Posted by John Treeman on 12:53:31 4/3/2010 from 188.8.131.52:
In reply to: Re: Bullet vs dunk tank posted by Carl S on 8:08:10 3/10/2010 from 184.108.40.206:
Over the years, I have eliminated many squirrel; 16 this year. Of all the methods tried, I find trapping to be the most humane. Since winter is the easiest time to trap squires; they are hungry and will ignore their fear of the cage, drowning is not easily done unless I take them inside to the wash tub (the wife vetoed this idea). I also find a cold sopping wet animal difficult to manage. Using a multi-pump air rifle, I charge the rifle with enough air to drive two BBs into a lung but not through the entire chest. This caused the squire to drown by internal bleeding with out messing the cage. Again, it is winter and the spigots are winterized. By resting the muzzle on the wire I eliminate a ricochet, which has happened before. Be patent till you can shoot behind the front shoulder. Most of the times the squire will slow down or even lay down quietly until it expires. If your shot was lucky you may hit the heart or sever a major blood source which will cause a quick death.
If you are an animal lover looking for mischief then read on. I do not enjoy killing the squirrels. However, as with hunting, human intervention is needed when the natural enemy has been limited. Since I have started to thin the squire population I have seen less damaged squires, they are vicious to each other and more varieties on birds (birds are animals too)
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