I love my rifle. I never imagined myself saying something so…redneck. But I do. Last winter a mink had a chicken by the neck…total hostage situation. One shot took out the mink and saved the bird. Raccoons molesting my turkeys? Problem solved. Rabbits escape their pens? Got it handled. Recently I have had an issue with a something tearing open bags of feed in my shed. Early this morning the wife called out while walking the dog, “It’s a skunk”.
My poor rifle has never been used this early in the morning and was still asleep but it didn’t complain. It fired two shots at the skunk. The first shot scared it enough that it stopped running. The second shot was clean…instant. He didn’t know anything happened. One second there was a skunk. The next second there was dinner for a vulture. In fact, the vultures really seem to like him.
That little stinker didn’t just stop at feed bags. He’s been digging in my garden and generally stinking up the place. I don’t mind a skunk if it just scavenges away from the house. When they try to move in I have to take action. I think he was digging up worms. I need those worms…
I’ll say it again, I love my rifle. It’s just what I wanted. A stainless steel Ruger 10/22 with a few minor modifications. It’s the cat’s meow. Take some time to understand the gun laws where you homestead. Learn to use the tool properly. It’s a real help at times when homesteading.