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#2806341 - 04/12/12 10:40 AM "Barking" Squirrels?
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I read that Daniel Boone used to kill Squirrels with a technique known as "Barking." He would shoot the bark underneath the squirrel and the concussion and bark shrapnel would kill the squirrel. Obviously, they were using muzzleloaders then and that would destroy the meat, but I've never heard of this technique. Anyone familiar with it or heard of it or seen it in use?
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#2806356 - 04/12/12 11:07 AM Re: "Barking" Squirrels? [Re: Poser]
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i have heard of it. never tried it.
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#2806366 - 04/12/12 11:12 AM Re: "Barking" Squirrels? [Re: stik]
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Common story associated with Daniel Boone.
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#2806396 - 04/12/12 11:39 AM Re: "Barking" Squirrels? [Re: CBU93]
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never heard of it
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#2806410 - 04/12/12 11:56 AM Re: "Barking" Squirrels? [Re: easy45]
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I've shot at a "barking" squirrel with my bow because it wouldn't shut up, but that's about it.. \:D
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#2806493 - 04/12/12 01:09 PM Re: "Barking" Squirrels? [Re: Baxter83]
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yeah the only barking of squirrels I know of is the kind when a big grey or fox squirrel sitting in a tree wont shut up.
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#2806519 - 04/12/12 01:53 PM Re: "Barking" Squirrels? [Re: catman529]
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Told to me by my dad some 30 years ago.
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#2806871 - 04/13/12 04:41 AM Re: "Barking" Squirrels? [Re: jb3]
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Told to me by my grandfather some 34 years ago.


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#2807012 - 04/13/12 09:13 AM Re: "Barking" Squirrels? [Re: Poser]
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My buddys and me used to try it sometimes in our younger days. The object was to try and kill the squirrel with out breaking the skin. I don't know of any other reason we did at times other than just to see if we could.
We would also ring shot gun shells from time to time in attempts to pull off legendary(in our own minds!) shootin feats.... \:D



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#2807576 - 04/14/12 09:57 AM Re: "Barking" Squirrels? [Re: tndrbstr]
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Told to me by Poser 30 seconds ago \:D
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#2810103 - 04/18/12 10:39 AM Re: "Barking" Squirrels? [Re: rem270]
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I've heard of it but have never tried with my flintlock and patched round ball. I usually just shot for the head.

Historically,in the 1700's and early 1800's squirrel hunting was more a pest control measure than for the pot. Organized hunts among different "teams" to see who could take out the most of those little pesky critters were often held. In many cases the states or county governments offered bounties on "squirrel scalpes". This was done in an attempt to protect the agriculture in the area from an invasion of what must have been thousands of squirrels. I remember reading about one organized hunt in the early 1800's that supposedly killed 20,000.

Oops....I've wandered off the subject a bit. Below is an account from John J. Audubon and an accounter with Boone where he discribes a squirrel hunt with Boone "barking" squirrels. Click on note 27.

http://www.lewis-clark.org/Content/content-article.asp?ArticleID=3002#Note27
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#2810148 - 04/18/12 11:56 AM Re: "Barking" Squirrels? [Re: Wobblyshot1]
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A buddy of mine 'barked' a squirrel once just like you described on one of our huntin trips. It was totally by accident though. The squirrel flew straight up into the air.
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#2810451 - 04/18/12 07:40 PM Re: "Barking" Squirrels? [Re: Carlos Viagra]
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I heard they would do it so the lead would stay in the tree then they would climb up and dig it out and melt it down and use it again.
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#2810481 - 04/18/12 08:20 PM Re: "Barking" Squirrels? [Re: timberjack86]
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I read a article about bark'n when I was a kid in high school (in the 80s).

It read that they ate every part of the squirrel include'n the brains & cheeks, & by shoot'n the tree limb to kill the squirrel it didnt waste any meat.
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