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How Do You Hunt Squirrels?

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Unread 09-18-2010, 06:44 PM
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Re: How Do You Hunt Squirrels?

17 mach 2 Lilja on Sako action and shoot for the head. Body makes a big mess. I do lots of walking. If I see 5 and don't come home with them it is rare. I only hunt them after the deer season before Turkey season comes in. If i miss with that one trust me it's me. That gun will print groups at 100 yds that many of us strive to do with our big rigs.
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Unread 10-10-2010, 02:31 PM
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Re: How Do You Hunt Squirrels?

Remington 541S with a Leupold 2-7 or Savage 93 in 17 HMR with a Leupold 6.5x20 (good out to 150 yards with head shots only). Used to hunt wth a T/C contender 10" match barrel shooting CCI SGB's wearing a Burris 2-7 scope.
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Unread 12-07-2010, 12:58 AM
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Re: How Do You Hunt Squirrels?

-I usually head out in the morning, about 0600 to 1000 seems to be the best time.
-Never used calls, would like to try them.
-I walk and lay down. I usually start by laying near an active walnut or hickory nut tree and let them come to me.
-I hunt with a Marlin 17 HMR model 917V, its the heavy barrel model. Great shooting rifle, Ive made five round jagged holes at fifty yards on several occasions.
-Longest squirrel shot with it is around the 130 yard mark. Large red squirrel standing up, facing away from me. Aimed for the back of the head, round dropped a bit and nailed him between the shoulder blades. DRT
-If I see five, Ill ussually get five as long as I have a chance to shoot.
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Last edited by Leonidas 933; 12-08-2010 at 02:57 AM. Reason: Incorrect model number.
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Unread 02-03-2011, 06:36 PM
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Re: How Do You Hunt Squirrels?

Great thread. I'm suprised not to hear more about calling them. Every article I remember reading growing up was about "CALLING EM IN." I chuckled the other day when I noticed my electronic predator caller actually had several squirrel in distress sounds on it and was wondering the effectivness. I've always sat em out in stands of Oak and popped em w/ a 22 as they fed around me.
~ If the All-Mighty had intended not to hunt down & shoot wild animals, he wouldn't have made them quite so tasty ~
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Unread 05-04-2011, 08:25 PM
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How I hunt squirrels!

I am usually a walker when it comes to squirrels. I will sit and wait on occasions depending on the weather or how I am feeling, but it is usually a long day walking. I use a CZ 452 American in .17Mach2 or a CZ 452 American in .22LR. If the leaves are off the trees, I will usually stick to the mach2 due to the ability for longer shots. If there are still leaves, I enjoy still using the trusty .22LR. It is also nice to sit and just listen for activity. I usually sit for a least a little when deer season is coming and watch my stands and just observe for squirrels. I think squirrel hunting is one of my favorite types of hunting!
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Unread 05-11-2011, 10:15 PM
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Re: How Do You Hunt Squirrels?

I use a pellet or 22LR pill to the noggin. Very effective. I usually bring home my limit. Now that I have my new CZ 455, no squirrel is safe.
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Unread 05-18-2011, 02:47 PM
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Re: How Do You Hunt Squirrels?

I hunt squirrels pretty much the same way I hunt grouse in the woods. Slow stalk/walk while watching for any movements or sound. I've always used a .22 rifle, never tried a shotgun. For me personally squirrels and .22 long guns just go together like apple pie and ice cream.

I've never used squirrel calls. For me squirrel hunting is all about getting out and just hunting around. A great form of just enjoying the views and sounds the forest has to offer.

Some of my squirrel guns below. Sorry for all the photos.

This is my first squirrel gun and I have owned it for over 30 years. Stevens 15a single-shot.

Mossberg 146b tube-feed. Load up 19 rounds and hunt all day.

Mossberg 152 semi-auto for those real brushy areas and quick follow up shots.

Mossberg 142 bolty for brushy areas and quick shots.

My more recent and more expensive critter getters.

Anschutz 1517HB in .17HMR for the long range shots. I don't think it is as much fun as the .22s because of the louder shots. It is deadly on rabbits though!

Weatherby xxii (Anschutz 64)... this is just pure wickedness and crazy accurate. Best trigger of all my rimfires.
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