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Discovered a new form of varmint hunting!
Fisheadgib 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.
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.
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.
I hate spiders.
Son that's somebody with nothing to do with his time but keep me in trouble with mom.
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.