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Old March 11, 2021, 11:34 AM   #26
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My Squirrels don't raid my feeder, just look up at it !!!

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She is willing to do most anything to protect her bird feed. Not necessarily kill them, just scare them away.
I can relate to her situation and rather than kill them, I prefer to repel them. Even though it took some work, that is what I "finally" accomplished. .....

Don't get me wrong, I teach Hunter Ed. and enjoy eating squirrels That I "hunt". Normally, I do not shoot "Yard-Squirrels" and in fact, you could say that I have protected them by shooting ones that had the Mange. Rather than recommending a pellet gun, I recommend you find a good way, to repel 24/7 and there are many. Your wife doesn't hate Squirrels; she just doesn't like what they are doing to her feeder. .....

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Old March 11, 2021, 09:33 PM   #27
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Normally, I do not shoot "Yard-Squirrels"
"Yard" squirrels are way more tender than the ones running wild in the forest. And much tastier too.
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Old March 12, 2021, 07:31 AM   #28
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If you can still find the metal ones, these will work. After awhile they stop trying and just look up. trying to figure it out and settle for what's on the ground !!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QjhBKDzKcE

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That thing looks like a hoot to just sit and watch.

My wife wanted a squirrel feeder one time. I told her, "God will provide for the squirrels." Without batting an eye she shot back..."He did. He provided me!"

What could I say? She got her squirrel feeder.

Just to stay on topic, I've got a CO2 "Colt SAA" that shoots BB's. You load it with special cartridges, just stick the BB in the end of the cartridge, and load like a normal SA revolver. It's a lot of fun to shoot. I don't know that I'd count on hitting too much with it, but it makes a pretty loud CRACK when it fires. Might work. Or at least be satisfying to shoot.

Here's what it looks like.



Pretty fun to plink with but sort of slow to reload.
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Old March 12, 2021, 11:59 AM   #29
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Run out of town on a rail

My fair city has constructed 5 squirrel bridges, to prevent the little rodents from being squashed by cars.
We also have an annual squirrel festival.

Most of the squirrels in my neighborhood are darn near tame.

Shooting squirrels here? Naah, I have enough headaches in my life.
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Old March 12, 2021, 12:18 PM   #30
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Squirrel ....... bridges?????

This is probably a stupid question but how do the little rodents know to use or are enticed to use the bridge instead of “froggering” across the road???
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Old March 12, 2021, 01:25 PM   #31
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Yes, 5 of the darn things. Civic pride.

I live in a city that seems to worship rodents. In the big scheme of things, what the heck, it is amusing and harmless.

We have a lovely park with lake in the middle of the city, lots O trees, and lots of squashed squirrels running between the park and across the street to the other trees.
Harmless and amusing. One is a replica of the George Washington bridge done in Aluminum.
City even made a little money off them. One is carrying advertising for a new Disney movie starring? Why furry little rodents of course.
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Old March 12, 2021, 02:17 PM   #32
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I have a sight hound. She’s pretty good at keeping the squirrels on their toes. A few weeks back she brought us a rabbit. She was impressed with herself, the wife not as much.


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Old March 12, 2021, 10:19 PM   #33
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Squirrel ....... bridges?????

This is probably a stupid question but how do the little rodents know to use or are enticed to use the bridge instead of “froggering” across the road???
Great question! In these parts, the squirrels use the subway. Yet there are still roadkills...
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Old March 13, 2021, 07:42 AM   #34
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That thing looks like a hoot to just sit and watch.

My wife wanted a squirrel feeder one time. I told her, "God will provide for the squirrels." Without batting an eye she shot back..."He did. He provided me!"

What could I say? She got her squirrel feeder.

Just to stay on topic, I've got a CO2 "Colt SAA" that shoots BB's. You load it with special cartridges, just stick the BB in the end of the cartridge, and load like a normal SA revolver. It's a lot of fun to shoot. I don't know that I'd count on hitting too much with it, but it makes a pretty loud CRACK when it fires. Might work. Or at least be satisfying to shoot.

Here's what it looks like.



Pretty fun to plink with but sort of slow to reload.
Nice! Own a number of Air Pistols and keep meaning to get one of the Colts. Pellet guns and BB guns all the best buys now with the Riot shortages. Summer coming on quick and Perfect for all my Co2's. Thank goodness for Air Rifles and Pistols, I still get to shoot frequently.
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Old March 13, 2021, 11:05 AM   #35
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Only for the fun of it:

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Old March 13, 2021, 02:08 PM   #36
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I simply could not have something like that. I would be drunk launching squirrels all day everyday.
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Old March 13, 2021, 04:22 PM   #37
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I know the OP has already settled on a solution, but thought I would reply anyway given that there's still some discussion on the topic of airguns for scaring pests away.

For scaring pests away, something like an Airsoft gun, shooting plastic round balls at relatively low velocities, would be much better. There's still some chance of permanent injury if an eye is hit, but much less than with a conventional airgun shooting metal projectiles.

It can be surprising to some to find how effective even low-velocity airgun pellets can be.

The book, Airgun Hunting and Sport, Misadventures of a Manic Compressive, by Ron Robinson, has a lot of information about hunting with airguns and killing small game (rabbits, squirrels, etc.) with CO2 air pistols churning out velocities only in the 400fps range.

Animals shot with a conventional airgun should be shot with the intention of humanely dispatching them, not with the aim of simply scaring them.
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Old March 13, 2021, 05:00 PM   #38
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One thing further about Air Rifles etc. It seems that on Powder Burner forums, any mention of a Air Rifle for instance is usually associated with killing squirrels. They are much more than that. While many people do hunt with them, I would say more enjoy the sport of target shooting, bench rest shooting a and Field target competition. Just like a 22.cal rifle. I own many nice Air Rifles and I would estimate I do about 95% target shooting and 5% hunting. Air Pistols the same. Not that I have ever owned a air Pistol that I would attempt to hunt squirrels with. I have thinned out the backyard Population with a 22.cal Pellet rifle, but not something I like to do.
My squirrel shooting is mostly like the target below.

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Old March 13, 2021, 08:32 PM   #39
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Get her a Wrist Rocket style slingshot and a bag of marbles. Odds are she won't hit them, but will come close enough to scare them away. Squirrels are very tough.
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Old March 14, 2021, 08:32 AM   #40
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I get that one can kill or severely injure small animals with a BB gun, but what about deer? I have a CO2 BB pistol that claims a muzzle velocity of 495 fps with a fresh CO2 cartridge, and at close range it will go through a steel food can. Does anyone have any idea if it could penetrate a deer at about 100 ft? The deer get in my garden and I would like to sting them with a shot to their rear end, but do not want to penetrate their skin and risk infection and slow death.
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Old March 14, 2021, 02:31 PM   #41
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I don't have any way of testing BBs against deer. That said, BBs can penetrate surprisingly well at 400-500fps because they are small, very hard and have a round nose profile.

There are too many variables to know what it's going to do to a deer at 100ft, but what it does to a steel can up close gives some idea of the potential. At 100ft it will have slowed down a good bit.

The ballistic tables I have aren't really set up to deal with steel BBs, but the best I can tell is that the BB might be going around 300fps at 100ft if they start out around 500fps. Maybe slower, but not much faster than that.

Of course, even if it does turn out to be harmless at that distance if it hits the haunches where the hide is probably pretty thick, a 33 yard shot with a smoothbore BB pistol is kind of a long poke. Normal competition distance for smoothbore BB guns is 5 yards, for comparison. Which means that where it hits is going to be pretty random and that introduces some potential for hitting a "soft" spot and causing injury.

Maybe set up some paper at 33 yards and see what kind of accuracy you are getting. If it looks like you can hold "minute of deer haunch" and you only take shots from the side (so you don't hit soft parts visible from behind) then maybe it's not a big deal.
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Old March 14, 2021, 02:50 PM   #42
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Nothing larger than a house wren at the most. (the Invasive species


Here is a good place to start.

https://www.americanairgunner.com/ai...s-for-hunting/

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Old March 14, 2021, 03:14 PM   #43
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No, not taking one down, about scaring them off by shooting them with a CO2 BB pistol at 100ft.

It was not at all about hunting/killing deer with one.
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Deer? Friend had a piece of bottom land in West Virginia. Nice garden covering a good area. Simple electric fence, battery charged by solar. Worked fine for years. Several poles and a single wire. Around here people just put up a chicken wire fence for small garden plots.

Squirrels and bird feeders? You either want to kill the squirrels (sorry Rocky) or you don't. That said if you simply do not want squirrels eating all your bird seed it is a matter of ingenuity. Those are about the best suggestions I have seen. You come up with a squirrel proof design birdfeeder. You are not going to be minding the feeder 24/7.

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Old March 14, 2021, 06:51 PM   #45
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Block them; don't shoot them !!!

My apologies; I just can't let go of this thread but do promise that this will be my last reply. Of all the game I have hunted and interacted with, the squirrel is one smartest of them all. A Whitetail thinks that every man is just another tree and a Turkey think thinks that every tree is a man. A squirrel takes his time and studies you and situation. He is aware of all current camo patterns. I enjoy playing mind games with them and can get them barking all the time.

When I hunt them, I know their weak points. This holds true for Yard-Squirrels. I don't shoot them, just block their access to my bird-feeders. I came up with a blocker and it didn't cost me a cent. You need to minimize the traction surface and maximize the effect of gravity. My feeder is mounted on a pole and I take a "clear" empty gallon jug of drinking water jug and thread onto the pole below the feeders. So far, they haven't figured out, how to climb around the jug. ....... .

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I get that one can kill or severely injure small animals with a BB gun, but what about deer? I have a CO2 BB pistol that claims a muzzle velocity of 495 fps with a fresh CO2 cartridge, and at close range it will go through a steel food can. Does anyone have any idea if it could penetrate a deer at about 100 ft?
I doubt it. Lots of people claim that lowly .30-30 bullets will bounce off deer hides.
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Of all the game I have hunted and interacted with, the squirrel is one smartest of them all.
I have to agree. The alpha squirrel in my backyard not only steals the birds' meals but, more often than not, beats me at chess.
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Old March 15, 2021, 10:36 AM   #48
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I had no luck with so-called "squirrel proof" feeders, but I did have success making my own pole cone from an old DISH parts. Or you could buy something like the following:




Any birdseed that hit the ground was fair game for the ground and tree squirrels. But every year, there would be that 1 squirrel that would figure out how to get past the cone. Each year I'd have to limit their genetic potential via my pellet rifle.

If you don't want to kill them with a pellet gun, you could give them severe PTSD with a Nerf Soakzooka:
https://www.amazon.com/SUPERSOAKER-E...s%2C176&sr=8-1
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We seriously need an airgun section on the firing line! Especially now ammo is scarce and expensive.
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The general approach has always been to post in what would otherwise be the applicable section. So the Handguns section for air pistols, Hunting for hunting with airguns, Tactics and Training for training with airguns, etc.

One problem with a dedicated section is that there just doesn't seem to be much discussion about airguns even though it has always been allowed. For example, there have been only 30 threads in the past year where the word "airgun" has even been mentioned.
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