SPRING SQUIRREL SEASON

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  1. captfire

    captfire 6 pointer

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    ALL MOST HERE MAY 16TH. CANT WAIT GOING RIGHT OUT OF TURKEY SEASON IN TO SQUIRREL SEASON. GOT ME A NEW 410 PUMP TO TRY THIS YEAR. I CAN ALLMOST HERE THEM IN THE SKILLET FRYING UP NOW WITH FIRED TATERS AND GRAVY AND HOME MADE BISKITES. yum yum...
     
  2. woodsman92

    woodsman92 10 pointer

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    I’m ready for it too. Been looking at them squirrels while I’m out chasing turkeys, giving them a false sense of security thinking im not a threat haha. Come the morning the morning of the 16th they will never see it coming
     
  3. Me too. Was out plinking with the 22 yesterday and dreaming of a nice hunt in a couple weeks.
     
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  4. oaktreeplanter

    oaktreeplanter Fawn

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    I'm in such a hurry I plan to start early. Tennessee opens this Saturday May 9th!
     
  5. RLWEBB

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    They may all be hibernating now that winter is here!
     
  6. Feedman

    Feedman Cyber-Hunter

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    3 in my backyard right now
     
  7. davers

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    As always, my Squirrel Season starts in August. I never thought that an early Squirrel Season is a "good" thing, for this game species. Mast crops, this Summer/fall, are going to be in short supply too, due to the freezing weather we had a few weeks ago.
     
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  8. CalebConn16

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    I used to believe that but I have seen more squirrels in the last few weeks on the road than I can remember in absolutely forever. And unless this freeze coming up Is different the eastern part of the state that I’m in I don’t believe had had a hard enough freeze to damage mast. Even so in turkey season I still see enough mast on the ground from last season to hold a large squirrel population
     
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  9. carnivore

    carnivore 12 pointer

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    Id like to hear more comments on this. I have always hunted fall only but was going to try spring squirrel with my daughter. I dont know enough either way to have a strong opinion on it.
     
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  10. bowhunter269

    bowhunter269 12 pointer

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    I don't hunt the spring season, but if we have mast crop failure seems to reason we should harvest a bunch now.....saving food for the ones that survive you and your daughter !! Go get 'em and post pics !!
     
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  11. KY Swamp Beagler

    KY Swamp Beagler 12 pointer

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    If the mast cropped failed wouldn’t you want to harvest now to lower the population come fall/winter?

    I’m ready for spring squirrel. I’ve seen a bunch turkey hunting.
     
  12. davers

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    No, lowering the population of Squirrels would not be a prudent thing to do. In my area of Kentucky (Central) we've had three years in a row where all mast crop failed. Personally, I've noticed a drastic drop in Squirrel AND also Turkey populations. As for mast lying on the ground from last year, there is none available. I've only seen seven Squirrels in the past Month!! Those who hunt Squirrels near a farm that grows Corn will be in better shape as Squirrels will migrate toward food supplies.
     
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  13. davers

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    I've always been against an early Squirrel Season, as some Squirrels might still be nesting and if you harvest a female you might be killing 4 or more young Squirrels.
     
  14. davers

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    According to the forecast this weekend, it's going to drop to 28*-29*, which will do more damage to our mast crops.
     
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  15. KY Swamp Beagler

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    That’s no different than shooting a doe in the rut that could be bred.
     

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