Is It Legal to Shoot Squirrels in Your Backyard?

There is a love-hate relationship between man and squirrels. For one, in recent years, cities and towns have gone on to using squirrels as mascots. This creates a discord between the tradition of killing squirrels either as food or because they are considered pests. When a particular squirrel becomes a town mascot, it is usually for tourism purposes. This is at odds with people who would want to shoot them.

Another problem being encountered is that more and more people are living in areas that are natural habitats of squirrels. It is a fairly common occurrence where squirrels end up in someone’s backyard, or worse, inside the home. In this instance they become a pest if they start eating the vegetable garden. This is where the law tries to clear up things.

Most local laws allow shooting squirrels as pests. However, these same laws do not allow using hunting rifles or even pellet guns within city limits. In some instances, even if you are allowed to discharge your rifle, you are not allowed to shoot upwards at a tree, where the squirrel is located. This is just common sense, because the bullet would fly a far distance before coming back to earth where it might damage property, injure or kill someone.

One other consideration in this scenario is that you cannot shoot a squirrel if the bullet will fly over someone’s property. This is different from shooting up a tree, as this fine distinction is for those who shoot squirrels that are some distance away from their property.

There are also places where squirrels could not be shot with the use of pellet guns. These places usually allow for the use of a shotgun to shoot squirrels for food or for their fur. Admittedly, this seems counter-intuitive, as it is hard to eat squirrel meat, which is full of shotgun lead, and the fur would definitely be damaged by the pellets from the shotgun.

If you live in a place where small game hunting is allowed with a pellet gun, you should feel lucky that you only have to decide on the gun to use. The best pellet pistol for squirrels should have a range of at least 30 meters. Needless to say, it should be fun to shoot, not too heavy, and should have enough power for the range. Although it is conceivable to be able to get within 20 meters of a squirrel, the extra range can make the difference between stalking prey all day, and just having fun shooting them. A .22 cal. pistol should be able to meet these requirements.

Before you go off and start hunting small game, you should also have a good understanding of what you can and cannot do, and when you can do it. Some places have designated hunting seasons for small game. Others allow specific methods of killing squirrels, or specific guns, like the aforementioned shotgun.

A good understanding of the law goes a long way when it comes to small game. It is really a sport and it should be respected as such in order to ensure safety for all.

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How Quadcopters Can Help with Animal Conservation Projects

How Quadcopters Can Help with Animal Conservation Projects

Conservation projects are becoming more and more important these days, as we begin to fully realize the negative impact that we had on our natural world.

For decades now, conservationists have been screaming from the top of their lungs to try and wake us all up about the damage that we humans are doing to our natural world, but we’ve been ignoring them because the evidence – the destruction – wasn’t thrown directly in our face and we never really had to confront it head on.

Today, thanks in large part to the power of quadcopters and the amazing utility they offer conservation projects, nothing could be further from the truth.

How Quadcopters Are Helping Animal Conservation Projects A Wake-Up The Public

If you have had the opportunity to watch the visually stunning and factually detailed documentary Planet Earth you had the opportunity to see firsthand just how quadcopters (sometimes referred to as drones) are impacting animal conservation projects around the world.

These amazing pieces of technology give animal conservation projects the opportunity to fly high definition video cameras into areas that they never would have been able to previously, all while allowing these individuals and these groups to videotape animals in their natural habitat without them becoming aware of the film crew in the first place.

These shots, these amazing aerial shots, allow documentary filmmakers and conservation project leaders to capture some of the world’s rarest animals – the ones in need of our help – as they struggle on a day to day basis, opening up all of our eyes to just how troublesome in their condition is.

When set to a dramatic score and dovetailed nicely with the cold hard facts that we cannot refute, these videos – whether they are just a moment or two long or multi-hour-long documentaries like Planet Earth – can do nothing but force us, no, compel us, to support these conservation causes.

Quadcopters Also Help Conservationists Track and Research Endangered Species

While the press coverage that drone footage commands is absolutely critical as far as the awareness and financing of animal conservation projects are concerned, these amazing technological breakthroughs also provide a functional use that conservation teams have been able to take advantage of.

Again, thanks to their flight capabilities (and their ability to fly reliably in almost any weather conditions imaginable), these aerial video camera solutions allow conservationists to track and research species (especially endangered species) that they would have had an almost impossible time focusing on previously.

Whenever you’re able to eliminate the human element, especially when you’re talking about a species of animal that is naturally reclusive, wary of human contact, or difficult to track via traditional means, you’re going to be able to streamline the process significantly. These quadcopter machines have opened up a whole new world of videographer research, and allow all conservation teams the chance to take flight and record these animals without having to blow up their conservation project budget along the way.

Sure, some have at least a little bit of reticence regarding whether or not we should be using drones or quadcopters to track these animals from above – but the overwhelming majority of professionals knee-deep in the world of animal conservation agree that these tools (when used appropriately) are powerful allies in realizing all of our conservation needs and goals.

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