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Discovered a new form of varmint hunting!

FisheadgibFisheadgib Posts: 5,797 Senior Member
Last year we started getting some huge (banana?) spiders spinning webs around the ranch house and walking into their webs face first would make almost anyone shriek like a little girl. I'd pull them down with a rake and stomp them on the ground but considering how tough they are and how soft our soil is, it took a little work to kill them. This year we had ten times as many as last year and I was looking for an easier and more entertaining way to control them. I wanted something with just enough juice to kill them with put causing any collateral damage. I tried my airsoft gun but they just bounced off and .22 shotshells are too expensive to waste on bugs and my one pellet gun is a little too powerful and would make holes in the soffits. Enter the Daisy Red Ryder. I ran up to Wally World and picked one up with a can of BBs and picked off every spider that I could find in about 30 minutes. Picking them off at 5 to 10 feet was kind of sporting and fun.
snake284 wrote: »
For my point of view, cpj is a lot like me


  • jbohiojbohio Posts: 5,619 Senior Member
    Nice! I love shooting bugs!
  • NNNN Posts: 25,236 Senior Member
    Can you deep fry them?
  • sakodudesakodude Posts: 4,885 Senior Member
    Fun. we used to shoot the big grasshoppers out at my dads with BB's. They would walk across the deck rail like an arcade game.

  • FisheadgibFisheadgib Posts: 5,797 Senior Member
    NN wrote: »
    Can you deep fry them?

    Many of them had bodies as big as quail eggs and if you were on some kind of survival show, you probably could make a meal out of them. Me, I had pork ribs.
    snake284 wrote: »
    For my point of view, cpj is a lot like me
  • jbp-ohiojbp-ohio Posts: 10,943 Senior Member
    On the farm I grew up on, we had an old leaning wood shed behind the house. Over the years there were many wasp, hornet and bumble bee nests in it. I would sit on the picnic table with my scoped Crosman 760 and pick them off for hours at a time.

    It was actually my brothers 760, but after I wore out my 788. I appropriated it (and bought the scope). I had a Crosman 73, but hated spending my very limited $$$ on C02 cartridges.
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  • Six-GunSix-Gun Posts: 8,155 Senior Member
    Those spiders....yeah. I remember seeing a family friend's Florida backyard *covered* in webs years back as a young kid. I never set foot back there with the tangle of 4" spiders infesting that place. Sounds like you found a fun way to thin them out!
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  • roadkingroadking Posts: 3,056 Senior Member
    Our little old Red Ryder still gets a decent amount of use.
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  • bisleybisley Posts: 10,815 Senior Member
    I've been picking off a few red wasps at the hummingbird feeder. Airsoft pistol at 5 feet will either kill them or knock them down where I can stomp them. It usually takes 3-4 shots for me to hit one.
  • bullsi1911bullsi1911 Posts: 12,437 Senior Member
    Those are probably golden orb weaver spiders. Lots around here this year as well
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  • orchidmanorchidman Posts: 8,438 Senior Member
    Damn the soffits, I would use a 12g.

    I hate spiders.
    Still enjoying the trip of a lifetime and making the best of what I have.....
  • snake284snake284 Posts: 22,429 Senior Member
    orchidman wrote: »
    Damn the soffits, I would use a 12g.

    I hate spiders.[/QUOTE

    Ah, you live in NZ, now iffin you lived in Aussie Land I could see you Really Really Really hating Spiders. Can you say Funnel Web?
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  • woodsrunnerwoodsrunner Posts: 2,725 Senior Member
    Two things about Banana Spiders:

    If you were in SERE training and you ran across a Banana Spider, you would kill and eat it instantly and quickly look for more!

    An abundance of Banana Spiders usually indicates a healthy natural environment with all wildlife from soil microorganisms to larger wild animals pretty well in balance with the carrying capacity of the land.
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