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How Do You Hunt Squirrels?

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Unread 01-20-2008, 04:09 PM
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How Do You Hunt Squirrels?

I am watching the weather, planning to go out later this week. Meanwhile...how about a discussion?
  1. What time of the day works best for you?
  2. Do you sit or do you walk?
  3. What shooting position is most common for you?
  4. Do you ever use a call?
  5. How much difference does weather make?
  6. If you see 5 squirrels on an outing, how many come home with you?
  7. Does your squirrel gun look as cool as mine?
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Unread 01-20-2008, 05:54 PM
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I have only been Squirrel hunting 5 times. It is something I should do more often but have not for one reason or another. I walked every time. I have used a .22 rifle four times and once used a .22 pistol. I have never called. Might be fun though. Everytime I went it was cool. Not cold but cool. If I see five squirrels I would say five would come home. I have not found them hard to shoot but at times hard to find. Now you have me thinking that I should get off my rear and go hunting.

My squirrel gun sadly does not look as cool as yours.
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Unread 01-20-2008, 07:49 PM
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I have to drive a long ways to squirrel hunt so I leave early and hunt from dawn until I get tired. I usually will hunt resident geese the same morning so I may start out with a 22 and go back to the truck and get the 12 guage if the geese are in the river. I do not normally hunt them until late winter.

I will usually walk a long and watch for them on the ground. If I get to a den tree that I know is active I will sit and wait for about 20-30 minutes and then move on.

I nearly always shoot using a tree as a side rest.

The main thing about the weather is that the squirrels will hole up on the very cold days for two to three days before coming back out.

If I see five squirrels I might get three, although I have seen five often enough and gotten none of them. Seldom will I get all of them. Mostly, if they get in a hole I will just move and not try to wait them out. Squirrels only get away because they outrun me on the ground or they get to a hole.

I use a stock 10-22 with only a few mods such as a magazine release and some smoothing on the sears, wierd bedding of the action and grinding off the front sight. It has a Burris 3X9 scope and a stock pad to get a better cheekweld. I have heard lots of people brag about how their bone stock 10-22 shoots great one hole groups but that is not my gun.

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Unread 01-21-2008, 08:21 AM
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You have all missed the easiest way to hunt squirrels. I learned this when I was a kid. Climb up a tree and act like a nut.
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Unread 01-21-2008, 01:40 PM
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For the most part I walk, but I do it slowly and stop often to look around. I do call at times whether it be just squeeking with no call or using a chuckar call for pine squirrels. If I see one and he jumps in a hole or something I sit down and wait for a good 10 minutes. At least half the time he'll get curious and see if you're still around in that amount of time. While I'm walkin' I look around for active tree's (one with a lot of fresh pieces of pine cones or nuts under it) and fresh stashes, and sit those for a while if I find em.
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Unread 01-21-2008, 03:41 PM
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Normally early morning, with 22 LR rifle or pistol and 17 Mach 2.

Use a squirrel call and squirrrel whistle.

Normally start out move 50-75 yds and sit for 15 minutes. Small low barks but in open woods (pecan orchards are favorite will use the whistle)

If you get one up a tree and not denned up, and have a second person one guy can shake a tree on the other side and make him run around the other side to the shooter.

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Unread 01-21-2008, 04:48 PM
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With Jazzy, my Kemmer Cur, and as many 2 3/4 number 6's I and my buddies can tote.
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