Who`s using a high powered pellet gun for predator control?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by bayside chick, Mar 25, 2009.

  1. bayside chick

    bayside chick Out Of The Brooder

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    I`ve read here , as well as other sites , that many are using them to "get rid" of coons , and other preds.

    I`m using a Crossman .22 w/some armor piercing type ammo and, after catching them , am having a hard time (requiring several shots) putting these guys down.

    I don`t want them to suffer , and I don`t own a "real" gun , nor do I think I`d want to use one in the neighborhood. Am I doing something wrong , or what? I`ve read of people taking them out @ 30 yds w/ one shot ...blah , blah , blah. [​IMG]

    Any advise?
     
  2. jholler

    jholler Out Of The Brooder

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    Where exactly are you aiming? Are you a good shot? Skulls are kind of thick sometimes, but depending on the fps speed of your weapon, a brain shot might be best. A lung shot is an easier hit, but they may die slowly if at all. Have you considered a crossbow?
    Also, the "armor piercing" ammo may not be best if you are taking body shots, you want the ammo to "mushroom" and create a large wound cavity, not simply pass through the animal.
     
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  3. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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    I agree with jholler on placement issues, but I don't recomend a crossbow, especially with neighbors. That is all you need not to make a good shot and the next thing you know the animal runs off the your neighbor with a bolt in it and a picture turn up on the evening news.
     
  4. jholler

    jholler Out Of The Brooder

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    I don't live in a neighborhood, so I have a few more options...most end in the word "gauge". ;-)
     
  5. Chicken03

    Chicken03 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would shot it in the head. Thats the only way you'll ever put down a coon in one shot with a pellet gun.
     
  6. ravencreek

    ravencreek Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have a Coon dog. She is a redbone and we keep her chained real close to the coop at night. We have yet to have a problem.
     
  7. sandypaws

    sandypaws Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have KARELIAN BEARDOGS to keep most predators away..
    and my poodles are great rodent killing machines!!!

    we just got a high powered pellet rifle.. the only thing we have killed with it, is some cans,, a paper plate,, and ONE big fat RAT!!!!
     
  8. digginchicks

    digginchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    shoot em right behind the front leg and they will go down everytime!!!
     
  9. KyleD.

    KyleD. Chillin' With My Peeps

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    .22 caliber gun, hollow points. works everytime. anywhere in the main body and they will go down.
     
  10. first time farmer

    first time farmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Hahahaha same here but if i had to use one of my other guns i would use my .22 rifle. But my closes neighbor is a little over a mile so i can use most of my guns on my property
     

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