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Varmits that plague your area...

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

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  1. WYcoyote

    WYcoyote Member

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    The worst varmints here in Wyoming are wolves.
    North Yellowstone elk herd is down from 21,000 to 4100 since wolf reintro.
    CoRoMo, you can take all you want.
     
  2. 45crittergitter

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    Mississippi - feral pigs, coyotes, feral/stray dogs, feral cats, beavers, skunks, armadillos, rats, opossums, racoons, deer....
     
  3. rugerman

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    Coyotes, coons, dillers, feral dogs & cats here people think that if they drop their unwanted pets off in the country they will find someone to take care of them. We do but not like they think!
     
  4. Gunner11

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    Canada geese, feral pigs and goats.
     
  5. Rail Driver

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    Armadillos, tree rats and stray cats.
     
  6. Dr.Rob

    Dr.Rob Moderator Staff Member

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    I appreciate urban wildlife but the fat squirrels around here make my beagles CRAZY (and they don't need much help). Can't shoot them in town. Not even with an air rifle.

    Prarie dogs seem to be the popular varmint out here.
     
  7. whetrock

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    Around my home we've got a very dense population of Armadillos and while some may consider these critters to be harmless they can flat out destroy a well kept/tended yard and are pretty tough to eradicate effectivly. All in all I've developed a profound hatred for these nearly worthless animals.
     
  8. Rail Driver

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    'dillos spread disease too. They're much worse than possums and raccoons. They dig up almost anything I plant in their search for grubs, and they leave a stink in the air. I despise the creatures with a passion.
     
  9. langenc

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    Cats that the neighbor insists on feeding and those that drive 35-40+ on the street, posted at 25.
     
  10. Texan Scott

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    Feral cats. Pretty sure German immigrants of the 19th century brought over about 6 black cats and it just snowballed from there....
     
  11. TeaCoffee.Guy

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    Varmits of your area

    around here it's crows and stray cats,
    I have used the .22 CB short on both of them and now I am a BIG fan of the .22 short,
    I want to try the new C.C.I. new Quiet .22 LR.
     
  12. Speedgoat

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    Well said WYcoyote, well said.
     
  13. alsaqr

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    In SW Oklahoma the principal varmints are coyotes, wild hogs and feral dogs, in that order.
     
  14. JohnM

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    Wait till the wolves get well established down there.
    Then you'll see your elk numbers drop, till you hardly have enough to hunt.
    Course your deer will disappear first.
     
  15. Anothermiller

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    Groundhogs..lots of them!Coyotes are becoming a plague too.
     
  16. TeaCoffee.Guy

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    Sorry I didn't word my response carefully but I was in a hurry.
    I was just trying to say that I live in a populated area and the
    CB .22 short is the only bullet to use. It has given me several
    one shot kills using my single shot Marlin 915ys
     
  17. HighPoint

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    First post on the Forum.

    Pests around my areas aren't too bad just gophers which are easily remedied with conibears and feral cats that run rampant.
     
  18. tactikel

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    NE Wisconsin has COYOTES!! They eat: turkeys, grouse,and deer. I will shoot every one I see.
     
  19. HOWARD J

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    We have a lot of squirrels around here---can't shoot them so I feed them 'chocolate cookies out the back window.
    They love to run out in front of cars---lots of dead ones in the street.
    We have some varmits breaking into our houses lately---I switched SD weapon from handgun to Mini-30 w/ 20 round mag
     
  20. Stantdm

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    We have coyotes, skunks, raccoons, feral cats, mountain lions (at times), and an assorment of birds like grackles. We also have a lot of bugs like box elders and wasps.
     
  21. MCgunner

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    Most people around here call hogs "varmints".

    We have a lot of coyotes, bobcat, 'coons and 'possums of course. Armadillo seem to be making a comeback.
     
  22. T.R.

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    Plenty of groundhogs in Pennsylvania.

    TR
     
  23. Clark

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    I live on 6 square mile island with no coyotes.
    Just off island coyotes will kill any chicken outside of a pen.
    Here on the island, a chicken can out run a raccoon in the daytime.
    But chickens must be penned up at night.
    The roost cannot be too close to large screen, or the raccoons will reach through and pull the chicken's head off.
    Sometimes raccoons, squirrels, rats, mice, flies, hornets, or mosquitoes come into the house.

    100 years ago, with 6 sq miles of woods, the island probably supported a dozen raccoons.
    But now with 20,000 people putting out dog dishes, cat dishes, garbage cans, fruit trees, and gardens... there are hundreds of raccoons here... and they are pests. Every house on our street has raccoon guards on the chimney.
     
  24. jmorris

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    If you can't kill them build one of these. At least you'll have fun driving them crazy.

    Your dogs will also have a shot when they fall off.

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  25. LordDunsany

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    Tree rats are the biggest problem around here. Naturally, we have a crazy lady next door that thinks they're cute and feeds them. I balance the equation by cautious and fruitful application of a .177 caliber air-driven round ball (AKA BB) whenever the opportunity presents itself. The bodies are not wasted though. I use the tails for material for streamer flies.

    Also have a possum family living under the deck. Ol' ma possum is a monster and provides me with a whole litter of babies every year. The little ones are cute, in a ratty sort of way, but invariably grow up into a major garden-destroying pest. Thank Heaven for super Colibri's and an accurate rifle.

    My location is north-central Texas, adjacent to a pair of large cities, exact locale withheld to prevent prosecution of the guilty.

    Ron in [REDACTED] Texas
     
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