Squirrel season is near!


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beeenbag
August 3, 2013, 04:27 PM
I know its not as popular as it once was but man, I love to hunt those little tree rats. Kentucky squirrel season begins Aug. 17th this year and I am counting down.

I have a new HS specialties squirrel call on the way and a new dove hunting vest in the mail (the game pouch is great for squirrel).

Who else is pumped up about blastin ol' bushy tail?

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Kuyong_Chuin
August 3, 2013, 04:42 PM
I really want to to get a good mess of squirrels to make some squirrel and dumplings, but unless I can find the part I need for my 22 rifle I will not get to hunt this year. I hate using shotguns for squirrel, too easy to miss shot when cleaning them.

MCgunner
August 3, 2013, 06:14 PM
Prefer to hunt with a .22 handgun, but I take 'em any old way. :D I debone the meat and make stew, but I think next batch will be dumplings. Wife makes the dumplings.

There is no closed season or limits on squirrel here. I can hunt them year around, but it's a might hot right now except early morn and late evening.

nathan
August 3, 2013, 07:02 PM
,22 lrs perfect mate for squirrels.

FrostyHL
August 3, 2013, 07:17 PM
Wish I could hunt squirrel with 22LR, in my area it's shotgun or bow only.

BigN
August 3, 2013, 07:38 PM
I don't see many grays in the woods here, plenty of reds though. The only gray squirrels I ever see are the ones that chew the tar out of my bird feeders in the yard. The neighbors might get nervous if I started blasting those ones. :evil:

jrdolall
August 3, 2013, 08:06 PM
We did some practicing with the 10-22 and my old Winchester 22 today shooting at squirrel sized targets just getting ready. I enjoy taking young kids out after squirrels as I believe that a .22 LR is the perfect gun to learn to hunt with. I don't enjoy dove hunting at home anymore because it is just too danged hot. It is not unusual for us to have 100 degrees on opening day.

MCgunner
August 3, 2013, 09:17 PM
Opening day of dove season is tradition, hot or not. :D But, I've about quit hunting teal season. Suited up in rubber waders on a 95 degree day? Ouch. Of course, it isn't 95 in the morning, but usually pushing 80 and humid. Hour after sun up, I sometimes quit even if i ain't shot a limit, yet. This season, I have a new dog, but I won't take a dog out in teal season. There have been dogs killed by gators out there this time of year.

jrdolall
August 3, 2013, 09:45 PM
Opening day of dove season is tradition, hot or not.
Agree 100% and I will be there griping and moaning the entire time about the good old days when it wasn't hot in Alabama in September. I said I don't enjoy it not that I wouldn't do it. I don't drink beer anymore and maybe that is also a part of the problem. I shoot for an hour and then watch football and help prepare the evening festivities.
I have never hunted in waders when it is hot but I have slogged through a lot of swamps busting up beaver dams and I empathize! That gets real miserable real fast.

Blue68f100
August 4, 2013, 03:45 PM
I know its not as popular as it once was but man, I love to hunt those little tree rats. Kentucky squirrel season begins Aug. 17th this year and I am counting down.

I have a new HS specialties squirrel call on the way and a new dove hunting vest in the mail (the game pouch is great for squirrel).

Who else is pumped up about blastin ol' bushy tail?
I have several callers for squirrel's. As for commercial callers I like the Knight & Hale caller the best. It's tone is closer to the actual sound. The barks take a little practice to get down. Then there is the baby distress call which will bring them running when things are really dead. Only use this one sparingly. It has worked for me 100% of the time.

I use the caller I made more than any thing else. I use the bark to get their attention then use this to make the feeding sound. This normally brings them in. If your patient enough you can get them within 15-20' from you.
http://imageshack.us/a/img641/2589/ssquirrelcaller.jpg

red rick
August 4, 2013, 08:56 PM
They keep me in the woods after deer season. I have a lot of fun with my .22 and nephew, hunting squirrels after deer season is over in January.

Ms_Dragon
August 4, 2013, 10:41 PM
Wouldn't it just be easier and a lot quieter to hang rat traps in the trees baited with peanut butter and rolled oat balls?

MCgunner
August 5, 2013, 09:38 AM
FUN. Rat traps aren't as FUN as stalking a squirrel down and peggin' it with a round from your pistol. :D Might be a more productive way, but not as fun. :D

nickE10mm
August 6, 2013, 02:12 PM
I'd love to get out there this season with my 22/45..... ahhhhh!

MCgunner
August 6, 2013, 02:23 PM
I have a thread somewhere to go with this. Ruger Marks make great squirrel gitters. :D

I was out this morning with the dog in the woods and walked up so close to a big red squirrel I didn't wanna take a shot. He was about 5 yards and I was totin' a shotgun. Wouldn't have been much left. He ran off down a trail such that I couldn't see him and disappeared. Oh, well.....

http://oi39.tinypic.com/2rf9ffc.jpg

lastofthebreed
August 6, 2013, 06:56 PM
Season doesn't open here until October 1st. Doesn't make a lot of sense as that is the opening day for deer season in the area of the state I hunt. I do give up a few days of deer hunting each year to chase squirrels. It's an addiction I hope I never give up.

I spent part of this afternoon shooting various 22's I own. Hitting a squirrel head sized 10 ring at 30 yds over 90% of the time. Gotta get a little better before the season, but that's what practice is for.

Doc7
August 6, 2013, 09:24 PM
Going to be my first hunting ever this year! Looking forward to using my 20 ga on squirrels all fall and winter. It is doubtful I will get a manually operated 22 to use in PA (can't use my semi auto Marlin 60 in NJ or PA). I may be able to use my Taurus Tracker 22 LR revolver in PA, if a shot presents itself for the 4" barrel.

I'm really looking forward to my first hunts for squirrel and rabbits.

OH_Spartan
August 6, 2013, 10:06 PM
My son has never hunted. I'm taking him out with. 410. I really don't like squirrel to eat but he wants to tan the hides and I will feed the meat to the chickens. Woods cleaned out before deer season, son addicted to hunting, and free protein for the birds. Any better combo?

glockgod
August 7, 2013, 01:47 PM
I'm also looking forward to the opening of squirrel season. Got the 10/22s' sighted in. Also looking into getting a .32 muzzleloading rifle to put the "sport" back into squirrel hunting. Of course when I'm on seek and destroy I take the double barreled 20 gauge.

ssyoumans
August 7, 2013, 02:54 PM
I'm looking forward to it too, but August can be hot here in GA. I prefer late Sept or October. Last October, after morning deer hunt, I bagged 5 bushy tails in 10 minutes with my cheap Marlin 795 with a Sweet 22 scope, Win 555 bulk pack HP. My hunting buddy was thrilled, he makes squirrel pot pie!

Potatohead
August 7, 2013, 09:46 PM
There's a such thing as a squirrel call? Didn't know they made any noises..
It's true what they say, you learn somethin new everyday!

Icky The Great
August 7, 2013, 10:08 PM
I used to hunt for them every year with a 22lr then used a 12ga while going for grouse. The scattergun wasn't as fun to use. So I went a few time with a 45# recurve and flu flu arrows. I got 3 and missed 3. It wasn't a bad day and didn't lose an arrow or wound a tree rat. To be honest, I'd rather use the 22 but also picked up a nice 410 OU, maybe a little of both is in order.

wankerjake
August 8, 2013, 12:40 AM
I have to wait until early October for squirrel season but I am always excited. I bring my wife and 2 girls along and we all have fun. Good times.

frankenstein406
August 8, 2013, 01:00 AM
gonna try for the first time. seems like the woods are packed.

ironworkerwill
August 8, 2013, 10:11 AM
I have only one box of .22 cci velociters:( and thats it. Im thinkin about gettin a .36 cal BP rifle to engage the critters.

@Blue68f11: How does that call work. Ive never seen one.

CajunBass
August 8, 2013, 10:15 AM
I love to hunt squirrels. These days it's more what I call "catch and release" squirrel hunting, but I still enjoy it. I line them up in the scope and think BANG...gotcha. But never pull the trigger. Saves the squirrel for another hunt. :D

I'll kill a few each year to make some stew though. I'll never forget once at chuch my wife said something about making squirrel stew. One of the ladies in our Sunday School class asked her what do you make squirrel stew with (She was a gen-U-wine "California Girl"). When my wife said "Squirrels" she asked "Where do you buy squirrels?" My wife laughed and said you don't buy squirrels, you hunt them. Poor Cali girl looked confused..."Who inspects the meat?" I spoke up and said "I do." Her husband laughed and said "Don't pay any attention to her. She won't eat chicken that has bones in it." By now, to her credit, Cali girl was laughing at herself too. "WELL!! I'll just come down there and run through the woods yelling "Run little squirrel...RUN!" I said, "Oh, don't do that. They'll just die tired. She and her husband both laughed out loud. She knew she was kinda goofy too, but we all loved her anyway.

Normally I use a 22 of one kind or another, usually a 10/22, but I have killed many a one with a shotgun. This year I think I'll finally break out my Thompson Seneca .36 cal muzzle-loader. I've had it for years but never fired it until recently. I finally picked up the "stuff" and have fired it a few times. It should be about perfect for my type of hunting.

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b292/CajunBass/TC1.jpg (http://s21.photobucket.com/user/CajunBass/media/TC1.jpg.html)

MCgunner
August 8, 2013, 02:43 PM
There's a such thing as a squirrel call? Didn't know they made any noises..
It's true what they say, you learn somethin new everyday!

I got one the other day. So far, I'm just barking at the woods. Works great on the chickens, though. Rooster crows and all come running. I'm not sure what THAT'S about. :rolleyes:

I have only one box of .22 cci velociters and thats it. Im thinkin about gettin a .36 cal BP rifle to engage the critters.

Shotgun shells are plentiful and I load a light 105 grain .38 special to 900 fps from my Rossi 92 that mimics a .22 pretty well, 1.5" at 50 yards accurate. I do have .22 ammo, though. Had to pay exorbitant shipping on a few boxes of it, but I have ammo. I picked up a box of Eley match for my 10/22. It was quite expensive, but shoots about .9" at 50 yards with a scope. Pretty deadly. I don't shoot spinning targets with it, but reserve it for hunting.

nickE10mm
August 8, 2013, 03:33 PM
CajunBASS that was pretty funny about your Cali friend .... "Who inspects the meat?" I DO ... haha!!

glockgod
August 8, 2013, 07:52 PM
Im thinkin about gettin a .36 cal BP rifle to engage the critters.

Ordered my Traditions .32 Crockett rifle today-should be here by next weekend!:)

HOWARD J
August 10, 2013, 10:58 AM
I had a lot of squirrels in the backyard--I got stupid & started feeding them.
I woke up one morning & found 5 insect screens eaten thru.
I took a day & a half to drive them off with a BB gun.
I have not seen one of the critters within 100 yards in a long time.
I almost felt sorry because the good had to go with the bad.
I have not hunted them in a long time----circulation ain't too good

Blue Brick
August 12, 2013, 09:44 AM
Who needs a gun, catch um with a fishing pole.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsVGw6CQixE

Yes I know it a chipmunk.

ironworkerwill
August 12, 2013, 05:14 PM
I need to find a Savage ML in .36! I just wish there was such a thing.

3212
August 12, 2013, 06:21 PM
As a teenager in the country,I would rush home from school in October for a one hour hunt between 4 and 5 o'clock closing time.The site was a large cornfield bordered by woods.I would sneak along a lane between the corn and woods.The squirrels would be up on the corn stalks feeding on the ears of corn.When they realised I was there they would make a dash across the lane for the woods.I had about 20 feet to nail them with my 12 guage pump.It was great preparation for hunting rabbits in November.We always ate them, grandpa would help me skin them.Now I live in town.We have oaks and maples and are overrun with squirrels.Using a live trap baited with peanut butter and acorns I have trapped 23.I released them in a strip of woods along a stream.I'm thinking of going there to harvest some.A couple years ago they chewed the wiring in my van and cost me $175.Right now there are 5 young ones running around my back yard.

OH_Spartan
August 31, 2013, 12:44 PM
I took my son out for his first hunting experience this morning. If I had been alone I would have come home with four. But, alas we didn't get a shot off. Great time though. I taught him to Id shah bark hickory, cuttings and sounds. We need some more practice getting e safety off and bead on target quickly. Yay...range time with the boy!

I have never had an empty hunt be so gratifying.

Mat, not doormat
September 1, 2013, 01:41 AM
I'm gonna miss squirrel opener in Ohio, but I'll get out there with my new lefty Savage .22 as soon as I get home. What better way to scout for deer than while hunting squirrel?

OH_Spartan
September 1, 2013, 09:41 AM
Scout for deer, rid your deer woods of excess activity that gets your heart rate up only to see it jump on a log, and lessen the risk that one of those fire alarms will chatter your presence to the world. Squirrel hunting is 80% about deer hunting, for me anyways

gbran
September 2, 2013, 11:21 PM
Love to hunt tree rats. They're grey here in my part of CA. Season mid Sept thru Jan. I generally hunt them 2-3 times/month. Quail season overlaps, so I take a shotgun and a rimfire pistol, sometimes a long gun.

brainwake
September 3, 2013, 12:46 PM
I was out scouting this last weekend...it was pretty hot and didn't see any squirrels..I think they are hiding out trying to beat the heat. Acorn production looks low this year. I think the drought last year might have stunted them. The hickory nuts are in full force though. Our blackjacks are dying all over too. kind of disappointing.

336A
September 3, 2013, 05:06 PM
I've been itching to get out and get some in a big a way this year. I really enjoy being out in the woods this time of year going after the bushy tails. However it seems that the woods here in Northern NY is full of nothing but chattering little Red squirrels or as some know them pine squirrels. Yet when ever I go to town I see Grays running all over the place:banghead: The woods in this area of the state is a lot different in this regard compared to the Southern Tier where I grew up. The woods was just teaming with them there.

Mat, not doormat
September 3, 2013, 09:32 PM
Saw four deer and tons of sign, but the bushy tails eluded me.

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3212
September 3, 2013, 11:09 PM
I'm busy relocating them out of my yard in town.I live trapped number 24 today.This is my 3rd summer doing this.

Outlaw Man
September 4, 2013, 12:08 PM
Scout for deer, rid your deer woods of excess activity that gets your heart rate up only to see it jump on a log, and lessen the risk that one of those fire alarms will chatter your presence to the world. Squirrel hunting is 80% about deer hunting, for me anyways
That's exactly how I feel. I'll eat squirrel, but deer tastes a lot better. I don't know how many squirrels that lived merely because I didn't want to waste a $2 rifle round and scare any deer off.

mio
September 5, 2013, 04:52 PM
Squirrel season opens September 15th here and I'm pumped. We're going to try canning them this year. As a funny little side note to the squirrel calls I bought my first one a few years back and at the time the old Amish guy across the street was training and selling squirrel dogs. My daughter had a blast going out on the porch and banging away on the call getting those dogs all worked up. Until I caught her doing it anyway.

I should have bought one of those dogs it was really neat watching them work but we just don't have room for 2 dogs.

Natebonebusta
September 6, 2013, 08:02 AM
I can't wait for it to open in NC. Oct. 14th for us. Looking forward to using the CZ452 American opening day. Goodluck to all.

CajunBass
September 6, 2013, 10:32 AM
Season opens here tomorrow. I've got the muzzle-loader sighted in and a possibles bag packed. I'll most likely just go out back of the goat/pig pen and sit on the side of the hill and watch the creek bottom, buy, heck, it's almost hunting. I've got a bum knee that's been acting up recently, and there are still too many ticks and chiggers out there for me to want to stumble around in the woods too much.

:D

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