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Old 08-11-2018, 11:33 AM
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Default Air rifle for backyard ground squirrels in Kern County?

I live in the Tehachapi area outside the city limits (Kern County). What used to be a couple ground squirrels in my neighbor's woodpile has become a thriving colony - and they are causing a certain amount of destruction in my backyard.

I have a couple break-barrel .177 pellet guns. One about 500 fps and the other about 800. As long as I shoot low-angles so pellets don't leave my yard, is it legal to use a pellet gun for pest control in Kern County?

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Old 08-12-2018, 11:17 AM
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Check the city ordnance with the local sheriff's department. As long as you are safe and neighbors don't complain you may be good. I know Kern county is a bit less restricting than LA with Airguns.
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Old 08-12-2018, 3:36 PM
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I'd go with the 800fps .177, just be discreet.

Let's not forget "juggin' for gophers"! You can even use a one-gallon plastic milk jug.

Do a YouTube search for "water jug ground squirrel video"

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Old 08-13-2018, 9:45 AM
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That would depend on the proximity to your neighbor's permanent structures, I'd think. And whether you have permission. Hunting and pest control with airguns fall under the same rules. At 800 fps, the pellets may exit. So be sure of your backstop & plan for some deflection off of bone to oddball angles you'd never predict.
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Old 10-15-2018, 6:01 PM
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Iím in BVS and everyone on my street (8 houses) shoots pellets. One shoots 22lr but heís on 10 acres. Iím on several acres and shoot my Hatsan down on them from my backyard deck. For me- I have wilderness behind me & to right of my property so an errant shot hits nothing but hillside. Is it legal? Hard to say. Probably not.
Have you been to The Dress Shop on Tehachapi Blvd? Owners husband has a pellet rifle/pistol store in back. Fills PCP bottles for free too.
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