scott at cs.jhu.edu
Fri Aug 1 10:38:49 EDT 2008
I have had some luck with the snares Lucky mentions. Put about four
of them on a 6' pole which is leaned 45 degrees against a tree they
like to climb up. Squirrels will prefer using the 45 degree ramp to
walking vertically on the tree. I would say the hardest part is to
learn how to set the snares properly, they are quite fickle. I have
caught several squirrels in them in spite of bad setting technique.
Many more times I see a snare moved due to a squirrel that got away.
They are cheap, around $1 each.
There is a tube kind of lethal squirrel trap which was in the CRFG
magazine last year. I got one and did not get a single squirrel in it.
The Havahart traps I have very intermittent luck with. This year I
have not caught a single squirrel in one, but last year I got half a
dozen. My best recipe is the .22 pellet, but it sounds like that will
not work for you Alan.
This year I have largely been OK due to all the squirrels I killed via
bait-and-shoot before the fruits came out, but there is one spot I
cannot shoot due to a neighbor house in the back and they have
recently stripped a couple peach trees in that area. I have now set
several snares in that area and also threw down some sunflowers and
corn in the hope of distracting them from the peaches.
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