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Old 10-05-2002, 04:15 PM
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what are some tactics that ya'll use for squirrel that work real good and when would I use them?


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Old 10-05-2002, 05:38 PM
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still hunting works well IF you got the knack for it,I think the most productive way is to get around the nut trees they are working and just have seat and quietly wait,usually takes 15-30 minutes for em to come out after you sit down, dont shoot the first one you see,wait till 3 or 4 are moving around. After popping the first you can usually pick off 1 or 2 more before they hole up again.If that fails just give it another 15-30 minutes and they'll be back. Still hunting them is great practice for sneaking up on deer,slow and quiet is the name of the game here.(HINT- if its warm and dry out,take off your shoes,put on some heavy socks and youd be surprised how quietly you can move around on dry-crunchy leaves)
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Old 10-05-2002, 06:32 PM
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thanx a lot dave, for the squirrel and deer methods. I never knew about taking off your shoes and wearing heavy socks. I heard that for squirrels, you could take 3 quarters and with two in between your fore finger and thumb, take the 3rd in your other hand, and put it in between the two, squeeze the two and pull the 3rd out real fast, and it would make a clicking noise that would draw squirrels to you.

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Old 10-06-2002, 09:37 AM
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Take one quarter in the palm of left hand laying flat,hold another quarter in right hand striking the first one in the center with the edge of the second <img src=icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle> any more I just use my tongue-placing it on roof of mouth and &quot;clicking&quot;
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Old 10-06-2002, 07:00 PM
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read all about tactics at...
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Old 10-06-2002, 07:37 PM
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Thats a good question. Now where do I start....Tactics....Good woodsmanship, now your trees and surroundings, be observant, pay attention, be patient, use your eyes, ears. You hear something fall out of a tree, you better look at it. There was a reason for that stick or walnut to fall, may not be a squirrel but you wont know that till you look. Look at everything that falls. You see a leaf or branch moving, even if it is windy, look at it. The wind is blowing, the surounding trees are moving insync with the other trees, but this one branch isnt, why? Possibly a squirrel. You hear something on the ground, running, look at it, even if it is a chipmunk. If you saw a chipmunk their earlier, but hear the same sound again, look back again. Could be a squirrel. I saw just that today. Squirrels make a few different sounds. Barking, squealing and screaching sounds. You have to find a squirrel in the area and watch him make the sounds to get the sounds pounded in your head for their are some birds that sound almost like the squirrel, but just slightly different. You will know what I mean when you see it. So if you hear one, follow the sound. Stalk it. Walk like a deer. Don't go tropping thru the woods like a heard of elephants. Stop and go, stop and go. Be observant while walking for you will more than likely see more squirrels other than the one you are after. Dont hesitate to shoot a passing by squirrel on your way to the barking squirrel. More than likely the barking squirrel will still be there. If he does stop barking, then just sit there til he starts back up or til you see or hear him in the trees. If you do shoot a squirrel, you dont have to run over and pick it up right away. There could be another squirrel the next tree over. Just wait a few minutes. Make sure you at least made a clean kill. After you shoot, listen for him to run. You dont hear anything, he's probably dead. But they have proved me wrong when I thought they were dead. Then I had to go over and get them. Lets see here...okok..on windy days especially, look for a dangling tail on a branch. Squirrels like to plaster them selves to the branch but for some reason, leave their tail justa dangling there....ive killed many squirrels looking for that. As soon as you get in the woods, stop and listen. On a frosty morning, dont even go in the woods yet. Stay on the outside and listen. You will hear them running on the frosty leaves and more than likely, you will see them too, because obviusly, there are no leaves on the trees this time of year. Say it just got done raining...your in the woods and hear drops of rain falling from the leaves, it stopped raining by the way, then you hear a lot of rain drops falling. You better look because 9 times outa 10, thats a squirrel. Usually you can move quietly because the floor is wet but you can still be loud, place your footsteps carefully. Look ahead before you walk, plan your movement to the tree. But try to keep your eyes on the squirrel at the same time. Sounds tricky but you will be able to do this with time and experience. Heres on....Squirrels are very territorial. All of a sudden you hear a lot of birds, black birds up here are migrating. You get 1000 or so birds in a squirrels tree, hes gonna be pissed. So he will start running up and down the tree, barking, doing everything he can to get rid of the birds. This is how I killed my first squirrel. A bunch of black birds landed in a tree, I saw a squirrel running up and down it barking, never attacked the birds....but I got him with no problems. Looks like im writing a book here....Oh yeah, squirrels migrate too. They move to where the food is. Well shoot, im going to go now. But I will write some more tomorrow sometime. Anything thing else you can think of or does anyone dissagree with anything I have mentioned?

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Old 10-06-2002, 07:54 PM
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I like the method of Stop, Look and Listen when I am hunting squirrels.It works for me, after you do that then you stealth walk some more and do the same thing. If you got good ears like I do, you can hear the claws of squirrels on the tree. I could sit here and write all night on this one topic, but my best advice is to be silent when walking, walk slow, and always be looking and listening. But sometimes now only sometimes, when you step on a hidden twig or someting and it cracks, you may get a squirrel to jump out and run. But anyway my method works for me. I also do a few float trips in the bayous around here, and get them on trees that boarder the bayous.
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Old 10-06-2002, 08:02 PM
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So much to write, so little time....

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Old 10-06-2002, 08:26 PM
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Squirrelmaster, It would have taken me an hour and a half to type all that...I take it you use more than 2 fingers <img src=icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle>
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Old 10-06-2002, 08:31 PM
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Why I sure do use more that two fingers...I could have written a lot more but I wanted to post some more in other areas. What did you think about it?
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