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alwaysarmed 08-31-2013 11:25 PM

Worst 20 minutes of tree rat hunting ever
 
So I left the house at 6:00 and was back in before seven.

Ok, here is the story I get out in the woods and I see the first one in the tree at 10 yards shot him more in his right eye rather than between but it still worked lol but anyway I go pick him up and continue up the hill were I was going to sit and sure enough I stumble right on to a nest of yellow jackets.

Needless to say I got heck out of there and fast lol

I think I'll be waiting till after a freeze to go back up there lol

FrontierTCB 08-31-2013 11:28 PM

I've been wanting to get in the woods but it was 96 deg. today and has been about the same for a while. Just not as enjoyable soaked in sweat.

alwaysarmed 08-31-2013 11:43 PM

Yea is been the 90s all week but I figured it would be bearable. I was WAY wrong lol

John_Deer 09-08-2013 04:24 PM

You need to let a frost hit before shooting the squirrels. Many of the squirrels will have parasites. You won't want to eat the squirrels with a parasite. All it takes is a little cold weather and the squirrels are parasite free. I don't shoot either rabbits or squirrels until a frost, both have the same parasites. Plus small game has fed on fat producing materials making the meat more palatable.

I do take note of where I see small game in other activities. Usually, these areas where you have seen small game before hold most of the small game in that area.

limbkiller 09-08-2013 06:42 PM

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Originally Posted by John_Deer (Post 1363785)
You need to let a frost hit before shooting the squirrels. Many of the squirrels will have parasites. You won't want to eat the squirrels with a parasite. All it takes is a little cold weather and the squirrels are parasite free. I don't shoot either rabbits or squirrels until a frost, both have the same parasites. Plus small game has fed on fat producing materials making the meat more palatable.

I do take note of where I see small game in other activities. Usually, these areas where you have seen small game before hold most of the small game in that area.

What, they are fine to eat now. Lots of people hunt them here in the early season. My grandson and I are getting a few in the mornings when it's cool. Having a ball hunting with him. He's only seven.

Opening day.
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The next day.
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The next weekend.
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This weekend. Added a couple of crows this morning.
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Jagermeister 09-08-2013 06:58 PM

Damn, are those radioactive squirrels? What do all feed them. Geez.

winds-of-change 09-08-2013 07:31 PM

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Originally Posted by John_Deer (Post 1363785)
You need to let a frost hit before shooting the squirrels. Many of the squirrels will have parasites. You won't want to eat the squirrels with a parasite. All it takes is a little cold weather and the squirrels are parasite free. I don't shoot either rabbits or squirrels until a frost, both have the same parasites. Plus small game has fed on fat producing materials making the meat more palatable.

I do take note of where I see small game in other activities. Usually, these areas where you have seen small game before hold most of the small game in that area.

Are you talking internal or external parasites? I don't see how a frost can kill any internal parasites. As for external parasites, they will come off the animal when it dies as there is no good feeding for fleas or whatever on a dead animal.

limbkiller 09-08-2013 08:10 PM

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Originally Posted by Jagermeister (Post 1364085)
Damn, are those radioactive squirrels? What do all feed them. Geez.

We have two kinds of squirrels here in Kentucky. Gray and Fox. The fox rats can have blonde heads, black heads but have an orange color. They are also at least a third bigger when full grown.The Fox squirrels are hardly ever found in big stands of timber. They prefer smaller wood lots and lines of trees along fence rows.

John_Deer 09-08-2013 08:24 PM

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Originally Posted by winds-of-change (Post 1364193)
Are you talking internal or external parasites? I don't see how a frost can kill any internal parasites. As for external parasites, they will come off the animal when it dies as there is no good feeding for fleas or whatever on a dead animal.

Squirrels and rabbits get "wolves" a big worm on their abdomen. After a frost the "wolves" go away. Some people cut off the area where the wolf worm was located and eat the animal. Some can't tolerate the "wolves" and wait until a frost.

limbkiller 09-08-2013 08:27 PM

Have only seen one of them in years. Just threw that one to the dog. They can be in the shoulder area also. I'm not passing up a bunch of chances to hunt with my grandson because of a worm. To much fun and he LOVES it.


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