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Old 11-10-2018, 02:42 PM   #1
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Default How do you get an owl out of your chimney ?

I need some advice from the green screen . How do you get a live owl out of your chimney ? One got inside of mine and when I open the damper it crawls up above the smoke shelf and I can't reach it.
I told my wife that we should just leave the damper open and let it come out on it's own. Needless to say, she is having none of that.

It's too big to fly back up the chimney.

What suggestions do ya'll have ?
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Old 11-10-2018, 02:45 PM   #2
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Put a cat down from the top?
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Old 11-10-2018, 02:45 PM   #3
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Old 11-10-2018, 02:46 PM   #4
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Id get a chimney sweep to push it from above or maybe even from the bottom if possible.
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Old 11-10-2018, 02:51 PM   #5
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I want the video when he gets loose inside the house!
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Old 11-10-2018, 02:53 PM   #6
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Start a fire?
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Old 11-10-2018, 02:53 PM   #7
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Build a small fire and smoke it....seriously y hi,go th home depot or lowes and get one of those chimney brushes with extendable shaft and shove him out the top.

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Old 11-10-2018, 02:56 PM   #8
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Old 11-10-2018, 02:58 PM   #9
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Might want to contact your local game warden, TPWD and Federal laws are pretty strict on Owls, I'd hate to get crossways with Mr. Greenjeans over an Owl.

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Old 11-10-2018, 03:01 PM   #10
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We had 2. Yes 2. Come down one at the farm house. We closed all the doors and caught them using a towel. The first one was easy. Second time around the owl was on lamps and couches. Got pretty sporty.



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Old 11-10-2018, 03:14 PM   #11
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I’m trying to get my grandsons over for help now. I was kind of thinking to get someone on the roof and push it down so that we can catch it and let it go. There are double doors right by the fireplace so maybe we can coax it out fairly easy.
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Old 11-10-2018, 03:16 PM   #12
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We had 2. Yes 2. Come down one at the farm house. We closed all the doors and caught them using a towel. The first one was easy. Second time around the owl was on lamps and couches. Got pretty sporty.



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Reminds me of the time a lady saw an owl beside the road or highway and tried to rescue it. It sunk its talens into her leg and then she had to be rescued from it.
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Old 11-10-2018, 03:21 PM   #13
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Reminds me of the time a lady saw an owl beside the road or highway and tried to rescue it. It sunk its talens into her leg and then she had to be rescued from it.
Lol.

I had to rescue a guy from a sandhill crane once. Took this dude from Illinois or some place on a paid hunt. We pass shot a group and knocked one out via wing shot. Next thing I know he's hollering and this crane is chasing across a peanut field.

I had to shoot the crane again with him yelling not to mess it up so he could mount it.

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Old 11-10-2018, 03:22 PM   #14
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This makes me think of the squirrel on national lampoons Christmas vacation.
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Old 11-10-2018, 03:25 PM   #15
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Old 11-10-2018, 03:29 PM   #16
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Use a Tootsie Pop to bait him out

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Old 11-10-2018, 04:08 PM   #17
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I hadnít thought of that. Sounds like a plan.
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Old 11-10-2018, 04:13 PM   #18
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Might want to contact your local game warden, TPWD and Federal laws are pretty strict on Owls, I'd hate to get crossways with Mr. Greenjeans over an Owl.

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If you call the Game Warden you may end up having that Owl as a permanent residence.

Smoke it out
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Old 11-10-2018, 04:18 PM   #19
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Send Owl a smoke signal!!!!!
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Old 11-10-2018, 04:21 PM   #20
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Start a fire, he leaves or he don't. You didn't know what kind of critter was in there. In other words sss. Believe me rescuing critters can get costly. A neighbors cat spend a week in my tree, by the end of the story, it cost me 1200.00 ( 2000.00 total) to have that f#%^ ing thing rescued. Believe you me next time, nothing but sss. Lesson learned.
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Old 11-10-2018, 04:28 PM   #21
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I caught an Owl with a Spro popping frog on Lake Fork once. Get a frog and dangle it from the top. Once the Owl latches onto the frog , reel him to the top. You can figure out what to do with it after that.
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Old 11-10-2018, 04:41 PM   #22
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This makes me think of the squirrel on national lampoons Christmas vacation.
exactly what i was thinking
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Old 11-10-2018, 07:33 PM   #23
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Get him a new library card, said the wise old book Owl.....

Rescued one hit by a car. Knocked out but still breathing, when he came to you could tell he was still out of it. Couple weeks of rest on the back porch good as new. Fed him raw hamburger meat with raw egg. He hung around the the back yard off and on for several months after release.
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Old 11-10-2018, 07:44 PM   #24
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Start a fire, he leaves or he don't. You didn't know what kind of critter was in there. In other words sss. Believe me rescuing critters can get costly. A neighbors cat spend a week in my tree, by the end of the story, it cost me 1200.00 ( 2000.00 total) to have that f#%^ ing thing rescued. Believe you me next time, nothing but sss. Lesson learned.
Out of curiosity why did it cost you and not the neighbor?
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Old 11-10-2018, 07:47 PM   #25
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Start a fire, he leaves or he don't. You didn't know what kind of critter was in there. In other words sss. Believe me rescuing critters can get costly. A neighbors cat spend a week in my tree, by the end of the story, it cost me 1200.00 ( 2000.00 total) to have that f#%^ ing thing rescued. Believe you me next time, nothing but sss. Lesson learned.
You ever seen a cat skeleton in a tree?
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Old 11-10-2018, 08:04 PM   #26
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Tie a 1" rope around your grandsons ankle and lower him down the chimney head first. When he gets down to the owl tell him to grab it and then pull him up. Piece of cake man !!
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Old 11-10-2018, 08:12 PM   #27
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Out of curiosity why did it cost you and not the neighbor?
I'm wondering the same
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Old 11-10-2018, 09:07 PM   #28
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Out of curiosity why did it cost you and not the neighbor?
Cat was in the tree 7 days, a differant neighbor ( every body in the neighbor hood could watch him up there) had been watching him, and called the news, a tree trimmer ( actually three differant ones had tried ) and fire dept. They could not get it down, so they had thier ladder truck come and rescue it. Well they parked in my drive way and cracked the crap out of the cement. They " not being liable for it" we're not going to pay for it. But after talking to them a while I got them to agree to pay for almost half. Neighbor didn't pay a dime to get that f#% ing thing down. I posted a video on here of the " rescue". And the mayhem at my house. Sucked ,never again, cat will just disappear next time.
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Old 11-10-2018, 09:15 PM   #29
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You ever seen a cat skeleton in a tree?
No, and I would have loved if this would have been the first. I kept telling them it would come down, fire dept. told them the same originally, they would sit in my back yard crying, trying to get it to come down until mid night most nights. But after 7 days all the neighbors freaked out that it was going to die up there, called the news, they got the fire dept. to come out. And it was a s%%t show after that. They were at my house until like 1:00 in the morning still filming.
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Old 11-10-2018, 09:16 PM   #30
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So is the owl still in the chimney?
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Old 11-10-2018, 09:22 PM   #31
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Sorry op didn't mean to jack your post up. Apologies !
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Old 11-10-2018, 09:30 PM   #32
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I wouldn't bother the game warden with this....he has better things to do on the second week of general season in my humble opinion. Do what you got to do to take care of this unfortunate incident and move on.
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Old 11-10-2018, 10:02 PM   #33
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You make it very uncomfortable for him to stay.
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Old 11-10-2018, 10:23 PM   #34
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Ok, the owl has been set free. We got in after dark from my daughter's and grandson's birthday party and my said that the varmint had to be gotten out of her house tonight.

Well it's already dark and too dangerous to get up on the second story roof in the dark. After a little head scratching and figuring I decided to remove the fireplace grate and cover the opening with a folding table turned on it's side. I reached in and opened the damper and assumed that it would drop down into the firebox.

About 10 minutes later it dropped. I called my two grandsons over to help me catch it without causing to much "sport". I put on a pair of welding gloves, picked up a blanket to cover the opening, and had one grandson move the table.

I dropped the blanket over it and grabbed it, took it outside and released it. It flew off into the darkness like nothing ever happened. Nothing exciting about it. Went over well. I'll post some pictures in the morning when I can get my daughter to do it. I'm pretty slow on computer stuff.

Thanks for everyone's advice.
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Old 11-10-2018, 10:26 PM   #35
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Start a fire with a mixture of pecan and peach wood. He will either leave or you will have a smoked owl, hence the pecan/peach wood. Smoked owl is second only to whooping crane, but they don’t get in chimneys, unlike their stork cousins when delivering babies ��
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Old 11-10-2018, 10:35 PM   #36
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Start a fire
I can just imagine that conversation with the firefighters.

"Ok sir. How'd your house burn down?"

"Well there was an owl stuck in the chimney so I started up the fireplace. He went up in flames,flew out and crashed into the blinds hanging by the window which went ablaze. Bounced off and rolled under the couch. About 3 minutes later the couch and carpet was on fire. I took off my shirt and commenced to beatin the flames out. Before I knew it there was a lot of flames."

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