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#2924126 - 08/28/12 09:41 PM New to squirrel
Tman7
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New to squirrel hunting what is the prefered method sit an wait or do you guys walk around until you see something?
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#2924138 - 08/28/12 09:45 PM Re: New to squirrel [Re: Tman7]
Wes Parrish
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You learn to walk quietly, pausing frequently, wait somewhere between seconds and minutes before moving on. You wait longer if the sign gives you reason, such as some fresh hickory cutting, even better if you see or hear them failing. I often walk slowly, doing as much listening as looking.

With most squirrel hunts, I'm actually doing both, a good bit of "still" hunting (walking around) and a good bit of "sitting" or standing, waiting.

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#2924143 - 08/28/12 09:46 PM Re: New to squirrel [Re: Tman7]
catman529
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my preferred method is to walk around early morning, around hickories or other food sources, in the hardwoods. Keep eyes and ears alert. Watch for branches moving, listen for leaves rustling, and watch for grey fur balls running up tree trunks or branches. I use a 12 gauge and field/dove loads. Prefer a turkey choke but also use the mod. Aim for the head for minimal meat damage. When you see one, get the bead on him, track him till you get a clear shot if you have to, and shoot him. So far it has worked for me. Most laid back hunting I have done. I went out this afternoon to one of my favorite public land squirrel spots, but saw none. I prefer early morning with little or no wind. It's fun shooting squirrels! Good luck
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#2924153 - 08/28/12 09:50 PM Re: New to squirrel [Re: catman529]
Wes Parrish
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 Originally Posted By: catman529
I prefer early morning with little or no wind. It's fun shooting squirrels! Good luck

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Typically, you can walk more quietly in the mornings, as the leaves tend to be dryer in the evenings. So I tend to do more walking on morning hunts, and more sitting on evening hunts.

I've typically had better success on morning hunts.

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#2924167 - 08/28/12 09:57 PM Re: New to squirrel [Re: Wes Parrish]
Tman7
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Ok thanks for the insight my next question is I was trying to decide what to use my 22 or my 12 gauge does a 12 gauge do to much damage? I have a ton of dove/quail loads is that to much?

Edited by Tman7 (08/28/12 09:58 PM)

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#2924179 - 08/28/12 10:05 PM Re: New to squirrel [Re: Tman7]
Wes Parrish
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I'd recommend learning to squirrel hunt first with a shotgun, get the basics down, then consider a .22.

I'd recommend #6 or #5 size shot. #7 1/2 is a little too light, although it can do OK on gray squirrels at close range. Squirrels have a very tough hide, and most of your #6 pellets will not penetrate both sides (will be lodged under the hide on the opposite of squirrel from entry).

You will usually damage more meat with a shotgun (compared to head-shot squirrels with a .22), but the meat "damage" is little different than shooting doves, ducks, or quail with a shotgun. When I'm squirrel hunting with a shotgun, I usually aim at the squirrel's nose, or even an inch or two ahead of the nose, just to minimize pellet damage to those relatively large hind legs (3/4's of the meat is on the back half of the squirrel).

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#2924191 - 08/28/12 10:13 PM Re: New to squirrel [Re: Tman7]
catman529
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 Originally Posted By: Tman7
Ok thanks for the insight my next question is I was trying to decide what to use my 22 or my 12 gauge does a 12 gauge do to much damage? I have a ton of dove/quail loads is that to much?
use a full or turkey choke and aim for the nose or head. Less damage that way. I haven't shot any fox squirrel or any squirrel from a greater distance than maybe 20 yards or so, but i have had pellets rolled up under the skin, so far hasn't been too much a problem. Main problem is I need to take the meat out of the freezer and find a recipe that I like, because last time I ate squirrel it was just plain breaded and deep fried and I didn't like it.
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#2924193 - 08/28/12 10:14 PM Re: New to squirrel [Re: Wes Parrish]
Tman7
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Ok that will work i have one box of #6 shot maybe I'll take both guns who knows what's best way to cook squirrel ?
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#2924221 - 08/28/12 10:41 PM Re: New to squirrel [Re: Tman7]
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The hunt...find a place with plenty of "mash"(acorns, hickory nuts, beach tree, dog wood berries, pine cones, etc) as the old timers call it, look around the ground for fresh cuttings, also a fresh nest will meen ther around.

Look: for movement, falling cuttings (pieces of nuts/acorns...) , flickering tail (they do this when excited).

listen: for "barking", this is a squaking sound they make when excited. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSv2JooWa-4

Also cuttings falling thru the leaves & hitting the ground & as mentioned limbs shaking when they ride out ( on rainy days you can hear them riding out a long ways off,,,hint, hint).

The way I do it is to find a likely spot & lean against a tree or sit on my folding stool, wait for a while (and they can wait & hide a lot longer than you can) and if nothing shows in 15 minutes or so move on down a piece 7 repeat.

A 12ga is fine, & mite be required to reach the tops of mature timber, & with the leaves still on a shotgun helps because you dont have to be as picky about shot placement, all you need to see is any part of the squirrel, the shot load will bring him down with the leaves & all. ) a 20ga is also a great squirrel gun, 410s work but you need to be picky)

A .22 is my fave, this time of year with the leaves still on you have to wait for the rite shot to present itself, but if you have sevral squirrels in a tree ( and they like company) you can pick on off and sit still, they will resume feeding in a few minutes then you pick off another one, after the leaves fall it makes it better for hunt'n with a .22, ***but always be mindfull of bullet tradjectory with a .22, whats behind the squirrel, houses ?? kids ?? farm animals ?? ***

What part of Tenn are you located ?? mite be someone to hunt with who can teach you some tricks of the trade .


Edited by FOX FIRE (08/28/12 10:43 PM)
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#2924226 - 08/28/12 10:48 PM Re: New to squirrel [Re: FOX FIRE]
Tman7
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I'm in Murfreesboro but was thinking of hunting the public twra land in tullahoma this weekend since I'll be there anyone ever hunted there?
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