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Bamboo shoots - 2018
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Old 03-15-2018, 02:24 PM   #11
well, squirrel stew is tasty I guess? XD
Good hunting.
Old 03-15-2018, 04:29 PM   #12
Rich Z
Yuck. Tree rat stew. Sorry, you are what you eat, and I have absolutely NO desire to be part tree rat. I just leave them where they lay wishing that the squirrels were smart enough to recognize that dead squirrel bodies laying on the ground is a darn good sign for them to leave the area.

Of course, we do have some sort of clean-up crew around here that does haul off the carcasses over night. So something likely appreciates my efforts.

Still no signs of squirrel crews on the bamboo shoots. The day sort of got away from me, so I didn't set up the hunter blind today. Maybe tomorrow...
Old 03-21-2018, 01:16 PM   #13
Rich Z
The rain we got the other day seems to be really beneficial to the bamboo shoots. Getting lots of them coming up. Connie and I walked down to our largest grove to check out the temporary pond down there and saw that some of the bamboo shoots were really getting some size on them.

Fortunately I'm not seeing any squirrel damage in that grove. At least not yet. The squirrels REALLY tore it up last year, even with me sending 15 of them on their way to the hereafter. I do have the hunting blind set up in there, just in case they do come back. I have another really small grove of the same bamboo in another area that has already had two shoots destroyed by squirrels. So I think it's just a matter of time before I start seeing squirrel damages in the big grove.
Old 03-21-2018, 04:23 PM   #14
Hope Connie knows how to shoot also. You can take shifts standing guard.
Old 03-21-2018, 07:51 PM   #15
Rich Z
Well, I took another walk about to check for squirrel damage in the big bamboo grove early this evening, and I found some damage, but not absolutely sure it's from a squirrel.....

Usually squirrels will chew right through the shoot, and this just looks completely different. Of course, it could be squirrel damage, just from a squirrel with a different idea about how to destroy bamboo shoots. This took place just a couple of hours in the afternoon between the time I took my walk around in the early afternoon, and then again in early evening.

Might have to start spending some time in the hunter's blind, just in case.


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