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Varmint hunting and trapping isn't the most glorious of sports, there is no Boone and Crockett scoring system. There aren't many magazines to run articles on your state record oppossums. I figured we should give some of Indiana's critter killers a little acknowledgment by having a little "trophy contest" here. Next time you get a big or unique critter think to yourself "I could be famous on Indianasportsman" and post us a picture... there may be nobody else that cares but I'm personally impressed by oversized coyotes and obese opposums. :biggrin:

Now, completely coincidentally to me coming up with the idea, I have an entry I would like to start off with. :corkysm55 If anyone can top me then please post the picture or story and we'll consider you the "Trophy Master" of the species. Right now, I'm shooting for my claim to fame with the BIG **** OF INDIANA!

This hog went around 35# and measured over 46" long pelted. TOP THAT
 

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First, GREAT idea...!

HOWEVER, I think I am gonna call the MLB commish to be the judge! If I didn't know better, I'd SWEAR that you had these critters in a pen, feeding them and loading 'em up with STEROIDS!!!;)

First the yote, now this ****...hmmm.:16suspect

Seriously...
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Well there are plenty of fat ***** around our place, that is the problem! I wanted to get rid of them with live traps but couldn't seem to catch them... now I see why... they can't fit!!! LOL!

This is by far the biggest I've taken and there was only a couple more that made themselves easy for the pickins around the barnlot. After they saw enough of their friends stuck in traps or shot off the grain bins they quit hanging around quite so much. That's fine by me... that was the point in harvesting them in the first place. :coolgleam

I didn't submit that **** because I know a couple of guys that already have me beat... haven't met anyone to top the porky **** yet though! ;)
 

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That's quite the pig.
 

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I have another entry

I was digging through my website for some photos in another forum and came another entry I'll make for the Trophy Contest. I took this squirrell at my house this year. There were several squirrells digging around in the garden so I tied up some pie pans to keep them away... that worked for a few days. When they started playing around in there again I just rolled my eyes and ignored them. Then one day I came home and found one of my pepper plants broken off at the stem and nibbled on.... that was it. That was the excuse I needed to declare war.

There were little old ladies on each side of me with nice little vegetable gardens going untouched BUT ME, the angry hunter/trapper, couldn't grow a friggin' pepper plant! Something was wrong with this picture, I took it as a slap in the face. I set some live traps, no luck. I had but one choice left, my 22 with some silent ammunition (As to not disturb the little old ladies). I went to the store and got me some of these Aguila Super-Calibre's... man are these things wicked. They are VERY silent, powered only by the pressure of the primer with no powder charge they still push good speeds and are very lethal at 20-25 yards. I spent a couple weeks target practicing on paper plates and such, got pretty comfortable and proficient with the round. You have to adjust your scopes because they fly much slower than other rounds... they have a lot more drop.

Anyways, I had still been having problems with the squirrels but the plants had grown fairly well by August. I hadn't shot at any of the culprits yet because I hadn't been around the house at the right time to catch them there. I got up one morning too late to go squirrel hunting so I decided I'd mow the yard and do housework instead.. when I came around the side of the house just after dayilght I saw what I thought was a ground hog in the garden. I said "DANG, that's what's screwing with my garden!!" I ran back to the house and got my rifle and went back out, that is when I realized I was looking at the biggest fox squirrell I'd ever seen. I put the scope on his head and popped him dead in the garden. I went over and retrieved him and began oowing and awwing at his size. I took this picture of him then cleaned him right up, he was in the skillet that evening at my buddies house. If a guy could kill five squirrels like this a day he could really feed a family. I wish I had weighed him but I did take a tape measure to him. From his nose to the tip of his tail he measured 28-5/8" I had to go wake up my brother and a friend just to get witnesses... we've been hunting for years and nobody had seen one this big. Of course he got fat on vegetables and decorative plants but he was a whopper just the same. I considered mounting him for a moment but decided I didn't want to spend that much money on a squirrell. Here is a picture of him with the ammo I used, note the bullets are smaller but the box is the same size as a regular box of 22LR ammo. He's a hog alright! :biggrin:

 

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Aguila Super-Calibre's

Aguila Super-Calibre's are AWESOME aren't they...been using them for several years!!! Got my first box at the Knob Creek shoot, then went back the next day for a gross!

They have actually changed them a little and went to an even HOTTER Eley primer (hence the "Super") as the regular Calibre's had gotten stuck in a couple of long guns (even though they tell you not to use 'em in rifles!). Anyway, out to about 40 yards they are pretty darned accurate AND deadly to most any small game, up to and including feral cats!!! Not only that, but these things are quieter than my Crossman 760 Powermaster pellet gun and/or .22 CB's!!!

BTW- That IS a whopper! I saw one this year during deer season that I swear looked like a woodchuck it was so danged FAT!
 

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22 Silence

Yeah they are great little rounds. I have since taken two feral cats and a possum with them. Never another squirrell but if they will take this one down they will kill em' all. I use the CB's on my trapline and there is no comparison in noise... the CB's are probably five times louder!

You should check out Aguila's other 22lr ammo. They make one, I can't remember the name, that is super hot and very accurate. I have always used CCI stingers but I read the numbers on those Aguila's and made the switch. They are hotter than a Stinger, hard to believe, but it's true. :coolgleam
 

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I just recently took a Coyote pelt to my taxadermist to have him tan it.While there we got in a disccussion about Squirrel hunting and he showed me a Squirrel he had killed while floating Sugar Creek.It was a dandy and he said it weighed 2 1/2 pounds.I also shot a couple this year that were very large but I didn't weigh them.I have never saw Squirrels with that much fat on them.I
 

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Opps,somehow I got cut off on the last post.It said something about only having 30 seconds to make a post.Anyway I can't figure out how to post a picture and if someone could,I will e-mail a couple to them so they can be posted.
 

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Pictures

Hey, you can send them to [email protected] and I will try to get them up for you... kinda busy with some hunts this weekend so bare with me. If it weren't for the pouring down rain I'd still be out tonight.... got the clothes in the drier just in case it slows down later. :16suspect
 

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You boys are slippin'. I'm ready to add another one in for the contest. This is the biggest red I've snared this year. I'll get his measurements later this evening but I know he's a whopper... nice natural coloration and an extremely long tail.

 

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[that is one fat ass **** excuse the lauguage also nice coyote .ishot a coyote last year that might measure up to yours have to find picture in documents and post.also shot one this year not near as big as last.you can see on this site under photo gallery.gonna get full body mount very good looking coyote .QUOTE=Jrbhunter]Varmint hunting and trapping isn't the most glorious of sports, there is no Boone and Crockett scoring system. There aren't many magazines to run articles on your state record oppossums. I figured we should give some of Indiana's critter killers a little acknowledgment by having a little "trophy contest" here. Next time you get a big or unique critter think to yourself "I could be famous on Indianasportsman" and post us a picture... there may be nobody else that cares but I'm personally impressed by oversized coyotes and obese opposums. :biggrin:

Now, completely coincidentally to me coming up with the idea, I have an entry I would like to start off with. :corkysm55 If anyone can top me then please post the picture or story and we'll consider you the "Trophy Master" of the species. Right now, I'm shooting for my claim to fame with the BIG **** OF INDIANA!

This hog went around 35# and measured over 46" long pelted. TOP THAT
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Alright, you guys can have the ****, coyote and oppossum categories. Let me get the picture of my 80+ lbs. beaver and scan it. It will be on here soon. Come to think of it, I might have a couple **** pictures too.
 

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Good deal, bring those pictures on guys!

I whacked another good **** yesterday... actually two but one is obviously bigger than the other.



 

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How long are you allowed to have hides once season is over with. I know beaver trapping lasts through March. That's mainly all i do anymore.
 

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I think you can hold it for two weeks after season is out. I plan on selling the last of mine this weekend. I had quite a haul yesterday; one red, two grays, one possum and three *****! Now that's the way to close the season! :biggrin:

Oh and one coyote got out of a leg hold on me, I need some #2's. :bonk:
 

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Posting Pics

You will have to upload the photos to a hosting website somehow. I use Photobucket, others use imagestation. You can also upload them to the site through the photo gallery... either way you will post the URL of the photo in your post and it will show the picture in the thread. Just click the "INSERT IMAGE" icon at the top of the "Post Reply Page" and insert the tag of the picture. Let me know if that helps.
 
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