I've had a pretty rough time this year trying to keep the Coons off the feeders. Finally got their numbers under control only to have SQUIRRELS take over the job the Corn Bandits were doing.
I feed year round and I don't care what eats the corn that is broadcast onto the ground. I understand that everything from Deer to hogs to birds, etc....are going to eat it. I'm fine with that.
But what I won't put up with....are raccoon's and squirrels climbing the feeder and spinning out the corn when there is already corn on the ground! I don't get that!
You would think they are doing it just for fun. I was looking at some game cam videos yesterday and discovered that a bunch of squirrels were climbing the feeder and taking turns spinning out the corn. MUCH more than they could ever hope to eat.
I'm talking over a dozen squirrels at a time. Only a few them remain on the ground.
Well....this afternoon I set out to put a stop to that. I took my .17 HMR and sat in a box stand 90 yds. away to watch and see which squirrels were doing the dastardly deed.
I had already decided that any squirrel that remained on the ground would get a 'pass' and any that climbed the feeder would not!
Guys, NINE out of 14 Squirrels climbed the feeder in a two hour period. I couldn't believe it. In one instance there were 4 squirrels on the feeder at one time.
I would drop one, the others would run off and come right back. I hate to take such a toll on them especially since it is time for them to be raising little ones, but they have just taken over. If this doesn't get things back to normal...I will be forced to just stop feeding at this site until they all leave.
Anyone else have a squirrel problem of this magnitude?