Oh for cryin' out loud....the top of the line model at that web site is
thirty bucks and it has fiber optic sites. Live a little. Spend the money.
But, the site also sells just the rubber bands, if you insist on being a
Ignoramus15189 (ignoramus15189@NOSPAM.15189.invalid) wrote:
: I have a fenced backyard where I have a vegetable garden that is
: somewhat ransacked by raccoons. (or some other animals).
Here's the advice I hear frequently on "You Bet Your Garden" with Mike
Dig a trench two feet deep around your garden, and put 6 foot tall
wire fence into it. No burrowing animal burrows deeper than two feet.
Use stakes to support the fence, and fill in the trench. You now have
four feet of fence above ground and two feet of fence below.
Don't secure the top foot of the fence to the stakes. Instead, bend
it outwards at least 45 degrees.
Now you have a fence that burrowing creatures can't burrow under, and
climbing creatures can't climb over. When they try to climb, they
have to hang upside down from the unsecured part of the fence, which
bends under their weight and drops them on the ground.
The only way a critter can get through such a fence is by jumping over
it, knocking it down, or going through it.
I've never tried this myself, but it sounds reasonable.
Check out an airgun: Not the Daisy bb gun many had as a child, but an
adult pellet gun (www.straightshooters.com). Don't know about where you
are but here in MA firearms are highly regulated to the point I cannot
use one on my 12 acres, but an airgun is not considered a firearm and
has very little restriction. Check your local reg because some U.S.
states and towns, as well as other countries, do restrict airguns
Also be sure to carefully check your local hunting regulations. Many
places, including MA, have an "exemption" to the hunting season rules
that give property owners the right to destroy wildlife in the act of
causing damage or threatening personal safety.
That's interesting. Our town justice used to be my son's baseball coach, so
we had lots of time to shoot the breeze. Once, I was having serious problems
with a couple of dogs destroying vegetable plants (digging within the
garden). The judge told me that as long as I did not violate firearms laws,
it was legal to "reeducate" (i.e.: kill) such dogs. A couple of people who
are not in a position to know these things argued with me about this, and
asked me to confirm it. I was unable to find this in our town's statutes.
Perhaps it's a NY state statute. I believe what the judge told me, but
still....it's interesting to know where these things are written, for both
practical AND historical reasons.
I am reminded of a neighbor of mine who found a couple large stray dogs
in his yard. He called animal control and asked them to come and pick
up the dogs. They told him that they were unable to come to his house.
He replied that that was no problem, he would simply shoot the dogs.
They told him that it was against the law. He explained that the stray
dogs were attacking his dog and he would shoot the strays as a means of
protecting his dog.
The animal control people arrived within ten minutes.
This reminds me of a neighbor a few years ago when he saw two kids breaking
into his storage building. When he called the police he was told they
didn't have a car ton send right away, but would get there when they
cvould. He called them back in a couple of minutes and told them not to
hurry that he just shot the two intruders. They show up in about 3 minutes
and caught the two kids. The police ask why he lied about shooting the
kids. He said well I got lied to by you when you said you had no car to
Why not? Flimsier excuses have been used to justify more obvious crimes.
Would it have been better to just shoot the kids? You don't have to kill
them, just a couple of bullets in the legs. They'll have a harder time
stealing next time, gimping around being crippled and what not. Of
course if you're a bad shot and hit one in the head, save it for the
Sure, if you want to do that every night until you have taught all the
racoons in the neighborhood not to go in the traps. But that won't
keep them out of your garden.
You sure this aint just a troll????
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