Will a BB/Pellet Gun Kill A Raccoon? 🦝Is Raccoon Hunting Legal?

A BB gun is a powerful weapon and is often used for hunting small wild animals. When used correctly a BB gun can humanely and instantly kill a raccoon.

Is It Illegal To Kill A Raccoon On Your Property?

Killing a raccoon on your property is a type of animal control when living in a popular raccoon area – or when they have a nuisance raccoon raiding garbage and causing damage. Raccoons are a protected species in most of the home range in North America though – and so you will need a license to hunt and kill them. In many states, they also have a specific hunting season too – which must be adhered to.

So, in theory, if you have the paperwork in place (Hunting license) and it is the right time of year – you can kill raccoons on your property or out in the forest. There may be a certain bag limit depending on your area, but some areas don’t have a limit and don’t have a specific season either. It may also be illegal to shoot raccoons in built-up areas, near other people’s property, or without their permission – even if you have a license.

Many wildlife control agents can use trapping instead for relocation or elimination of individual raccoons, especially where they pose a health and safety risk to families. Individual licenses can also be sought for single troublesome raccoons to be killed if needed.

Will A BB Gun Kill A Raccoon In Your Yard?

Using BB guns, or other high-powered air rifles or air guns, to hunt raccoons is a method used by many people. Highly accurate at close range, these weapons allow the raccoons to be dispatched instantly and therefore humanely by the hunters. Something that is required by law in most countries.

Can I Shoot A Raccoon in My Yard

Using such a weapon in your own backyard still falls under the state laws in your home county – so you still need to keep to the season and bag limits, or other limits stated where you live.

Shooting in your own yard has its advantages over hunting elsewhere as it is easier to have all your supplies to hand. Also to have picked out some great ambush positions from which to shoot. Whether you actually put out bait for them or set up along a popular trail – hunting from home is an easier and more practical solution to raccoon numbers in your area. Be aware of your distance to neighboring properties though, especially within city limits.

Also, if you were looking to skin or eat your raccoons, being close to home will certainly have its advantages for speed and efficiency of processing. As long as you were able to dispose of the body as per local directives (some states have specific laws for this too) then you are good to go.

Which shot is the best to kill a raccoon? (Head Shot, Body Shot)

There are two popular ways to kill a raccoon – head shot or body shot. But which one is the best?

Headshots are the most popular way to kill a raccoon and a well-placed brain shot is the most humane kill, but they’re also the most difficult. The brain is a small target and needs great accuracy, and if you miss it, the raccoon will suffer. The downside is that you have to be very close to the raccoon to make sure you hit it.

Body shots are much easier, but they’re not always fatal unless you get a heart shot or a lung shot. If you hit the heart or lungs, the raccoon will die quickly. But if you hit the stomach or intestines, the raccoon will suffer for a long time before dying.

So depending on your ability to make accurate shots with a pellet rifle and making a well placed shot you can make a clean kill on a raccoon in a fast and humane way. And you can start doing pest control on the raccoons go through your garbage cans or raid your bird feeders. Just remember to have a powerful air rifle or airsoft gun.

With respect to shot placement, my preference is a headshot when available. It is more humane and generally results in a quicker death for the animal. That said, I have found that with the more powerful rifles, a chest shot will work just fine as long as you aim for the heart.

I have had good luck with both headshots and chest shots on raccoons, but I always try to go for the headshot if at all possible. In my experience, it is a cleaner kill and the animal suffers less. If you are unsure of your shot or are using a less powerful weapon, though, a chest shot can still be effective.

What airsoft gun should I use to kill raccoons?

There are many different types of airsoft guns on the market, each with its own strengths and weaknesses. It can be difficult to decide which one is best for taking down a tough little critter like a raccoon. In general, I believe that the airguns that are most appropriate for this task generate at least 25 ft. lbs. of energy. They can be either spring piston or pre-charged pneumatic (PCP) guns.

Spring piston guns are typically less expensive than PCP guns, but they can be more difficult to operate accurately. PCP guns tend to be more expensive up front, but they often offer better performance in terms of accuracy and power. Either type of gun can be a good choice for taking down a raccoon, but I think it is important to choose one that will generate enough power to ensure a clean kill.

More recently, the .30 calibers are impressing me with their outstanding terminal performance. One reason I prefer a PCP is that they’re more powerful than traditional air rifles. Another reason is that they’re quieter. And, finally, because they have less recoil.

I’ve had good luck with the .177 caliber, but the .30 caliber is much better at taking down larger pests like raccoons. In my opinion, the best way to take down a raccoon is with a head shot. The body shot will kill it eventually, but it will take longer and the animal will suffer more.

What airsoft rifle should I use to kill raccoons?

A rifle like the Benjamin Trail NP XL Air Rifle is a great choice but actually, all Air rifles have to power to kill a raccoon as long as you hit them correctly as discussed above.

Can You Shoot Raccoons At Night?

There is no legal difference between shooting a raccoon during the day or at night in most licensing requirements (obviously taking the actual ‘day’ into account for bag counts and the start/end of the season).

The only issue you may have is that you will need to see them using artificial light or night vision equipment. Raccoons are nocturnal too – so they will be more active at this time – on top of their game. So hunting at night puts you slightly at a disadvantage when they have a slight advantage.

Shooting during the daytime allows humans to be at their peak – and raccoons to potentially be caught napping – and in larger groups. Female raccoons often share denning sites and so can potentially be located more easily.

Remember to check the law where you are.

Why Are Raccoons A Protected Species?

Raccoons are a protected species along most of their range and they are actually split into around 22 sub-species which all vary slightly in color, size, and behavior. Those in the warmer south are generally smaller and paler, whereas those in the north of the range are often larger and darker in color.

Because of these factors – all of the subspecies are in fact highly localized – some only living in tiny pockets of states or on islands. The species as a whole (Procyon lotor) is protected during certain seasons and in certain numbers and locations – depending on their local status – because of its value to humans in one way or another.

All protected species have some regulations in place locally that determine how, when, or if they can be killed, trapped, or relocated.

Relocation can be just as strict as killing in terms of rules in place – and often a trapped animal can’t legally be re-released (it has to be euthanized). It is always advised to seek professional advice if you are looking at changing your raccoon control methods – as releasing raccoons is a ticketed offense in some places where shooting them isn’t.

Common Raccoon Hunting Mistakes

Common raccoon hunting mistakes can easily lead to a failed hunt. The first mistake is not scouting the area before setting out. If you don’t know where the raccoons are, you won’t be able to find them. Another mistake is not using the right bait. Raccoons are attracted to certain smells and tastes, so using the wrong bait can mean a wasted trip.

Additionally, hunters should always remember to wear proper clothing and gear for the conditions they are hunting in. This includes wearing camouflage clothing, boots with good traction, and protective gear such as gloves and goggles.

Lastly, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings while hunting; make sure you’re aware of your state’s regulations on raccoon hunting and that you stay within legal boundaries at all times. By avoiding these common mistakes, hunters can enjoy an enjoyable and successful raccoon hunt!

What Should You Consider Before Shooting a Raccoon?

Before shooting a raccoon, it is essential to consider various factors. These include whether or not the animal is causing damage to property if it is in an area with humans or pets that could be exposed to danger, and if any laws exist regarding hunting or killing wildlife in the given location. It is also important to make sure the animal poses an imminent threat and that humane alternatives have been exhausted before resorting to lethal force.

Additionally, it is essential to ensure that the shooter has the necessary licenses and permits for hunting and killing animals where needed, as well as access to humane traps or other capture methods in case of non-lethal interventions. Finally, one should consider the potential environmental impacts of shooting a raccoon as this can affect other wildlife populations as well.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can A 177 Pellet Gun Kill A Racoon?

Yes, a 177 caliber pellet gun can kill a raccoon as long as you hit it correctly. At full power and close enough range, a typical .177 pellet rifle will penetrate the skull.

The more massive pellets should be able to fulfill that goal. Ranging from 28 grains all the way down to 13 grains. The lighter pellets may not offer enough penetration required. The shots will need to be at a close distance, so the pellet won’t lose too much of its speed before it hits its target. I would recommend the bigger 22 caliber pellets for better penetration and power against a small game like raccoons.

Can a 22 Pellet Gun Kill a Raccoon?

Yes, a 22 pellet gun can kill a raccoon. The size of the pellet is important in determining whether it will be effective for killing an animal such as a raccoon. A .22 caliber pellet is more than enough to bring down this creature and cause serious injury or death. The pellets are perfect for hunting small game animals and pests such as mice, rats, squirrels, raccoons, and other similar-sized creatures. It is important to remember that no matter what size of pellet you use, always use them responsibly and only when necessary. In some states, it may be illegal to shoot wild animals without proper licensing or permission from the local government. Make sure you know your state’s regulations before using any type of firearm on wildlife.


So a good thing to remember is to check your local laws and get some target practice in with your preferred weapon. That way you can get a good single shot in that will kill the little tough critters. And a good idea is of course to make sure you have enough power in your weapon to kill