Sota's semi live squirrel war 2019

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  1. Sota

    Sota Legendary Woodsman

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    So I have had it with the squirrels. When I sit in my stand at any given time I can see no less than a dozen squirrels at a time. One of the little rodents chewed thru the seat strap and my new melinum stand. My little yapping dogs watch out the front door at the squirrels, they know I will not let them out till there are at least 4 squirrels at the feeder. This past week there have been again a dozen at a time at the bird feeder, my littlest dog who is the most adamant squirrel hunter is going to have a seizure if there is constantly that many squirrels.

    I don't want to use a firearm as that would be unnerving to the adjacent property owners. I will use the pellet gun on a few. I ordered $80 worth of squirrel traps I am going to start by thinning the herd in the yard and then work my way out in the pasture.

    Does anyone have any suggestions for bait? It will have to stick to the trap pan that will be vertical on a tree. I was thinking peanut butter should work but who knows.
     
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    110 conibears on a log. Pb and corn for bait (if cold enough get it near frozen and slide onto the trigger) or just a small pile of corn.
     
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    Sota Legendary Woodsman

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    I like the conibears but in minnesota they have to be 48" off the ground.
     
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    I would just use corn. I bet they will be on it within a couple hours after you put it out.

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    LOL!!

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    Not sure what to use for bait but 22 workd good on this one. You could also use a blowgun like mr tim wells. Better yet be a good excuse to supress a 22. But i can feel your pain on tree rats. Also u could just hot wire a bird feeder to 110 and ground it good, when squirrel gets on feeder hit a switch in the house. Def kill one


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    What’s up with the barrel of gun in this picture? Is it rust or some fancy finish job?


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    Sota, done this many times . Lean a stepladder against a fence/ tree. Set a coyote sized trap on top and secure it.
    A few handfulls of corn or cerial and Bam!!.
    The trap pan needs to be light though.
     
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    Glue a few peices of corn to the trigger and attach it to the tree.[​IMG]

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    Oh its def rust... ive thrown around the idea of getting it redone now since im out of my teen years were i disn really care bout stuff. Dad gave it to me when i was in eighth grade and i disn take care of it like i should have. Its a henry golden boy and pry should have never been shot but hey, kids and teens. Most of us been ther. Im still kinda stupid


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    Gauge I have found from trapping squirrels in my parents attack that if you use a rat trap it has to be in a box so the squirrel sticks it's head in, with the trap exposed the squirrels can use their paws to free themselves from the trap.
     
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    Oh and Sota just had another thought on squirrels, get u a big ole tom cat and keep him a lil hungry or two or three big tom cats. Id love to feed a few birds at my house but got so many cats havent fill the feeder up in a year


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    I have 4 barn cats 2 of them are worthless. War Kitten is the fighter and deer tracker, Shart has potential last week he killed a gray and a red squirrel. I don't see the cats putting a dent in the population. It is a hell of a fight a squirrel puts up with a cat on it, so I don't see the cat picking that fight on a regular basis.
     
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    Good point. I know my dad battles with them and that was a method he did.

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    I hope to get enough pelts to make that fur coat my wife has always wanted.:biggrin:
     
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    You must have a larger squirrel problem than I thought!! Lmao

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    Wow ya u have a squirrel problem


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    Could be the 1000 oak trees on the property and there is little to no hunting of them in my area. When my son was in high school he would have squirrel fest with his friends, my son and 3 of his buddies would spend the weekend shooting squirrels. That no longer happens. One good side effect is the raptors the squirrels draw. I do have the little dog Gerty that will chase the squirrels and watch them in a tree. She barks when the squirrel stops running, brilliant hunting dog problem is she is gun shy, she bolts even when I take my bow out.
     
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    Could always get into falconry.

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