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How to hunt squirrels

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by shadow, Sep 27, 2007.

  1. shadow

    shadow Active Member

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    so what's the best way to hut squirrels, I was out with the dog yesterday morning and i seen a gray squirrel about 10-15 feet away from me up a tree. but the thing moves so quick throe the tree, i thought to my self how on earth would you shot it, they never seem to stay in 1 position for long enough to fire a shot off.

    I thought 1 could sit and w8 but the may take forever for 1 to cross your path, then i thought may be you could put some bate out (nuts/ peanut butter) on a tree branch and what for 1 to come along to entice one to come in to you kill rage :confused::confused:

    I'v never hunted squirrels so i dont have to foggys what would be the best way to hun 1.

    so would any 1 like to share your hunting stratagy for squirrel hunting..

    ATB Shadow
     
  2. chiz

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    I'm not much of a squirrel hunter, so correct me if i'm wrong, but baiting should work.

    Observe the squirrels and the places you have seen them previously, place your bait accordingly, then be patient and sit still.

    I have no idea what to suggest as bait, but i would imagine the usual rule applies; make sure it can't leggit with your bait!!
     
  3. sharpshooterpete

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    Ive found they love chocolate! i either use squirrel traps or just sit and wait for them. At the back of my house is a long stretch of trees and a small stream and almost every morning i see the same squirell take the same route to where ever the pest is off to. ive read and been told squirells like to take a route they use alot, some may not agree but from what ive seen i think they do. another squirell ive seen taking the same route was at my uncles, every afternoon around 4 or 5 the 'lil' b****r would run along the fence down onto the decking onto the newly layed turf and dig small holes everywhere, well, he used to untill he met my .22

    pete.
     
  4. chiz

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    do you spread the chocolate onto something? I imagine that would be most effective, but i haven't tried it.

    I'm thinking of going for squirrels this weekend, there's quite a lot of reds at my usual location, but i'm not seeing as many as i was this time last year.

    So i'm thinking of giving them a helping hand by lowering the grey population.
     
  5. shipto

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    Just my experience (or inexperience as the case may be) but I found that I got more shots by walking around. they seem to be very curious creatures and investigate noises. The first one I shot which was a few weeks ago I disturbed while it was on the ground it scuttled up a nearby tree and then turned round to look at me, big mistake:D.
     
  6. sharpshooterpete

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    i only use chocolate when using squirell cages, i just leave a lump of cadburys in there and as soon as they touch it the door closes. you could melt the chocolate and spread it onto something like a stick but ive never tried so i don't know. i think i will hav a try with that method and see how it works out but as i said i either sit and wait where i know they will be or leave a cage there.

    pete.
     
  7. colinb

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    Hmmmm!! how to hunt squirrels?

    climb in the tree and make lots of silly noises and take your clothes off

    a squirrel will be along fairly soon because they will think you are a NUT:D
     
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    squirrel

    just wait they do stay still had 2 2day
     
  9. steve410

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    The best way to hunt squirrels is to locate them.Aim and shoot them :D
     
  10. Cove

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    Hi,
    I've found that using cover,moving very slowly and stopping frequently to look around works.I always thought squirrels were very alert but the one's I've shot had no idea I was there.Guess I must be a master stalker,or lucky.:DIf I was going to try baiting I would have a go with nutella or peanut butter spread as the squirell wouldn't be able to run off with it.
    Chris.
     
  11. AA Anonymous

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    Hi chris i don't want to burst your bubble but i found squirrels to be so stupid they practically line up to be shot. I shot one and another came from about 20 yards away to see what the noise was so i shot him and then another curious sod turned up so he was disposed of as well. another time while aiming at a rat a squirrel poped his head up right into the cross hairs so he became history as well. i found when it's summer time and there's alot of natures food about they tend to spred themselves about and are a bit harder to come by in numbers i usually find 2 together but in autumn and spring when theres not much food about they seem to gather around food sources in tens or twentys. In april and may this year only shooting for about 3 hours on a saturday and sunday morning i shot almost 30 squirrels and about the same rats and was the same last year. i find in the summer months i have to work harder to find them instead of sitting down and waiting for them to turn up i have to do some stalking. i'm looking forward to the next couple of months when natures table dries up and they start taking bigger risks to get some food like my bait.:D
     
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    Oh yes! This autumn, I shall mostly be..... Blowing greys away!!
     
  13. atko

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    i went out last weekend and got 5 squirrels, all i did was sit down 20 yards away from a tree that i watched them run up when they saw me, sat there with my camo on and w8ed, 5 mins after i sat down, one came down and sat on the wall eating a nut so i shot it, collected it and they did that 5 times:D, so my advice is to sit there and w8 in your camo.

    thanks
     
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    changing the subject of this slightly, but how can i attract squirrels to my garden!?

    we used to have them loads when i was little, but i dont see so many nowadays.......
     
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    try a bird table;)
     
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    i've heard of a bait, called nut nut.... oil based. from usa though.....
     
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    coves the boy;)
     
  18. blott

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    yeah slowly stalk thru the woods tryin not to make to much noise and stoppin for 30 seconds up to a minute to scan the area for movement always works for me, and making a squeak sound will get them to stop jus long enough to squeeze a shot off good luck:up:
     
  19. chiz

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    Took a squirrel out the other day, it was a difficult shot....

    At about thirty yards from an elevated position, there was a wood pigeon, then a squirrel about five yards to the left, then another wood pigeon a further eight or so yards to the left again. I only had my springer so I could only take the one shot before spooking the lot of them.

    I picked the squirrel.
     
  20. a1gunner

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    whole walnuts work well;)

    just make sure you hit them before they make off
     

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