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Mealtime for the squirrel

Written November 24th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Taking a break from the issues of the day, let’s turn to the serious business of cracking these nuts. Mr. Squirrel is an appreciative customer, but he does not have all day to wait.

If for any reason you feel the urge to crack walnuts, the sensible thing is to use a hammer or even, if you must, a nutcracker. But what fun is that?

So my preferred method is to shoot them — with a pellet pistol at a distance of about five yards. On the video, though, for the sake of making the result visible, the distance is more or less point-blank range, hardly a challenge. (If you do want a challenge, try hitting a hazelnut.)

Regardless of the degree of difficulty of the shots, there’s a brown squirrel in the yard that seems to wait for the popping of the airgun. It means his daily ration is about to be ready. Having him for a customer is useful. It means that no matter what it looks like, shooting nuts in the yard is not completely nuts. No, I’m making sure the local wildlife has something to eat. (hh)

4 responses to “Mealtime for the squirrel”

  1. Peg says:

    I commend you for caring about the squirrel and its food supply. However, if you have a lot of walnuts to crack, I have a dandy walnut cracker I bought in Switzerland a few years ago and it works marvelously well on all kinds of nuts. I recently purchased several to give as gifts (hooray for Amazon), and I will give one to you too, if you’d like.

  2. Bill Kapaun says:

    Oh the CO2!
    What about your “Carbon Footprint”?


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