Gotta Start Killing Squirrels -- Hate To Do It

Personally planted 1,000 trees during the 60s-70s, and had 300 of them cut down with stumps ground 2005-6. The trees that were cut were chipped and the shavings shoveled via bulldozers but kept on the property to serve as a reservoir of mulch.
The ground stumps eventually rot and sink below ground level even if you heap them. You have to regularly add filler (from mulch reservoir) until the ground shavings and roots rot completely. Otherwise, you have craters that are hard on garden tractors -- and ankles.
Squirrels see these stump sites and assume that their walnuts and acorns are buried there. So they dig, removing the filler. You cannot replace the total amt. of filler they dig up by mere raking, so it's necessary to haul out the cart and bring up more filler from the mulch reservoir.
It's bad enough having to fight woodchucks -- killed six so far this year -- who burrow along the row of wild mulberry and cherry trees that define the east side property line, now it's war with the gray squirrel.
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Jack wrote:

If you gonna shoot them put them into the freezer. Barbecued squirrel is great.
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There's so little meat on a gray squirrel; never understood why people make such a fuss over them as food.
Then you gotta worry about the bird shot while chewing. Several acquaintances have fractured their teeth on pheasants that were killed by shotgun.
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snipped-for-privacy@home.org (Jack) wrote:

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We used to figure 4 squirrels 'meated up' a spaghetti sauce just right for 6 people. Maybe our greys are bigger than yours? [I've only hunted them in NY] The labor/meat ratio is better than for partridge or woodcock.
It has been a long time since I dressed one, but I'd guess a good one went about 1-1 1/2 pounds.

Bad teeth or steel shot? Lead is pretty soft. But that's also why I always used a .22 & head shot 'em.
Jim
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Jim Elbrecht wrote:

That sounds like a mighty meaty gray's - around here they are way too scrawy to eat, figure two per person. As a kid back on the farm I'd hunt fox squirrels - plenty of tasty meat.
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On 6/27/2009 9:06 AM, Jack wrote:

I don't kill the squirrels. I use a cage trap and then relocate them to a nearby state park that contains hungry coyotes, owls, and hawks.
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It's very silly counting on wood mulch to fill those rotting stump holes unless you don't mind the process taking as many years as it did to grow those trees. You're making your own misery... get some soil hauled in... has nothing to do with squirrels, you old scapegoat. LOL
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On Sat, 27 Jun 2009 20:23:19 GMT, "brooklyn1"

Quite a bit of that wood mulch has rotted down to soil. 50% or so, I'd guess.
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More like less than .0000001% of vegetable matter becomes soil.
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On Sun, 28 Jun 2009 00:28:34 GMT, "brooklyn1"

Well, if you don't wanna call it soil, that's OK.
Half of it since 2005 looks like soil and grass sprouts in many of the stump sites where it was deposited like it's a loam soil ....
If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck ...
In other words, it works for the purpose intended.
And if I spent a shitload of money to have soil hauled into the 300 stump sites, the damn squirrels would still be digging in it.
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Jack wrote:

Well, if mulch doesn't become soil, I'd like to know where all that mulch went that I've laid down in my landscaping every year over the past 20 years...
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Amen.
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All of the mulch and compost I put down eventually breaks down and the soil level returns to approximately where it was previously. During the wet season this can happen rather quickly. I have a bed where I have added compost and mulch several times. The soil there is nice a friable and it is perfectly level with the surrounding area. The wood chip mulch I put down earlier this year has almost completely disappeared.
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wrote:

All of the mulch and compost I put down eventually breaks down and the soil level returns to approximately where it was previously. During the wet season this can happen rather quickly. I have a bed where I have added compost and mulch several times. The soil there is nice a friable and it is perfectly level with the surrounding area. The wood chip mulch I put down earlier this year has almost completely disappeared.
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Absolutely! Compost is a great soil *amendment* but it's very temporary. There is very little that remains from vegetable matter decay... organic material contains very little mineral matter and of what there is most is water soluable, just washes away. The only way to fill in a depression in soil is by adding soil, and the poorer the soil the less you'll need... god rich topsoil contains nearly 50% organic matter... use sand, clay, bank run... then once the depression is filled add a top coat of topsoil. Filling a soil depression with wood chips has precisely the same effect as taking a dump in a commode and flushing.
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Do you like fishing? Mepps, the lure manufacturer will pay you for squirrel tails.
http://www.mepps.com/squirrel_tail_program/
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