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woodchuck and squirrel

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by grafsk8er, Jul 1, 2007.

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  1. grafsk8er

    grafsk8er Member

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    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.
     
  2. Alphazulu6

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    -----> Why do you eat them???? :scrutiny:
     
  3. old_22LR

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    My usual are body shots. Just because i generally miss head shots.
     
  4. koja48

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    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.
     
  5. alucard0822

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    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.
     
  6. Alphazulu6

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    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!
     
  7. grafsk8er

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    thanks, i was just curious as to what some of you other guys did
     
  8. 1911 guy

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    Different animals, different shots.

    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.
     
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    I tend to try for headshots but I make a fair amount of body shots. I try my hardest not to hit em low.
     
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    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).
     
  11. grafsk8er

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    yea, i know what ur talking about, it's not too pretty.
     
  12. MCgunner

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    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.
     
  13. raginrednek

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    tree rats

    shoot em wherever and throw away the blown-up parts.
     
  14. savetheclaypigeons

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    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:
     
  15. arcticap

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    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
     
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  16. AStone

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    It's obvious to me that
    you've never eaten stew made with squirrels
    that have been feeding on pecans.

    Your loss.
     
  17. borrowedtime69

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    my shootin

    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.

    Squirrel:
    - 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.

    Woodchuck/Marmot:

    - 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.

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    - Eric
     
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