sometimes you just can't find "that" tree that all the squirrels wanna come to, soooooooooo, here's how to stalk hunt.
actually you are "slippin or creepin" through the woods as quietly and AS SLOWLY as possibly. it's best to get there before daylight, but if you get there and the sun is up, the day ain't ruined. either way, you have to see enough to walk into the woods. IMPORTANT: gettin there early (unless there is a storm brewin), pretty much guarantees you that the wind is gonna be little to no for this way of huntin. if the wind is too hard, you won't be able to hear them cuttin and droppin, or shakin limbs as they move and jump around.
the first thing thatchu do is get into the woods and get still. find the nearest tree, and just squat down next to it, or lean against it. THE SQUIRRELS ALREADY KNOW YOU ARE THERE!
don't worry about it, they'll quickly go back to feedin. you might have one barkin @chu, or see one runnin away, but it's okay. whatchu wanna do is just BE STILL until all is quiet, and everyone goes back to bein @ one with nature.
LOOK, LISTEN, AND WATCH.
even if you hadjur eyes closed you could hear them jumpin from branch to branch or tree to tree, you'll be able to hear acorns, or pinecones, or cedar balls, or whatever they tend to be feedin on hittin the palmettos or forest floor AND everything in between on the way down.......it's a dead giveaway to their location.
NOW, you will be tempted to "go get" the first squirrel you see, but don't, locate 3 or 4...........you'll see the trees movin off in the distance, or you'll catch a glimpse of them movin thru the trees. with a .22 you have the definite advantage. the reason you locate 3 or 4, is because after you shoot and kill the first one, you know in what direction the other squirrels are. the "POP" of the .22 will only disturb them for a brief few minutes before they go back to feedin.
after you have located and crept up on the squirrel you intend to shoot, (if there are lots of leaves still on the trees) the fun will start.
now you have to find a good shot. standin under a 50 foot oak tree for 5 or 10 minutes tryin to "find" a shootin solution to the head is a killer on the neck. DAMN is it a killer. if you are under the squirrel, then it MOST LIKELY doesn't know you are there, so you can move around pretty freely. BUT, try to only move when the animal is movin, that way your movement and sounds will be covered by it's movements and sounds. try to findju a place that's NOT directly under the tree to get a shootin solution, and you won't be gettin any neck and/or shoulder pains.
shoot your squirrel, WAIT about 5 minutes or so (til others "blow the noise off" as nothin), then move SLOWLY to pick up your squirrel. MAKE SURE you are keepin watch the whole time on the other squirrels that you marked earlier. ALSO, make sure and try to get head shots with the .22. a gut shot squirrel, is prolly half of the time a lost squirrel, especially if it can drag itself to a hole in the tree.
now EVERYBODY KNOWS how to "slip" or "creep," but there are better ways. i was taught by my uncle to put the ball of my foot down EVER SO GENTLY, so as to be able to feel for sticks/twigs or light step on DRY leaves. i use this same technique to this day. animals in nature DO crunch dry leaves, BUT SELDOM snap or break sticks/twigs. walkin thru leaves just like you are walkin down the street is a dead giveaway to your position, and is like a fire alarm to wildlife in the area. you'd be lucky to see a bird if you walked like that. so take 10 - 15 seconds to take a full step.........everything is done SLOWLY, DELIBERATELY, AND QUIETLY. if you feel a stick/twig under foot, look down and move your foot, or "feel" with your foot until you are off of it.......CUZ IT WILL DEFINITELY GIVE YOU AWAY. if you snap a twig, loud enough, then you're stuck again, waitin VERY STILL. it takes a while to move around this away, butchu will see more squirrels than you have ever seen before.......................I GUARANTEE THAT FOR A FACT. (DISCLAIMER: UNLESS YOU ARE FOLLOWING BEHIND ANOTHER "GOOD" HUNTER, OR THERE ARE NO SQUIRRELS IN THE AREA I CAN MAKE NO GUARANTEE.
if you're good enough, and quiet enough, you might take a rabbit or two by surprise too.
BECAREFUL on your "slippin or creepin." slower IS best, but make sure as you are slippin and watchin your other prey that you watch out for snakes. timber rattlers, copperheads, and cottonmouths are still very active, and rattlers have been known to wait @ the bottoms of feed trees for squirrels to come down. SO BE EXTRA CAREFUL WHEN GOIN TO GETCHUR DEAD SQUIRREL.
have fun, challenge yourself with the shot placements....head shots, kill lots, and be safe. REMEMBER, A .22 IS A RIFLE AND SHOOTS A LONG WAYS. KEEP THE BARREL POINTED UP IN THE TREES WHEN SHOOTIN. OTHER HUNTERS ARE HUNTIN TOO.