I prefer to walk/stalk w/o a call and always use my dad's .22--purchased used in 1946. The scope on top is a 1960 vintage 2.5x 3/4" tubed scope. Some might call this a classic small game rig. It'll print 1.5" groups at 50yd even today.
If I see 5 tree climbers four of them make it to the stew pot. I like an Italian dressing marinade followed by 1hr at 350 degrees.
20 - 30 yds is a common shot, I'm comfortable with this .22 out to about 60--hold on the pointed ear tip and gravity pulls down enough to solve my holdover.
Usually in position by a few min after daylight and I'll wait at a good hotspot. There's one group of oak,walnut and hickory trees on a friends farm were we almost always limit out. Once we've killed a few there or the action begins to die down we will slowly stalk through the woods to other stands of hardwoods we've found them in the past. We used a canoe for the first time this yr had permission to hunt several farms along the river. This was the fastest and easiest way to the productive areas. Usually we run .22 rifles more of a challenge, we are old enough that's what we are after fun..lol Back in the day we would use shot guns and/or a combination of the two so we had most situations covered. The first two pics were from a solo adventure had my limit in about 2 hrs sitting under the same group of trees. I brought out the old .410 I used it to kill my first squirrels man yrs ago and couldn't resist. The second one is the type of shot I try to make every time aim at the eye, aim small miss small...lol The last pic is from me and a buddy a few days later started to rain on us we called it early that morn. The 10-22 has a trigger job and a 1.5-6x nikon monarch, the 77-22 has a 4x leupold and a trigger job both will shoot one ragged hole if i do my part the best group from the bolt action was ten rounds i could cover with a cigarette butt... The gunsmithing was done my yours truly
I squirrel hunt quite a bit and much prefer to be out very early in the morning or about 2 hours before dark. As for calls and other stuff, it's not needed. The dog does the hard part by finding them. All I have to do is figure out what limb they are on and take them down. When the leaves are on we use shotguns because they are hard to support until they start to time out. When the leaves drop we can the rifles. I like my Ruger's so one of them tend to travel with me be it bolt or one of the autos. As for shotguns, rem 11-87 20 ga or win sx2 12.
Yep, squirrels are my favorite and rabbit too. I have always used a shotgun for those. Venison hhmmmm too. Matter a fact I just got through eating some fine venison stakes for supper. My Dog Littlebear loves it too, raw or cooked , don't matter to him. Ya have to give him some cause he won't quit barking until you do. Littlebear aint very big, but he'll go into a bear fight with a awitch knowin he's gonna loose.
I've hunted them Stalking slow or sitting down. We normally start hunting them at the end of August in Kentucky and first of September in Ohio. First we find buckeye trees and their favorite hickory trees. You stalk to the hickories and set up close when ya get there. At first we use shotguns cause of the leaves. We move on to the 22 later. Archery season fires up for deer middle of September so the worst thing you can do is bushytail hunt cause you will definitely see a really nice buck within 25 yards. Dad taught us how to hunt through bushytail hunting. Shotguns we fire off hand and 22 rifles the same unless there's a handy tree. Sometimes ill take shooting sticks.