Blue heron = mice eating machine

Discussion in 'General Hunting' started by Ezelkyhunter, Nov 22, 2021 at 4:32 PM.

  1. Ezelkyhunter

    Ezelkyhunter 10 pointer

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    Who knew blue herons eat the heck out of mice?? I was amazed to see one in my yard for 3 days straight. I started watching it and saw it catch 3 mice in the field eat them.
    Who knew.
    Apparently National Geographic says common but would have never guessed
     
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  2. Meatstick

    Meatstick 12 pointer

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    All they ever eat on my place is little bass. Sumbitches
     
  3. Ezelkyhunter

    Ezelkyhunter 10 pointer

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    been my experience they ain’t good at catch and release
     
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  4. carnivore

    carnivore 12 pointer

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    Mine stab big bluegills and leave on the bank. Pisses me off. Maybe more than they can swallow.
     
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  5. HuntressOfLight

    HuntressOfLight 12 pointer

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    Guarding my lovely bluebirds
    I knew, but only because I became bored enough to pay attention to birds after coming up here. I have yet to see that one in which I previously spied on the edge of the pond beside my bald cypress stand, but that does not mean it has failed to return and pick off some of my treasured frogs and more, being that I have to actually walk a bit in order to learn what may be transpiring down there.


     
  6. Feedman

    Feedman Cyber-Hunter

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    Blue Herons are the devil. They carry the black bass virus
     
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  7. Little FR

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    Wish it was legal to kill them. They make it hard to keep any KOI for kids and start bass in new ponds. Ive even had them spook turkeys during a hunt.

    I pretty much hate them.
     
  8. HuntressOfLight

    HuntressOfLight 12 pointer

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    Guarding my lovely bluebirds
    There is a massive one which is partial to Ballard WMA. The one visiting here is young and much smaller.
     
  9. Tankt

    Tankt 12 pointer

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    I knew an old farmer that killed everyone that touched down on his ponds. He hated them
     
  10. dirtstalker

    dirtstalker 12 pointer

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    Caught one on a limb line once. It was an angry sucker when I got to it
     
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  11. Ezelkyhunter

    Ezelkyhunter 10 pointer

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    I have experienced this myself. They don’t seem to appreciate I am there to help
     
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  12. WildmanWilson

    WildmanWilson 12 pointer

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    I watched one eat a bluegill that had to be a pound, one blue cold winter day. He tossed it up and got it head first and he kept his bill straight to the sky for about a minute until it slid down. You could watch the lump slowly moving down his throat. I don’t think he hurt my fish population though. I like watching wildlife even if they compete with me. They probably deserve it more than me anyway.
     
  13. RLWEBB

    RLWEBB 12 pointer

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    Watched one thrash a 3’ black snake around on my creek bank last Fall. He finally ate it. I see them often.
     
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  14. reivertom

    reivertom 12 pointer

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    I guess to them it's just like eating fuzzy frogs.
     
  15. reivertom

    reivertom 12 pointer

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    Yeah....Killing one of the "special" birds will get you under the jail. I saw a freshly dead owl on the side of the road the other day and wanted to get some feathers and claws for a Muzzleloader display, but the law says they'd rather see it rot away than to be put to use by a tax payer. If you are caught with a feather or body part that's even decades old, they can still make your life miserable trying to stay out of Federal Prison.....There goes the life's savings!
     
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