I, along with many, many other hunters, cut my teeth on gray squirrel hunting. Absolutely loved it, since it was the first season to open in Vermont, and it was always neat to get intot he woods when there were still leaves on the trees.
Have not done it in years, primarily because we only have ground squirrels out here, which are more like rats. When my sone gets another 3-4 years older, I may look up a place to do that, or go after rabbits. Plenty of them out here.
I always enjoyed hunting gray squirrel and fox squirrel in the Ohio forests. We kind of did a still hunt for them and were always successful. Boy have I got a great recipe for squirrel as well. I'll have to add that to a forum topic here soon. I have yet to do any squirrel hunting here in Colorado - I guess I am too focused on all of the other wildlife available here. Besides they have this wierd looking squirrel that I have only seen one of them in the past 4 years! What do you use to hunt squirrel - 22 rifle or shotgun?
I use a .32 caliber flintlock mainly til the leaves are off, then I use a handgun.
I am most often toting a flintlock fowler in the fall for woodcock and grouse and if the bag is light for the day will knock one out of the sky with a load of 5's from the 62 cal.
a 22 revolver or pistol is my favorite hunt for greys, in the hare woods we usually carry 44 mags with #5 hard shot or copper coated #6's and I have taken squirrels with that as well but the 22 handgun is the most fun.
Guidesforhire, Welcome to the forum. Nice set of hogleggs you got there. Thought of putting a red dot on my Buckmark as well but I carry the thing around too much and it is nice and fast out of the holster and quick to aquire with the iron sights. I may end up putting a scope on my K-22 for tree rats?
Gray squirrels were the first game animal I ever hunted. This was back when I lived in upstate New York. The squirrels were tons of fun and good eating too.
I will be getting back into squirrel hunting next year since the state of new Mexico is forcing everyone to buy a small game license starting in 2012 (If you want to put in for any of the big game draws).
Anyway, looking forward to the squirrels since it means more time in the woods.
So, does that mean that if i want to put in for the Valles Caldera elk hunt lottery, I will first need to pay $90 for the small game license? Forfeitting $10-15 for a non-refundable application fee is one thing, but to have to dish out almost $100 to attempt to draw a tag, no thanks.
YOUR RIGHT ABOUT RED SQUIRREL IN NEW YORK, NO CLOSED SEASON. I FIND THE REDS TO HAVE A SLIGHT BITTER TASTE TO THEM, SOME ONE TOLD ME ITS BECAUSE OF THEIR DIET. THEY EAT A LOT OF SMALL PINE CONES & SOME NEEDLES, GUESS THE PINE GIVES IT THAT FUNNY TASTE. WOULD MUCH RATHER HAVE A FEW FAT GREY OR FOX SQUIRREL.
As I sit and glass, which is common for hunters out west, I have sort of quickly discovered something I never learned when I was younger.
In my youth I had enthusiasm and spirit. In my middle to advancing years I have creaky knees, arthritis, and I tire more easily than I used to. Where I used to sit on the cold hard ground I now look for that soft spot to sooth my tired muscles. That leads me to my tip.
Carry your soft spot with you!
In my pack I carry an air filled, ultralight, camping pad....