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Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: mouth of the Susquehanna
Re: coon dispatch
Doe's living in Bucks doesn't automatically mean "densly populated", any more than Baltimore county means same. But the safety rule applies- 150 yds from occupied structure unless given permission by the owner of that structure. Or unless it is within a bourough/township with specific firearm discharge ordinances. In Balto county it is ok to target shoot or use a firearm for hunting/trapping so long as the location is NOT in the "metropolitan area", and there is a map the county PD can give you to show you where that is. Otherwise we have the 150yd rule. I do know someone who lives within the newer metropolitan area, but is somehow grandfathered in. He and his family hunt deer, squirrels, raccoons, and foxes on the large property ( 20 acres) with firearms, but they don't target shoot there anymore. People still call the cops on them when hunting, so they try to keep the shooting to a minumum.
Ok enough of that. If firearms use is allowed in the trapping location, a .22 in the head suffices. Look at the raccoon's face and draw an X from each ear to the opposite eye. The middle of the X is where to aim. Usual gun safety applies of course. The raccoon will have reflexive death throws- don't worry about it, it isn't feeling anything. If you want to save the skull, then the double lung shot allows for that.