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Fighting an invasion?

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    JDShapp
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    Accuracy: +7

    Since I took down a raccoon recently of monster proportions I've been on a near nightly pest control crusade. This time I managed to catch a few of the shots with the ATN 4k. Please bear in mind I'm no editing wizard, and shooting at 10yds with 25 degree angle is proving to be way more challenging than my typical 30 to 40yd shots. That being said there are a few misses, but all have been recovered and disposed of. Also of note, the first few scenes with the IR lighting are with my .22 Mutant, but once my batteries died I switched to the .25 Wildcat.

     

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    MScottLeeman
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    Please don't take this the wrong way,but setting up some targets during the day and building up your confidence with point of impact for each particular weapon will certainly benefit all parties involved. Just my .02

                                                Mike.

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    Bob_O
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    Accuracy: +106

    Holy cripe those possums were huge!!  And that coon was a monster!!

    Shooting up close is definitely more challenging than the distance where you're zeroed or even further.  

    Don't worry about the misses….I've had plenty of those.  Great shots and thanks so much for sharing with us!  It's nice to see so many guys shooting at night….it sure is exciting!

    🙂

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    Anthony Jarvis
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    A lot of action in your yard with some big critters too. What was your bait of choice? Looks to be dog food.?

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    charlie
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    +1 to Mike

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    MobyMyster
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    + 2 what Mike said…

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    airgunmike56
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    JD

    I have a gravity feeder just like the one you are using, I put chicken scratch in mine for the birds, About eleven dollars for a 50lb bag in my neck of the woods.

    What bait you using?

    Mike

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    JDShapp
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    The bait I'm using varies. First it was marshmallows and bird seed. Then I switched to dog food and marshmallows. Tonight I'm going to setup my mutant again and do practice as suggested.

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    sonny
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    Possum are some tough animals, one was hit by a car in front of my house so i thought id put it out of its misery 5 point blank shots later in the head it was still running in circles then a taxi driver driving by stopped and pulled a golf club rod without a head on it gave him 3 more wacks to the base of the neck still crawling in circles with a broken neck he gave up gave me the club and about 5 wacks later it finally stopped…. he might have survived the car! 

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    sds888
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    Great video. 

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    zerox69
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    I’m envious of your backyard my friend ! I would just make sure your zeroed for the distance that you are praying at . We don’t want to give the tree huggers anymore ammunition . Man , great situation you have with your backyard. Hop you don’t run out !

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    Funshine
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    Those are some unlucky possums. I have some of them here that raid my mangoes, avocadoes and other fruit trees. Raccoons come around and dig for grubs. With a friend's help, we caught dozens of them and relocated in a discrete manner.

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    Glem.Chally
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    Need to get more follow up shots in there, just watching them suffer it feels like. 

    No disrespect meant and thanks for sharing.

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    JDShapp
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    None taken Glem. Since posting I've only witnessed one possum raiding the cat food on our front porch. Today I'm going to try to check both my wildcat and mutant over the chronograph as well as see if I can't do some changes to the setup to make shooting easier. I'd of done these things sooner, but after rolling my ankle last sunday I've been reluctant to make more trips than necessary to my rural property or up the attic stairs.

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    Hepotter
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    From experience, I've shot those critters at close range up to ten times and they still thrashed around, even though they were certain dead.  All were head shots.  I believe it is nothing more than random electrical discharges from their nervous system.  I honestly don't believe they suffer after a good kill shot to the head, neck, or other vital organ. 

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