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Old January 19, 2008, 10:12 AM   #1
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Feral cat hunting

As you probably all heard, they tried to legalize feral cat hunting in the state of Wisconsin. Well the lefties won over, so now we just hunt them using the SSS method.
Shoot, Shovel, Shutup.
I will make an attempt at attaching a photo of one of our feral cat hunts
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Old January 19, 2008, 10:26 AM   #2
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There was an article in (I vaguely recall) "Sports Afield", some ten years back. It referenced a study done by the Wisconsin bug'n'bunny agency, using a bunch of wildlife biology grad students.

Conclusions: One feral cat will kill as many as 100 songbirds a year. Estimate: As many as a million feral cats in the state of Wisconsin.

You do the math.

Also, it was stated that at one time the state REQUIRED hunters to shoot any feral cat that was seen. They were smarter, back then...

NOTE: We're not talking about Persian Fluffy in town, in the house, in your lap. "Feral". Look it up.

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Old January 19, 2008, 01:36 PM   #3
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what would you use for feral cats?
ive got quite a few wild ones that live near my house and i doubt that you could get them to provide a still target.
Shotguns? varmint rifles?
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Old January 19, 2008, 01:51 PM   #4
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I've heeeeaaaard that the Ruger 883SS in 22magnum is just the ticket. But what do I know, this is just what I have heard. So take it for what it is worth, I have no experience with feral cats.
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Old January 19, 2008, 02:33 PM   #5
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Whatever's handy will work on Feral Felines. Running? Shotguns are good. My old Model 12 30" full choke is extra-full with modern plastic shot-holders, so high-brass 7-1/2s are good to 35 yards or so.

A .243 is sorta ruinacious...

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Old January 19, 2008, 04:15 PM   #6
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Here in Florida they are are classified as "invasive predatory specie" and we are encouraged to kill them. I hold a Nuisance Wildlife Permit and can actually charge for the "service" if I desire.
Weapon of choice is .22lr, .22mag, .17hmr, 20 gauge shotgun loaded with #6 or #4. But a .30-30 or even a .300WM is fun as well!
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Old January 19, 2008, 05:04 PM   #7
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use of a shovel is a sign of guilt.
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Old January 19, 2008, 06:33 PM   #8
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I've had to thin the resident feral feline population before. My favorite is the Rem 511 and an old El Paso K4 Weaver. Sighted dead on at 25 and right between the eyes. I've also used the .222,.22-250 and a 12 with high base heavy field loads of #5. The time I see a cat hunting in the field I watch closely to see if it belongs to the owner (collar) or not. Bang, flops for a minute and back to the hunt. I don't mention it; not worth the time to explain; and if I have to explain they wouldn't understand anyway. CB.
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Old January 19, 2008, 06:42 PM   #9
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Up here we can shoot them no problem. 22WMR is nice for the job but not very exciting. 25WSSM is cool
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Old January 19, 2008, 06:58 PM   #10
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on a still shot a .22LR hi-velocity will do the job with good placement (i.e. in the ear) moving or in brush a 12 ga. w/high-brass 5's or even 4's. a 20 ga. likewise will do. I have a Burris 3X9 glass on my AMT. I use ripe sardines to lure them in. they come a'running.
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Old January 19, 2008, 11:19 PM   #11
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gun choice

I use a .44 special silvertip in a nef Handi-rifle 44mag with a silencer. That way I don't wake the neighbors.
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Old January 20, 2008, 08:27 AM   #12
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Still say the 22wmr is the "cats meow"
Anything bigger and you are just going to ruin the pelt
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Old January 20, 2008, 11:22 AM   #13
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.17 HMR should do fine for some long shots. I'd use the CCI TNT rounds in 17 grain.
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Old January 24, 2008, 10:15 PM   #14
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any .22 calibur round would work fine. But i think i would prefure a shotgun.
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Old January 24, 2008, 11:45 PM   #15
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We aren't supposed to shoot feral cats around here (yet), but all you need is a .22LR. I've had many housecats over the years, and they're not particularly tough critters.
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Old January 25, 2008, 01:50 AM   #16
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What's up with all the big calibers. All you need is CCI CB Short 29gr. There sub-sonic and very very quite when shot out of a rifle, My K-22 sounds like a cap-gun. All you need is 1 shot to the head, and They fall on the spot.

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Old January 25, 2008, 03:17 AM   #17
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I'm a dyed-in-the-wool powder burner myself... but what about those proclaimed 1000fps air rifles? I would think they would do the trick to clean out the critters' ears pretty well. (?)
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Old January 25, 2008, 01:26 PM   #18
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If was pretty sure all my shots would be under 50 yards I would only take the Gamo Shadow 1,000 .177. But for shots out to the 100 yard mark we need the .22LR or for fun the 20ga slug!
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Old January 25, 2008, 08:33 PM   #19
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What to hunt feral cats with.

http://www.buckstix.com/CoehornMortarHunt.htm
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Old January 25, 2008, 08:42 PM   #20
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Yup, that would get em.
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Old January 25, 2008, 08:44 PM   #21
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Quote:
We aren't supposed to shoot feral cats around here (yet), but all you need is a .22LR. I've had many housecats over the years, and they're not particularly tough critters.
The stock on my Remington 810 target master would argue that
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Old January 25, 2008, 09:30 PM   #22
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I understand the problems feral cats pose, but I'm also a lifetime cat owner. I sincerely hope that anyone hunting feral cats is making sure you're actually culling feral cats and not killing somebody's pet.
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Old January 25, 2008, 09:34 PM   #23
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I always check there tags to see if they are in season
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Old January 25, 2008, 09:35 PM   #24
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Yeah, not funny. Not to me, anyway.
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Old January 25, 2008, 10:07 PM   #25
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Originally Posted by bcarver
I use a .44 special silvertip in a nef Handi-rifle 44mag with a silencer. That way I don't wake the neighbors.
What can are you using on that NEF?
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