1st Spring Squirrel

Discussion in 'Small Game Hunting' started by dabassking, May 30, 2020.

  1. dabassking

    dabassking 6 pointer

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    I finally got my first spring squirrel this morning on some public land. I saw 5 or 6 but only one gave me a shot. Luckily, I made it count.

    Man, these guys are tough to get a shot at with all these leaves on the trees...
     
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  2. woodsman92

    woodsman92 10 pointer

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    I killed 3 opening weekend...out of 6 I shot at. I had to relearn the effective range of a 20 gauge haha. I hadn’t hunted them in the spring for many years, and just hunted fall when leaves are off and squirrels are on the ground a lot. I forgot how hard it is to get in close enough to get a shot this time of year. Last 2 times I’ve been out I’ve seen squirrels shaking leaves from a distance, but by the time I close the distance to where you can get a clear shot, I’ve been spotted and they are not moving.
    You using shotgun or rifle?
     
  3. dabassking

    dabassking 6 pointer

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    My first two outings were with my old single shot 20ga, but today I took the .22.

    I was having the same problem as you and seeing them from a distance with the shotgun but today, I jumped one up that would have been a chip shot with the 20ga, but I couldn’t find it in the scope fast enough with the .22.

    You just can’t win with these things.
     
  4. KY Swamp Beagler

    KY Swamp Beagler 12 pointer

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    I’ve been hunting with a .22 and it’s tough. Me and a buddy have experienced extremely skittish squirrels. They’ve all been in oaks - not feeding but look to be traveling through. You’ve got a small window of opportunity and then they are timbering out of the tree.
     
  5. barney

    barney 12 pointer

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    The new crop of youngsters are all over the place around here. The dogs are going crazy and I haven't the time to oblige.
     
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  6. wv67

    wv67 12 pointer

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    Y’all can hunt tree rats now, I’m jealous do many of them have warbles
     
  7. 0Troy

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    Took a big girl last weekend. I think I only caught her because I had the sun to my back and she was trying to see what I was.

    Definitely skittish.

    We're going back out to Veterans for more this weekend. Will update.

    Looking forward to it because I worked up a good recipe that my whole family will eat.
     
  8. Munson

    Munson 12 pointer

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    Same here, squacks and bunnies galore around the house. Been leaving the dog out at night and have heard her bark a time or two so maybe she's keeping the night predators at bay somewhat anyway.

    I missed a chip shot(155yds) on a yote other day with my buddies .17:eek: come to find out he'd moved the scope from its 100yd zero down to 25yds letting his son plink with it.. he forgot to tell me that little detail before I embarrassed myself in front of my WV buds:rolleyes:. Dang thing was slowly crusing the field edge 30yds from the horses. Looked to be badly malnourished. My guess was a female with young bc I didn't see any mange from the distance i was at. Dang I hate to miss anything, but yotes and big bucks gives me nitemares:confused:
     
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  9. 0Troy

    0Troy Fawn

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    Veterans Memorial WMA was pretty sparse, only saw a few, and only one gave me a shot. Very skittish.

    Also TICKS! I've had 3 ticks on me, total in the last couple seasons, but today I had 7, and my brother had 5.
     

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