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KY Squirrel Hunting VI

The weekend weather was cool and rainy so of course I went hunting for a few hours. The rain storms jerked a few more leaves off the trees and the sqwacks have started to travel more on the ground so I brought out the rifle. They are still mostly in the trees and most leaves still remain so I may still be using the shotgun till the first hard frost.

yes I know there is a stove pipe. the ammo is low velocity rimfire BR match ammo and doesn’t always cycle the action. But it is extremely accurate so I tolerate the occasional miss-feed

The game is now hitting the beech trees pretty heavy. I don’t like trying to spot them in the beech trees but I like it because there is a giant stand of beech trees I can sit and watch with little effort.

Ky Squirrel Hunting V

Last week the weather finally broke and became October weather. Temps dropped down into the high 50s and rained. Saturday started off rainy in the morning then cleared off. Perfect weather for hunting Sqwuaks.

I went into the woods at 300PM and had the first one in my pocket 10 minutes later. The mystery of the lack of activity in the usual Hickory trees was solved. There are more beech nuts than I have ever seen. They LOVE beech nuts. The part of the mountain covered in Beech trees was a slaughter house that day.

From 300PM to 600PM I harvested 6, which is the daily bag limit in Kentucky. After that I had to pack it up and go home and leave the rest. I have never gotten so many in such a short amount of time. The Model 31 Remington is always a pleasure. I took it instead of the rifle since the leaves are still on. But it is getting close to being time for me to finally switch over to the .22 rimfire for the year.

Kentucky Squirrel Hunting IV

It finally rained and cooled down over the weekend so I was back in the woods. Enough leaves have fallen that the intended target starts traveling closer to the ground but not as much as when the trees are bare.

I bought a squirrel call years ago out of curiosity but never did use it till this weekend. I never was good at using any calls other than Crow calls so I was skeptical. I got immediate results much to my surprise.

This was also the first time I took the rifle out.

I know some one will come on here and comment about how it should have been a head shot. My only shot was a 30 yard off hand shot, So I took the heart shot. Deal with it.

FBI Releases 2018 Crime Statistics

Good news! The patriots and heroes at the FBI ,who work to keep us safe from Russian spies , Incels and the notorious hacker known as 4chan, have released the 2018 crime stats.

The Link to the full report is at bottom.Table 8 breaks down weapons use by type. Table 49 has arrest demographics. Or let me sum it up., FBI crime stats be racist yo.

For the second consecutive year, the estimated number of violent crimes in the nation decreased when compared with the previous year’s statistics, according to FBI figures released today. In 2018, violent crime was down 3.3 percent from the 2017 number. Property crimes also dropped 6.3 percent, marking the 16th consecutive year the collective estimates for these offenses declined.

The 2018 statistics show the estimated rate of violent crime was 368.9 offenses per 100,000 inhabitants, and the estimated rate of property crime was 2,199.5 offenses per 100,000 inhabitants. The violent crime rate fell 3.9 percent when compared with the 2017 rate; the property crime rate declined 6.9 percent.

These and additional data are presented in the 2018 edition of the FBI’s annual report Crime in the United States. This publication is a statistical compilation of offense, arrest, and police employee data reported by law enforcement agencies voluntarily participating in the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program.

The UCR Program collects information on crimes reported by law enforcement agencies regarding the violent crimes of murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault, as well as the property crimes of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. (The FBI classifies arson as a property crime, but does not estimate arson data because of variations in the level of participation by the reporting agencies. Consequently, arson data is not included in the property crime estimate.) The program also collects arrest data for the offenses listed above plus 20 offenses that include all other crimes except traffic violations.

Of the 18,586 federal, state, county, city, university and college, and tribal agencies eligible to participate in the UCR Program, 16,659 agencies submitted data in 2018. A high-level summary of the statistics submitted, as well as estimates for those agencies that did not report, follows:

  • In 2018, there were an estimated 1,206,836 violent crimes. The estimated number of three violent crime offenses decreased when compared with estimates from 2017. Robbery offenses fell 12.0 percent, murder and nonnegligent manslaughter offenses fell 6.2 percent, and the estimated volume of aggravated assault offenses decreased 0.4 percent. The estimated volume of rape (revised definition) offenses increased 2.7 percent.
  • Nationwide, there were an estimated 7,196,045 property crimes. The estimated numbers for all three property crimes showed declines when compared with the previous year’s estimates. Burglaries dropped 11.9 percent, larceny-thefts decreased 5.4 percent, and motor vehicle thefts were down 3.1 percent.
  • Collectively, victims of property crimes (excluding arson) suffered losses estimated at $16.4 billion in 2018.
  • The FBI estimated law enforcement agencies nationwide made 10.3 million arrests, (excluding those for traffic violations) in 2018.
  • The arrest rate for violent crime was 159.9 per 100,000 inhabitants, and the arrest rate for property crime was 361.2 per 100,000 inhabitants.
  • By violent crime offense, the arrest rate for murder and nonnegligent manslaughter was 3.7 per 100,000 inhabitants; rape (aggregate total using the revised and legacy definition), 7.7; robbery, 27.2; and aggravated assault, 121.4 per 100,000 inhabitants.
  • Of the property crime offenses, the arrest rate for burglary was 54.9 per 100,000 inhabitants; larceny-theft, 275.5; and motor vehicle theft, 28.1. The arrest rate for arson was 2.8 per 100,000 inhabitants.
  • In 2018, 13,497 law enforcement agencies reported their staffing levels to the FBI. These agencies reported that, as of October 31, 2018, they collectively employed 686,665 sworn officers and 288,640 civilians—a rate of 3.4 employees per 1,000 inhabitants.

Caution Against Ranking: Each year when Crime in the United States is published, some entities use the figures to compile rankings of cities and counties. These rough rankings provide no insight into the numerous variables that mold crime in a particular town, city, county, state, tribal area, or region. Consequently, they lead to simplistic and/or incomplete analyses that often create misleading perceptions adversely affecting communities and their residents. Valid assessments are possible only with careful study and analysis of the range of unique conditions affecting each local law enforcement jurisdiction. The data user is, therefore, cautioned against comparing crime data of individual reporting units from cities, metropolitan areas, states, or colleges or universities solely on the basis of their population coverage or student enrollment.

Full Report: Crime in the United States, 2018

https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2018/crime-in-the-u.s.-2018

Kentucky Squirrel Hunting IV

I went out for a quick two hours of hunting yesterday evening since the weather was much cooler.

I made my way back to another mountain where beech trees are every where. It’s a little early for beechnuts but the squirrels still hang out on this slope when the wind blows a bit more than they like. It paid off because I was able to get three in one tree.

All three were in one of those center trees chasing each other playing around. With some quick shotgun work I was able to get all three. Unfortunately for me two of them fell and rolled down the mountain into the biggest bunch of thorn bushes and blackberry bushes you will ever see. I spent 40 minutes fighting through it trying to recover the game and had to give it up as it got too dark to see safely. Very frustrating and leaves me with a sick feeling.

This young male was the only one of the three I could find. Sometimes you lose even when you win. Sad Panda face.

One thing to keep an eye our for this time of year is the one thing I hate above all things.

Looking at this, some people will think it’s harmless. Others with more sense will see those spikey hairs and know immediately that is never an indication of something to cuddle with. It is the White Tussock Moth Caterpillar. They love to fall out of trees and onto your head, arms or back of the neck. When they feel threatened, or maybe they just do it to be pricks, they shed all those hundreds of tiny white hairs. And where those hairs touch the skin… Pain. Pain, stinging and burning. A rash that itches and stings for what seems like a week. Imagine bees stings that itch intensely. When I was in high school one fell on my left upper arm. The hairs are so fine they even stung me through the long sleeve shirt fabric. I couldn’t take off the shirt without making it worse so I had to take out my knife and cut the sleeve off. One about 10 years later fell on back of my brother’s neck. I can’t imagine that hell. This is why it pays to wear a hat like a boonie hat int he woods. Other than the protection from sun and rain, it does well in keeping stinging insects off the neck when they fall from a tree or are knocked from leaves if you shake a tree passing by.

One of the major problems in the south is the asian Kudzu vine. Another import that turned out to not be such a great idea. It’s nearly unstoppable without a major amount of work, fire ,chemicals and digging. IT will cover a multiple story house if not stopped. It will go up power lines, road signs and trees. Once over trees it kills them eventually. No sun can get through.

It doesn’t do well in shade thankfully. So it doesn’t grow under the treeline. So what it does is climb up the trees on the edge of a open area. It will eventually kill them all and as they fall, it will move and cover the area no exposed to more sun. That mass on the far left used to be one of the biggest pine trees I ever saw. It was beautiful and when I was a kid I would often play under it. None of that vine was there even 20 years ago. The vine grows what seems like 6 inches a night once summer hits.

It does have one tiny use. This time of year it blooms a purple flower that smells exactly like grape Koolaide or grape jelly. It is edible and you can make a jam out of it. You can even eat it raw and it tastes a bit like grape Not as much as it smells like grape though. Weird.

The vine can be made into a type of bread if you are dedicated enough or starving. I haven’t tried that though. Whitetail deer love to eat the leaves from the vine and all summer and late fall you can see them every where grazing on it. Once it frosts though, the deer won’t touch it. Even if it is only slightly wilted.

Walking through it is not fun but it is doable, I have learned to love with it after all these years. What other choice do you really have?