Gypsy Wanderer Husky
Ok you sound like your in a place like my brother and we are in canada. He lives in the city, I live in the country. What he is doing, is going with a high powered air rifle, just for scare tacs. Then a 150 lb draw Crossbow with broad heads on the bolts. Compound Bows are another option as well. All these let out very little sound as well.
As for your Base ball bat problem, I have solved that as well. How about a nice piece of functioning furniture that has a hidden motive!!
Prepare for the unknown by studying how others in the past have coped with the unforeseeable and the unpredictable.
George S. Patton