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#6141322 - 01/18/16 11:33 AM Looking for a chicken killer last night...
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Registered: 07/09/13
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Night before last we were having dinner with friends and the wind blew our chicken coop door shut before they got in to roost. We got home late and the wife found a skunk hauling off one and two others were killed by larger varmints. So I got to do predator patrol last night.

Put one of the chicken carcasses out back and got her 22-250 and a nice strong light and went out every few minutes to check. At about 11pm this guy shows up where I feed corn to my pet deer. Probably 200# mostly Russian. I was way undergunned but tried to put one in his brain. Missed mark so he spins around, squeals and comes running at the light. Put another round in him and he turned away about 15 feet away. I was glad I was on the porch!

Went and got a bigger gun and put him down.

He's not what killed the chickens, but he won't be eating any fawns this spring either.





Edited by therancher (01/18/16 11:37 AM)
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#6141348 - 01/18/16 11:46 AM Re: Looking for a chicken killer last night... [Re: therancher]
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#6141369 - 01/18/16 11:57 AM Re: Looking for a chicken killer last night... [Re: therancher]
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Looks like he's been eating your fence or tools or something.
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#6141382 - 01/18/16 12:03 PM Re: Looking for a chicken killer last night... [Re: Sneaky]
therancher Offline
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Ha! I stuck a stick in his mouth to show more of his cutters. He's got some nice ones he's just got big lips.
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#6141452 - 01/18/16 12:43 PM Re: Looking for a chicken killer last night... [Re: therancher]
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I see. He's eating your trees. grin

I'd show those teeth off, too.
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#6141466 - 01/18/16 12:47 PM Re: Looking for a chicken killer last night... [Re: therancher]
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Nice pig. up Need to get a varmint call to work on the varmints... see dogcatcher on this site for some good mouth calls.
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#6141479 - 01/18/16 12:57 PM Re: Looking for a chicken killer last night... [Re: therancher]
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I bet you had a fox in the henhouse. Lots of them down that way. They can't resist a platinum fox call on the Foxpro.
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#6141493 - 01/18/16 01:04 PM Re: Looking for a chicken killer last night... [Re: Sneaky]
therancher Offline
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Fox is very probable as well as coons. It carried one over an 8' fence so I know it can climb. Could have been a bobcat too.

I'm headed out in a few to set some snares. I need to get some decent calls.
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#6141500 - 01/18/16 01:08 PM Re: Looking for a chicken killer last night... [Re: Cast]
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#6141503 - 01/18/16 01:09 PM Re: Looking for a chicken killer last night... [Re: therancher]
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Good work on the hog!
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#6141514 - 01/18/16 01:14 PM Re: Looking for a chicken killer last night... [Re: therancher]
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#6141527 - 01/18/16 01:22 PM Re: Looking for a chicken killer last night... [Re: therancher]
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#6141528 - 01/18/16 01:23 PM Re: Looking for a chicken killer last night... [Re: therancher]
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#6141632 - 01/18/16 02:16 PM Re: Looking for a chicken killer last night... [Re: therancher]
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If you saw the skunk there I'd bet it was the varmint to do it. We used to have the problem with them on my grandmothers layer farm. They were always around by the pits and if they did get inside then they would kill several chickens. Box traps are what we used. Just tie about 30' of nylon cord to the top handle and the other end to something else. When you catch it, drag it out away from the area, cage and all, shoot it and empty the cage. They generally will not spray and will be too busy trying to get out of the cage as you take it away. Eggs are what we used for the bait. Canned cat food worked well too but we just used eggs since that was what was attracting them in the first place. Skunks and raccoon's were such a nuisance.
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#6141641 - 01/18/16 02:19 PM Re: Looking for a chicken killer last night... [Re: therancher]
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Good job there Rusty up Should a had a 223, I hear they kill anything! grin

BTW, look around for Owl feathers, good bet they check on the chickens nightly.
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