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#2912577 - 08/19/12 12:34 AM Tennessee's Toughest Limit...Revisited
redblood
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I try to post this every yr. with all my obligations i am a little late this go around. My passion for squirrel huntingbhas always been strong. From my first 2 squirrels, a pair of fox squirrels, from the same crooked hickory in an island woodlot- i was hooked. However it was an article I read in the early 1990's in my high school library, that truly fueled my addiction. It appeared in the TN Sportsman (i believe) and it was entitled TN'S Toughest Limit. in the article, the author stated that a one hunt limit of 10 squirrels was not only a challenge but it was toughest feat in all of volunteer state hunting. to do it with a rimfire, bordered on impossible. The desire to prove the authors notion false, fueled me to be a better hunter and rig myself with better equipment. I came close many times before reaching my goal on mid september morning, my freshman yr of college. since this time, my love of squirrel hunting has increased each yr. 20+ LIMITS later, i still feel like that kid with an ol marlin 39 carbine. And you can bet that i will be under a hickory tree somewhere. I hope u will too

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#2912687 - 08/19/12 09:11 AM Re: Tennessee's Toughest Limit...Revisited [Re: redblood]
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 Originally Posted By: redblood
I try to post this every yr. with all my obligations i am a little late this go around. My passion for squirrel huntingbhas always been strong. From my first 2 squirrels, a pair of fox squirrels, from the same crooked hickory in an island woodlot- i was hooked. However it was an article I read in the early 1990's in my high school library, that truly fueled my addiction. It appeared in the TN Sportsman (i believe) and it was entitled TN'S Toughest Limit. in the article, the author stated that a one hunt limit of 10 squirrels was not only a challenge but it was toughest feat in all of volunteer state hunting. to do it with a rimfire, bordered on impossible. The desire to prove the authors notion false, fueled me to be a better hunter and rig myself with better equipment. I came close many times before reaching my goal on mid september morning, my freshman yr of college. since this time, my love of squirrel hunting has increased each yr. 20+ LIMITS later, i still feel like that kid with an ol marlin 39 carbine. And you can bet that i will be under a hickory tree somewhere. I hope u will too


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#2912836 - 08/19/12 11:57 AM Re: Tennessee's Toughest Limit...Revisited [Re: Roost 1]
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I love squirrel season. My squirrel cooking has gotten to be so popular and in demand with my friends that I have to get out there and get quite a few just to keep up. My plan for this year is to have a brine and marinade pre-mixed and in the cooler. I will come out of the woods in the morning, drop the squirrels in the brine and then, before the afternoon hunt, put them in the marinade. Later that evening, we will have a Squirrel opener celebration.

I have to go to the Plateau for a work related matter over labor day weekend -will get some dove hunting in, though I will have to miss the opener. Anyway, I am planning on doing a little squirrel hunting road trip from Memphis to the Plateau and back. I am going to stop at Hatchie refuge on the way out of town, hit up the Nashville area that evening. Catoosa the next day and then stops in Nashville and maybe Natchez Trace on the way back (may fit some early duck season in there, too).

Anyone want to hook up along the way? I am probably rolling out on Aug 29th, be back on ~Sept 5th.
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#2912901 - 08/19/12 01:36 PM Re: Tennessee's Toughest Limit...Revisited [Re: Poser]
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I am looking foward to it. I don't how many limits I have killed with a .22 but it is one of the most enjoyable things for me.
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#2913421 - 08/19/12 09:16 PM Re: Tennessee's Toughest Limit...Revisited [Re: Hillbilly Hunter]
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I went out scouting today. Found a few hickories that looked promising.

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#2913431 - 08/19/12 09:23 PM Re: Tennessee's Toughest Limit...Revisited [Re: trealtree]
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Same feelings here. I am 52 now, and started when I was 12.I couldnt sleep the nite before opening day then and still wake up now. Ive never missed an opening day. I like hunting squirrels with a rifle as much as anything I do. Hope Im there Sat. morning, cant wait. Good luck to all.
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#2913449 - 08/19/12 09:33 PM Re: Tennessee's Toughest Limit...Revisited [Re: tickweed]
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Just bought me a new cz 513 .22 and got it sighted in i cant wait to break it in on some squirrels come saturday
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#2913497 - 08/19/12 10:35 PM Re: Tennessee's Toughest Limit...Revisited [Re: rem.30-06]
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I know what you mean Tickweed. I've been after bushytails for more years than I can believe. I never get tired of it. Opening day is like a holiday for me.
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#2913498 - 08/19/12 10:35 PM Re: Tennessee's Toughest Limit...Revisited [Re: rem.30-06]
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I know what you mean Tickweed. I've been after bushytails for more years than I can believe. I never get tired of it. Opening day is like a holiday for me.
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#2913515 - 08/19/12 10:54 PM Re: Tennessee's Toughest Limit...Revisited [Re: rem.30-06]
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 Originally Posted By: rem.30-06
Just bought me a new cz 513 .22 and got it sighted in i cant wait to break it in on some squirrels come saturday


the cz's are amazing guns, bought mine in august if 1999. best gun purchase i have ever made. bar none. in feb 2003, i bouth a cz 527 223. that was my second best purchase
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#2913713 - 08/20/12 08:42 AM Re: Tennessee's Toughest Limit...Revisited [Re: redblood]
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 Originally Posted By: redblood
I try to post this every yr. with all my obligations i am a little late this go around. My passion for squirrel huntingbhas always been strong. From my first 2 squirrels, a pair of fox squirrels, from the same crooked hickory in an island woodlot- i was hooked. However it was an article I read in the early 1990's in my high school library, that truly fueled my addiction. It appeared in the TN Sportsman (i believe) and it was entitled TN'S Toughest Limit. in the article, the author stated that a one hunt limit of 10 squirrels was not only a challenge but it was toughest feat in all of volunteer state hunting. to do it with a rimfire, bordered on impossible. The desire to prove the authors notion false, fueled me to be a better hunter and rig myself with better equipment. I came close many times before reaching my goal on mid september morning, my freshman yr of college. since this time, my love of squirrel hunting has increased each yr. 20+ LIMITS later, i still feel like that kid with an ol marlin 39 carbine. And you can bet that i will be under a hickory tree somewhere. I hope u will too


I always enjoy reading about your squirrel hunting trips. Looking forwards to see you get your many limits this year.

I'll be out Saturday morning hunting with an old Savage 24 (top barrel .22 lr, bottom barrel .410). The first shot is always with the .22, but it's got open sights, so I'll probably be shooting the .410 quite a bit.

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#2913837 - 08/20/12 10:27 AM Re: Tennessee's Toughest Limit...Revisited [Re: Buzzard Breath]
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 Originally Posted By: buzz mcmanus
I always enjoy reading about your squirrel hunting trips. Looking forwards to see you get your many limits this year.
Me too.
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#2913851 - 08/20/12 10:39 AM Re: Tennessee's Toughest Limit...Revisited [Re: Andy S.]
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I was out scouting Saturday morning in Haywood county and saw several squirrels cutting hickories and having a big time chasing each other and such. I saw a group of 5-6 gray squirrels in one grove of hickory trees and 2 more in another hickory on the way back to the truck, as well as several encounters with deer, mainly does and fawns. On a a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the best, I would say the cuttings I found would equate to about a 5. I'm thinking they will really be at it this week and this weekend in my area. I plan to give it a whirl Saturday and possibly Sunday to see for myself. Best of luck to all who go.



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#2913864 - 08/20/12 10:55 AM Re: Tennessee's Toughest Limit...Revisited [Re: Buzzard Breath]
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 Originally Posted By: buzz mcmanus
 Originally Posted By: redblood
I try to post this every yr. with all my obligations i am a little late this go around. My passion for squirrel huntingbhas always been strong. From my first 2 squirrels, a pair of fox squirrels, from the same crooked hickory in an island woodlot- i was hooked. However it was an article I read in the early 1990's in my high school library, that truly fueled my addiction. It appeared in the TN Sportsman (i believe) and it was entitled TN'S Toughest Limit. in the article, the author stated that a one hunt limit of 10 squirrels was not only a challenge but it was toughest feat in all of volunteer state hunting. to do it with a rimfire, bordered on impossible. The desire to prove the authors notion false, fueled me to be a better hunter and rig myself with better equipment. I came close many times before reaching my goal on mid september morning, my freshman yr of college. since this time, my love of squirrel hunting has increased each yr. 20+ LIMITS later, i still feel like that kid with an ol marlin 39 carbine. And you can bet that i will be under a hickory tree somewhere. I hope u will too


I always enjoy reading about your squirrel hunting trips. Looking forwards to see you get your many limits this year.

I'll be out Saturday morning hunting with an old Savage 24 (top barrel .22 lr, bottom barrel .410). The first shot is always with the .22, but it's got open sights, so I'll probably be shooting the .410 quite a bit.



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I would try to talk you into taking me along or coming by the farm, but for some crazy reason I will be in Ohio at a wedding! Did I just say that? Yeah, my brother is getting married. If there's a silver lining, at least he didn't wait until deer season opened.
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#2914244 - 08/20/12 05:28 PM Re: Tennessee's Toughest Limit...Revisited [Re: Buzzard Breath]
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 Originally Posted By: buzz mcmanus
 Originally Posted By: redblood
I try to post this every yr. with all my obligations i am a little late this go around. My passion for squirrel huntingbhas always been strong. From my first 2 squirrels, a pair of fox squirrels, from the same crooked hickory in an island woodlot- i was hooked. However it was an article I read in the early 1990's in my high school library, that truly fueled my addiction. It appeared in the TN Sportsman (i believe) and it was entitled TN'S Toughest Limit. in the article, the author stated that a one hunt limit of 10 squirrels was not only a challenge but it was toughest feat in all of volunteer state hunting. to do it with a rimfire, bordered on impossible. The desire to prove the authors notion false, fueled me to be a better hunter and rig myself with better equipment. I came close many times before reaching my goal on mid september morning, my freshman yr of college. since this time, my love of squirrel hunting has increased each yr. 20+ LIMITS later, i still feel like that kid with an ol marlin 39 carbine. And you can bet that i will be under a hickory tree somewhere. I hope u will too


I always enjoy reading about your squirrel hunting trips. Looking forwards to see you get your many limits this year.

I'll be out Saturday morning hunting with an old Savage 24 (top barrel .22 lr, bottom barrel .410). The first shot is always with the .22, but it's got open sights, so I'll probably be shooting the .410 quite a bit.



thanks, i appreciate it. i will be squirrel hunting in illinois on friday but may miss the sat opener. i have to attend a farm auction and will come back either depressed or broke
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#2915281 - 08/21/12 01:58 PM Re: Tennessee's Toughest Limit...Revisited [Re: redblood]
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I go deer hunting see nothing but squirrels and turkey many days. Go squirrel hunting and see deer and turkey. Go turkey hunting and see deer and squirrels. I am going to try to do better on bushy tails this year though.
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#2915294 - 08/21/12 02:07 PM Re: Tennessee's Toughest Limit...Revisited [Re: tasaman]
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 Originally Posted By: tasaman
I go deer hunting see nothing but squirrels and turkey many days. Go squirrel hunting and see deer and turkey. Go turkey hunting and see deer and squirrels.
I know the feeling. This sounds like my hunting buds and I pissing and moaning about everything, Ha!


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#3333366 - 08/23/13 04:16 PM Re: Tennessee's Toughest Limit...Revisited [Re: Andy S.]
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#3333558 - 08/23/13 08:17 PM Re: Tennessee's Toughest Limit...Revisited [Re: redblood]
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Squirrel hunt'n was nearly a religon when I was a kid & it made up a big part of my hunt'n life, loved it even more than deer season.

After get'n domesticated (married) work consumed most of my time, drove over the road for about 18 years & was stay'n gone well over 300 days a year, but wifey set her foot down & insisted I take a local job so I could be home.

Didnt take long to get the bug to hunt again & squirrel was top of the list, once I got in the woods it was like a trip back in time, the smell of the woods, sounds of squirrels do'n what they do and just the feel of a gun in my hand was the greatest thing, never realized how much I missed it untill then, was like be'n 16 again.

Squirrel hunt'n is practicaly a southern tradition that gets handed down with each generation, I can remember my grand pa take'n me & my fave old uncle Luke & his cur dog, but my cuzin was the one I hunted with teh most since we were nearly the same age, think I'll see if he wants to go do some squirrel hunt'n in a weekend or so.

Lifes short, enjoy it while ya can.

Great thread by the way.


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#3333583 - 08/23/13 08:38 PM Re: Tennessee's Toughest Limit...Revisited [Re: FOX FIRE]
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Headed out in the morning for my second hunt of the year.

The Marlin .17 is 1 for 1 so far. \:D

I know of a few hickory and a couple beech that should produce an opportunity or three.
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#3334605 - 08/24/13 08:30 PM Re: Tennessee's Toughest Limit...Revisited [Re: RUGER]
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i have to say one thing I have a lot of respect for redblood and hillbilly hunter and their passion and certainly their ability to kill squirrels like they do and do it consistently

i love the 10 squirrel 10 shot limit that is an accomplishment that rivals any thing you can do in TN IMO
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#3334637 - 08/24/13 08:55 PM Re: Tennessee's Toughest Limit...Revisited [Re: Deer Assassin]
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I was thinking about this thread earlier.
I remember that article.
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#3334639 - 08/24/13 08:59 PM Re: Tennessee's Toughest Limit...Revisited [Re: RUGER]
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When I was a mere child the limit was 6. There was no to few deer to hunt and squirrel was the big thing to hunt. I remember people taking off from work just to go and talk about it like many do deer now. What gun was best what shot to use what load, where was they cutting and who got their limit. My goal before I went into the service was to get my limit witch I did. When I had my physical I was almost turned down because the yankee doc didn't know what all those chigger bites where.
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#3358524 - 09/13/13 07:48 PM Re: Tennessee's Toughest Limit...Revisited [Re: KPH]
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#3366517 - 09/19/13 08:10 PM Re: Tennessee's Toughest Limit...Revisited [Re: redblood]
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Has anyone ever read Big Woods by William Faulkner? It's my favorite fiction, hunting book. It's actually more a collection of hunting stories from a number of Faulkner's books.

This thread made me think of a scene at the end of it. Two hunters are squirrel hunting together. They were each hunting towards a clearing, but approaching it from opposite ends.

The clearing had a large pecan/hickory tree in the center of it so that if a person walked to the edge of the clearing and rushed the tree any squirrels in the tree would be unable to escape.

The hunter the story focuses on hears the other shooting. He reaches the clearing. Faulkner describes the sight as if the whole tree were in motion, with squirrels jumping from limb to limb and others running up and down the trunk.

The second hunter is standing at the base of the tree, shaking with excitement, trying to reload, and shouting, "Get back! They're all mine."

It's a great story.

The most squirrels I have ever killed in one hunt is six. Four of the six came from one tree in a scene similar to the story above. They were all in a huge shagbark hickory at the intersection of three fence rows in the middle of cow pastures.

I stood at the base of the tree trying to count how many there were for five minutes. I was using a single shot 410, and I pulled four extra shells from my pocket. I held the shells in my teeth so that I could reload faster once the shooting started.

It was the most fun I have ever had hunting.
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#3735151 - 08/16/14 05:18 PM Re: Tennessee's Toughest Limit...Revisited [Re: WMAn]
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almost that time again
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#3735521 - 08/17/14 07:33 AM Re: Tennessee's Toughest Limit...Revisited [Re: redblood]
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Great thread. Lot of good information here for novice and experienced squirrel hunters. Seems like the common sentiment is we all look forward to the squirrel opener. Not just because it starts the year's hunting seasons, but it brings back such great memories with our dad's, brothers, cousins, and friends. I can't remember what I had for supper last night, but I can remember just about every squirrel hunt I've been on, especially those where my field bag had some weight to it on the way back to the house.
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