We have had 2 Hawks hanging out in our yard and across the pasture in our neighbors field. Since we have had problems with coons, we have been locking the chickens up every night in their coop. Yesterday, I went to feed and let them out of the coop and as soon as I opened the coop I saw the big hawk fly into the tree above me. Of course this scared the .... out of me. I had no weapon and did not want to leave my babies to go get one. I found a stick and threw it at the hawk - he got the picture and left for a while. Now last night I had nightmares about this hawk. Now here is my dilemma, I've tried looking it up on Texas Parks and Wildlife and the Department of Fish & Game's websites and could not find anything: Is it illegal to kill a Red-Tailed Hawk? If not illegal, will a pellet gun do the trick? I don't care for guns, but I will use a bb/pellet gun to scare off critters in my yard. I've seen what a .22 bullet can do and how dangerous the ricochet can be - I just don't like to fool with guns.