Re: How do you squirrel hunt
Like Bowmike I have hunted squirrels with a shotgun but I don't prefer it that way. Fox squirrels can be a tough beast.
When I was a yout' and my mentor and I were hunting our 1st fox squirrel took multiple blasts from both 20 & 12 gauge guns. When we were cleaning it we found it riddled with shot.
Not much later that season I started using my Marlin 39a. That WAS my best squirrel rifle. With exception of the strange odd deja vu experience I have this rifle dropped 'em dead.
The experience was this, I was watching a huge nut tree that was about 65 yards from me. It wasn't very far from Conneaut Creek but even closer to where the creek runs when it is flooded. I was about 30 higher than the 1st section that led down into the area of this tree. I could hear them barking and chattering. I was watching a couple fox squirrels and just waiting. Finally one moved out onto a limb not far from the trunk. I shouldered the 39a slowly using the tree next to me to steady up. I could see it's eye in the Weaver 4x32 scope. I set the cross hairs center of head and squeezed. There was a crack from the Federal Lightning and I watched this fox squirrel drop, back first, some 50-60 feet and land with a thud near the base of the tree. Most of the falling I witnessed through my scope. So I carefully went down the bank and made my way over to the tree and started looking. I was surprised I had to look. I saw where it fell, how it fell, it wasn't wounded or nicked. Squirrels don't fall back 1st if they are not critically wounded or otherwise dead. If it was alive it would have attempted to grab something on the way down, it didn't.
Needless to say I never found it and here is where the deja vu takes place. Two seasons later I find myself in the same spot all over again and everything played out almost exactly the same. Same shot, squirrel falls the same way, go to find squirrel and it is no where to be found.
Other than that the 39a always took the squirrel it shot and it never missed.
The deja vu episode and a few others for my friend Mike switched us into 22mags but that is another story.
This is my 1st full season back in hunting and I plan to do squirrel as much as I can. To me squirrel hunting with a rifle is more exciting than any part of hunting that I have done.
This season I currently have 4 legal rifles for small game as well as a handful of revolvers. I am leaning toward my Henry Big Loop carbine as my 1st out rifle. I took it out for late squirrel this year and it carries well and is fairly light.
If you are really into squirrel hunting and if you haven't already please check out my squirrel grand slam thread. It's going to be fun.