

    tri70 Member

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    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?
     
  2. jeepnik

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    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.
     
  3. jk2008

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    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.
     
  4. zkc1677095

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    Obnoxious teenagers, ill-mannered children, and entitlement-mentalitied "adults" constitute the bulk of the varmint population in my area. ;)
     
  5. jmorris

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    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.
     

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  6. CB900F

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    Jmorris;

    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.

    900F
     
  7. CDR_Glock

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    Skunks. I'd love to pick the bastards off.


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  8. jmorris

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    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.
     
  9. jmorris

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    Here are some more photos.
     

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  10. CB900F

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    Jmorris;

    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.

    900F
     
  11. Grumulkin

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    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.
     
  12. Tomcat47

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    Coyotes and Hogs!

    Causing so much impact on the environment and wildlife here that DNR asks for hunters to help on the DNR website!
     
  13. Sniper66

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    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!!
     
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    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
     
  15. firesky101

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    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.
     
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    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.
     
  17. Art Eatman

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    Plaguing? Mosquitoes, in south Georgia. In Terlingua? Moths, mostly. And scorpions.

    Everything else is sorta fun, really...

    :D
     
  18. Rembrandt

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    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.
     
  19. Coltdriver

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    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.
     
  20. chas08

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    Around here, it's Hogs!!!
     
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    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!
     
  22. SimplyChad

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    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.
     
  23. allaroundhunter

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    Hogs, coyotes, raccoons and feral dogs. With the occasional fox and bobcat thrown in, but they are hardly a "plague"


    That, or he just likes the "bark" of the .22 Mag ;)
     
  24. ol' scratch

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    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.
     
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  25. sixgunner455

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    coyotes, skunks, coons, javelina.
     
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