I’ve never been squirrel hunting.

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  1. boomchakabowwow

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    I’ve come to the conclusion that hunting is hunting.

    I get the same exact adrenaline rush; the same excitement and joy despite the game. A turkey coming into my decoy rattles my nerve just like an elk coming in. Hehe.

    A few years ago while deer hunting we came upon an abandoned homestead littered with fat cottontail. We put away the big guns and grabbed rimfire. I grabbed a .22 PCP airgun. It was the most giddy fun ever. We ended up with great table fare. No heavy lifting. :). Believe it or not, my first cottontail hunt. Spot and stalk.

    Now I want some squirrel. I’m reasearching a backpack hunt into Arizona . I’ve packed in for Couse deer, now I just want a few tree squirrels :). We do have a squirrel hunt in CA nearby, but that is a tough hike into the Sierra Nevada mountains. There is still snow then. Maybe I’ll hit up the Midwest.

    Then off to AK for a dream hint. I want to hike the forest of Alaska shooting my .22 at the sooty grouse.
     
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    Squirrel season in CA is right now. Goes until about the end of Jan. It doesn't have to be a hard hike, they're on the roads all the time. Just a drive to where you can hunt, and some wandering around should do it.
    You should go!
     
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    Spot on! I jumped a bunny while taking a walk and had that same rush even with the 'could a,would a, should a packed a 20 gauge today' feeling.
     
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    Just be advised that there is "competition" in the forests of Alaska for grouse dinner...a .22 may be a little light, compared to down south.
    But your statement "hunting is hunting is totally correct!!:)

    Regards,

    ezra
     
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    Come to Oregon. We've got Western grays in parts of the state, the size of house cats.
     
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    Thanks bird man. Not a bad idea! Lots of public land?
     
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    If you go to AZ for squirrel hunting you may want to look around the north rim of the Grand Canyon and along the Mogollon Rim (Payson to Alpine). Both areas have Abert's squirrels:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abert's_squirrel
    Find some Ponderosa pine country (6000 to 8000 ft) and that's where they will be. Hunt them by just walking around and keeping you eyes and ears open. They will give themselves away by chattering at you. Just sneak in close to whatever tree they seem to be in and sit quietly watching for movement up in the trees. Before long they may move around a little, looking for you. Those Ponderosas can be really big trees, so be ready for long shots. A .22 rifle with a good scope is the best tool for them. You don't need to backpack into wilderness country since AZ has lots of National Forest with roads all over the place, and lots of good places to camp. And be ready to see lots of elk. Good luck, and have fun!
     
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    I wanted to squirrel hunt as there's no season for them where I'm at in Idaho. From what I read they are either very tasty or can be tough as old boots. IDK.

    We do have some really good grouse hunting though. Even my dad who has Parkinson's and is confined to a power chair and his Polaris S x S takes a lot of them out.

    If you go on foot there's unlimited public land and access to ridges and creek bottoms. Sometimes I've gotten into a group of 12+ blue grouse at one location and it's a good amount of food.

    If you hunt grouse here you can also get in on our terrific huckleberry crop and take up to 2 bears. Second out of state bear tag is like $31.50 which isn't bad.
     
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    Of all the hunting that I've done, I think that I enjoy squirrel hunting most of all. I first used a 20 gauge shotgun, but later switched to a scoped .22. It was really enjoyable to get out to a good spot while it is still dark, then sit on a stump or log and watch the sun come up. Part of the appeal was the probability of success - it was rare to get no squirrels, or at least shots at squirrels. With deer hunting, I've gone 4 or 5 seasons without firing a shot.
     
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    The better field shots in hunting are squirrel hunters. Check the size of a deers vitals against that of a squirrel, Shot placement on a deer is bigger than the squirrel itself. Making a head shot on a squirrel is a feat to be proud of.
     
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    Yes!
     
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    Huzzah for squirrel hunting!

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    following. I got my first gray yesterday, but came up empty today and the previous 4 hunts. I see sign of them everywhere, including nests, but unless I hear them or see them, I have no clue where they are. Maybe the cold weather influences their behavior?
     
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    While this is true, most squirrel shots are between 5 and 35 yrds, it kinda offsets. Deer could be anywhere from 5-150 yds, depending on where your hunting and with what.
     
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    I love squirrel! Makes great vindaloo! food porn 2.JPG
     
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    Squrriel India style. Nice!
     
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    I have found that they seem to know that your after them, when your walking around looking up at the trees.. assuming that’s what you were doing.
    Animals know that your not supposed to be in deeper wooded areas so they all hide once they see or hear you, and they take ques from each other’s warning calls.

    I recommend finding a good area of hard woods where oak, hickory and walnut are prevalent and posting at a Spot with your back to a tree and relax. Soon the forest will come alive again and sooner your later you’ll start seeing them running around chasing each other and whatnot.

    I used to go to areas where I knew that squrriels were extremely abundant and be scratching my head wondering where they are... squrriels have a height advantage over humans which means they’ll likely see you and hide on the opposite side of a tree before you see them.

    Depending on what area your hunting they’re behavior will differ too.. in areas where they are used to seeing humans often.. you can practically get close enough to throw a rock at them lol

    These tactics are pretty universal with hunting most animals in general, is all about finding where the animal is going to be and posting in that spot at the right time with the right gear to remain invisible

    Squrriels are easy though due to they’re abundant numbers and relatively small home range!

    Hope this helped lol
     
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    Or you could get you a little buddy (feist ) . They enjoy it too.
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    All i tend to hunt is squirrel .

    If i come across something else thats a bonus.

    To deer hunt here you need to sit in a stand and ambush them . i cant sit too long . My body locks up and my ADD starts going.

    Squirrel i can do what i love to do . Hike and look at stuff with little rhyme or reason. If i need to sit i sit. Usually for less thab a half hour .

    But i think my favorite thing about squirrel is the lack of pressure from the outside . No size queens or number junkies . I go and do my thing and enjoy one of the best tasting animals in the forest
     
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    Plan your Alaska trip carefully. I just got back from Alaska Monday evening. We went up for a wedding, I purchased a license and tried my hand at hare, ptarmigan and grouse hunting......mostly hare though.

    It was a great experience that should have probably been left for a warmer weather trip. My first morning out in big lake, ak was -20°....I quickly found out I didn’t have the clothes for that lol I only lasted a little over two hours. The rest of my time was in soldotna and ranged from -10° to 30° lol

    I went out 5 times the entire trip, I only seen one grouse( it was flying away and I couldn’t tell what kind), 1 squirrel(which the nonresident small game license doesn’t include), and 1 hare ( that I missed).

    It’s a crazy experience, you’ll love it. Just do your homework on licensing and zones and public land, and when you finally get all that sorted out, it’ll seem like a bigger accomplishment than traveling all that way to actually kill something in the woods lol
     
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    I love hunting in the cold . Its been off this year and has seemed like March since New Years

    .But usually .Once everything is froze up. I look for water .We have alot of springs here that rarely freeze solid . U find the springs u find the game .
    But this year .Everything is holed up. Nothing has to move too far to get what they need .

    Im finding plantain still alive under leaf litter . Ive never seen that mid Feb before .
     

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