Originally Posted by draye
Guess I may have to sit out there all night one night, and hope I don't shoot myself try g to get them. It's not that I'm afraid of the shotgun, but my eyesight isn't what it used to be. Diabetes and other issues prevent me from seeing as well and the target is off to my eye. Plus the fact I was never an avid hunter. Something I could do if i ever needed to do it just not something I've ever enjoyed either.
I guess though sometimes you have to do what you have to do.
'Possums are one of the easiest predators to ambush, especially if you have a night light near their target. They don't generally come out to feed 'til well after midnight...usually around 2 or 3 AM. Despite their playing hell on chickens, they'd much rather find the leftovers of other predators. A .410 is plenty powerful to put them down but even if you use a .10 gauge shotgun...always crush their heads with something along the lines of a wooden ball bat. They can play dead ('possum) with the best of 'em.
EDIT: to say, try to have the wind/breeze in your face to minimize the prospect of the rascals scenting you.
Edited by hellbender - 10/8/15 at 1:06pm