having them be damaged. Slingshot lacks enough range to suit me. 10m is about it for reliable hits on small birds, etc. A quality .22 pistol does well, but the noise sucks. The silenced little Beretta .22, tho, that was the cat's meow. With patience, a strap chair folding blind and bait, you can use one to take a dozen praire dogs a day, but i just dont like being in the open that much and the risk of bubonic plague means that eating them is a no-no. So the squirrels became my favorite mark. You dont have to leave many salted peanuts, corn on the cob, birdseed, etc, around, up where rats can't get them, for very long at all, before your area become full of squirrels. My ex-wife had a 40 acre plot up in the mountains. with a secure, gated place to leave the vehicle, no noise to attract attention, I spent some truly enjoyable days out there. and young squirrels make fantastic stew meat, too. The place had been set up as a y2k retreat and had the only water source for miles. It was an old bath tub. and she'd pay me to go up there , let the dogs exercise in the woods, and hand- pump it full of water at least once a week. and also pump 5 gallon waterjugs full of water once a week. She insisted upon giving that well water to her two little mutts. So I'd fill the jugs via a hose at her office, or at a friend's place if the office had our employees present, let the dogs run for a bit, then tie them to a tree and go squirrel hunting with the canned M21 it would have taken hours to do that pumping by hand. the well was like 200 ft deep, with a $1000 special pump. You had to really work hard to get a gallon a minute out of that sob. And I'm going to fill a 30 gallon bath tub and half a dozen 5 gallon jars, right? I' WOULD fill the bathtub, cause she COULD check on that, and because it DiD keep animals in the area. I"d fill the jugs with the hose, use them to fill the bath tub, then fill them again after I got back down from the mountain and take them to her condo. A guy was in on the scam and he'd almost die trying to contain his laughter every time my ex would be bragging on her 'oxygenated" well -water.