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Get a load of this: I've been hunting BUMBLE BEES!

 
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Old 04-16-2012, 06:40 AM
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Get a load of this: I've been hunting BUMBLE BEES!

You know, the kind that "hover". I think that they are also known as "carpenter" bees. The last few warm days that we've been having here in PA have really been bringing them out.

MY weapon of choice is a .177 cal RWS model 48 air rifle. On my first hunt, I "bagged" 10 of them. Yesterday was my 2nd time out. I wasn't counting, but I estimate that I got 12-15 of them before I finally ran out of pellets. At ranges from 1 to about 35ft, it's not exactly long range hunting, but it sure is a blast. One bee decided to check out the muzzle from a distance of about an inch. It was no longer there, or any where for that matter, after I pulled the trigger.

You need to "hold over" quite a bit with the crosshairs at such short ranges. It takes practice to become consistent at hitting them. There are basically 2 kinds of hits. Shoot-downs, which usually require follow-up ground shots to finish off, and direct hits, which are pretty much vaporization shots, leaving maybe just a couple of tiny pieces to float to the ground.

Take your shots when they are hovering, with sky behind them. Position yourself so the shots will be more vertical, as opposed to horizontal, for safety reasons. The model 48 slings em out at 1100fps.
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Old 04-16-2012, 08:44 AM
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Re: Get a load of this: I've been hunting BUMBLE BEES!

I prefer 'Black Flag' myself.
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Old 04-16-2012, 07:32 PM
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Re: Get a load of this: I've been hunting BUMBLE BEES!

I like the smoke bombs that you throw under their nest. Can get em placed right from about 35 yards away Would rather not get stung...

Now where iam from Cats are a big problem. Humane society says they cant take them in and to humanely dispose of them... They reccomend (off record :P ) that you drown them, i prefer the pelet gun
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Old 04-16-2012, 07:41 PM
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Re: Get a load of this: I've been hunting BUMBLE BEES!

Sounds like fun. Growing up we would shoot red wasp off the nest and hoovering.
as long as you did not hit the nest you could get all of them without ******* them off.
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Old 04-16-2012, 09:19 PM
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Re: Get a load of this: I've been hunting BUMBLE BEES!

I am amazed Darwin did not pick you guys Thank the Lord yall aint alergic to bees

Lighting the Hives on fire is another fun thing to do. We had a lot of them underground, so we would dump gas on the hive and lightit... They did not mind the gas, but the fire they did not like. Amazingly did not kill many, but they had no wings.

Used to get the "Smart" kids from the neighborhood as well when we were little kids to go bang on the cloths line pole. Its a T-Pole of 2" pipe. Makes a great Wasp Nest, or Yellow Jacket Nest.

Good Times
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Old 04-17-2012, 11:50 AM
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Re: Get a load of this: I've been hunting BUMBLE BEES!

I personally prefer a badmitten or tennis racket. Up close and personal. Oh, and by the way, the bumble bees with the white spot on their head don't have stingers. When I was a kid, we'd catch them and tie a sewing thread to their leg and let them fly around. Just make sure he's got the white spot before you catch him.
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Old 04-18-2012, 10:23 AM
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Re: Get a load of this: I've been hunting BUMBLE BEES!

Some interesting responses there. My previous weapon of choice used to be the wiffle (ball) bat. You can get some really good, home-run-quality hits, sounding off with a loud "whack", if you've got a decent batting average. THAT weapon is only useful if they come within range of the bat though. But what I am doing now is a whole different ball game!

What I mean to say is, that I'm finally done playing "games" with them. They are trying to make swiss cheese out of my wooden structures, so I have now declared all-out war on them. Virtually all of the shots that I take at them are while they are hovering near roof eves, as I am sitting on the ground, basically leaning against the structure, sometimes shooting almost straight up. But gotta be careful so as not to shoot holes in the roof. And the ones that are shot down, but not killed, usually act like they are REALLY PISSED, so I try hard to make the follow-ups count.

I'm not sure what kind of "nests" they make, other than the holes that they bore into my wooden structures. As opposed to black flag, the model 48 has much better range, does away with the carcases, ammunition is MUCH cheaper (although the rifle itself isn't exactly cheap), and I get a whole lot more satisfaction out of taking care of them in that manor, especially now that a state of war exists between us.

I've emptied another tin of pellets on them yesterday, but the tins I have used up so far weren't exactly full. I'm going to try to get out there for at least a little while on every day that is ideal for them to be around. So far, today isn't looking too good, with a weather system expected to be settled in for the next few days. What I am now wondering is, will I ever get to the point where they are completely "cleaned up", or is this going to end up being a war of attrition?
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