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Was very over cast as I walked out the door to see if any squirrels were out and about after the rain this morning.


I slipped behind the barn to my deer blind at the edge of the woods with a huge hickory tree at the base of the hill. There are also several big acorn producing Oaks near. When deer hunting from this blind I have squirrels all over the place and even on the porch. Squirrels have chewed a hole thru the blind recent, even more reason to take care of the varmints and get some good eaten.


Wasn’t long after I had loaded the 22 mag mag’s full of rounds and the first squirrel appears coming down the hill. It heads to the creek for a drink then jumps on the log bridge to gain access to the hickory nuts on the other side. Once across the bridge it died of lead poisoning, 3 more to go. The next one comes down along the creek on the hickory tree side, grabs a nut and sets up to chew the hull off and lost his brains, two more to go.


It no sooner stopped twitching when the 4th one comes across the tree limbs till it gets to the hickory tree. Once at the hickory tree it stops, for a rest maybe? When it does it goes into permeant read mode one more to go. Had to wait what I felt like a good 20 minutes for the last one again arriving thru the tree tops. Runs out on a limb grabs a nut that was still hanging, retreated closer to the main trunk and sat up to start chewing . It also was hit in the head and dropped 20 feet thru the branches to the ground.


I am finished for this outting. Michigan allows 5 squirrels and 5 in the fridge or freezer.

I am going to put these in my freezer for a bit then take them to my brother who can’t hunt and really wants some squirrels.

:D Al
 

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I have only had to put out bird feed to find squirrels, I used to feed the birds but it got to be bs as the bluejays and the cardinals tried to keep the titmouse and chickadees from eating....I decided to feed the birds that stay year round and low and behold the squirrel wanted to grab as much sunflower seed as it could...I used to dispatch them with .177 or .22 air rifle... now, I let them eat too!
 

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Normally I use a 22 hornet with reduced loads for squirrel hunting. But these FMJ rounds found on the cheap by a fellow I mow lawns for work ok too.

I even have some 220 swift rounds loaded down to 1800FPS I some times use.

Best way to hunt squirrels is just like your deer hiunting even to the point of useing a deer blind.

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Best way to find squirrels is deer hunting.
Yep bow hunting is when they are the boldest.(it strange that they can recognize a bow) I had one climb up on the limb right above my head & start cutting nuts dropping the shells on me. I took a arrow out of the quiver & whacked him as hard as I could. He sit in a tree about 40' away & barked at me for about a half hour. I was laughing my A$$ off.
 

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Yep bow hunting is when they are the boldest.(it strange that they can recognize a bow) I had one climb up on the limb right above my head & start cutting nuts dropping the shells on me. I took a arrow out of the quiver & whacked him as hard as I could. He sit in a tree about 40' away & barked at me for about a half hour. I was laughing my A$$ off.
There is a hunter from Columbus, Indiana who comes out here. He is an incredible archer. He has taken a Grizz in Alaska.
He is incredible at hitting aerial targets with his Flu-Flu Arrows. He is out here hunting Antelope this week.
 

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OH man do I have a bow hunting story to tell!!!!!

Is a beautiful late Oct. saturday afternoon when my brother and I walked in to thr neighbours 90% hard woods lot.
We are both carrying our baker climbing stands, mine the jumbo 36"x24 platform one since I am afraid of being high to begin with.

We get to the area where we are going to hunt a cedar swamp with a high bare spot thru it making it a funnel. I set up there to ambush as the deer come out of the swamp to go to the corn field a couple hundred yards away.

I climb up a nice solid maple tree about 15 feet (I said I didn't like to get high.) get settled in for the wait, in the mean time my brother circles arond to hunt a finger that came out of the swamp about 100 yards away.

I had been in the stand about a half hour and a squirrel a nice fat fox squirrels comes and starts climbing the tree I am in. It gets up close to where I sit and I scare it to the point it goes down the tree.

Climbs up the tree close to me and sets there screaming its head off at me. finally tired of that and went down on the ground and starts screaming again.

Now we practice a lot and could hit a dime at 20 yards and a quarter out to 35 yards.
So I stand and draw the bow, take aim at the squirrel and released. the Razor bak 5 struck just behind his head in the middle of his back. the arrow had drove the bazor bak 5 thru the squirrel sticking in the ground a good 10 inches or more.

After the inital shock the squirrel starts running around that stuck in the ground arrow, around and around screaming bloody muder.

So I climb down to the ground and pick up a stout stick I felt would be good to club the squirrel in the head with. One hit and the squirrel laid silent so I pulled the arrow from the ground and the broad head didn't want to come out the way it went in. So I just laid the whole arrow and squirrel in the fork of a near by maple tree.

Climb back up in the tree the baker is hooked to and settle down for the wait. About half hour after I am settled in that squirrel is back to screaming and raiseing cane enought to get out of that tree fork.
Back on the ground it is screaming bloody murder again and trying to run with that arrow stick out of its back. I just want another half hour of slience to deer hunt and figure if I climb down again I can whack that squirrel again but this time cut its head off or heart out. with my field dressing knife.

As I said that squirrel was trying to run around with that arrow in it so was not easy to catch with the club. Finally got it when it atempted to run up a tree. then I cut its head off like I should have did to start.

It is now late and I ahd made so much noise with that squirrel there was no way a sane deer would come thru tht funnel so I just removed my Baker to wait for my brother.

Brother comes and first thing from his mouth, What in gawds name were you doing over here I could hear you making fire wood whacking trees with sticks making them small.

to this day if we get to talking bow hunting it comes up I am the great white squirrel hunter and every one laughs

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OH man do I have a bow hunting story to tell!!!!!

Is a beautiful late Oct. saturday afternoon when my brother and I walked in to thr neighbours 90% hard woods lot.
We are both carrying our baker climbing stands, mine the jumbo 36"x24 platform one since I am afraid of being high to begin with.

We get to the area where we are going to hunt a cedar swamp with a high bare spot thru it making it a funnel. I set up there to ambush as the deer come out of the swamp to go to the corn field a couple hundred yards away.

I climb up a nice solid maple tree about 15 feet (I said I didn't like to get high.) get settled in for the wait, in the mean time my brother circles arond to hunt a finger that came out of the swamp about 100 yards away.

I had been in the stand about a half hour and a squirrel a nice fat fox squirrels comes and starts climbing the tree I am in. It gets up close to where I sit and I scare it to the point it goes down the tree.

Climbs up the tree close to me and sets there screaming its head off at me. finally tired of that and went down on the ground and starts screaming again.

Now we practice a lot and could hit a dime at 20 yards and a quarter out to 35 yards.
So I stand and draw the bow, take aim at the squirrel and released. the Razor bak 5 struck just behind his head in the middle of his back. the arrow had drove the bazor bak 5 thru the squirrel sticking in the ground a good 10 inches or more.

After the inital shock the squirrel starts running around that stuck in the ground arrow, around and around screaming bloody muder.

So I climb down to the ground and pick up a stout stick I felt would be good to club the squirrel in the head with. One hit and the squirrel laid silent so I pulled the arrow from the ground and the broad head didn't want to come out the way it went in. So I just laid the whole arrow and squirrel in the fork of a near by maple tree.

Climb back up in the tree the baker is hooked to and settle down for the wait. About half hour after I am settled in that squirrel is back to screaming and raiseing cane enought to get out of that tree fork.
Back on the ground it is screaming bloody murder again and trying to run with that arrow stick out of its back. I just want another half hour of slience to deer hunt and figure if I climb down again I can whack that squirrel again but this time cut its head off or heart out. with my field dressing knife.

As I said that squirrel was trying to run around with that arrow in it so was not easy to catch with the club. Finally got it when it atempted to run up a tree. then I cut its head off like I should have did to start.

It is now late and I ahd made so much noise with that squirrel there was no way a sane deer would come thru tht funnel so I just removed my Baker to wait for my brother.

Brother comes and first thing from his mouth, What in gawds name were you doing over here I could hear you making fire wood whacking trees with sticks making them small.

to this day if we get to talking bow hunting it comes up I am the great white squirrel hunter and every one laughs

:D Al
That is an interesting story. In the Western mountains it is the "Camp Robber" a bird of constant harassment. They do not fear humans. They take what they want and chatter at you endlessly.:D

 
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