Kids shooting at my hives with a pellet gun?
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  1. #1
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    Default Kids shooting at my hives with a pellet gun?

    A couple of days ago, I went out inspected one my hives and noticed a small pellet from a pellet gun lodged on the side of one of my hives. I know schools out and some kids get bored. I’ve put up some “Posted Keep Out” signs and will be putting out a couple of game cameras. Any beekeepers out there experienced this?

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    Default Re: Kids shooting at my hives with a pellet gun?

    Have to be a good shot to pick off very many bees.

    Sometimes a sign just dares the troublemakers.

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    Sounds like something I would have done when I was a kid. Luckily they really aren’t going to hurt much, but it’s still the principle of the matter. Never had experience with it.

    Look at it this way, it’s giving some real character to your hive.

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    Default Re: Kids shooting at my hives with a pellet gun?

    My nephew and his buds left a few in the boxes in their BB guns days. I figured they’d get bored of it when there wasn’t a reaction from the bees. They did, and moved on to more challenging targets lol.
    Rod

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    Default Re: Kids shooting at my hives with a pellet gun?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nelsonhoneyfarms View Post
    Sounds like something I would have done when I was a kid.
    It would have been irresistible to a 12 year-old psm1212. I was such a little ****.

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    Default Re: Kids shooting at my hives with a pellet gun?

    If its a single pellet, it may just be a missed shot. I don't think most kids would leave after one 1 shot...

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    Default Re: Kids shooting at my hives with a pellet gun?

    I would put up a game camera if possible. Might recognize them and go to the parents first. Cops a last resort IMHO. I recall some errant judgment
    when young.

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    Default Re: Kids shooting at my hives with a pellet gun?

    Annoying, but little you can do, and a sign will not deter this activity.

    Had the odd (real) bullet hole in my hives, always been a one off and not recurred, and never done serious harm.

    But if you are serious and caught them with a game camera, a word with the parents may work.

    About signs. In my view a unfriendly No Trespassing type sign only antagonises certain personality types. A friendly sigh such as Take Care, Bees Working Hard is non threatening and may provoke empathy rather than aggression.
    "Every viewpoint, is a view from a point." - Solomon Parker

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    Default Re: Kids shooting at my hives with a pellet gun?

    If you get on the game cam, have them come with wood filler and fix their own dents.

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    Default Re: Kids shooting at my hives with a pellet gun?

    Quote Originally Posted by John D. View Post
    I would put up a game camera if possible. Might recognize them and go to the parents first. Cops a last resort IMHO. I recall some errant judgment
    when young.
    Now there's a target!!

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