Shoot, shovel and shutup. Many of you have said this is the best way to deal with feral/let-to-run-loose dogs that are bothering our animals. I just got back from WalMart. The salesguy caught me looking at the guns. I can barely tell a pistol from a bbgun. He asked me what I was wanting the gun for. I told him to shoot the dogs that killed our rabbits. He told me not to buy a gun and just put out some dog kibble soaked in antifreeze. Is this legal? It would be a horrible way to die, worse than being killed with a single shot, but I've never shot a gun before. If, a very big IF, I were to get a gun, for the sole purpose of shooting at dogs on my property, what kind would I get? I would want something kinda small, something not very loud and something cheap to buy ammo for. I'm friends with the police at work. They've said I would only need a permit for a pistol, not for a "long gun." They invited me to come to their firing range for lessons. I'm guessing I should take them up on their offer. These dogs form a very big pack. I see them almost every morning when I leave to go to work...not neccesarily in my yard. They range about two miles up and down the road. I know they do not all belong to one person and I really have no idea who to begin talking to about them. What should I do?