Re: How Do You Hunt Squirrels?
This thread appears to be fairly old but it is the first time I've seen it.
I really enjoy squirrel hunting. I use a extremely accurate 22 Anschutz 64 target rifle with Shepherd 3.5x10 scope made for the .22lr. I also drag along a light lawn chair (read "lounge chair") and a plastic 5 gal. bucket holding a range finder, note pad, pencil, coffee thermus, snacks, current shooting magazine or two, a couple of squirrel calls, couple of varmint calls, a crow call and maybe some other stuff depending on the weather. I might even bring my walkman radio and earphones if Nebraska is playing football that day.
Three things not allowed are the %#*@ cell phone, or a pager or anyone else who talks much. Especially any woman who wants to talk about the neighbors, neighbors kids, Obama or their "feelings". It may not bother the squirrels but it bothers me.
Finding the squirrels is not a problem. I live here and know where they are and some of the basic routes they take to go back and forth between the corn crib and the grove. They are all fox squirrels, corn fed and are some of the largest squirrels in the U.S.
Next, go to a spot I know, set up the chair, put the bucket next to it make ready the rifle, open the note book to the right page with the range card on it or make a new card if it is a new spot. An old card will usually have shots from previous hunts maked on it with range and dope data. I might stay in one spot for 20 minutes or all afternoon. Next... just set back and relax. Yes I've even fallen asleep a few times.
If I see one I'll range it or look at the card, maybe try to call it closer or just call to make it stop and look. The other calls?? well you never know what you are going to see.
The challenge? A 100 yard head shot on a squirrel with a 22lr. is just as difficult as a 400 yard coyote with a .243 win. Only cheaper, quieter and you get more chances to do it.
I seldom get skunked unless I "rest my eyes" too long and wake up in the dark. I usually get about 2 to 10 shots in an afternoon and take home from 2 to maybe as many as 6 squirrels. Shots fired or not, it makes a nice Sunday afternoon and somehow Monday doesn't seem as bad as usual!
Semper Fi. ...Mark