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Nicky Colour it green

squirrels

we have a new problem with squirrels - they are stealing food and probably eggs, (since I found some stolen chewed duck eggs), and we have seen them pop casually under the net and to the food.

How to get rid?

I'm thinking something in the trap, kill, make squirrel pie line ?
Marionb

Are you able to shoot them? I've shot 3 in the last 4 days with my 4-10. They were getting in my shed and knocking everything onto the floor, and chewed a hole in the hen's feed bucket. I'm pretty sure they were eating the food that I was putting down for the hens too... since shooting the 3rd yesterday, all seems quiet so far today...

Twisted Evil
Nicky Colour it green

don't actually own a gun.
Treacodactyl

You need to be careful with despatching greys as there's been a case or two of people being convicted of animal cruelty and you can't release them once caught.

There's some advice on basc of how to set a trap and despatch: http://www.basc.org.uk/en/departments/game-and-gamekeeping/gamekeeping/basc-grey-squirrel-control.cfm
Nicky Colour it green

thanks for that link

doesn't seem too tricky to dispatch humanely - might be worth obtaining an air rifle- are air rifle still unlicensed?
12Bore

thanks for that link

doesn't seem too tricky to dispatch humanely - might be worth obtaining an air rifle- are air rifle still unlicensed?

Yup, up to ft/lb, which is plenty for a close range grey, head shot, clean kill.
ETA, remember, if you beat your kids you get a free social worker, injure a squirrel and the law will come down on you like a ton of bricks... Rolling Eyes
vegplot

law will come down on you like a ton of bricks... Rolling Eyes


HSE might have something to say about that.
dpack

very tasty,boil and finish for best results

trap or gun or puss cat or gravity or rta tasty

yum
Rob R

thanks for that link

doesn't seem too tricky to dispatch humanely - might be worth obtaining an air rifle- are air rifle still unlicensed?
Yup, up to ft/lb, which is plenty for a close range grey, head shot, clean kill.
ETA, remember, if you beat your kids you get a free social worker, injure a squirrel and the law will come down on you like a ton of bricks... Rolling Eyes

They're the badgers of the rat world Rolling Eyes
dpack

Laughing mark

They keep eating my strawberries ! Anyone want to come and hunt some Strawbery flavoured squirrels in my garden you are welcome!

What with the swarm of sparrows eating the peas and the hoard of pidgeons wolfing the Brassicas there's nowt left for us !

And that is disregarding the slugs and snails and the mice that sever the emerging pumkin and squash fruit.

All God's creatures indeed!
mark

They keep eating my strawberries ! Anyone want to come and hunt some Strawbery flavoured squirrels in my garden you are welcome!

What with the swarm of sparrows eating the peas and the hoard of pidgeons wolfing the Brassicas there's nowt left for us !

And that is disregarding the slugs and snails and the mice that sever the emerging pumkin and squash fruit.

All God's creatures indeed!
Hairyloon

are air rifle still unlicensed?
Yup, up to ft/lb...
How many?
I assume mine is within the limit, but how would I tell?
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which is plenty for a close range grey, head shot, clean kill.

And how can you tell what range it is effective at?
Obviously accuracy is one limitation which is fairly easy to test, but hitting power is more tricky.
Treacodactyl

You can use a chronograph to measure the speed of a pellet and then work out the rifles power from that and the weight of the pellet. Chronos can be bought or borrowed or a gun smith should be able to help. If it's over the legal limit and you don't have a licence then you're in trouble. Hairyloon

If it's over the legal limit and you don't have a licence then you're in trouble.
I would be extremely surprised if it is anywhere even close.
If we were talking cars, mine would be a Morris minor.
12Bore

are air rifle still unlicensed?
Yup, up to ft/lb...
How many? 12
I assume mine is within the limit, but how would I tell? If it hasn't been tuned and is still standard, Google is your friend, if it has been tuned, you'll need someone with a chronograph
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which is plenty for a close range grey, head shot, clean kill.

And how can you tell what range it is effective at? Practice on 1" pine boards, extending range by 1 metre inervals, when the pellet stops penetrating the boards, it won't penetrate a skull.
Obviously accuracy is one limitation which is fairly easy to test, but hitting power is more tricky. Hairyloon


And how can you tell what range it is effective at? Practice on 1" pine boards, extending range by 1 metre inervals, when the pellet stops penetrating the boards, it won't penetrate a skull.
Penetrating as in right through?
12Bore


And how can you tell what range it is effective at? Practice on 1" pine boards, extending range by 1 metre inervals, when the pellet stops penetrating the boards, it won't penetrate a skull.
Penetrating as in right through?
You won't get through with 12ft/lb, look for clear penetration, the board will be harder to penetrate than a squirrel skull.
TTouch Homestead

I shoot the invading population that is living off the fat of our chicken food etc. They are predictable and return at same times each day. Count so far this year is around 4.

Husbando has also deployed some sort of device that attaches to a tree, feeds them nuts to get them using it, then adds in the killing thingy. It works really well. Since he put it active, it caught/killed 3 squirrels in 1 day, and another the next day. Only problem with it is he put it at his height and the mechanism is quite hard to reset...so squirrel is there and #1 on his list of jobs for the weekend. Aren't I kind?!
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