Hunting and pest control are 2 different things. I hunt and obey the hunting regulations. Pest control is not hunting It's protecting your crops. From the Pennsylvania Hunting and Trapping Digest. "Protection is removed from wildlife when personal property, other then an agricultural crop, is being destroyed or damaged. Wildlife may be taken only by the owner or person in charge of the personal property affected."
I have every right to kill small animals destroying my garden
I dislike gray squirrels with the flaming fire of a thousand burning suns. This is the time of year that they steal my apples and tomatoes. They do this during the day when I can't snipe them with a pellet gun. It is illegal to poison them (and frankly, I haven't heard of gray squirrel poison). There is a very effective device called the A18 Squirrel Destroyer but it only appears to be available in British Commonwealth countries.
What advice do you all have for the eradication of these furry little devils? The neighborhood stray cats are useless because the dementia-addled old ladies down the block feed them so much, they are not interested in channeling their inner savanna lion on the squirrel population. I use owl and snake decoys, but the squirrels in my neighborhood must have not covered common predators in squirrel school.
What you just quoted says you can't do so, legally.
The squirrels are just doing what squirrels do...feeding themselves.
Get yourself some small firecrackers..just toss a couple out when
you see the squirrels.
If you have to kill them, rat traps can be insufficient for killing a squirrel,
the suggestion of a #110 conibear is much better. If you're going to
kill an animal, then kill it cleanly. No reason for any animal to suffer
just for doing what comes naturally.
If it were me, I'd let the squirrels eat the veggies, which will make them
fat and tasty. Then, come October I'd be hunting/trapping them after hitting
up Duckshot for some recipes.
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