Possum Shoot Last Night

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  1. Sniff

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    I went for a possum shoot on a 200 acre property about 30 minutes drive from my house last night.

    It was a cool, still night with a full moon and I shot 11 possums (Australian Brush Tailed Possums, different to what you call possums in the US) and one rabbit.

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    Rifle is a .22 BRNO Mod 2E with 3-9 Leupold, Parker Hale suppressor and a cheap, but very bright light that uses a 18650 battery. I was using Winchester subsonic ammo.

    Possum eyes reflect distictive red-orange when you shine a light on them.
    Some will run as soon as a light goes on them, but most stay staring at the light until you walk up and shoot them.

    Possums are quite tough and often need more than one shot to kill quickly.

    I got nine possums the week before.
     
  2. Tvov

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    Interesting! I've never been on a night hunt. I believe in my state it is not allowed, but other places allowed... especially when they are tying to control wild hogs.
     

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    Interesting, do you eat them?
     
  4. Sniff

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    No. Except once on survival training in the army many years ago (burnt black in the outside, bloody in the middle).

    They were introduced in the 1850s for their fur / skins, but soon became a noxious pest, eating their way through the forests and bush. They also spread bovine TB.

    Shooting is a very inefficient way to control them. Most is done with trapping or 1080 poison.

    The fur is still quite valuable, but plucking it takes a long time and you need a lot of possums to get 1kg of fur.
     
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    So they are feral?
     
  6. Will Beararms

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    Under no circumstances, outside of rabies, should anyone in the U.S. shoot a a possum. They are the only marsupial in America and they are nature’s vacuum cleaner not to mention they love eating ticks. They’re hideous but don’t judge a book by the cover.
     
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    This. Ugly as sin, dumb as posts, but very handy and healthy to have around.
     
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    i was closing up my shop yesterday and saw something scurry under my wood stove. I thought it was a pack rat but no, it was a juvenile possum. I got him out from under the stove and took him out in the pasture to a brush pile and turned him loose.
    tonight around supper time we let our dog out in his yard and he starts raising Cain over by the shop...baby possum is back.day
    I think he is an orphan. Seems healthy and active but he's small enough I would suspect he would still be with his mama if she were around.
     
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    ^^ What he said 100%
     
  11. Hank Was Right

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    I will maintain a truce as long as they stay out of my chicken coop.
     
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    You are exactly right , they never bother anything either. They may get into some trash if left out but they are harmless. They I’ve actually caught a bunch of them by hand. They run with their tail straight out and are very easy to pick up. My niece thinks it’s the funniest thing ever to catch a possum.
     
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    If you own chickens.. you feel differenty about them. Trust me.
     
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    My dog keeps killing them. They must be slow
     
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    Unless you own horses! A not too common Opossum parasite will /can destroy a horse.
    Around here the foxes, buzzards and bald eagles got to eat.