Originally Posted by howlinggood
Thanks for the reply and info, now where would I go to purchase one? A hunting/camping store or can I order one online. Stupid question coming up Do I need a permit? I'm in NY.
Has it helped you to shoot (and hopefully kill) them this way? Are their numbers a little lower and more manageable?
In NYS all you need to buy a long gun of any type is a valid driver's license--a handgun is another thing, you need a permit for that. Although I haven't purchase a air type pellet rifle in a long time, you may even be able to pick one up without any ID. Wal-Mart sells them as does Gander Mt, Cabella's and ProBass. BTW, you need to take a gun safety course to purchase your first hunting license but you don't need one to purchase a gun. Probably a good, high muzzle velocity air gun with scatter shot would work well for rats if you can spot them and they sit long enough for you to take aim. Just know what is in the background when you miss--because you will. Fortunately the range of pellets isn't that long.
Rats are tough because they are smart. Once they learn a trap is deadly, they will avoid it and teach their offspring to do it as well. I dislike poison since it is not specific enough but sometimes that's the only choice but it has to be of a kind that doesn't immediately kill or the rats will dope that out as well. On the other hand, I got rid of my rat problem very quickly--a weasel moved in and dispatched the whole colony in a month. The only problem was, once the rats were gone he started on my birds.