Opossums are bonafide pests, particularly come winter time when any hole is considered a den and garbage, dinner. In Michigan there’s a whole lot of winter so running into these critters trying to make a home from, er, *your* home, is far from unlikely.
The opossum in the photo above showed up about a week earlier. The family’s Boston Terrier quickly spotted the intruder, “they kept running into each other and a hissing/barking match would start,” said John Vander Sloot, head of the household. In fact, these encounters became so intense that the family would no longer let the dog out at night.
Not to let a hunting opportunity go to waste, on a recent evening John reached for his Remington® NPSS . The .22 caliber air rifle packs 23 fpe, more than enough stopping power for this scavenging, dog-intimidating varmint. The combination of limited range and quiet operation make an air rifle the ideal tool for backyard pest control.
As much as John enjoys a stalk, passing along hunting traditions is equally important so he handed the Nitro Piston-powered rifle to daughter Katie. With cunning stealth and careful aim, Katie got into position as the critter made its nightly run behind the house and with one shot, returned the backyard to the family dog.