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Raccoon Infestation

Postby Fitter » Sun Jul 17, 2016 2:57 pm

7 dead and counting. And for the record, coons, as well as bobcats and coyotes, are the big three on the extermination list around here. I'll let nearly every other critter visit the yard but these guys are not welcome. Right now I would welcome a pair of bobcat and a pack of coyotes to decimate these coons.

I popped a big coon, 26 pounds, last week, thinking that was the end of the problem. Then another big coon that looked like the twin to the dead dude showed up the next night. That one was very cautious. So I killed the lights the following night and waited.

About 2 a.m. my security light came on outside and there sat 6 baby coons and 1 big one. They're rummaging around beneath every bird feeder. I have three feeders.

I shot 2 little ones and they all disappeared.

Next night I got another little one and the big one.

The following morning I found 2 little ones dead on the road. Yeah baby!

This left 1 little one who never came back. Good deal.

Last night while watching television at around 1 a.m. I notice a cat in the window that seems to be focused on something. I expected it to be the remaining little coon. I grab a flashlight and find a big raccoon sitting on the patio about 5 feet away. MOTHER F****R!

That coon races for the woods and is gone in a flash. So I go lights out again and 45 minutes later I check the yard with the flashlight.

2 big raccoons and SIX MORE BABIES fumbling around in the driveway looking for sunflower seeds!

I got one baby out of the bunch before they could get into the woods.

I've never seen so many raccoons. That's at least 16 coons I can verify in a week.

What I "think" has happened is my closest neighbor that lives a couple hundred yards through the woods recently moved. Their home had been vacant since spring. Someone purchased the house last month. I have a feeling coons moved into the many outbuildings they have over there when it was empty and now they're dispersing due to the activity that's now taking place over there.

My concern is for my pets and my garden. I could take down the bird feeders and hope they leave but with the garden sitting there with fresh veggies I highly doubt they would walk away from an easy meal. So it's back to hunting mode again tonight. :evil:
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Re: Raccoon Infestation

Postby Fox_hunter42 » Tue Jul 19, 2016 7:36 pm

I thought I had them bad, but nothing compared to you
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Re: Raccoon Infestation

Postby Fitter » Tue Jul 19, 2016 11:20 pm

I got two more little ones last night. There were 6 in the yard.

I snuck outside and the two I didn't see where right at the door. One of them brushed my leg as it darted off. Creepy little bastards. Them 2 died.

Saw a small bear this evening while I was chillin' in the backyard. It walked up about 35 feet behind me. Thought for sure it was a deer coming so I stayed seated in my lawn chair. Once it got close it sounded like a person walking so I jumped up from the chair and the bear took off through the woods. Very loud. I took off for the cabin. :lol:

I have my fingers crossed the bear will at least take care of the little ones.

For tonight the hunt is still on.
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Re: Raccoon Infestation

Postby practice-more » Wed Jul 20, 2016 12:41 pm

Good luck and keep at them.

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Re: Raccoon Infestation

Postby Fox_hunter42 » Wed Jul 20, 2016 6:44 pm

Live trap and marshmallows, works every time
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Re: Raccoon Infestation

Postby Fitter » Fri Jul 22, 2016 12:30 pm

It appears the raccoons have disappeared. Hopefully for good.
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Re: Raccoon Infestation

Postby Fitter » Mon Aug 01, 2016 3:33 pm

Took 2 more little ones out of the population last night.

A big coon and 3 babies were in the yard so I know I have at least 2 coons left.
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Re: Raccoon Infestation

Postby Fitter » Tue Aug 16, 2016 10:11 pm

Caught this funny looking raccoon in my woodpile today.

I'm a couple hundred yards from my pond and 300 yards from Lake Michigan. So, no idea what it was doing here. Keyword "was". :?

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Re: Raccoon Infestation

Postby Fox_hunter42 » Wed Aug 17, 2016 6:30 pm

interesting, don't think we can shoot them here
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Re: Raccoon Infestation

Postby Fitter » Wed Aug 17, 2016 9:51 pm

Interesting to say the least.

I was grabbing an armload of firewood and this dude darted out between my bare feet and headed toward the open garage door.

I chucked a piece of wood in it's direction and it scooted back under the woodpile the last second. Just happy it didn't get in the garage where it also has access to the basement.

I thought no way. A muskrat? Here in my yard?

After checking out those claws I'm happy it didn't run across my feet.

Heard a single wolf howl last night really close to the cabin but never heard any replies. Made my arm hairs stand on end. Pretty cool and probably the reason I haven't heard any coyotes lately.
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Re: Raccoon Infestation

Postby Fox_hunter42 » Mon Aug 22, 2016 8:43 pm

that would be awesome to hear
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Re: Raccoon Infestation

Postby Alaska Dave » Sat Aug 27, 2016 1:00 am

Good luck getting rid of the coons.
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Re: Raccoon Infestation

Postby practice-more » Mon Aug 29, 2016 7:54 am

I feel your pain.

I was out of town for the weekend at an archery tournament and when I got back last night they had been in my sweet corn.

Time to eliminate them!

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Re: Raccoon Infestation

Postby Fitter » Mon Aug 29, 2016 12:32 pm

Happy Hunting Mitch!
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