My War on Starlings

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    Bob, I just hope the starlings haven’t flown to Canada trying to avoid you. 

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    Monkyshine
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    Nice work on those yellow legs. I’m ready for them to get that spring fever so I can bust some while they wiggle and pop those beaks.

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    Virginian
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    Bob,

    new to the site and this my first post. I just wanted to stop in and say i really enjoy your informative posts and your video are outstanding! Saving up for my PCP now and hope t purchase it soon. Do you refill with a compressor or hand pump? 

    Eric

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    Bob_O
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    I only got two starlings, but 18 pigeons!!!  Also, I got a third location….a farm with cows and goats!  A lot of starlings were trying to get into the barn there in the evening when I was just wrapping this up.  Hopefully between this new one and Area 17, I can get another successful night raid in the next couple of weeks.

    I’ll add a link to the youtube video on pigeons in a new thread.

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    Bob_O
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    “Virginian”Bob,
    new to the site and this my first post. I just wanted to stop in and say i really enjoy your informative posts and your video are outstanding! Saving up for my PCP now and hope t purchase it soon. Do you refill with a compressor or hand pump? 
    Eric

    
I wish I had a tank or compressor.  I use a Hill Mk4 hand pump.  It takes me 120 pumps to get from 120 bar to 230 bar.  It’s a chore but doable.  Frequently my pump doesn’t fill completely with air so I think that adds to the number of pump strokes.

    Benjamin is coming out with a portable compressor this spring for about $600.  I haven’t decided between that and a tank yet.  Maybe this summer or fall I can get a hold of one of those.  On the days where there’s a lot of shooting, I wish I had a yank or compressor.  On the days when there isn’t, I’m glad I spent less money on a pump.  

    Go figure.  But I guess I can’t complain, I just bought a new rifle when I could have bought a tank instead.  

    I couldn’t resist the sale Pyramid Air was having on an AA S410F TDR.  I just had to have it, for a couple of reasons.

    1. I was to shoot the new NSA slugs at squirrels come spring time, and they are not for use in Smooth Twist barrels.  The TDR has a LW rifled bartel.

    2. It never hurts to have a backup rifle, especially one that can pack easily and use up so little space in the car….I can yake both with me easily.  As it is now, the case for my Streamline is a full length rifle case and takes up the whole back seat of my car, but it holds all my accessories so that’s good.

    There are so many excellent choices for a PCP.  If I had to do it all over again, I would have skipped the entry level Benjamin Maximus I bought and went right for the Streamline or better.  Or at least don’t get a single shot rifle….at least get a multi-shot.  Loading pellets one at a time isn’t fun at all.

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    Bob_O
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    “Boog”Bob, I just hope the starlings haven’t flown to Canada trying to avoid you. 

    
Oh no, they’re still here…..I just need to find where they’re sleeping!!! 😉

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    Monkyshine
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    Dang Bob you need some help up there,  my bags are packed. After ten years my starlings are wise to me. Used too have a lot
    now i have to be content with a few shots here and there. I still rather bust a starling than shoot a ten point buck. We may have a problem with this yellow leg fever? I envy all your shooting and you are dropping them, nice. Stay on the job.

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    Hynzie
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    awesome post BOB O,,, i  think its one of the better ones,, love the way you explain it,, and the shooting,second to none,when the the farmer tells you great job ,it not only makes you feel good ,he sees the results,but it can make you wanna try harder ,,again BOB your vids are great ,keep em coming PAT

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    Monkyshine
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    Bobo I was out on this big 2000 acre permission and the starlings are starting to show up finally.  Got one at 71y and one at 40y. They decided then to stay far away from the Bobcats range. They will start picking nesting sites and I will be back for them. PS: I did my starling jig dance for the 71y hit but not allowed to post it, don’t want to scare anyone off your string here.

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    Bob_O
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    Well, I’m at the dairy tonight waiting on raccoons that killed a duck a few nights ago.   

    I visited Area 17 on my way here and saw a bunch of Starlings taking shelter fromnrhe harsh weather were having right now.  I didnt bring my crappy outerwear, but I’ll go up there if there are enough of them to make it worth it.

    And of course I forgot one thing when I left the house…..the Side-Shot scope camera mount!  🙁

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    Monkyshine
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    Way to keep the pressure on them Bob_O

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    Bob_O
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    No raccoons all night.  But the neighbor who works at the farm asked me what I was doing here all night, and when I told him I was looking for raccoons, he told me to come over to his property.  He said he had three there each of the last two nights.

    So needless to say, I will be going to his property next time!!

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    Antdawg
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    great thread just wondering do you eat them or just toss the starlings?

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    Monkyshine
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    Bob if they are a pest and need removal put out some cat food to develop a habit and a trail  camera to learn there timing. I utilize a nitesite wolf  to clean them out. I usually set up about 60y away. 

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    Bob_O
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    “Antdawg”great thread just wondering do you eat them or just toss the starlings?

    
No I don’t eat them.  The farmer has a compost pile for all dead things.

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    Antdawg
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    That’s cool I just asked cause I just bought a farm and they are everywhere hoping they taste good or at least decent lol

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    Bob_O
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    “Antdawg”That’s cool I just asked cause I just bought a farm and they are everywhere hoping they taste good or at least decent lol

    
Oh gosh….at least you’ll have some good shooting!!!!

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    Bob_O
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    I only got a few today, but the one at the end of this clip is EPIC!! 

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    cea1960
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    now that’s a death grip!

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    Bob_O
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    Take a look at this huge Starling!  I didn’t think the smaller one was “that small”…more like typical size.  But the other one is massive!!

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