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Old 08-02-2014, 03:21 AM   #1
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No joy though...sigh. Open season on a field rat (hate em)

We have a bird feeder and a squirrel feeder out back. Never had a problem, just one time last year. Sort of the reason I bought a Marlin 60 .22

It has a really nice 9X scope on it sighted it for 25 yards which is exactly what I wanted it for.

So wife and I are on the back deck watching a baby bunny. Across the grass shoots this big rat, flies up the tree and into the feeder. Now the feeder is a wood box with a big glass jar on the front so you can see them eat. If I am willing to sacrifice the jar, this rat is toast.

No...wife wont let me shoot the jar. So I have to wait and get him through the side hole as he exits. And wait. And wait. 3 times he poked his head to see if all was okay. I was patient, didn't take the shot because in a blink, he was back to the jar...I wanted him checking his exit and on the way out.

and wait and wait. 30 minutes resting on the rail. So he scoots out the BACK hole and no shot.

Oh well, no rat head to hang over the mantle...THIS TIME.



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No joy though...sigh. Open season on a field rat (hate em)

We have a bird feeder and a squirrel feeder out back. Never had a problem, just one time last year. Sort of the reason I bought a Marlin 60 .22

It has a really nice 9X scope on it sighted it for 25 yards which is exactly what I wanted it for.

So wife and I are on the back deck watching a baby bunny. Across the grass shoots this big rat, flies up the tree and into the feeder. Now the feeder is a wood box with a big glass jar on the front so you can see them eat. If I am willing to sacrifice the jar, this rat is toast.

No...wife wont let me shoot the jar. So I have to wait and get him through the side hole as he exits. And wait. And wait. 3 times he poked his head to see if all was okay. I was patient, didn't take the shot because in a blink, he was back to the jar...I wanted him checking his exit and on the way out.

and wait and wait. 30 minutes resting on the rail. So he scoots out the BACK hole and no shot.

Oh well, no rat head to hang over the mantle...THIS TIME.

maybe for the best, maybe a partner the next time!


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All for the best. You wouldn't believe how hard it is to taxidermy that teeny, tiny rat head! Besides, unless you have a rodent head collection over the mantle, it would look out of place next to the skunk you got last year.

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I'm huntin wat !

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maybe the next one will be a trophy rat!

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Just think of the possibilities, once you begin serious collecting!

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The bad thing about rats is that if you see one, there are probably several more.

We have a bird feeder as well and after several months I watched a rat come out of the blackberry bushes and start eating spilled seed. Sniped that one with my pellet rifle. I figured that should fix the problem. Next evening around sunset another rat can creeping out. One shot, one kill. I'm up to 7 killed now. Could get rid of the feeder and I'm sure the rats would go find another source if food. Right now they stay away from the house and provide random target practice.

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If you have rats or mice, then you need a cat.

If you need a cat, it is best to get a kitten and raise it yourself.

Cats kill everything that moves, not just rats and mice.

They kill insects, birds, chipmunks, ducklings and they even drive off skunks and unwanted flea bag feral cats too.

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If you have rats or mice, then you need a cat.

If you need a cat, it is best to get a kitten and raise it yourself.

Cats kill everything that moves, not just rats and mice.

They kill insects, birds, chipmunks, ducklings and they even drive off skunks and unwanted flea bag feral cats too.
And if you get tired of them they cook up pretty nice too.

Just kidding. It can be a decent choice if you like cats and aren't allergic. Small terriers are pretty good for rats if you aren't a cat person. Or a good Corn or king snake works too. King snakes can keep away some of the other venomous snakes as well. But if the snake finishes off the rats you may not need bird or squirrel feeders for much longer.
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I like the pellet rifle idea best.



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