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The Best Squirrel Hunting

Bunch Hunting

Click to enlargeEditor’s Note: Many states encourage hunters to take squirrels in February. To squirrel hunt effectively,Click to enlarge I need a good rifle, a quality scope, the best binoculars I can buy and my squirrel calls. Spotting a bushytail on the limb at 60 yards will test even Superman's X-ray vision without binoculars and a riflescope. However, from 60- to 80-yards away with these optics, I can distinguish the difference between a squirrel's tail swishing or a bird's wings flapping. No matter where you hunt squirrels, you’ll have more success if you’ll use squirrel calls.

I've discovered when you find a bunch of squirrels you can bag numbers of bushytails in the time you have to hunt. Click to enlargeBy walking woods roads, fire breaks and power line right-of-ways and using a barker call, you can move through the forest quickly and easily, cover Click to enlargeplenty of territory quietly and locate large bands of bushytails. Usually more than one squirrel will bark back to you in an area.

Because I stay well away from the squirrels and take 40- to 60-yard shots, when my rifle cracks and the squirrel drops, often I don't frighten other squirrels in the area. Since the squirrels haven't seen any danger, even if they do become spooked, they may resume playing or feeding in the trees much quicker than if I take a shot from closer range. After the shot I sit down, wait 5 to 10 minutes and start using my cutter call to possibly harvest several squirrels from a region without having to change my position.

Tomorrow: Boat Hunting

Check back each day this week for more about "The Best Squirrel Hunting"

Day 1: Hill Topping
Day 2: Bunch Hunting
Day 3: Boat Hunting
Day 4: Tree Standing
Day 5: Planning a Squirrel-Hunting Float Trip


Entry 494, Day 2