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Old 05-18-2011, 08:24 PM   #11
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I remember coon hunting with .22's. Knocking one out of the tree, it was shot in the head. We started skinning it and it started growling at us. I was holding the front legs and my dad was pulling the hide, the harder we pulled the louder it growled. We dropped it and put four or five more rounds in the head and waited about 2 minutes before either of us would touch it again. It's an eery feeling to have an animal half skinned and then have it growl at you. They can be tough SOB's.

Ill bet money you and your father had to do a underwear check after that.
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My bet would go with no vitals hit with your first shot. At 5' the shot hasn't even begun to spread so you may very well have missed its brain and spinal column with that first shot.

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My bet would go with no vitals hit with your first shot. At 5' the shot hasn't even begun to spread so you may very well have missed its brain and spinal column with that first shot.
^^^^ Despite the movies, even 00 buck doesn't spread into a chest size pattern at 5 feet. Likely you missed completely and the concussion dazed it.
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^^^^ Despite the movies, even 00 buck doesn't spread into a chest size pattern at 5 feet. Likely you missed completely and the concussion dazed it.
I didn't miss! There was plenty of blood and you could see where it blasted it in the neck/head.
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Ill bet money you and your father had to do a underwear check after that.
That may be true I also remember having goose bumps and the hair stand up on the back of my neck for a while. And after we shot the next one we waited a while, let the dogs play with it for a bit before we even thought about touching it
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ah yes, we know of this all too well thanks to our resident pest the Brushtailed possum.

These little bastards are in many cases damned near invincible and basically the ultimate in habitat rape.

I've put a possum under the wheels of our car at 120kph (74mph) only to turn around and see him get up and run away into trees.

I hit one once with a 12 gauge slug from behind at about 20 metres, splitting it's hide from tail to neck and making a channel wound between the base of it's spine and it's shoulder passing through the whole chest cavity, to have it continue running as if it hadn't noticed and was only stopped by #4 shot to the head area a good 10 seconds after.

Had the growling while plucking fur too, even though he had about 4 .22LRs in his head.

But I think the worst was a possum that we shot out of the tree down the back of the property. It got hit in the head with a .22 and hung suspended from the branch by its tail in an inverted position. While hanging I put another 2 rounds through the top of it's skull, it then fell down out of sight.
However the next day we found it wandering very disoriented around out on the street with flies festering in it's head wounds, we shotgunned it. That was a total nightmare, made me wary of shooting possums for quite a while and really taught me that regardless how clean you think the shot was you really ought to locate and physically confirm that the animal is dead.

Nastiness. I generally get them with #2 or buckshot now to be sure.

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ah yes, we know of this all too well thanks to our resident pest the Brushtailed possum.

These little bastards are in many cases damned near invincible and basically the ultimate in habitat rape.

I've put a possum under the wheels of our car at 120kph (74mph) only to turn around and see him get up and run away into trees.

I hit one once with a 12 gauge slug from behind at about 20 metres, splitting it's hide from tail to neck and making a channel wound between the base of it's spine and it's shoulder passing through the whole chest cavity, to have it continue running as if it hadn't noticed and was only stopped by #4 shot to the head area a good 10 seconds after.

Had the growling while plucking fur too, even though he had about 4 .22LRs in his head.

But I think the worst was a possum that we shot out of the tree down the back of the property. It got hit in the head with a .22 and hung suspended from the branch by its tail in an inverted position. While hanging I put another 2 rounds through the top of it's skull, it then fell down out of sight.
However the next day we found it wandering very disoriented around out on the street with flies festering in it's head wounds, we shotgunned it. That was a total nightmare, made me wary of shooting possums for quite a while and really taught me that regardless how clean you think the shot was you really ought to locate and physically confirm that the animal is dead.

Nastiness. I generally get them with #2 or buckshot now to be sure.

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