Get your small bores ready, Aug 1 is the squirrel hunting opener here in Illinois. Less than three weeks away. Not only a chance to get in the woods to hunt, but also to scout for deer sign, and hone your woods skills. I'm ready for a break from work. The hickory trees and blackberries are loaded this year. When does your season begin? Do you have your gear and your license....and your bug spray ready.? What will you be using for squirrel hunting.?