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rp50817 09-20-2010 02:33 AM

What's wrong with hunting squirrels with a shotgun
People tell me I should use a .22 rifle for squirrel hunting. I did that as a youth. The only way you're going to bag a squirrel with that firearm is if it is sitting still. Many times squirrels are fast moving and you only see a glimpse of them. This is especially true before the leaves drop. If you want to get your limit, or at least several for the table, what's wrong with a shotgun with No. 6 or No. 7 shot?

dog2000tj 09-20-2010 02:39 AM

i don't know about you but back in my youth i had no trouble bagging all the squirrels i could find just using my pellet gun. would there be anything left if you blasted one with a shotgun? :confused:

Ploofy 09-20-2010 02:43 AM

I don't really think there is any challenge in that. Thats more of a massacre then hunting, but if you're hunting for food instead of sport (and food, I always eat what I kill. People who don't are usually douchebags in my experience, not trying to offend anybody) go for it.

c3shooter 09-20-2010 02:59 AM

Have used a shotgun- go for headshots to avoid biting shot in the meat. Usually use a .22 and a pair of poker chips. Funny how they sound like a squirrel chittering when you hold them together and rub back and forth- Mr Bushytail stops, pokes his head up to see who is new squirrel. Say goodnight, Gracie.

RairWeatherSmok 09-20-2010 02:00 PM


Originally Posted by G37 (Post 353757)
I have been shooting tree rats with a 410 and 3" #5s or "6s for many years. It doesn't matter what gauge you shoot, a #5 from a 12 or 410 has the same energy. The fewer pellets in a 410 means less pellets in the meat and the larger pellets means fewer pellets in the shell. 20-25 yards works good for me.

We spot and stalk. When we find one, one of us will circle around the tree and when it moves to the other side to get away from the hunter on the danger side the other hunter shoots it because it is not paying any attention to you.....

Been doing it that way for years. Tasty critters when braised in a spicy brown gravy over rice.

steve666 09-20-2010 02:23 PM

Used to use a .22 pistol, but now that I'm getting old and decrepit I use a .22rifle. Don't like a shotgun because you have to pick out the shot.

CourtJester 09-20-2010 02:39 PM

I use one early in the year while the leaves are still all over the trees but once they start falling then I use the 22.

amoroque 09-20-2010 02:45 PM

I dont think there is anything wrong with using a shotgun for squirrels.

To reply to: dog2000tj

Of course there will be something left if you shoot it with a shotgun. A squirrel is pretty comparable size to a dove. Shooting doves with a shotgun is common practice.

spittinfire 09-20-2010 05:59 PM

I would us a 22 just to keep the meat from being full of shot. Also, the shooting challenge is fun for me.

rp50817 09-20-2010 07:17 PM

Surprising response on squirrel hunting with shotgun
The Forum's members contribute great opinions. My question about the appropriateness of squirrel hunting with a shotgun quickly solicited many comments. From the information I've received, I think I will use both a .22 rifle and a shotgun depending upon hunting conditions and methods. When trees have many leaves early in the season, and I'm using the spot and stalk technique - or still hunting - walking slowly, then standing still for several minutes, I will use the shotgun. The squirrels are more likely to be scampering toward their holes and you only catch glimpses of them as they move. Hitting a fast moving squirrel in the leaves is too difficult for me with a .22. When I sit and wait for them to come out, however, using a squirrel call (either factory made, two poker chips or two quarters), I'll use a .22. I think they are more likely to come out and sit long enough for me to get a bead on one with a .22. Now, my next question for squirrel hunters is this: Would you use a scope, and if so, when, where and why? How many of you would prefer open sites?

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