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#2945648 - 09/16/12 11:04 PM First time with a rifle
Andy S.
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Registered: 07/26/99
Posts: 8003
Loc: Atoka, TN

I dug through my gun safe last week and found my old Ruger 10/22 that I coon hunted with back in the early 1990s. I sighted it in at 30 yards and went hunting with it Saturday morning in Fayette County (SW TN). This would be my first time squirrel hunting with a rifle and not a scattergun. I was hunting a new place so I did not know what to expect or if it was even a decent woodlot for squirrels. It ended up being fair with a mixture of oaks, hickories and pines, amongst other various species. Needless to say, I started out slow and had only managed one squirrel (out of three I had seen at that point) in the first hour. I was thinking, boy this is going to be some kind of slow compared to me blowing them down with the shotgun like I had for so many years. At that point I told myself that my goal was five and anything above and beyond that would be icing on the cake. Long story short, I managed to shoot out six, but one got on the ground and got in a hole so I only brought out five. I should have had two more that were chip shots but I flat out missed them. I shot the bark off the tree right next to their heads and they lit the woods up running away from me; I don't blame them, I would have too. All in all, it was a good hunt and I learned a fair amount, but I still have a ways to go as far as chasing these bushytails, picking my shots and hitting them in the neck/shoulder area with a .22. While it was far more challenging, it was far more rewarding to make it happen with a single shot from a .22.

Andy S.

If I had saved all the money I spent on hunting, I'd spend it on hunting.

#2945656 - 09/16/12 11:27 PM Re: First time with a rifle [Re: Andy S.]
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Registered: 01/22/06
Posts: 15011
Loc: Lewisburg

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very nice and nice looking little rifle
"I will predator hunt for food "

#2945735 - 09/17/12 06:28 AM Re: First time with a rifle [Re: redblood]

Registered: 11/06/07
Posts: 29793
Loc: Chester County

Work to live, Live to hunt

#2945796 - 09/17/12 07:26 AM Re: First time with a rifle [Re: easy45]
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Posts: 3737

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cant beat that
#2946369 - 09/17/12 02:42 PM Re: First time with a rifle [Re: REM7]
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Registered: 07/30/10
Posts: 723
Loc: TN/AL state line

Brings back old times. Tree rats sure can be fun to hunt!
#2946642 - 09/17/12 05:22 PM Re: First time with a rifle [Re: oldmanelrod]
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Registered: 11/13/08
Posts: 823

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i find it funny that when i deer hunt they seem to number in the thousands but grab a 22 and hit the same area and only see 2
#2953344 - 09/22/12 09:23 PM Re: First time with a rifle [Re: ]
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Registered: 11/25/09
Posts: 4857
Loc: medon,Tn.

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I love it. Congrats
The hardest thing about Bowhunting Turkeys is leaving the gun at home!

#2960464 - 09/28/12 07:49 AM Re: First time with a rifle [Re: ]
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Registered: 06/14/08
Posts: 11226
Loc: east tn


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