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Varmits that plague your area...

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

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  1. langenc

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    Cats. Neighbor feeds em and wonders why they wont leave??

    I told her "just like welfare-why leave?"
     
  2. SimplyChad

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    I forgot stray cats
     
  3. CoRoMo

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    Elk.

    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.
     
  4. tightgroup tiger

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    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.
     
  5. SimplyChad

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    Elk?? I never thought that one would show up on here. How many do yall have Coromo
     
  6. Ditchtiger

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    Nutria out here in Oregon.
     
  7. CoRoMo

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    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.
     
  8. MtnCreek

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    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.
     
  9. brnmuenchow

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    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
     
  10. mljdeckard

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    I have had more than one property owner in the mountains tell me to kill every marmot I see.
     
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  11. 788Ham

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    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!
     
  12. matrem

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    Next to post #18.... are these.
     

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  13. MCgunner

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    Damned possum ate my watermelons and low hanging oranges last season. If I see that critter, the Hoyt gets loaded.
     
  14. tightgroup tiger

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    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.
     
  15. Teachu2

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    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...
     
  16. PastorAaron

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    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.
     
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    Squirrels....................
     
  18. baronthered

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    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:
     
  19. jman74

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    Woodchucks. They love to take a single bite out of each piece of produce and leave the rest to rot.
     
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    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.

    blindhari
     
  21. SimplyChad

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

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

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

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    And another one who prefers white:

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  25. MCgunner

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    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.
     
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