The reds (piney's as I grew up calling them back in Indiana) are everywhere. The grays are pretty common as well, but I do remember guys last season ('09) complaining they were hard to find at times. It's open season 365 days on the reds here, but the grays have a set season.
Same here in NY. Never hunted the reds. Not much meat and I dont know of anywhere to sell the pelts. I have run my dog on them a few times, but they are so fast its pointless with a dog. Funny thing, here in NY we had a second litter late in the season. During deer season I was seeing babies running around. Kinda neat. The problem in NY with squirrel hunting is a lack of hardwood mast. Its good hunting, but I imagine it would be better in some of the mature woods of NH.
Sounds good! Access here in Buffalo area of NY is a pain. I drive anywhere from 30 min to 2 hours to hunt right now. There is a lot of land, but no one will let you hunt. I have some trapping farms fairly close, but that is only because they need me to help with predation problems.
The key to squirrelage is corn fields and rivers...usually both are bordered by BIG oak trees...just about the only place you find the old mega oaks are along rivers or on ag land where they havent been cut in decades...up in Boscawen you have both in abundance...the Merrimack River...drive 80 miles north on a good weekend and you can hunt along the Connecticut River and I would be VERY surprised if you see another squirrel hunter..which aint a bad thing ")
Hey EC, come and kill these tree rats!! I hunt in Boscawen quite regularly, and there are a crapload of bushytails in the area. We've had back-to-back massive acorn crops and the squirrels are literally everywhere. It won't take you long to limit out each day.
It would seem I should take a "walk about" in the Boscawen area this year, well before the Sept 1st opener. Where abouts is Colby Hill that I have seen mentioned here? Sounds quite promising.
Next Fall I am hunting them bare handed Tom...gotta step up my agility drills!..but seriously this last season I really enjoyed chasing them with my Discovery .22 caliber air rifle !
Hey Jim, how have you been? It's been awhile, hasn't it? I have no doubt you can manage bare handing a bushy-tail or two. Sept will come quick enough, so get to those agility drills. I had to pass up squirrel hunting last year. I had a knee replacement in July and didn't hunt one second in NH. I hope to make up for lost time this year. Be sure to save a few for the rest of us this coming season! Okay?