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95sniper 10-18-2012 05:36 PM

Squirrel Hunting
 
I just purchased a 22 rifle to squirrel hunt and target shoot with. I have researched squirrel hunting on the internet and here at home in NC there are many squirrels right in my front yard the problem is that I cannot hunt in my front yard (yes, technically i can i know) butwhen I go to hunt in the woods, I dont see very many if any at all. When is the best time to hunt, and are there any special tips you can give me? Thanks

thdrduck 10-18-2012 05:50 PM

Find a nice big oak in an area with lots of acorns. Sit at the base of the tree be still and keep an eye out. The ones in the woods are not used to people and will generally vanish before you even see them. If you sit still it won't take long and they will feel safe again and be out and about. It's hard if there are still leaves on the trees but after awhile you train yourself to see any little movement. It is a hoot!

Gonzilla 10-18-2012 06:07 PM

Had this problem growing up - Tree rates are smarter than most people give them credit for. My advice - cameo, squirrel call help but the real secret to success is to buy a quality pellet rifle and take them out right in the yard.

Neighbors might even thank you cause if they get into your house - God Help You !

orangello 10-18-2012 06:40 PM

Remember to dress and act as if you are there hunting deer; you will be over-freakin run by tree rats.


I forgot, know how to peel the things. Some idjut started an apartment fire burning the hair off a squirrel to cook it. :rolleyes: I suggest a quick removal of head and feet and tail then peel out towards the missing head and tail from a slit in the center of the back. IMO, headshots save a mess.

95sniper 10-18-2012 10:49 PM

I was planning on head shots, I know a few people around here that live in the country and shoot squirrels off their porch. Grey squirrels you really have to sneak up on anyways. Whats the best squirrel call?

Chainfire 10-18-2012 10:52 PM

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Originally Posted by 95sniper (Post 981833)
I was planning on head shots, I know a few people around here that live in the country and shoot squirrels off their porch. Grey squirrels you really have to sneak up on anyways. Whats the best squirrel call?



Here squriliee squiriliee, Here squririlieeeeeeee:)

(sorry, I just couldn't help myself)


I agree, with the post about acorns, still and quiet. They will come to you.

Gonzilla 10-18-2012 10:53 PM

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Originally Posted by orangello (Post 981568)
Remember to dress and act as if you are there hunting deer; you will be over-freakin run by tree rats .

Couldn't agree more - they have ruined many a deer hunters day. :eek:

jimogden1984 10-18-2012 11:02 PM

I used to go bright and early in the morning. It will be easier when the leaves are gone, keep a sharp eye out for movement and a lot of times the lil guys will see you first and just hide on the other side of a tree. I haven't squirrel hunted in years, might have to try and get out there this year

jjfuller1 10-18-2012 11:08 PM

squrriel hunting ishard. there are 2 ways that i have seen work.

1. find a place with lots of shells, acorn, walnut, hickory. sit down and enjoy the hunt.

2. stalk slowly around the woods, especially where you see sign. sometimes constantly moving is as good as being still.

i prefer number 1 but have seen both work great. the key is finding where they are.. empty shells, tree nests that sort of thing.

as far skinning them, heres what i do.

start a back of neck and cut to make an opening.
cut skin away from meat, moving from neck to shoulders, around shoulders to lower leg. sometimes you can pull the skin away. sometimes you have to cut it.
seperate until skin is around the foot knuckle, bend and cut at that join. then cut around and dislocate shoulder joint. repeat step for other front leg.

skin down the back bone to the back legs and repeat the process for front legs.. if you feel like you want more, cut around the guts, de gut it. now the hard part, cut,bend ,snap and break the back bone where the ribs end, and at the pelvis for an extra chunk of meat...

have fun.

thdrduck 10-18-2012 11:31 PM

For cleaning (head shot) I cut a hole in the center of the back, work two fingers in from each hand and pull apart. Keep pulling until you have a "shirt" and "pants", work the legs out to the paws, cut off the head and feet (the shirt is off) just cut the feet on the pants then keep pulling to get the tail out. That way you have a boneless tail to cut off the pants (Mepps will buy them for their spinners) Then cut the tail off, gut it like anything else and cut into 1/4s. I prefer to take the ribs off because if you make a stew they tend to fall off anyway and you can end up with little ribs floating in your stew plus there isn't any meat on them anyway. One gray will feed a person with fixins.
Note: if you don't do a head shot this system can leave you with 1/2 a squirrel in each hand with a mess in between.


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