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Old 10-27-2009, 09:53 PM
 
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Hello,

I am wondering if it is legal to shoot airgun in my own back yard in Allen Texas. Rabbits are chewing up all my plants and I have tried every rabbit repellent from home depot and nothing works.
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Old 10-27-2009, 10:37 PM
 
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No - Allen, TX municipal gun ordinance (http://library7.municode.com/default-test/template.htm?view=browse&doc_action=setdoc&doc_key type=tocid&doc_key=df4a20064306e5168167bd77a83e7fb 1&infobase=13969 - broken link)

If you haven't tried Blood Meal yet, that might work (it did for us).
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Old 10-28-2009, 11:22 AM
 
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The law says no but that would not stop me from firing at a few pellets.
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Old 10-28-2009, 08:00 PM
 
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Open the patio door and shoot from inside your house. This will muffle the sound a great deal (or so I've been told). Do be sure of your backstop before shooting.

Remember to eat the bunny!

I have also used "wrist rocket" slingshots to dispatch rabbits that were eating my greens.
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Old 10-28-2009, 09:31 PM
 
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TriumpOftheSpirit,

Thanks for the link to the city ordinance and the blood meal suggestion. I will give it a shot!
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Old 10-29-2009, 02:59 PM
 
Location: North Texas
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I feel your pain!

I recently found 6 of my beautiful cantaloupes destroyed by either rabbits or squirrels. Those big plastic owls don't do anything either. I have a Have-a-heart trap that I used back in the spring. I was catching squirrels and driving them over to Lakewood and releasing them. (not really to Lakewood) I would take them about 5 miles away and release them in the backyard of restaurant row. I figured if I were a squirrel I would love the dumpsters of On The Border and Out Back.

I popped a squirrel with my pellet rifle last year and being an animal lover, I was guilt ridden. Although he did taste like chicken. No.

I bought my Have-a-heart trap over at Elliot's Hardware: Havahart® Live Animal Traps, The Trusted Animal Trap Brand For Over 60 Years | Havahart®
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Old 10-29-2009, 03:41 PM
 
Location: Greater PDX
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Molotov cocktails are pretty effective too. You should see those suckers run when their hides are on fire.
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Old 10-29-2009, 04:57 PM
 
Location: Plano, TX
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What about using chicken wire (or something similar) to keep away the critters?
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Old 10-29-2009, 10:45 PM
 
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What about using chicken wire (or something similar) to keep away the critters?

That's what I was thinking. Chicken wire will keep out most critters except for squirrels, birds and possums. I had a 3 tree baby possums living under my sunroom. They found away in and decided to use it as a bathroom. Bought a trap and caught all three of them. Was going to kill them but couldn't bring myself to do it. Took them to the river bottoms and let them go. Your not suppose to transport them but I did because I felt they were doing what wild animals are suppose to do. Set the trap for mommy but never did catch her. I assume she had moved on. I plugged the hold they were using to get in the sunroom and have been possum free every since.
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Old 10-29-2009, 10:50 PM
 
Location: The Big D
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DANG! It is illegal??? SHUCKS!

Not sayin that I have or have not.......... but let me just say that those nasty grackles don't roost in my backyard. I know I'm not the only neighbor that has used my pellet gun on a wild critter in my yard either.
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