Re: Red Squirrels: Tales of Woe, Intrigue & Humor
I am not sure why I didn't get your replies fellas but I didn't none the less. I would like to add some input here though.
For what it is worth when I and my son set out to the neighbors woods to use chipmunks as target practice I was unaware they were protected. I think it is insane that they are and can't imagine why they are but they are none the less.
Also I understand that air rifles are not legal for hunting in PA, again I have to ask why since Ohio and New York not only allow them but NY states simply the minimum specs needed to qualify a hunting air rifle. Add that both states allow the use of semi auto rim fires. With that being mentioned I heard from one of the local game officers that PA is considering the use of semi auto rim fires for woodchuck hunting. Personally I am for their use in small game as long as the shooter doesn't engage in rapid fire.
Seasons and pest control: although I would prefer to take game legally with in the seasons I have to consider when I am awakened by a red squirrel that gets into my bedroom and my cat is trying to get it during the middle of Summer (many years ago) a line is then drawn in the sand. This is one example, there have been several home invasions of reds.
Also when raccoons force their way into my chicken coop to kill some of our brood, I am not going to sit and decide that they are out of season and I need to lick my wounds, this also applies to Opossums.
Now if a deer is eating or bedding in my garden, this happened last year, I am NOT going to shoot it. I'll just scare it off. I don't consider deer pests. I have yet to see a deer in any of the pines dropping cones on my head and then laughing.
In the last 15 years I have personally dispatched 3 squirrels and 3 chips, one huge ground hog, 2 possums and one rabbit. The chips were not pests as I had previously stated and now that I know they are protected I don't bother with them. I'll have to hunt Ohio since there is no closed season on chips. I said this to say I obviously am not putting a hurt on the population of wildlife on my property. I do appreciate you bringing to my attention to refer to the digest but I already knew everything pertaining to what was said with the exception of the chipmunks which I had learned in late winter of this year. I think the reason I had gone after those chippies 10 years ago was because I have memory that there used to be no closed season on chipmunks, I may be wrong but I think 20+ years ago they were open year round. I recall talking to a co worker over 15 years ago how he and some of his buddies would hunt them during the summer to sharpen their shooting skills. They made a game of it, who ever shot the most was treated to a free lunch from the one who shot the least.
Anyway, thanks for reading my story.