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Thread: First Season's Kill

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    First Season's Kill

    I was doing lawn work this AM when a horse fly began harassing me. I retrieved my Crossman 397 from the patio and locked and loaded (two pumps/Crossman Premier .177 pointed pellet). Stalking back to my push mower, I spotted him/her taking a break on the grass catcher bag, presenting only a side profile target. From five feet I squeezed off a shot, neatly clipping it. I finalized the occasion with a butt stroke.
    I'm so proud of myself that I have to share the experience with y'all.

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    Cool.

    Good shot, and I'm glad to hear ya didn't have to chase it down and stab it like Tarzan did those crocodiles.
    Everyone can learn from their mistakes.
    However; it's less painful, and cheaper to learn from the mistakes of others.


    Old age and treachery will always overcome youth, and skill.

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    Lol, the 397 with a couple pumps in it beats one of those “ bug a salt” guns any day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 35 shooter View Post
    Lol, the 397 with a couple pumps in it beats one of those “ bug a salt” guns any day!
    Yeah, my bug-a-salt might not kill a horse fly---
    But it would probably at least leave it with a bad limp.
    Everyone can learn from their mistakes.
    However; it's less painful, and cheaper to learn from the mistakes of others.


    Old age and treachery will always overcome youth, and skill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Winger Ed. View Post
    Yeah, my bug-a-salt might not kill a horse fly---
    But it would probably at least leave it with a bad limp.
    One should always use enough gun. Those things are known to charge when wounded.

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    Quote Originally Posted by richhodg66 View Post
    One should always use enough gun. Those things are known to charge when wounded.
    Yeah, and can be vicious when cornered.

    But I try not to tear 'em up too bad. Like a nagua, I've heard their hides are worth a fortune.
    Everyone can learn from their mistakes.
    However; it's less painful, and cheaper to learn from the mistakes of others.


    Old age and treachery will always overcome youth, and skill.

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    My boss, a florist, has been known to use their carcasses on flower arrangements, so he doesn’t want them torn up!
    gramps

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    Good shot!

    I have been shooting wasps in the backyard with my son’s “Red Ryder”. Glad it’s a repeater. I average about fifteen bb’s for every wasp shot.
    JM

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    Good shootin and thanks for a chuckle. I needed one

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    Perfect use of the pellet gun! I like to use them on spiders too!
    When I think back on all the **** I learned in high school it's a wonder I can think at all ! And then my lack of education hasn't hurt me none I can read the writing on the wall.

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    Now wait a minute---bayonet first and then butt stroke if needed. Hand to hand can really be messy though. Then its trench tool time, helmet, or whatever is handy. Gotta finish the little suckers off, they are bad to come alive and charge.
    Last edited by TNsailorman; 08-06-2019 at 02:39 PM.

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    One horsefly????

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    In some parts, that's the limit.

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    That'll take some skinning!

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    Ha!!!!!!!!!

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    A friend (chief game warden) stopped by this AM to break coffee and donuts with me. After proudly relaying to him about my feat ( four more have met a similar fate to this date), he re-educated me that hunting any critter in Kommiefornia requires a current hunting license + upland bird stamp (mine is expired as of 6/30). And non-lead ammo must be utilized. He let me off with a verbal warning.

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    Actually you weren't "hunting", you were defending yourself.

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    was that an In season kill or outta season?? sounds like a fun hunt? suppose they have non resident tags??

    way too funny!!!!!!
    Any technology not understood, can seem like Magic!!!

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    I am reminded of a Monty Python episode where Eric idle shot a mosquito with a sten gun and then skinned it with a kukri knife LOL.

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    next you'll see a 'barn dance...' .....GROAN......

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BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
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