So, who is going out for bushy tales Thursday? I will be out at the crack of dawn myself. Wife has to work at 8, so I am using every minute I can. I love hunting for squirrels and it is probably my favorite form of hunting. I know, your thinking "What? This flake likes squirrel hunting over deer hunting?!?!?!" Call me crazy, I love eatin them little buggers.
I use a 20 gauge shotgun (6 shot) almost exclusively. I just don't feel comfortable firing a rifle in the air. Did you see that mythbusters? lol. In the late fall and winter, when they hit the ground, I will pop out a 22 sometimes.
I loveeeeeeeeee squirrel hunting!..I solved the shooting up in a tree a couple ways..I wear a shoulder holster with a 410 pistol in it for tree shots and a .22 handgun or rifle for ground shots...OR...I use my Benjamin Discovery .22 pcp air rifle for ground or tree...excellent squirrel gun,read the reviews:
Would love to use a 410, but the ammo is ridiculous expensive!
The airgun is THE way to go. You can limit out on one or two good trees due to the low noise. Something about gun powder I love though...
I'm a bit late to this thread, but as Nasty can attest to, I enjoy hunting squirrel quite a bit myself. It's right up there with deer hunting...if not a bit higher on some occasions. 20ga is often employed to dispatch the little buggers, but I also use a .410/.22LR combo. Best of both worlds using that. Like others here, I am also loath to put a .22 round up into the trees, even with a solid backstop. But when I find a "nut cracker" on the ground, I flip the selector switch over to .22 and have at it. I haven't had a chance to get out yet this season, work, weather and all of last weekend taken up with a wedding hasn't allowed much time for an outing. Ah! This weekend sounds pretty good, however.
After this rain lets up, the hunting will be good I imagine. I have to go out of town this weekend, so its a no go for me as far as tree rat hunting. Post those pics nhmsj!
Ya know what is strange, last weekend ALL of my shots where on the ground. In NY you just dont find that in the early fall. They are always up in the hickorys and beech nut trees runnin around. Probably coincidence, but it was strange to not see anything in the trees.
Jim, you have me figured out for sure! The plan is to get out this afternoon after work to try and put a few in the game bag. The wife we be late getting home today, so I've determined to take advantage of it. Only problem is deciding where to go...Derry? Danville? Fremont? I like 'em all, so I guess I won't know where I'm going 'til I get there.