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#916 Old Hickory 45

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Posted 05 October 2019 - 01:36 AM

I'm glad to hear that, Red!

 

I hunt on private ground that is a Mississippi River bluff famous for being a good lightning conductor. It's raining again today so I reckon it's safer and dry at home. 

 

Besides, I need to fill my town squirrel feeders with more eared corn. Two of them are roofed wooden one gallon glass jar feeders that allows some entertainment. 

 

Hunting the same place for years, we find some individual squirrels living in certain dens smarter than other squirrels and usually avoid getting shot. That works for them because of their usual hangout limbs affords good viewing to them. I found the best ambush plan for those wary rascals is to approach their den trees from another direction. 

 

Squirrel calling works for some denned squirrels. I am fortunate to be able to voice call them and I believe it works better than a store bought caller. Perhaps a hunter should practice voice calling. I have also called in coyotes and feral cats while calling squirrels. During one outing I called in two coyotes. 


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Posted 05 October 2019 - 02:54 AM

I have discovered a new technique!

 

Without getting into a long discussion..... The neighbor's cat hates squirrels, as much as my dog does. The two of them, distract the critters to the point they don't pay too much attention to me. When so harassed, they forget to hid behind the tree limbs, with predictable results! Don't you just love domestic pets!


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Posted 05 October 2019 - 06:46 AM

Hunting the same place for years, we find some individual squirrels living in certain dens smarter than other squirrels and usually avoid getting shot.

 

The squirrels at the river bottoms I hunt and the ones at the cattle farm are considerably different. The river bottom squirrels are very much more wary. I can only guess because there are more predators there and a bigger variety of predators for them to watch for. Still I like hunting that area too and when I kill a limit I know I worked harder for them.


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Posted 05 October 2019 - 05:17 PM

I went to the gun show in Belleville looking for a squirrel rifle, but did'nt find anything!

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Posted 07 October 2019 - 04:16 AM

Nothing wrong with a plain old .22 rimfire. And they're cheap!


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Posted 07 October 2019 - 06:59 AM

Nothing wrong with a plain old .22 rimfire. And they're cheap!

I found a Rem 541T, but it was in rough and abused condition.... I felt bad for it and it called my name, but the price was just to much to take home!

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Posted 08 October 2019 - 04:48 AM

For some odd reason, folks think their firearms are gold plated. I'm still wondering where that plating has been applied! 


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Posted 08 October 2019 - 07:12 AM

I went to the gun show in Belleville looking for a squirrel rifle, but did'nt find anything!

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Not just any old rifle works for a guy when he knows what he needs. 


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Posted 08 October 2019 - 09:21 AM

For some odd reason, folks think their firearms are gold plated. I'm still wondering where that plating has been applied! 

You are so right! I have always like the 541-T Rem, I have/HAD a very nice one, but gave it to my daughter when she turned 16 to hunt squirrels with me!  But this was way more abused than I could stand...

and I didn't find no gold plating no where!

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Posted 08 October 2019 - 09:22 AM

 

I went to the gun show in Belleville looking for a squirrel rifle, but did'nt find anything!

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Not just any old rifle works for a guy when he knows what he needs. 

 

You are so right Old Hickory45!!!! if the wood had not been so beat up and rust pits all over it, I would have taken a change on it.... but no thanks!

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Posted 10 October 2019 - 05:57 AM

I took my .17 WSM squirrel hunting yesterday and only saw one, a nice buck fox squirrel sitting on a limb eating a nut. When we spotted each other at about 75 yards or so, the squirrel froze, thinking he was safe. 

 

Ha ha on him! My 20gr removed his head and blew him six feet from the tree.

 

I was pretty much dejected because of not seeing any game until I still hunted upon him. 

 

A .17 WSM may seem a bit overkill for tree squirrels but it isn't. It's all about bullet placement. 


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Posted 10 October 2019 - 09:35 AM

I took my .17 WSM squirrel hunting yesterday and only saw one, a nice buck fox squirrel sitting on a limb eating a nut. When we spotted each other at about 75 yards or so, the squirrel froze, thinking he was safe. 

 

Ha ha on him! My 20gr removed his head and blew him six feet from the tree.

 

I was pretty much dejected because of not seeing any game until I still hunted upon him. 

 

A .17 WSM may seem a bit overkill for tree squirrels but it isn't. It's all about bullet placement. 

 

 

I never cared about eating the heads anyway!!!!! :screamcamo:  :tonguecamo:  :tonguecamo: Head shots are the best!  :winkcamo:

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Posted 11 October 2019 - 05:26 AM

Most of the squirrels I shoot are of a distance far out of their comfort range. They don't get alarmed because of the extended range of the .17 WSM rifle. It's like they are posing for a picture, LOL!


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Posted 11 October 2019 - 10:10 AM

Most of the squirrels I shoot are of a distance far out of their comfort range. They don't get alarmed because of the extended range of the .17 WSM rifle. It's like they are posing for a picture, LOL!

And the best kind of picture is? Headless, of course!!!  :tonguecamo:

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Posted 11 October 2019 - 12:22 PM

 

Most of the squirrels I shoot are of a distance far out of their comfort range. They don't get alarmed because of the extended range of the .17 WSM rifle. It's like they are posing for a picture, LOL!

And the best kind of picture is? Headless, of course!!!  :tonguecamo:

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Yeah on that, Rick!