How often do you hunt squirrels?


September 26, 2012, 04:35 PM
As the thread tiltle asks, how often do you hunters hunt squirrels or rabbit for that matter. As the years pass I've noticed that the popularity of small game hunting (e.g. squirrel and rabbit) has decreased drastically. I have yet to run into others hunting small game while I'm out and about. Such used to not be the case 20 years ago.

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September 26, 2012, 04:49 PM
I enjoy squirrel hunting a great deal. Have plans to do so this weekend.

September 26, 2012, 04:58 PM
I can't say I go out looking for rabbits more than a couple times a year, but whenever I end up shooting one, I always enjoy the process of planning how I'm going to cook it. More often than not, I'll end up with a convenient rabbit while I'm out coyote or gopher hunting. You are correct though, when you say no one is doing it these days. When I mention to the fellows at work about the excellent stewed rabbit I shot, they look at me like I'm a cave man

September 26, 2012, 05:06 PM
Every time i walk my dog... it's more her than me.

September 26, 2012, 07:14 PM
Not often enough. Had planned to this year, but deer season will be here soon...

September 26, 2012, 07:23 PM
In the last 15 years, I can count the number of squirrel hunting trips on one hand. I used to hunt 'em a lot and when I was a kid, I hunted 'em every free moment. We're about to move to a house in the woods that looks REAL squirrely, so I hope to start chasing 'em often, again. :D In that part of Texas, squirrel season is open year around.

September 26, 2012, 07:29 PM
I hunt squirrels as much as possible during the season. It is a lot of fun and both my brother and I love squirrel. I have never actually hunted rabbit, but I tried rabbit meat for the first time last year and it was good.

The only problem I have with squirrels is they are sometimes tough to clean. Of course, that could just be my technique.

September 26, 2012, 08:55 PM
I hunt them a couple times per month between September thru end of January. Usually up in the mountains where I hunt quail too, as well as other game.

September 26, 2012, 10:45 PM
In Ohio as in many other states small game season lasts several months (5 months if you're hunting squirrel). Plenty of time to be out in the woods, with no hectic race against time, weather, and the onslaught of hunters seeking larger game. It's challenging and will test your skills in every sense of the word. Squirrel makes an excellent dish in a variety of ways. When I camp out in the fall or winter, first thing in the morning I'll grab my .22, bag a couple and have one on the spit within about an hour. Quick and easy to skin and clean. I do it throughout the season every year. Great therapy and very enjoyable.

September 26, 2012, 10:49 PM
Never. I would if I could, though.

September 26, 2012, 10:56 PM
About once a week...............

September 27, 2012, 12:06 AM
About every other day.

September 27, 2012, 01:05 AM
I used to hunt them 2-3 times a year
Now I am old & tired---I feed them chocolate cookies every morning out the back window.
One year I had one stay beside me all summer in the yard just like an old hound dog.
Like our country times do a change

September 27, 2012, 01:09 AM
as often as possible between the end of deer season and the end of squirrel season. It's a LOT of fun, but my priority is deer.
I actually don't like the way they taste, but know a lot of people who do and just give them away already cleaned.

September 27, 2012, 12:16 PM
Here in NE Kansas I hunt squirrels 5-6 times every fall, usually with my Rem 541S. In late fall or winter, I go 2-3 times and usually take my Ruger 77/17HMR because without foliage, I can take longer shots. One positive aspect of the unpopularity of squirrel hunting is that I am the only one who hunts them on a large ranch where I have had permission to hunt for the last 30 years. It is a great way to spend hours in the woods in the crisp cool fall weather. I can shoot a limit of squirrels (5) almost every time I go, but sometimes choose not to if I have plenty in the freezer. To me, it is much more enjoyable than sitting in a tree stand for hours. I walk, stroll, sit, snooze, snack, and enjoy every minute. I don't hunt rabbits anymore because the population of rabbits in Kansas have dropped dramatically over the last 30 years. But, back in the day, I have killed and eaten many of them. Squirrels, BTW, are delicious.

Saddlebag Preacher
September 27, 2012, 07:52 PM
Last weekend. If fact I was actually dove hunting, but it was slow and a big Fox squirrel popped up on a log and started eating a nut. Dove load will take out a squirrel at 30 yards.

We made a pot pie of dove and that squirrel together. Tasted good!

September 28, 2012, 03:20 AM
Never have. Plan to this year, though.

September 28, 2012, 08:52 AM
Just recently started getting back into squirrels for the extra hunting opportunities and to try out a new .40cal Flintlock.
The problem where I hunt in NC is that squirrel opens just a week or so before deer, and then for several weeks, deer trump squirrels.
Then by the time I'm ready to get back after squirrels, it's December / January, leaves are off the trees and they can see me coming a mile away, plus I'm worn out from up early hunting the rut hard so many days, etc...wish I had a good squirrel dog.
I christened this .40cal last year...hope to repeat with a 28ga this fall...good luck to everybody.

September 28, 2012, 07:45 PM
I used to hunt them 3-4 times a week, now I'm crippeled up and have not felt like going out yet this year. I always used to take the first day of the season off from work and hunt squirrel in the mourning and ruffed grouse in the afternoon. .22LR for squirrel and 16 ga for grouse.

September 28, 2012, 10:44 PM
In the last 14 months, I got #72 four days ago. All in my back yard with a daisy BB/pellet rifle.

I ate pears from my 20 year old tree this year for the first time in many years.

Friendly, Don't Fire!
September 28, 2012, 10:56 PM
When they are too close to my house, I hunt them. I know people who have them crawling up behind the corners of their vinyl siding and living in the roof eave soffit. When they are to that stage, they are most likely living in the attic, getting into wall cavities, etc.

The problem with that is the extent of odor that will emanate from any that happen to die inside a wall, inside the eave and even inside the attic. Get enough dead ones around and the inside of the house will smell like dead animals, which is a horrific odor and is one difficult to eliminate!

I consider them to be nuisance-critters when they are beginning to dig up the garden bulbs, hide under a porch when I go outside, etc.

October 4, 2012, 07:09 AM
I usually get out once a week onState land and couple it with a hike. NYS season starts Sept 1, so there is plenty of early hunting. This really relaxes me from my hectic job.

Loyalist Dave
October 4, 2012, 05:27 PM
As often as I can.


Sako Shooter
October 5, 2012, 09:53 PM
I always take vacation during the opening week of squirrel season, which happens to start tomorrow. I'll hunt about every day during the next week,weather permitting. I then hunt ever weekend until Thanksgiving, which is around the time the rut starts. I don't hunt the rut because this is seeding next year's squirrel population and the big males that come out are really too tough to eat anyway.

October 6, 2012, 11:53 AM
I get out a few times a year some times specifically for them other times i'll be walking back empty handed from predator hunting and take a few so I don't get completely skunked lol. I do run into other hunters though that are rabbit or squirrel hunting pretty often and actually last year alone it got me 4 fox and a spike last day of muzzle loader rabbit dogs pushing me critters. I usually hear the hounds and set up ahead of them and wait its worked out nicely I'v even bagged a few rabbits that they missed and gave them to the guys with the dogs they did all the work I just was in the right place at the right time.

Vern Humphrey
October 6, 2012, 03:07 PM
I live on 185 wooded acres in the Ozarks, and I hunt about two or three days a week. Here we have both gray and fox squirrels, so the hunting is quite productive.

October 6, 2012, 07:45 PM
Quite often. My favorite animal to hunt outside of deer.

October 6, 2012, 08:02 PM
I did a lot when I was a kid, even took some out as a paid "hit kid" back in the day. Got older and as long as I could keep the tree rats out of the house I was happy.

I found I couldn't make them taste as good or as easy to clean as other free animals so I let them go sort of.

I did make a game out of it for them to get old corn on the cobb. Shoot them once and they are gone but to watch them go after corn on a pecan tree is priceless. (

3 other videos here.

October 6, 2012, 08:20 PM
Make sure you marinate them well.

October 6, 2012, 11:31 PM
I hunt squirrels every chance I get.

October 7, 2012, 12:04 AM
Had a great squirrel hunt this morning. Took my Rem 541S and got to the woods about 8:00. By 10:00 I had my limit with numerous others tempting me to take a few more. It was one of those days with squirrels every where. Usually I sit near nut trees and wait, but today I stalked slowly when I would either hear or see one until I could get a decent shot. Hit all but one in the head which means I wasted no meat. They are all in the fridge tonight and I'll sleep well. I was reminded why I like squirrel hunting so much.

October 7, 2012, 01:13 PM
I used to hunt them everyday of the season,make some squirrel gravy over biscuits.Nothing better for breakfast!I stick to just varmiting now,its easier.No nettles and sticker bushes to get back to the woods.

Havent hunted them in over 10 years.Dog grabbed the last one I got and ran off with it.That was the last time I was out.They seemingly entertain us now.But,I still wouldnt pass up some fried squirrel.

October 10, 2012, 09:50 AM
Can't wait for Saturday. First day of small game here in PA. Got my .22 all sighted in, my spot all picked out and am ready to go.

Vern Humphrey
October 10, 2012, 04:59 PM
Here in Arkansas, it's squirrel season from June to the end of February. Now, that's not as good as it sounds. Warm season squirrels tend to have "Wuffs" -- bots in their skin.

October 10, 2012, 10:13 PM
We have botfly show up occasionally in the eastern woodlands as well. More prevalent in some areas than others. Nasty critters. Easy to identify after they've pupated. Apparently no threat to humans if the meat is thoroughly cooked, but I've seen some cases bad enough to make me opt out.

October 10, 2012, 10:15 PM
not as often as I used to, or would like to..

October 10, 2012, 10:59 PM
As often as I can. I also combine my hunting ventures with scouting trips for deer hunting.

October 11, 2012, 08:15 PM
Any chance I get. Small game is my favorite hunting by far. Go for a nice walk and return with a sack full of tree rats.

Vern Humphrey
October 11, 2012, 09:28 PM
What I like about squirrel hunting is you get so much more hunting -- months, compared to a week or so worth of elk or deer hunting.

October 11, 2012, 09:32 PM
I see 4 times as many squirrels when I pull back into my driveway after a morning of chasing squirrels thru the woods...

Damn things laughing at me the whole time!

October 18, 2012, 05:12 AM
Lovin' it these days--

November 10, 2012, 04:37 PM
I like to hunt squirrels in between other season, just to handle a gun in the woods. Our squirrels & rabbits are almost nonexistent here due to the vastly increasing coyote population. I do my part to keep them at bay :-)

November 10, 2012, 05:21 PM
When I am not working I try to take the dogs out about 2-3 times a week during season.

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