First predator

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Thunder Bay Chicken, Nov 24, 2011.

  1. Well the other day I was relaxing well all hell broke lose.

    First the dogs went nuts, then the chickens!

    Look out the window and see a furry weasel like critter bounding across the snow headed for the chiken pen, so I run to get a gun.

    I grabbed the Savage over under combo. 22 hornet over 20g , I wasn't really sure what I was dealing with critter wise yet.

    Turns out I got to the back deck just in time as he slipped into the big run 2x4 welded wire. At about 30-35 yards I hit him with an ounce of #4 20g.

    BOOM! Dropped it like a sac of potatoes.

    I made a great shot and lucky for me the chickens ( Roosters included ) had high tailed it back into the 22x24 pen that is on the front of the coop, so no chicken was hit with stray shot.

    Turns out it was a Marten... we are not allowed to hunt these furbearers but can shoot them if they threaten or damage property or livestock.

    So I phone our local ministry of wildlife to report it, and then I pay a small fee to keep the hide. Cost me $3.15 .

    I took the critter to get it mounted. I am an avid hunter and don't want to waste it, so thought a mount is cool way to make use of the critter.

    Here it is.

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    Also in the last couple of weeks I had seen a weasel, a hawk and a lynx. All within my clearing about an acre and I have another 47acres in bush.

    It has started to get cold here and snowed a bit recently so I guess these predators are starting to get hungry.

    If I have to shoot anything I will do the legal thing and report it, then pay the TINY fur fees so I can get the animal mounted or tanned.

    I'll post a picture when it comes back from being mounted.
     
    Last edited: Nov 24, 2011
  2. heather112588

    heather112588 Songster

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    wow great shot! I am in the same predicament myself...lately have an eagle taking hens but i dont think its legal to shoot them [​IMG]
     
  3. Johnn

    Johnn Crowing

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    least you saw the weasel running, are they fast??
     
  4. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    Quote:Very fast. Like little streaks of lightning.

    Nice work, Thunder Bay Chicken.
     
  5. Johnn

    Johnn Crowing

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    oh that explains how it caught my chicken [​IMG]
     
  6. Johnn

    Johnn Crowing

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    I just typed in wesel running into youtube and this video came up and it shows it eating a chicken it had killed and i cant believe one would have been doing itto myne im ognna kick its ass.
     
  7. desertdarlene

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    Wow, they sure are pretty. Too bad they're so destructive. At least you'll get some use out of him.
     
  8. 6RandomBrownLayers

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    Good shot!
     
  9. [​IMG]

    Well fast forward to July here is the mount I picked it up today!
     
  10. Mattemma

    Mattemma Crowing

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    That is really neat! Did you do all that or pay someone? Nice job on it.Good showing on those teeth. I keep imagining those tearing into my girls.
     

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