Varmints in the "burbs"

Discussion in 'Hunting Forum' started by 1982flh80, Nov 23, 2011.

  1. 1982flh80

    1982flh80 New Member

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    This is getting just plain ole nuts. I live in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, the south hills not far from the city, maybe 6 miles by the way a crow flies. See bunches of whitetail deer, herds of 'em. Rabbits, chipmunks, turkeys etc... A hunters dream except that you can't hunt the woods behind my home. The other day while dutifully washing the dishes I look out my kitchen window and see not the usual 5 or 6 deer in my yard but lo and behold... A red fox! Holy crap! Almost grabbed my .22 Romanian training rifle. (My baby mauser) But I thought better of it. This wildlife issue is getting nuts. Whats next, coyote's? Folks in this area own little "doggies" and "kitties". Young children also reside here with their families. Considering the abundance of wildlife in this area ( and it's on the increase) Maybe the borough should consider a limited hunt based on a lottery in selected safe areas to cull the herd. Would love to "prang" a buck from my bathroom window while sitting on the throne. Now that would be a hunting story.
     

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  2. ACRhino

    ACRhino New Member

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    That's not a fox lol.

    There is a reason you can't fire a weapon out of your window in an urban area withon city limits ... think about it.
     

  3. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    I'm sure there are coyotes all around you. You just aren't seeing them. Though my sister contends where you see foxes you won't see coyotes since they compete for the same food. She may be right, I don't know.
     
  4. willfully armed

    willfully armed New Member

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    So you should be allowed to kill the animals for invading your suburban Utopia?

    Why didn't they get to thin us while man invaded the natural habitat of the indigenous wildlife?


    Metropolitan culling should only be practiced when populations reach the limit that causes risk of disease or extreme property damage. Chewed up marigolds and. 45 caliber deer turds don't count.
     
  5. rjd3282

    rjd3282 New Member

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    You do realize that man is indigenous to the same habitat. If a deer invades a wolf's habitat the deer loses. Top of food chain and all that.

    Why does everybody think man is not part of nature? :confused:
     
  6. willfully armed

    willfully armed New Member

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    Come now Bill Nye, man may be indigenous, but animals don't build cities in our grazing land.

    We are encroaching upon them.


    And don't for a second think I'm some vegan liberal. I love shooting fuzzy animals and making their carcasses into freezer meat.
     
  7. 1982flh80

    1982flh80 New Member

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    Don't mind deer poo

    I live in an established community that is over 100 yrs old. My home was new in 1940. Only started seeing deer in this area 11 yrs ago and now the population is incredible. The news media is really making hay with this issue. Topics on the subject range from car/deer incursions (deer usually loses) to lyme disease both of which are costly. My neighbors 6 yr old kid was bitten by a deer tick last fall. His daughters were just playing in the back yard. Seriously, I wouldn't shoot from my bathroom window at anything but, it's funny to think about it. Deer poo in my yard doesn't concern me, turkey crap either.
     

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  8. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    I like to see 'nature' wander through my backyard.
     
  9. rjd3282

    rjd3282 New Member

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    Really, what about prairie dog towns in the middle of our grazing land? Wait, let me guess it's the prairie dog's grazing land and we shouldn't have our damn cattle there.
     
  10. willfully armed

    willfully armed New Member

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    Grasping at straws there homie...

    We weren't at all discussing wildlife in rural settings. We were discussing displaced fauna in urban and suburban locations.


    You just post the location of this prairie dog farm, and ill enjoy turning them into pink mist.
     
  11. fmj

    fmj New Member

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    Just get a bow and put 'em down.

    Here we have whats known as "Urban deer hunting zones" You can double your bag limits in the zone. its archery only.

    My house was built in 1923, downtown. I have seen deer in front of my house and the other night a saw a red fox run across the road 2 blocks away while riding my motorcycle.
     
  12. ACRhino

    ACRhino New Member

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    Coyotes eat foxes. In most areas outside of the odd black bear or perhaps bob cat or mountain lion, coyotes are the apex predator. At least on the east coast.
     
  13. ACRhino

    ACRhino New Member

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    Because you are killing for fun, for power, or to get an animal out of your way, not for food. You already have a fridge full of big macs and potato chips, a wolf doesn't.
     
  14. Rex in OTZ

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    Varmits to Vittles

    Not long ago we never had such troubles that'd a little pepper, Salt and some bacon grease couldent cure.

    [ame=http://youtu.be/qNPCnMaWV2M]Crockett's Kentucky Mountaineers Little Rabbit - YouTube[/ame]
     
  15. kfox75

    kfox75 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    ACRhino, with all due respect my family and I only hunt for three reasons, food, population control, and to get out of the house, away from our daily stresses. We do not have a freezer full of Big Macs and chips, because they taste like sh!t when you thaw them out.Yes, some of the land we hunt is near a residential area, and is literally our own back yard. We live about 500 yards into an area that is zoned agricultural,and our neighbors in both zones appreciate our help in controling damages caused by local fauna. At the same time, everybody on the road I live on (myself included) love to watch the nature shows in our own back yard.
    We grow our own vegetables and fruits, and freeze our fish and wild game for later enjoyment. We respect our natural resources, and are thankful to be able to use them to feed ourselves and others who are less fortunate than we are. Yes , we donate our extra meat to those in need. To us, hunting is about time spent with each other in the woods and fields, and the good times have with each other, not power, getting animals out of our way, or killing for fun. I resect your opinion, and am shamed that your exposure to the sport was such that you are left with that impression of all hunters. I can assure you that the people I hunt with are not hunting for the reasons listed in your post. Please do those of us who choose to hunt a favor by not judgeing all of us by the actions of a few a-holes that do it for all the wrong reasons.
     
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  16. jpattersonnh

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    I will say, the OP and the pic leave me envious. We have tons of wildlife around here, but the destructive kind. I'd be happy if some Turkeys or whitetail would groom my lawn. I understand culling, but I would love to see whitetail in numbers as I did as a kid upstate NY. You could sit on the porch about sunrise and 5, 10, 20 would walk by every morning. They really have a thing for clover. Instead of putting the beet greens, carrot greens on the compost pile I would dump them at the edge of the woods. BTW, Beet greens are VG eat'in.