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Do you think squirrel season opens too late?

I've always wondered why the PGC opens squirrel season in mid October. I realize the mast crop usually is falling at that time, but I'd like to be able to hunt squirrels the last week of September, as its usually starting to cool off by then(well all but this year anyway).....
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I'd like to see it start earlier but then we'd end up having another lactating squirrel debate in here.

Juniors get to hunt them starting this Saturday so I'll be out with my boy looking for mushrooms while he looks for squirrels.

I don't have ducks. I don't have rows. I have squirrels. And they're drunk.
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i can guarantee the bow hunters would complain. squirrel hunters would be roaming through the woods spooking the deer even if it was just squirrel hunters going to find a place to hunt. better let it stay as is.
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i can guarantee the bow hunters would complain. squirrel hunters would be roaming through the woods spooking the deer even if it was just squirrel hunters going to find a place to hunt. better let it stay as is.

Bowhunter here that would like squirrel season to start earlier.
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i can guarantee the bow hunters would complain. squirrel hunters would be roaming through the woods spooking the deer even if it was just squirrel hunters going to find a place to hunt. better let it stay as is.

Back in the day (talking late 60's, early 70's), on the opening day of squirrel and grouse it was a tradition for me and two of my uncles to bow hunt deer; we would always see a lot of deer getting pushed around by small game hunters. I always looked forward to that hunt.
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post #6 of 119 (permalink) Old 09-27-2018, 02:34 PM
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Itís hard to tell itís opening day for squirrel these days. Very few hunters out and little shooting. I think .22s are more popular with hunters today than shotguns....I made the switch years ago. A lot of leaves on the trees now....squirrels are easier to get close to but finding it in the scope can be challenging in a treetop full of green leaves. Iíd vote to keep it as is.
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Bowhunter here that would like squirrel season to start earlier.
Me too. Avid bowhunter, zero complaints. Sept 15 would be reasonable. Nobody hunts squirrels anymore. Probably the single best species to start new hunters on and hardly anybody hunts them anymore. Everyone wants to drag their 6 year olds out to the deer blind with a crossbow and skips the fundamentals.
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Me too. Avid bowhunter, zero complaints. Sept 15 would be reasonable. Nobody hunts squirrels anymore. Probably the single best species to start new hunters on and hardly anybody hunts them anymore. Everyone wants to drag their 6 year olds out to the deer blind with a crossbow and skips the fundamentals.
Ainít that the truth. Itís all about deer nowadays. Itís little wonder that many of these kids wonít be retained as adult hunters. They have someone do all the scouting, place the tree stand or blind ( or whatever hunting palace they sit in ) , carry their weapon to and from the woods, spot the deer and then field dress and get it out of the woods. They know no nothing about hunting, and play on their phone until dad nudges them that a deer is coming. Although there are a few hard core youths hunting today, what I described is becoming far more common.
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This has be discussed before. Squirrels are still lactating and need to take care of the litter. Even though a guy on here climbed a tree because he forgot cream in his coffee and was issued a citation during early archery you'll never see an early tree rat season. I have my fill of them in the back yard.

Now that I'm thinking, which is dangerous, whats the difference between groundhog an squirrels. Both are numerous.
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The greedy bowhunter in me says "stay the *&&^#" out of the woods you tree rat chasers! The tree rat chaser/eater in me says lets start mid September!! I love small game hunting, but not as much as deer hunting..

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