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Old 04-15-2010, 01:46 AM   #1
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Default I know another GD squirrels thread !!!!!

First off, those Ba$$tard$!!!!!

So I get home from work to find that two of my plants growth tips (one on each plant) have turned into a spring day picnic lunch. So I took a deep breath and remind myself that I have taken this type of event into consideration and have 3 bines per plant so I should still be okay. I decide that it is time to redouble my plants defenses.

So I get the rat traps out bait them and set them. Put more screws into the fence so that they stick out like spikes of justice, and put some of my dogs crap on the fence for good measure.

As I finish I see out of the corner of my eye the stupid squirrel... THE ENEMY!! It looked at the rat trap, and I waited for the sweet sound of death to ring out in my backyard. The squirrel bounced over the rat trap, and onto the fence missing the spikes of justice, and up the electric pole.

That little SOB sat at the top of the pole there watching me as I tried to shoe him away with a big garage broom. My neighbor was in his backyard, and asked if I was okay. He had been watching me the whole time. I told him that I was good, and was trying to shoe the squirrels away. I felt very stupid.

Feeling mad and stupid I went inside, grabbed a home brew, and let the squirrels win this battle. However, tomorrow my new pellet gun and I will win the war!!!

Thanks for listening to my rant. B@$$t@rd squirrels!!!

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Old 04-15-2010, 02:12 AM   #2
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I feel your pain.. however in my case it appears that all they needed was a taste, and then decided from that they didn't care for them, and moved on. No problems since. So here's hoping you get the same good fortune!

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Old 04-15-2010, 02:14 AM   #3
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1000fps... Hollow point or sharp tip... works like a charm... quiet too!

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Old 04-15-2010, 02:39 AM   #4
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1000fps... Hollow point or sharp tip... works like a charm... quiet too!
Tomorrow it will be just that. The worst thing is that I have a Remington 1187 that could solve all my problems, but Sac PD tends to frown on that kind of thing.
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Old 04-15-2010, 03:33 AM   #5
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My dog has decided that this years hop bed is her new dog bed. She's not eating anything, she's just laying in the dirt and top of my hops trying to grow. Not the same thing, but I can't shoot of the dog or the wife will shoot me.

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Shoot those squirrels, turn them into a stew and RDWHAHB with the stew.

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Get some 1/2" chicken wire and make cages about 12" in diameter.

At least it wasn't a deer sampling the tip of a 4 foot bine, when it's too late to start another. That's why I do three bines. Critters won't eat a hop bine, but one bite and the tip is history.

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I got a tree rat that has been climbing my poles and chewing the string off,then the little rat rolls the string up into its mouth and runs off. I think its making some nest with it. Funny to see,but Im tired or redoing my lines.

mmmm tree rat stew.

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I got a tree rat that has been climbing my poles and chewing the string off,then the little rat rolls the string up into its mouth and runs off. I think its making some nest with it. Funny to see,but Im tired or redoing my lines.

mmmm tree rat stew.
You could put up some decoy lines.
or just leave bits of string lying around that area...that's probably a lot less work...
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I feel your pain.. however in my case it appears that all they needed was a taste, and then decided from that they didn't care for them, and moved on. No problems since.
Yep, they snacked a little that first year to get a taste, as did the rabbits, but both have since decided it was not worth it and have left it alone.

I wouldn't go overboard with trying to eradicate squirrels. Rabbits on the other hand? Fire away!
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