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    Boolit Master
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    Rat Hunting

    Have any of you guys done much rat hunting at night. Where I live there are many indoor chicken farms. I was thinking about asking
    permission to shoot rats a night & help them out. I wound think they would be more than happy to let me.

    Fly

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    We used to shoot them at the local dump, they still burned the trash at that time. We would shoot them when they tried to escape the flames. That was a long time ago.

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    I found a blue or purple light seems tomeffect them even less than a red light. They never seem to stop moving and are very weary and sneaky. I used to get paid to shoot rats as a kid at a large cattle farm. They do take predictive paths, if you see one rat go a certain way then others will
    As well , there was a two silows and and the rats ran between them if they were going right I’d aim at the hole on the left and vice versa in the poultry /rabbit barn they always ran from under the grain bin up the wall and into a hole in the ceiling, I’d open the door hit the lights and aim at that hole sometimes I could get up to three at a time. And also
    At the old corn crib, they would always run out of a pile of old sheet metal and into the corn crib, I’d just keep the light on the corn crib after dark and with a pellet gun could get four or five in one sit. Discovered the blue light trick cause when I started out with a white light I’d get one and then see no more, so playing around i rubber banded a blue shower cap onto the flashlight, they never reacted to the blue light. Very hard to shoot a rat on the run with a single projectile so just learn the paths they take,sit still and have fun! Also with pellet or 22 rifle or pistol I don’t ever remember a bang flop, DTR they are very animated in death throes. The noises they sometimes make will often draw other rats so be ready. Also in heavily infested settings wear long sleeves and tuck your pant legs into your boots and do not handle them bear handed. And I’d also
    Strongly recommend a club or bludgeon of some type because I have picked a few up that we’re playing “opossum” or they’d flip
    Around some and then get a second wind and scurry off; I’d only get paid for actual dead in the hand ones! In the spring when population was high we’d dump
    Some old desial oil down known rat holes and when the fumes filled the holes and they ran out it was live action time with an old Iver Johnson 410.

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    Yep, several smaller dairy farms love me and a couple friends. Sitting up with a couple friends drinkin beer, shootin rats is a blast. Some of them will come out to partake in the fun
    Domari Nolo

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    I go the the coop every evening after dark with a srh 44 magnum loaded with rat shot. Usually get them under the metal ridge cap. Good fun.
    Life is so much better with dogs!

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