Ah, Springtime

Discussion in 'Cast & Blast' started by Alex MacDonald, Mar 21, 2013.

  1. Alex MacDonald

    Alex MacDonald Dr. of Doomology

    and the woodpeckers are back at it again, working over the wood on my house. The .410's all primed and loaded. If it flies (and hammers on my home), it dies...
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  2. Upton O

    Upton O Blind hog fisherman

    Alex, here's a story for you. I was given a phone call about 1980 or so when I was working as a biologist for the USFWS. The caller said he had a bird hammering on his house that had done about $1200 (1980 dollars) damage so far and he didn't know what to do. I gave him the usual bird scare tactics b.s. that don't work well in these situations and then I told him that a pellet gun cost about $25 and the fine for shooting the bird was about $30 IF he got caught. There was a silent pause in our conversation, he thanked me for the input and said he would get started on our damage reduction plan. I did tell him that if he repeated anything I had said I would deny it whole heartedly. He laughed and I heard no more.
  3. wichaka

    wichaka Active Member

    Spring began with snow at my house! ugh!
  4. Alex MacDonald

    Alex MacDonald Dr. of Doomology

    Karl, that little Mossberg .410 works wonders!
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  5. Islander

    Islander Steve

    Been seeing signs of Spring a lot. Hearing some woodpecker activity (luckily not on the house) morning doves in the back yard, bunnies out and about. Only problem is it's hailing right now and suppose to be a low of 32 tonight. I need a trip to the eastside.
  6. Upton O

    Upton O Blind hog fisherman

    I'm hoping your are a sporting man and not just a murderer...
  7. Roper

    Roper Idiot Savant

    The woodpeckers love the metal chimney top at the house in Everett. It sends quite the message to the females I'm sure. Oddly enough, on our last Oroville visit a flicker was tapping on our electrical panel at the end of the driveway. Rat-a-tat-tat and he'd look around to see if there was a reply. You have to be real horny to rap on a metal surface very long...:confused:
  8. freestoneangler

    freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

    GD crows are my nemesis...noisy bas-turds! I believe they are fair game if being a nuisance...but it will have to be a Daisy for me here in suburbia-ville.
  9. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

    Back in Kirkland I had a flicker drill a hole in both ends of the house. I never could get lined up on him with the pellet gun. Moses Lake has very few flickers. Probably got shot out.
  10. Alex MacDonald

    Alex MacDonald Dr. of Doomology

    I've always thought of myself as a "sporting gentleman", warning off the last one four separate times before resorting to the .410. After all, I do live in the forest, and it's not like trees are at a premium! Besides, shooting them off the side of the house would be... well... bad form, what?:eek:
  11. Upton O

    Upton O Blind hog fisherman

    I was just teasing you about taking them on the wing. Well done!
  12. Alex MacDonald

    Alex MacDonald Dr. of Doomology

    Oh I knew, but it just begged that so typical English reply. Too bad I couldn't put on my tweed shooting coat for a photograph, side by side in hand and trusty hound at heel. I actually did warn him off, but he wouldn't take the hint. The last one, well, I found him by noticing that yellow insulation on the ground in the back when I went out to exercise the dogs. I look up, and the little bastard sticks his head out the hole he'd made! He got a dose of #7 1/2's in the face, that one! But I did let him exit the hole:D

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