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#6529949 - 11/06/16 09:20 PM Is hunting rats worthy of the varmint section
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Registered: 11/17/10
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Loc: Killeen/Ft Hood, TX
Little back story. My neighbors have an old shed that is full of rats and I have a lot of woods and tall thick grass behind my house so I have always had rats around my house but fortunately not in my house. I first tried to trap them but they were just stealing the bait so I poisoned but that's no fun so I decided to set up a bait station and shoot them with my gamo for fun. I go outside for the last 30 min of light almost every day and kill about 5 rats a week that come through a hole I made in my fence to eat at the bait station. My shooting location is about 15 yards away and they never see what's coming. It's actually good practice bc the Gamo has a horrible trigger and you really have to focus on trigger pull to hit a small target. I've prob killed 30 rats since I made this bait site 2 months ago. Like I said it's a lot of fun to kill these disgusting little creatures.







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#6530087 - 11/06/16 11:55 PM Re: Is hunting rats worthy of the varmint section [Re: SapperTitan]
machine73 Offline
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Registered: 12/22/15
Posts: 21
Ratting is fun and useful. I enjoy ratting with my terrier.

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#6530115 - 11/07/16 04:29 AM Re: Is hunting rats worthy of the varmint section [Re: SapperTitan]
fray Offline
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Registered: 09/01/16
Posts: 195
Loc: Commerce, TX
Fun, fun

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#6530246 - 11/07/16 07:10 AM Re: Is hunting rats worthy of the varmint section [Re: SapperTitan]
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cheers...as teen kids we used to go out to an old dump. We'd set out some bait and wait....every minute or two we'd turn on the car headlights and go to town with .22's Great memories.......
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#6530634 - 11/07/16 10:00 AM Re: Is hunting rats worthy of the varmint section [Re: SapperTitan]
neal_david50 Offline
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Registered: 09/09/14
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I've got a six-month old half cur, half redbone coonhound who loves to hunt rats and mice! He'll hunt just about anything, but he especially loves rats. I'm getting a rat terrier in a few weeks and look forward to hunting them together.

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#6530958 - 11/07/16 12:16 PM Re: Is hunting rats worthy of the varmint section [Re: SapperTitan]
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I like to do that myself. Cold beer and patience . . .
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#6530989 - 11/07/16 12:39 PM Re: Is hunting rats worthy of the varmint section [Re: SapperTitan]
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Registered: 10/22/07
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Loc: Surfside Beach, TX
I've hunted them with a blowgun at our local jetty. It was a hoot!
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#6531133 - 11/07/16 01:58 PM Re: Is hunting rats worthy of the varmint section [Re: SapperTitan]
Vern1 Offline
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Registered: 09/13/11
Posts: 1760
Loc: Pettytown, TX, US of A
Ah blowguns and ratting can be like a big game hunt!

I remember a particularly smart vegetation rat that got in my house one year.
Couldn't shoot in the house so I tried everything else.
That sucker managed to bypass every trap I set and laughed at the poison.

This went on for over a month until I couldn't stand it anymore.
He went for the cat food bag every night so I laid up on the couch under a blanket and waited.
I placed some cat food on the floor and put a piece of plywood behind it.
I waited and waited and finally he showed up.
He was very cautious and slowly approached the cat food.
I was using a 4' blowgun with 5" wire darts with the hard plastic bead stuck on them.
When he stood up on his hind legs for a second I pinned his butt to the plywood.
I took him and the plywood outside and dispatched him.

Always wondered if anybody else had thought about taxidermy on a hard-fought prize like that?
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#6531142 - 11/07/16 02:04 PM Re: Is hunting rats worthy of the varmint section [Re: Vern1]
SapperTitan Online   content
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Registered: 11/17/10
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Loc: Killeen/Ft Hood, TX
Originally Posted By: Vern1
Ah blowguns and ratting can be like a big game hunt!

I remember a particularly smart vegetation rat that got in my house one year.
Couldn't shoot in the house so I tried everything else.
That sucker managed to bypass every trap I set and laughed at the poison.

This went on for over a month until I couldn't stand it anymore.
He went for the cat food bag every night so I laid up on the couch under a blanket and waited.
I placed some cat food on the floor and put a piece of plywood behind it.
I waited and waited and finally he showed up.
He was very cautious and slowly approached the cat food.
I was using a 4' blowgun with 5" wire darts with the hard plastic bead stuck on them.
When he stood up on his hind legs for a second I pinned his butt to the plywood.
I took him and the plywood outside and dispatched him.

Always wondered if anybody else had thought about taxidermy on a hard-fought prize like that?
that's hilarious. I once used a kids play house for a rat blind I'll see if I can find a pic haha.
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#6531153 - 11/07/16 02:08 PM Re: Is hunting rats worthy of the varmint section [Re: SapperTitan]
SapperTitan Online   content
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Registered: 11/17/10
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Loc: Killeen/Ft Hood, TX
Got the green light for nighttime rat hunting

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Originally Posted By: bill oxner
I could never repay you for the pleasure I've gotten out of your meat package.


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#6531277 - 11/07/16 03:00 PM Re: Is hunting rats worthy of the varmint section [Re: SapperTitan]
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Registered: 02/03/11
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Loc: Fisher County
I like your sniper hide, go to town on em.
This is about the worst year for rats and mice I have seen in better than 20 years. They are in every barn or feed shed I have. I have over a dozen barn cats and they are on the job 24/7 and we are still loosing the battle. My dog has an impressive rat kill ratio but could use some backup. Driving through any of my pastures there are so many rats running across roads and trails it's like the Pied Piper has got to be close. I just got through loading and hauling a bunch of brushpiles that I raked up from grubbing a CRP field and under every one of those brushpiles there was always at least one MAGNUM rat. My wife thought I had lost my mind when I chased one of them down in my Cat tracked skid steer and squished the little bugger. I was doing some serious di-dos in the skid steer to catch up with him.


Edited by bar-d (11/07/16 04:19 PM)
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#6531361 - 11/07/16 03:38 PM Re: Is hunting rats worthy of the varmint section [Re: SapperTitan]
NorthTXbirdhunter Offline
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Registered: 03/17/11
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Loc: Rowlett, Texas
I believe those could be classified as Boone and Crockett caliber rats!

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#6531414 - 11/07/16 04:07 PM Re: Is hunting rats worthy of the varmint section [Re: NorthTXbirdhunter]
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Loc: Killeen/Ft Hood, TX
Originally Posted By: NorthTXbirdhunter
I believe those could be classified as Boone and Crockett caliber rats!
shoot these are small I've killed some huge rats. I think these are the females but I got a big one I've only seen 2 times at night that's on my hit list
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Originally Posted By: bill oxner
I could never repay you for the pleasure I've gotten out of your meat package.


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#6531526 - 11/07/16 05:01 PM Re: Is hunting rats worthy of the varmint section [Re: SapperTitan]
maximum Offline
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Registered: 09/30/09
Posts: 1511
there is a neighbor here that insists
on leaving out bird seed and food for
stray animals 24/7.
unfortunately all it does is draw rats
and varmints.
my rat traps are the regular wood victor.
i drill one corner and attach a length
of mechanic's wire so they can't drag it
away somewhere. also put 2 small wire nails
up through the bottom for extra hold as teeth.
peanut butter for bait. for the possums a
#160 conibear is what i use with a 5 gallon
plastic bucket with a hole cut for a cubby.
i bait with old baloney. my record is 13
straight in 13 sets

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#6531546 - 11/07/16 05:10 PM Re: Is hunting rats worthy of the varmint section [Re: bar-d]
machine73 Offline
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Registered: 12/22/15
Posts: 21
I have about as much fun watching dogs hunt ears as I do other hunting. I just like watching dogs work.

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