New trophy management for squirrels!!!!!!!

Discussion in 'General Hunting' started by imported_n/a, Dec 17, 2003.

  1. imported_n/a

    imported_n/a 6 pointer

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    When I was a young boy I spent many an autumn mornings stalking the eastern grey squirrel. While other boys my age were doing " other " things, I could be found staking out a big hickory tree. Many a fond memories were made squirrel hunting. Now that I've become an "advanced" hunter, it seems I rarely hunt for them anymore. Neither do I hear many talk of them in the "sacred" hunting circles. I've pondered on this and believe that the lack of interest in squirrel hunting is due to a lack of a point system for squirrels. Before you laugh me off, think about it. Many of todays hunters only hunt for a "trophy". If a buck doesn't have a massive rack then its considered a juvenile and the hunter that harvested it is shamed. Same with turkeys. What's the first thing your buddy ask when you tell him/her you've killed a turkey? "How big wuz its beard?" The hunt for a trophy has overtaken todays hunters.
    Thus, enter the trophy squirrel program. Under this management program, squirrels would be strictly managed to produce a better quality squirrel. Harvest limits and zone restrictions would apply to better suit a particular land. Hunters would have to buy a squirrel permit to finance the program. A small price to pay for such an opportunity. The qualifications of a trophy squirrel would differ from other game species though. Since a squirrel has neither antlers or a beard, another part of its anatomy would have to be used. As only males of a species are considered trophys, it would have to be something the female squirrel doesn't have. So I suggest that a boar squirrels nuts be used to gauage its trophy status. In order to qualify as a trophy, a boar squirrels nuts would have to be as big as ......oh, say a small peach. A boar squirrel with nuts smaller than this would be considered a juvenile and should not be harvested.A new rodent point system would be developed to score a squirrels nuts. A field judging guide could be printed for those not familiar with squirrel anatomy. Of course hunters would have to sacrifice some the first few seasons, but since the females of a species are considered worthless in management programs, they could take an unlimited number of sow squirrels. Hunters could use the tel-e-check system to call their squirrels in.
    I think the new rodent scoring club would really boost squirrel hunting in Ky. Imagine a group of guys gathered around the back of a pick-up truck looking at..not a deer...not a turkey... but a big 'ole mature boar squirrel with a MONSTER SET OF NUTS!!!!

    "Thats a goodin' alright......yep, look what mass...yea, on both sides too!!!!!!....you wander how he got through the trees packing them around.[:D]

    giggles and smiles

    Leave some for the kids!
     
  2. ksp771

    ksp771 10 pointer

    I think the new rodent scoring club would really boost squirrel hunting in Ky. Imagine a group of guys gathered around the back of a pick-up truck looking at..not a deer...not a turkey... but a big 'ole mature boar squirrel with a MONSTER SET OF NUTS!!!!

    "Thats a goodin' alright......yep, look what mass...yea, on both sides too!!!!!!....you wander how he got through the trees packing them around

    SWEET SWEET SWEET!!!!!!!!

    http://www.wrightsweaponsystems.com
     
  3. GSP

    GSP 14 Pointer

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    LMAO!
    How would you establish the scoring system? Length x girth?
    I can hear it now, “boys, I kilt a good’un, he was a pack’un a rather large satchel, black, leather looking thing it was”!

    “A good set of walnuts he had”.

    “Found a couple of double scrapes where he dragged them up a shag-bark”.[:D][:D]
    [:D]
     
  4. broadside

    broadside 6 pointer

    Just imagine the pictures we could post with them laying spread eagle on our tailgates[:D] maybe we could lay a quarter beside them for scale[:D][:D] Man that's funny stuff, good post[^]

    CAIN'T HAVE NOTHIN
     
  5. buckdroppings

    buckdroppings 8 pointer

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    I don't know if I'd be too interested. Sounds like something the wife would enjoy too much! Well maybe she wouldn't now that I think about it. She already has mine hang'in on the wall. I'd say thats trophy enough for her. Who knows?[8)][:D][:D]
     
  6. Ky Headhunter

    Ky Headhunter 8 pointer

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    I know one thing, you'll never see a picture of me in some magazine, mile-wide grin, holding up a pair of treerat jewels. I hope the rest of you can say that as well.

    So what we gonna call this record book? Boone & Crockett, Pope & Young already taken. How about the Pork & Beans Club. Maybe the Squirrel Scrotum Society. National Squirrel Genitalia Federation. OK I'll quit now.

    This could be a boon for taxidermists.
     
  7. Ky Headhunter

    Ky Headhunter 8 pointer

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    OK I lied, not ready to let this one go.

    I am pleased to announce the formation of a new organization dedicated to preserving & promoting the sport of trophy squirrel hunting - NutMasters.

    Just think Captain, you could be the Jackie Bushman of small game.
     
  8. broadside

    broadside 6 pointer

    I can't wait for Monster Nuts volume 1

    CAIN'T HAVE NOTHIN
     
  9. HardinCountyHunter

    HardinCountyHunter Spike

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    "The Truth" about the size of my trophy squirrel's nuts would make a fine tape. Other company's wanting to make videos would be companies like Realnuts Outdooors, Mossy Nut, and of course local boys like Nut and Hale. This could be big.
     
  10. joekat46

    joekat46 8 pointer

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    BUT - would this really work unless we divided the state into at least 10 squirrel zones and encouraged everyone to shoot all the females in "squirrel zones" 1 - 4. Maybe we could even have the squirrels checked in by telephone, on the "honor system" of course. That works great with the deer.[;)].
     
  11. OK guys.....I've laughed more at the posts on this thread than any I can remember for a while.[:D] To get a tad serious for just a second there is a gun shop here localy that supports a big squirrel contest every year. Participants ante up about $5 each to enter and the shop owner weighs the entries. Biggest squirrel gets the money. I suppose you could get it mounted later if ya wanted.[:D][:D]
     
  12. FullDraw

    FullDraw 6 pointer

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    Good Lord...you all are crazy!!!! What kind of "nutty" forum have I joined?!?!? This thread reminds me of a fox squirrel I killed in Logan county a few years back. I swear that thing had a set on it that looked like they should have been attached to a St. Bernard! I've still got knots on my head from all the sow squirrels throwing acorns at me while I tried to leave the woods that day!!
     
  13. I got a good laugh this morning, funny stuff!

    I guess I will tell yall my secret way to squirrel hunt, but Im sure alot of you know this....

    You climb a tree and act like a nut. Yuk yuk yuk.
    Now everyone knows why Im a concrete man and not a comedian.
    C Man

    Obey the rules, and we will all be glad later.
     
  14. REGULAR JOE

    REGULAR JOE 6 pointer

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    I can see it now...they'll change the annual pilgrimage to Lexington to "Bucks, beards and balls". Funny stuff Captain.

    "As with man, it is what's between the ears that makes a buck what he is."
     
  15. FullDraw

    FullDraw 6 pointer

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    When this program takes off I think I'll hang some squirrel feeders up in the trees around our farm and fill them with Viagra![:D][:D] That should make for some great trophy squirrel hunting[;)]
    The only problem I can see that may hender this trophy squirrel program is there will probably not be many people willing to score the critters. I mean think about it... would you want to be known as an "official scrotum scorer/measurer"?[:0]
     
  16. mike.one

    mike.one 8 pointer

    GSP,

    I'd hate to see the squirrel whose nuts could scrape a shagbark!! I once tried to drag a climber up a shagbark and it was my climber that lost that fight.

    This post reminds me too much of the other post about bears that covered toothpicks made of raccoon penis and swizzle sticks made from bear penis. I drew the line on those! But I doubt that a squirrel-nut necklace would provide the same bragging rights around the campfire as, say, a grizz-claw necklace.
     
  17. INKYHUNTER

    INKYHUNTER Cyber-Hunter

    Captain Mallard you have cloaked in humor a problem we have in todays society and hunters. Hunting for the pure joy of hunting is not enough anymore for some. Some in this day and age never really learn to be woodswise, because they never hunted the old bushtail when he was pressured and could be harder to kill then a deer. I think I learned more about hunting, chasing squirrels then any other game animal. Parents and mentors of young hunters would be wise to start them on some elusive bushtails instead of starting them on turkey or deer.
    I feel some of the slob hunters come from the group that never learned to respect wildlife and its habitat as we young squirrel hunters were taught. Your post was humorous and the point well made.
     
  18. imported_n/a

    imported_n/a 6 pointer

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    We have a winner!!!! You're right on target Inkyhunter. Thought I'd have some fun with it though. I really like the responses guys. Sounds like my kinda crowd. I vote for calling the new club..<font size="4">Nutmasters</font id="size4"> (Ky. headhunter). Can you imagine the look on peoples faces when the taxidermist ask.. How do you want it mounted....in a hang..semi-hang....alert!!!!!!!

    Leave some for the kids!
     
  19. ron john

    ron john Fawn

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    With the lack of Deer sightings in Hardin Co. ,This TROPHY SQUIRREL PROGRAM HAS SOME POSSIBILITIES!!![:)]
     
  20. Feedman

    Feedman Cyber-Hunter

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    Excellent topic!!!!!!!!! I want to sign up today to become a member of this new society of hunters.
    I am concerned on how you would be able to judge a juvenile from a mature trophy with them in the top of a tall oak.
    Will your squirell permit be covered in the Sportsman License???

    It ain't braggin, if you can back it up.
     

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