Well, early Saturday Morning (10/15/2011) I arrived at CBR400RR's place and we loaded up our gear and headed out to a local spot to do some Ground Squirrel population control. We arrived at around 7am and were set up on a nice, shady area with plenty of boulders and oak trees to conceal us from our quarry. It was quiet until we hear an alarm chirp and CBR400RR headed over to check it out. I hear a "Pffft" and than a loud "THWAP!". An awesome 111 yard kill shot from his Rapid .22 air rifle. A good start to our day. Unfortunately later, due to a misstep on a slanted rock, his barrel was tapped up against a boulder and nocked slightly out of alignment. A few taps back and it was close to re-alignment, but made it more challenging to take out our quarry at the distances we were shooting. I had my Benjamin Marauder .22 and finally got my first shot of the day on a squirrel at around 22 Yards. Smack! Clean head shot and the squirrel was down for the count. My first (4) shots of the morning were all head shots (22,26,44 & 48 yards). I had then spotted a squirrel out at 194 Yards and decided to try for it just for fun since even at 194 yards my pellets still carried almost 7 FPE of power on the target. I lowered the magnification on my scope to 4x and checked ChairGun Pro to see what the position on the reticule would be. I then fired off a total of (4) shots with apparently only one or two getting close (saw the squirrel duck on one shot and then jump and run on the final shot). After wasting those four shots I decided not to try again from that distance since I only get a total of about 30 good shots out of my Marauder and at that point I had now fired of a total of 8 shots. We continued for a while, shooting one here and there and then moved to a second location, where CBR400RR targeted and took out another one with a vital shot at around 46 yards (shown in photo below). We then moved to our third and final spot where I actually got my farthest kill shots that day at 82 yards. I took down (3) squirrels total at that distance ((2) with head shots and (1) with a vital shot). That made my day to pull that off with my Marauder .22 and put a big smile on my face
. All in all, CBR400RR took down 14 and I took down 11 for a combined total of 25. Not too bad for a morning's take with air rifles. I made sure to take a few photos of some of the squirrels I was able to recover since I know you all like "Photo Proof" of the trip and the take downs. Besides, it helps add to the story...
These three were taken at 22, 26 and 44 Yards (All Head Shots)
This one was shot at around 46 Yards (with a vital shot).
These two were picked off at 82 Yards (Head Shots).
This one was shot at around 74 Yards (Head/Neck Shot).
It was a good time, but I'm sure we didn't even put a dent in the population. Thanks for the nice morning of hunting Ground Squirrels CBR400RR!