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Chipper #72 for 2021, #5 for November

Forums Hunting Chipper #72 for 2021, #5 for November

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    BackStop
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    Well, it was only 42°F (up from a low of 30°F) when I spotted 2 chippers in the backyard this morning, so I was a little bit surprised to see them.

    Anyway, the first one kept running as I opened the sniper window, but the second one stopped just before going out of my sight and back tracked… for the last time.

    Head shot that was a little bit low but the chipper was DRT with no twitching.  Shot entered right side of head near the ear, but below a line between the eye and ear hole.  Exit was just forward of the left shoulder.  The cheeks were full of forage.

    ~27 yards using .177 Benjamin Fortitude Gen2 with LUM77 10.5 @ ~750fps for ~12+fpe.  Scope is Aim Sports Alpha 6 4.5-27×50 set to max/27 power.

    My flip-phone camera still shifts to green in full sunlight, so I took another set of pics in the shade.

    First 2 pics are entry.  Second 2 pics are exit.  Ping pong ball for scale.

    No cigar yet, but I may have one later this evening.  Probably a Rocky Patel Sun Grown Maduro Toro (6.5×52)

    They are pretty good!

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    AirShot
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    Ifvthey are multiplying that fast, you havent found the "Macdaddy"  yet that is creating all these critters.  Look for the one with the biggest smile on his face and take that one out !!  Lol…..

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    BackStop
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    AirShot

    Ifvthey are multiplying that fast, you havent found the "Macdaddy"  yet that is creating all these critters.  Look for the one with the biggest smile on his face and take that one out !!  Lol…..

    LOL!  There is no "Macdaddy".  There are just a LOT of chipmunks in my area and they sometimes make the mistake of traversing my backyard from time to time.  I will never get rid of all of them, but I WILL keep them from making their burrows in my yard or getting into my house or crawlspace.  I think I am getting pretty good at it. (grin)

    Thanks for the reply! (smile)

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    Red25R
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    Good shooting . Your extended season is sweet for sure . Wishing you a warming trend  to make it to # 75.

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    Red25R

    Good shooting . Your extended season is sweet for sure . Wishing you a warming trend  to make it to # 75.

    Thanks! 

    Well, the night before this kill was about 30°F and had risen to 42°F by the time I noticed them and made the shot.  So, I am not sure when they will stop showing up, but I have not seen another since, even though the temps have risen into the high 50s/low 60s since then.

    However, according to what I have read, the torpor they go into is not as deep as a true hibernation, so it is possible to see one at any point throughout the winter as they try to replenish their food stock.  But based on last winter, it isn't worth the effort to sit outside waiting for them or even keeping my "sniper window" open to look for them (stalking) during winter.

    I keep my eyes open, especially when the temps warm up, but I am slowly losing my edge because I don't see any chippers for days and days.

    Tree rats?  Now that is another story.  I don't post those kills for many reasons, but suffice to say that my numbers there are about 3 to 4 times the chipper numbers for the year… in the same very small backyard!

     

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