Nutter #17 took one for the team this morning

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    Smaug
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    (my team, that is)

    Ignore the ‘1/16 slo-mo’ title for now. Each segment of the video has an appropriate subtitle.

    I was going through the usual morning sequence. Mid-way through breakfast, I looked out into The Feeder Zone and noted my little songbirds, having breakfast with me. I happily remarked on this to my wife and son. My son looked out for a good 30 seconds and said: “Dad! A squirrel!” Sure enough, a nice-looking limb chicken was making his way down the mulberry tree. He had a few bites, then I heard a Blue Jay. Terrible-nasty birds they are; shame they’re native… I said to the fam: “Just watch, that noisy Blue Jay is going to show up and chase the little songbirds away.” Seconds later, he did just that, grabbed a few bites of cracked corn and flew off. They don’t really like to hang around, unless it is to bully other animals or fight with other jays.

    What took me by surprise though was that the squirrel also fled, for a moment!

    The situation was: I was sitting at the table eating with the family and I couldn’t break off to go drill that nutter. It is forbidden to break up a family meal for pesting. So he got to enjoy his last meal uninterrupted.

    Wife finished and did dishes. Son finished and got ready for school. Daughter was brushing her hair and teeth.

    The time was ripe.

    I snuck out to the breezeway, prepared the Compatto, and rolled video. Audio-less high-speed video this time. I selected medium power (17 FPE) on the Compatto this time, to send out the Hunter at around 870 fps. That much power is unnecessary for a brain shot on a tree rat at this range, but I figure in case of sub-optimal pellet placement, the better expansion due to higher velocity might make the difference.

    I lined up, hanging the Compatto’s air tube in the crook of my thumb, while bracing my palm on the door’s vertical stile, and let ‘er rip. The only problem with medium or high power at close range is that the impact comes too soon to hear it; I was still hearing the blast from the moderator. (Maybe I’m a sicko, but I like to hear that “POK” when the round finds its mark.)

    I got him in the fuse box between the eye and ear, maybe 3/8″ low. No dance, just some nerve twitch.

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    Nice work. I agree on the Blue Jays, nasty and mean but off limits… Definitely time to keep on your game as spring is officially here, and I don’t know about you but in my experience this time of year is when they (greys) have been most aggressive about chewing into the house to nest, even more so than the fall.

    2 separate holes in soffits, multiple times through peak vent, and >$1000 in damage repair and armoring (hardware cloth, sheet metal flashing, etc) and now I don’t take any chances and have a zero tolerance policy as well…

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    MOSINMARINE
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    Epic just epic, Boom head shot lol 

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    oldspook
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    “Smaug”It is forbidden to break up a family meal for pesting. 

    
Good policy, dad.

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    outdoorman
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    Where are you allowed to hunt squirrels this time of year?

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    “outdoorman”Where are you allowed to hunt squirrels this time of year?

    
Looks like his yard. Which means it’s a pest and can be legally dispatched at your discretion 

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    Well, it was a serious question. Just wondering. Most states, small game is done by the end of February. And while I’m ok with doing this as a home pest control method, it’s most likely not legal.

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    “outdoorman”Well, it was a serious question. Just wondering. Most states, small game is done by the end of February. And while I’m ok with doing this as a home pest control method, it’s most likely not legal.

    
Many states have exceptions and allow pesting if you can demonstrate that they are causing damage. YMMV local laws in your jurisdiction apply.

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    ballstic is correct on all counts. Like many of us, once they have caused damage, I don’t wait for them to do it again. It’s much cheaper to just try to maintain a Squirrel-free Radius around the house. There are plenty of trees here, and plenty of neighbors with nice warm attics too. ;)
     

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    “MOSINMARINE”Epic just epic, Boom head shot lol 

    
Feed Me- One Click Headshot 🙂

    Nice Shooting!

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    Hajimoto
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    Ok did anyone else see the water vapor exiting the entry wound just be for the blood percolated out?  Anyone?  Watch the full speed video you can see the inner cranial water vapor puff.
    I have to give my dude Smaug bonus points for that one…. Noice!

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    oldspook
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    That was his soul.

    Ok guys it was just a joke, relax.  ;)

    Smaug, I think you might have a viral video there if you play it just right.

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    “oldspook”That was his soul.

    Smaug, I think you might have a viral video there if you play it just right.

    
I COL’d at that one, oldspook. :)  (chuckled out loud)

    I don’t want it to be viral. One time, I experimented and mentioned in a YouTube comment where to find my hunting videos. Someone who shouldn’t have found them and started reporting me right and left, and YouTube threatened to ban me. I had to put up that damned disclaimer on all my videos. I deleted his posts in my video comments and reported him as a harasser. That made him REALLY mad, and he found my responses to other’s videos and heckled me there too. I reported those, and I think he got banned. Lost a couple videos through that, so I’m limiting my viewership of them a lot more now. I end up only getting about 100 views per video, and that’s fine with me. I don’t want to have to sensor them by not having slo-mo or blood to make them suitable for 4 year-olds to watch, so that’s what I accept. It’s hard work, being an airgun pester, hehehe.

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    Hajimoto
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    I happen to be fond of your disclaimer :)
     

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    Smaug
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    “Hajimoto”I happen to be fond of your disclaimer :)
     

    
Well hey, if I’ve got to have one, may as well plagiarize a good one, right? ;)

     was mainly griping about the fact that we need them in the first place.

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    “Smaug”

    “Hajimoto”I happen to be fond of your disclaimer :)
     

    
Well hey, if I’ve got to have one, may as well plagiarize a good one, right? ;)

     was mainly griping about the fact that we need them in the first place.

    Oh I know what you were saying about the need to warn over and over again, I was just trying to defuse the situation and talk you off the ledge with a little brethren banter and narcissistic indulgence ;)

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