KTOG Varmint Hunters ?

Discussion in 'The Great Outdoors' started by Bert, Aug 1, 2010.

  1. Bert

    Bert Banned

    Mar 4, 2007
    Anyone out there make Skippy "airborne", Wile. E. Coyote "drt", ground squirrels & groundhogs eat more dirt ? Hog hunters ?

    Here in east TN, we have a few yotes. groundhogs, wild pigs, and loads of crow.

    My favorite sniping rifle is a Howa 1500 in .204 Ruger, good out to 5-600 yards.

  2. lop

    lop Well-Known Member

    May 20, 2008
    East TN? I'm in N.Ga, we should do some cross boarder hunts. I like squirrels, and my dogs love 'um. All hunting is fun, you just gotta eat what you shoot, or find someone who will. I had an idea for a squirrel hunt. Everybody bring a 10, 5, and 5 one dollar bills and throw them in a pot. Hunt the day in a given woods (Dawsonforest is 20,000 achers) and meet back in the eve. Divide the pot by the number of squirrel, each hunter gets a cut depending on his catch.

    I'd love to do some hog hunting, I enjoy deer hunting, and any time in the woods is good time.


  3. Bert

    Bert Banned

    Mar 4, 2007
    OK, Sounds great Lop.

    Below are the TN small game seasons.  Please note, that I will not eat everything on the list below :p


    Squirrel (fox, red, gray) Aug. 28 Feb. 28  limit 10  
    Spring Squirrel (2011) May 14 June 12 limit 10  
    Grouse (closed W. of I-65) Oct. 9 Feb. 28 limit 3
    Rabbit Nov. 13 Feb. 28 limit 5  
    Quail  Nov. 13 Feb. 28 limit 6  
    Armadillo Year Round   No Limit
    Beaver Year Round   No Limit
    Coyote Year Round   No Limit
    English Sparrow Year Round   No Limit
    Groundhog Year Round   No Limit
    Nutria Year Round   No Limit
    Pigeon Year Round   No Limit
    Starling Year Round   No Limit
    Striped Skunk Year Round   No Limit
    Bobcat* Nov. 19 Feb. 28 limit 1 per day
    Fox** Nov. 19 Feb. 28 No Limit
    Mink Nov. 19 Feb. 28 No Limit
    Muskrat Nov. 19 Feb. 28 No Limit
    Otter*** Nov. 19 Feb. 28 No Limit
    Spotted Skunk Nov. 19 Feb. 28 No Limit
    Weasel Nov. 19 Feb. 28 No Limit
    Raccoon & Opossum Sunset Sep. 17 Sunrise Feb. 28 limit 2 per person per night
    (night is defined as one 24-hour period beginning at sunset)
  4. Bear76

    Bear76 New Member

    Jan 9, 2008
    I think Armadillos the only thing I wouldn't eat. I've had almost everything else on that list.
  5. Use to do some sorta varmint shooting in my youth, back in the 60s. Dad would take me to watermelon and grain fields to shoot pests eating the farmer's crops. I used a .22 Hornet or .22 mag most of the time with shots limited to under 200 yds, they worked. My usual targets were yotes, jackrabbits, and hogs. Couldn't do much tothe big haogs with those guns, but we tried. Dad didn't get a .243 till '69. Most of the time we were shooting at night with spotlights.

    Don't do much varmint hunting now except fot this pesky crittter. It is one of the main munchers of deer corn. They are abundant and travel in packs around here. Use to be just a pest, but I heard there is actually a season and limit on them now. We get alot of them coming in the yard during wet years. We have oaks in the yard and they come and eat acorns. They give the dogs hell, and the males challenge them to fight. They can cause some damage with their teeth.

    They are in season all year in my yard. The males would back our dogs up to the door and snap their teeth at hem. So, we got more dogs. It is better now. I oftern get invites to go thin the critters at hunting camps. I tell them. "I don't want them and don't eat them." I just shoot them in my yard. Some people eat them. Males smell too bad. Females and young ones are o.k.

    The javelina or white collared peccary. These critters are about the limit of my varmint hunting now. We have been shooting them with the .22 mags and buckshot now just to get rid of them. They will go down at close ranges with a solid hit from a .22 lr. I have taken one with a .22 pistol and a .38 snub. Wife got a big male one year with her Ruger MKII.


    Wife and I saw a big male coming home the other night. It was an older male. He was nose to nose with one of the labs near the house. The other labs were there also. The car scared him off before I could get the .38 out of hte glove box.


    Nasty set of chompers on the large males. This is a young one without the long pointed chompers int he front. Vicious dogs too. See how they gang up on a dead animal. ;D

  6. atm7819

    atm7819 New Member

    Aug 8, 2010
    Here in southeast MO, I hunt coyotes, armadillos, and recently feral hogs.  Coyote gun is TC Encore prohunter .204, usually shoot armadillos with the .22 buckmark, and deer rifle (.270) works for the hogs.  I have seen hogs from a tree stand the last two bow seasons, but haven't got a shot.....yet.

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  7. Bert

    Bert Banned

    Mar 4, 2007
    .204 Ruger is one of my favorite rounds. I have it in a Howa 1500 (awesome!!)), and also have a Encore bbl that I need to test.

    Hopefully we can get a few KTOGers together to bust up Skippy & Wile E.

  8. spence13e

    spence13e Well-Known Member

    May 11, 2006
    i've done a bit of tagging on p-dogs at my old high school boss's. haven't been over there in a few years though.

    coyotes are fair game with whatever boom stick is on me. i even plugged one last spring with my 12ga w/ 4 shot during spring turkey. moron came TO my slate call, it was rather funny!