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So......tell me why

All last week I sat in a treestand watching...……….observing. I've seen this MANY times...….

All week I watched gray, fox and red(pine) squirrels go about their lives. The grays and the foxes were non-stop busy going 100 yards up behind me and fetching walnuts back to bury. Now...…….a gray squirrel weighs about a pound. A big fox squirrel goes maybe 2 pounds. A red squirrel maybe 6 ounces.


How come when a red squirrel chases a gray or fox squirrel...…….they RUN ???????? A red squirrel's head is the size of a walnut. A gray or a fox could take a red by the noggin and hurt it BAD. But without exception......the bigger squirrels tuck butt and run from those little red turds.

WHY ?????

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Cause it ain't the size of squirrel in the fight... it's the size of fight in the squirrel!


One of my most prized trophies is the dried out, hairless hide of one of them little suckers tacked up on my garage wall, been there for 35 years. Little bugger harassed me in my deer stand all season. Late small game season I took the .22 out, climbed in that stand and put an end to his miserable little life.
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The old timers used to say that red squirrels would castrate greys and fox squirrels in a fight. That would make me run.
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I always heard the same.
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The old timers used to say that red squirrels would castrate greys and fox squirrels in a fight. That would make me run.

I would bet the old timers were right. I kept pet mice as a kid and the males certainly did that.
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I have a video on my phone showing a little red chasing everything that would come near my bird feed. Pretty comical. Also saw one carrying a dead chipmunk this summer. Nasty little buggers.
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I have a video on my phone showing a little red chasing everything that would come near my bird feed.
So...……...if you woulda blasted his mean little arse with a shotgun...……….would that be considered baiting and illegal ??

The ones in my creek bottom have a rude awakening coming for them one of these days.

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There was a chef at a moose camp named Otto that was obsessed with killing the red squirrels In the woodpile. He’d spend hours every day trying to shoot them with a .22 rifle. Every year I was there he’d kill one or two. He’d want you to see them, like he was showing off a 60” bull.

He was also addicted to watching The Western Channel on satellite tv. All day, all night, reruns of Bonanza, Gunsmoke, etc. It’s a wonder he found time to cook.
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I always heard the same.
My grandfather told me that too when i was a kid. At camp if a grey squirrel or black squirrel was at the bird feeder that little red squirrel would show up and the others would scatter like a bird of prey was in the area.

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I hope I run across one of those reds. I'll see how tough they are against my flintlock 20 gauge and 1 1/8 oz of no. 6 shot.
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