woodchuck and squirrel


July 1, 2007, 09:14 PM
what kind of shots do you guys usually take on these animals? about 98% of my shots on them are head shots. is a body shot any more or less effective? (probably not since the brain gets destroyed). But i was just curious as to where u guys shoot them.

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July 1, 2007, 09:25 PM
-----> Why do you eat them???? :scrutiny:

July 1, 2007, 09:30 PM
My usual are body shots. Just because i generally miss head shots.

July 1, 2007, 10:41 PM
I shoot rockchucks at longer ranges with centerfires (.204 Ruger & .223), so body shots are the norm. .17HMR will cleanly dispatch a ground squirrel with a chest shot, as will a good .22 hollow point.

July 1, 2007, 10:47 PM
depends on range, position and weapon used. My experience hunting woodchucks was at my uncles farm in upstate NY, where they are overpopulated enough to warrant a state bounty. Those critter's holes destroy equipment and injure cattle and there are HUNDREDS practically everywhere. I would sit on a ridge overlooking a field about 1/2 mile wide by 1/4 mile long with a rem 700 varmint (.223) on a bipod. If they were within 200 yds and standing up I would go for a headshot, walking around or too far to tell position and I would go for the middle of the brown lump. In one afternoon my cousin and I got about 20 without having to move.

July 1, 2007, 10:49 PM
Just shoot them center mass and be done with it as long as your not eating them :D It is very popular in some parts of this country to eat Squirrel and other varmints (thats why I asked as its always a headshot if you are going to put that little animal in your mouth later on). HAHAHA Good luck!

July 2, 2007, 05:07 PM
thanks, i was just curious as to what some of you other guys did

1911 guy
July 11, 2007, 09:25 AM
I'll take any killing shot on a whistle-pig. Head shot if available, but body shots with a .223 are a done deal, too.

For squirrels, I always try for head shots just because they're easier to skin if they're not tore up.

July 11, 2007, 05:43 PM
I tend to try for headshots but I make a fair amount of body shots. I try my hardest not to hit em low.

July 11, 2007, 05:48 PM
I like headshots on squirrels. Any old shot on woodchucks.

A word of caution, .22 hollow points tend to make a mess of a squirrel's head. Oh, they're dead all right, but not very aesthetically pleasing to handle....just something to keep in mind.

(this is coming from a die-hard hunter who has seen it all....and a hollow point's effect on a squirrel head can be rather unpleasant to look at).

July 11, 2007, 05:53 PM
yea, i know what ur talking about, it's not too pretty.

July 11, 2007, 07:55 PM
I shoot whatever's showin' that's vital. Many times on a squirrel it's just the head pokin' around the tree. I've taken body shots, though. Never even seen a woodchuck.

July 11, 2007, 11:19 PM
shoot em wherever and throw away the blown-up parts.

July 11, 2007, 11:54 PM
with a 12 ga.? haha what parts don't get hit? In the off season the way I keep up with my shooting(don't have a range in an aprox. 1 hr drive) is pulling the ole .177 pellet gun out and sitting in the garage. Soon enough there will be a chipmunk wondering about 20 yards out and will loose the majority of his head.Downed instantly, sometimes the pellet penatrates all the way through :what:

July 12, 2007, 12:48 AM
I use a .410 and sometimes only one pellet of #6 shot is enough to kill a grey squirrel, although I'll usually find a few at least.
Once I even shot 2 grey squirrels with one shot.
When shooting at a moving squirrel, especially when it's scurrying through the treetops, where am I supposed to aim? :D

July 12, 2007, 12:59 AM
-----> Why do you eat them???? It's obvious to me that
you've never eaten stew made with squirrels
that have been feeding on pecans.

Your loss.

July 12, 2007, 01:04 AM
i mostly hunt little Red, or Pine Squirrels and the mountain version of the woodchuck, the Marmot. i hunt both in the CO Rockies every year, but i sure miss the big corn fed fox squirrels in SD. i use only CCI mini-mag Hollow Pionts in both pistol and rifle.

- rifle: 99.9% of the time its head shots. i like to keep as much meat on as possible since theyre so small. i quarter them and cook them as hot wings. ive had some hit in the body out of the rifle that stayed in the tree. a head shot is effective every time.

- pistol: i only shoot squirrel with the pistol within 15 yards. i get head shots about 50% of the time. at the short range i shoot with a pistol most any shot is fatal and quick.


- rifle: Always headshots as these can be large animals for a .22 LR. i shot one years ago 2X's with a 10-22 and Rem. sub-sonic ammo and it still was able to crawl into the hole. ive never had a minimag headshot move again after it fell immediately.

-pistol: ive only shot one, small marmot with a pistol and it was at very close range. it may not have had a run-in with a human yet cause it tried to get away slowly by walking right in front of me. see pic below. i wouldnt try a marmot outside of ten yrds and i was very sure of bullet placement in the head.



- Eric

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