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Tips on How to Hunt Squirrels

By Edited Nov 25, 2015 0 0

Hunting squirrels is an enjoyable outdoor small game endeavor that has the benefit of providing tasty table fare for the family. It's hard to beat fried squirrel! So here are a couple of tips on how to successfully locate the bushytailed rats of the trees.

Before you begin it is important to understand what kind of equipment you may need for hunting squirrels. A hunting vest is useful for carrying ammunition and downed game. You also will want a hat to break up the outline of your face. A face net is helpful but not necessary. Good boots for walking and hiking, but they must have a low heal to facilitate easy and quiet movement in the woods. All of these things can be had for a reasonable price at a local sporting goods store.

The next thing you need to consider is what type of weapon you will be using to hunt with. Your options for small game hunting will be limited to shotguns and small caliber, rimfire rifles.

If you go with a shotgun, and for most populated areas this is the safest option, you will need to learn and understand you effective range. For the purpose of small game hunting, a shot shell with #6 lead shot is appropriate. This ammunition will provide an effective range of about 35 yards and a bit further depending on the gun and shooter combination.

If you hunt in a sparsely inhabited area and enjoy hunting with a rifle, then you may give consideration to many of the rimifire rifles now available in .22 and .177 calibers. Warning, these weapons are dangerous to a mile and a half so be sure of your backstop when shooting. Although this will give you improved range, you will also find this more challenging as finding and hitting squirrels jumping through the timber with a rifle is an endeavor of challenge for any serious marksman.

Now that you have selected the appropriate tools its time to locate a suitable stand of hardwoods and gain permission from the landowner for hunting.

Sneak into the woodlot early, just as the sun is rising. Go slow and listen for a squirrelt to jump in the tree tops (they make a fare amount of racket when doing so). Also be alert for the sound of falling nuts or for the sound of a squirrel raking on a nut hull. Be alert as you go and scan the trees ahead.

When you've located a squirrel or group of them, place a large tree between you and them and slowly close the distance. Repeat as needed until you are within your weapons effective range. Then select an appropriate shot and begin filling your game bag.

Good luck on your next squirrel hunt!

Hunting squirrels is an enjoyable outdoor small game endeavor that has the benefit of providing tasty table fare for the family. It's hard to beat fried squirrel! So here are a couple of tips on how to successfully locate the bushytailed rats of the trees.

Before you begin it is important to understand what kind of equipment you may need for hunting squirrels. A hunting vest is useful for carrying ammunition and downed game. You also will want a hat to break up the outline of your face. A face net is helpful but not necessary. Good boots for walking and hiking, but they must have a low heal to facilitate easy and quiet movement in the woods. All of these things can be had for a reasonable price at a local sporting goods store.

The next thing you need to consider is what type of weapon you will be using to hunt with. Your options for small game hunting will be limited to shotguns and small caliber, rimfire rifles.

If you go with a shotgun, and for most populated areas this is the safest option, you will need to learn and understand you effective range. For the purpose of small game hunting, a shot shell with #6 lead shot is appropriate. This ammunition will provide an effective range of about 35 yards and a bit further depending on the gun and shooter combination.

If you hunt in a sparsely inhabited area and enjoy hunting with a rifle, then you may give consideration to many of the rimifire rifles now available in .22 and .177 calibers. Warning, these weapons are dangerous to a mile and a half so be sure of your backstop when shooting. Although this will give you improved range, you will also find this more challenging as finding and hitting squirrels jumping through the timber with a rifle is an endeavor of challenge for any serious marksman.

Now that you have selected the appropriate tools its time to locate a suitable stand of hardwoods and gain permission from the landowner for hunting.

Sneak into the woodlot early, just as the sun is rising. Go slow and listen for a squirrelt to jump in the tree tops (they make a fare amount of racket when doing so). Also be alert for the sound of falling nuts or for the sound of a squirrel raking on a nut hull. Be alert as you go and scan the trees ahead.

When you've located a squirrel or group of them, place a large tree between you and them and slowly close the distance. Repeat as needed until you are within your weapons effective range. Then select an appropriate shot and begin filling your game bag.

Good luck on your next squirrel hunt!

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