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Title: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on August 03, 2011, 08:50:51 AM
How many of you hunt tree squirrels, and with what?
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: Gutpiles on August 03, 2011, 05:57:10 PM
Yeah - what ever happened to all of that .17 madness I kept hearing about?  Ya'll haven't gone back to the ol' .410 or something have you?  :wink:
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: Techno on August 03, 2011, 10:19:56 PM
My HMR got her first blood of the season tonight! No pics as I forgot my phone... grabbed ammo, the John Andrews special and the HMR and didn't give 2 poops about anything else  ;D

But you know me and you will soon start getting to see pics that will make you jealous all you do is sit in the house and internet hunt  :twisted:

BTW it was 89 when I left the house with a feels like of 96... yeah I still went and saw 3 and shot 3 O0
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on August 04, 2011, 09:04:33 AM
 O0 Right on, Tech! I knew you would make us proud!
Your season  opens a month before ours.
My .17 awaits our opening day.  :twisted:
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: Techno on August 04, 2011, 09:49:26 PM
Well tonight was not so productive. I saw one and shot one

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Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: occ on August 04, 2011, 10:59:41 PM
My primary squirrel gun until 3 or  years ago was an old Norinco JW15 22. I briefly played with a Savage in 17 HMR and decided it was just to much on those little gray squirrels and picked up a CZ 452 American in 17 M2 and love it. I still take the Norinco out once in a while as well as a 32 cal muzzle loader. I really don't kill a lot of squirrels any more I just like to get out in the woods and listen to the quiet.
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: fuzztsimmers on August 05, 2011, 04:32:43 PM
Think i am using my 22 mag this year. Have to wait till october.
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: MOSPARKY on August 05, 2011, 10:46:28 PM
Our season has been open since the end of May, but I haven't had a chance to get out. Now with this heat, I have to factor in the time to come home and shower again before I go to work and that just don't leave enough time to actually hunt.
 As for the HMR, just about the time I got it, all the public areas near municiple areas went to a single projectile ban, for safety reasons. Now I got to drive most of an hour to hunt with it. With the cost of gas and my limited schedule, those trips are rare.
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: Techno on August 06, 2011, 09:06:03 AM
Got in a short one this morning. Had a storm pass through. Saw 3 shot at 1 and she is in the freezer!

Mo that drive is why I ended up leaving Indy. I have about 10 big timber spots all within 10 min from the house.
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: Big58cal on September 03, 2011, 03:01:30 PM
Our season opened 8/20, but I didn't make it out until last weekend.  Like a moron though, I didn't check to make sure the HRM was still zeroed.  :tickedoff  Saw 4, shot at 3, killed 1.  After shooting 7 times, I said the heck with it and went back to the 4-wheeler.

It was a weird morning Saturday.  Where there normally are squirrels, there weren't any.  Where I normally see gray squirrels, I didn't see any grays, but saw all of the fox squirrels.  Normally, I'll only see maybe 1 fox squirrel, but I saw the 4.  And the topper is that at 7:30 AM, I was still seeing turkeys in trees on the roost.  ???  Don't know what all was up with that.

Shot the rifle last Sunday and got it rezeroed.  Guess it must have gotten bumped sometime for it to be off.  Decided to stay home this weekend and get some stuff done around here.  The archery season for deer and turkey opened today, so now if I hit any of the public land, I'll have those people to deal with.  Dove season opened Thursday, so I may get out this afternoon with the boy and see if we can get anything around the sunflowers.
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on September 04, 2011, 09:07:50 AM
Well, if you had bought a Savage instead of that fencepost Marlin, you would have killed all those squirrels, BC!  :wink: ;D

You fellas are doing pretty good, considering the weather.
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: bohicajuan on September 07, 2011, 06:46:57 PM
The time has come! Unleash! MONGO!!!! :twisted: :wink:
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: Big58cal on September 07, 2011, 08:05:41 PM
The time has come! Unleash! MONGO!!!! >:D ;)

Too early just yet.  Need the squirrels on the ground.
 
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: Techno on September 08, 2011, 09:29:31 PM
I ran into a feller out on the lake hunting dogs. He said he is doing half decent but says when the squirrels hit the ground it will be outstanding!

I have been out a few times. it is crazy what working 2 jobs and having a wife, baby and step son will do  ;D

Here are a few pics...
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Can we say pan fried and seasoned just right
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Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on September 09, 2011, 08:48:28 AM
 O0 O0 O0 O0 NICE! And all head shots!
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on October 22, 2011, 06:07:45 AM
A pal is meeting with me here this morning and we are going to chase the squackers.

NO PRISONERS!  :twisted:
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: Big58cal on October 22, 2011, 09:01:46 AM
Good luck John.  O0
 
I'm going to try to get Mongo out tomorrow morning and see what all he can do.  O0
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on October 23, 2011, 08:54:49 AM
  O0 O0 O0 I hope you and Mongo do well, BC!

By 10:30 yesterday morning, we didn't even see or hear a trace of a squirrel, so we gave up and hunted our way back to my truck.  :sad:  It was a nice day, but no morning squirrels. We returned home at noon and my wife said no town squirrels were out, either.  ???
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: Big58cal on October 23, 2011, 01:33:43 PM
I didn't take the little dog out.  Had to go to a Halloween party last night, so it was after midnight before I got to bed.  I didn't really "hunt" this morning.  I had to go down to put out some more corn for the deer which is basically all I did.  I loaded the 4 wheeler with corn but took the rifle just in case I saw any deaf, dumb, and blind squirrels.  Got the corn put out and was riding back to the truck and saw one on a log.  >:D   One shot and he took a dirt nap.  O0
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on October 24, 2011, 10:08:23 AM
 :twisted: O0 Nice going, BC!

What scope do you have on your .17 ?
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: Big58cal on October 24, 2011, 10:42:30 AM
What scope do you have on your .17 ?

One of the Simmons Aetec.  I think it's a 3.8-12 x 44.
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on November 21, 2011, 09:53:37 AM

One of the Simmons Aetec.  I think it's a 3.8-12 x 44.
  O0 Must work pretty good, considering your tally.
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: Big58cal on November 21, 2011, 10:20:35 AM
Gotta try to get it out and kill some paper before I take it back to the woods.  I think it's just a hair off.  That last bunch of squirrels I got, I hit 3-4 of them in the neck, which isn't good because I lost some shoulders to the damage.  Gotta make sure it's set dead on.
 
It's supposed to rain every day this week, except for Thursday & Friday.  I'm going to try to take Mongo and the little green 10/22 out to the WMA that's here by the house.  We'll have to see how many bowhunters we can piss off by being out there squirrel hunting while they're trying to deer hunt.  ;D
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on November 22, 2011, 10:46:13 AM
Gotta try to get it out and kill some paper before I take it back to the woods.  I think it's just a hair off.  That last bunch of squirrels I got, I hit 3-4 of them in the neck, which isn't good because I lost some shoulders to the damage.  Gotta make sure it's set dead on.
 
It's supposed to rain every day this week, except for Thursday & Friday.  I'm going to try to take Mongo and the little green 10/22 out to the WMA that's here by the house.  We'll have to see how many bowhunters we can piss off by being out there squirrel hunting while they're trying to deer hunt.  ;D
  O0 O0 O0 ;D Yeah!
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: bohicajuan on November 24, 2011, 09:25:11 PM
I feel the muse is upon me!

Over in the corner with a barrel so straight
I looked out the window and over the gate
The big fat rabbits are jumping in the grass
Wait'll they hear my old shotgun blast
Shotgun boogie. I done saw your tracks
Lookout mr rabbit when I cock my hammer back

Over in the woods is a scaly bark
Hickory nuts so big you can see 'em in the dark
Those big fat squirrels they scratch and they fight
I'll be on that ridge before daylight
Shotgun boogie. All I need is one shot
Lookout bushytail tonight you'll be in the pot

Well I met a pretty gal, she was tall and thin
I asked her what she had, she said a Fox .410
I looked her up and down and said boy this is love
So we headed through the woods to shoot a big fat dove
Shotgun boogie. Boy the feathers flew
Lookout mr dove when she draws a bead on you

I set down on a log and took her on my lap
She said wait a minute bub, you gotta' see my Pap
He's got a 16 gauge choked down like a rifle
He don't like a man who's going to trifle

Well I called on her pap like a gentleman oughta'
He said no brush hunters going to get my daughter
He cocked back the hammer right on the spot
When the gun went off, I outran the shot

Shotgun boogie
I wanted wedding bells
I'll be back little gal, when your pappy runs out of shells
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: bohicajuan on November 24, 2011, 09:39:14 PM
Don't worry Mo. I'll do a Warren Zevon later! O0 O0 O0 O0
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: MOSPARKY on November 25, 2011, 01:56:51 AM
No worries here. You certainly have an eclectic range of music.
 I admit I did have to look up the lyrics, they sounded familiar but I just couldn't place them. I was more than a little surprized by the artist, one of my favorites. Mom had several alblums(sp) (remember those?) by him, mostly spirituals and I listened to them all the time as a kid. Next time I head to Tennessee, I'll have to check the record cabinet.
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on November 25, 2011, 09:56:22 AM
Whoever wrote that song had to have known bo! ;D
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: bohicajuan on November 25, 2011, 05:34:14 PM
I was maybe 6 years old and my mother got a batch of 45's. They were all different kinds of music and being that young, hunting and country music were not very high on my favorite things list.

But my mother was a pack rat and years later when I was in my teens and was hunting and while by no means a country music fan, I could tolerate some of it. Just be chance I found all those 45's one day and seeing as this was back in the dark ages when we had record players, I took them and played some on my stereo. Shotgun Boogie just happened to be one of them although this one was sung by Hank Thompson and not Ol' Tennessee Ernie!!

There was another 45 that I think was called Hound Dog Man, sung by Fabian and it talked about this guy going hunting everyday, and all he wants to be is a hound dog man. I might be looking at this too hard, but I kinda' got the impression that hound dog man was metaphor for hunting something other than game! :shock: :shock: :shock: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on November 26, 2011, 08:55:45 AM
You be the hounddog man, bo!
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on December 05, 2011, 11:51:18 AM
A pal and I went out Friday afternoon, took our HMR rifles and proceeded into the cold NW wind. The temp dropped all afternoon, about another 15 degrees.  :sad:

I didn't even see a squirrel and my pal Doug saw one big fox squirrel, which he promply missed with two shots and watched the critter disappear.

I think my hunting pal is a jinx.  I haven't seen a squirrel while hunting with him this year. When I go by myself I do have some luck.  ??? :roll:
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on February 03, 2012, 10:57:08 AM
Tuesday was the last day of our season, so I took the day off and went hunting. It wasn't a bad weather day, but the dang squirrels were not out and about.  :sad: The only squirrel I saw was a small gray rocket running through the brush that offered no shot while I was hunting my way back to the truck. I am still convinced it was better to be hunting, ranther than working that day.  :)

What's strange is, squirrels should be out in force because this is their breeding season.  ???
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: Duneman101 on February 06, 2012, 12:39:48 PM
What's strange is, squirrels should be out in force because this is their breeding season.  ???

That sucks you didn't get anyhing to take home...  maybe they already finished thier business, or they are waiting for valentines day! ;)
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on February 07, 2012, 10:27:31 AM
That sucks you didn't get anyhing to take home...  maybe they already finished thier business, or they are waiting for valentines day! ;)
  ;D Could be! A couple of days ago, they were out chasing each other. Squirrels here are fat and lazy because of a heavy mast year.
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: rifle-man on May 05, 2012, 10:29:39 PM
I do . Dog and gun  ;D
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on July 09, 2012, 09:14:03 AM
I do . Dog and gun  ;D
  O0 Sure can't beat that combo, rifle! You and BC should have a grand season!
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: bohicajuan on July 10, 2012, 03:42:26 PM
Had a car theft ring here. It was 4 grey squirrels and a grey fox. The squirrels would gain access and turn off the alarm and the fox would jump in and drive it to a chop shop. They only hit high end cars. BMWs MBs, Audis and Porsches being the favorites.

If you see  some squirrels and a fox hanging out on some street corner acting suspicious. Call the police!!
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on July 11, 2012, 09:53:49 AM
Had a car theft ring here. It was 4 grey squirrels and a grey fox. The squirrels would gain access and turn off the alarm and the fox would jump in and drive it to a chop shop. They only hit high end cars. BMWs MBs, Audis and Porsches being the favorites.

If you see  some squirrels and a fox hanging out on some street corner acting suspicious. Call the police!!
  :twisted: Instead of bothering you, can I just snipe them, bo?
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: Techno on July 11, 2012, 10:30:35 PM
Kids like Ice Cream Cones...


True story!  :wink:
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on August 27, 2012, 08:42:24 AM
 O0 Techno and BC have been killing squirrels!

  :'( Our Iowa season isn't open until Sept 1.

  O0  :twisted: At least SOMEONE is out there killing the dastardly bucktoothed varmints!
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on September 29, 2013, 05:31:11 AM
Well, I rolled out at 3:30 this morning, am going to chase some tree rats, my favorite game. I'm taking along my youngest brother Don. Brother Charlie and Don are as rabid as I am about squirrel hunting. Charlie lives in CA and AZ. He comes to Iowa to hunt squirrles with me on occasions.

My rifles have been crying the entire week to go, as well as my BuckMark .22 pistol. I reckon I'll carry my HMR and the .22 pistol. The pistol is for the close shots, of course.

I was hunting last Sunday and popped a couple of buck fox squirrels. The squirrels went back in early, so hunting was limited. I reckon two is better than nothing, huh?  :roll:
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on October 07, 2013, 08:45:45 AM
Squirrel hunting seems to take a backseat to deer hunting this time of year, but not for me. Even though my time is limited for hunting, squirrels are still #1 for me.

Weekends are my limited days for hunting, usually Sunday. A week ago I saw 4 and popped them with my .17 HMR. Yesterday, I saw only 1 and didn't get a shot because of crummy weather. Our weather hasn't been ideal this year, overall.  :sad:

This week's weather is a little bit better forcast.  :)
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: fuzztsimmers on October 19, 2013, 06:54:43 PM
Bummer on missing one but hey better than not going at all.
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on December 27, 2013, 09:49:57 AM
High of 37F today and 40F tomorrow! Squirrels will be out and hopefully, their rut going on. I plan on being there to welcome them tomorrow morning. They won't know what hit them.  :twisted:

I was hoping we were having fried squirrel and gravy for Christmas dinner but wife had other ideas. These "modern" squaws are just ruined with other ideas.  :roll: 

The store where I bought my Savage BMAG called and informed me my .17WSM ammo order arrived. It's just like Christmas all over again! 

I am taking the BMAG for the squirrels tomorrow. The .17WSM may be considered by some folks to be a tad overkill, but the extra range over my HMR is nice. It also has more wallop than the HMR for coyotes.

This time of the year, coyotes readily respond to my squirrel call. during one outing last year, I called in two coyotes while calling squirrels.

I worked Christmas Eve and Christmas, am working New Year's eve and New Years Day.  Working afternoon shift allows me to enjoy holidays and still get the extra pay for working holidays. The extra pay buys more rifles! Many old Indians like myself treasure a good rifle and a good knife over most everything else. We used to treasure good horses but of course, horses got replaced by good trucks.

I hope you folks had a very Merry Christmas and are going to have the best of a New Year! Get out there and hunt!
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on February 03, 2014, 10:15:07 AM
Well, the last day of our season was Friday and I didn't go hunting because of having to take wife to a far out of town doc appointment.
On the way back, roads got slick and it was snowing like crazy and snowed for two days until we received about 6" or 7".  :tickedoff

It's about 7 months of long waiting until season opens.  :'(

Any suggestions, not including ice fishing?
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: occ on February 03, 2014, 10:55:09 PM
Make some knives and send them my way
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on February 04, 2014, 09:20:27 AM
Make some knives and send them my way
Shop is one big ice cube right now. :sad:
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on April 15, 2014, 09:34:31 AM
Shop is reverting back to an icecube, is now 30F.

Now that squirrel season  :'( is closed, all the Spring options are here if our weather ever warms up.

For you fortunate folks that have a Spring season and for y'all that have year around squirrel hunting, good hunting to ya.

What are your favorite squirrel rifles, folks?
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: MOSPARKY on April 15, 2014, 06:36:18 PM
Still 6 weeks out. HMR needs blood
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: occ on April 15, 2014, 11:00:43 PM
We don't get to go till September. Now that I found the 2500 or so rounds of .22 I stashed after the big earred communist was elected the first time I have plenty of ammo to start the season.
Bill
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on May 27, 2014, 07:34:09 AM
Is anyone squirrel hunting yet?
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: Big58cal on May 27, 2014, 03:39:23 PM
Is anyone squirrel hunting yet?

Our spring season opened up the 17th.  I went then, but wasn't really into it.  My brother's boy came in for a little while and popped a few down at the farm. O0

I've got one in the refrigerator right now, but he committed suicide and ran out in front of me when I was almost down to the farm.  Scored a perfect head shot with that radial.  ;D   Since I was only going about 15-20 MPH, I backed up, threw him in back of the truck, and went on down to the farm.  ;)   Waste not, want not.  O0
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on May 28, 2014, 08:05:07 AM
 O0  ;D Nice going, BC!
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: MOSPARKY on May 29, 2014, 12:50:51 AM
It's official...BC's a redneck !! Roadkill for dinner  ;D ;D ;D Not many folks would Pick it up even under those cercumstances, fewer would admit it. My hats off to you. O0 O0
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on May 29, 2014, 08:23:44 AM
 O0 It all tastes the same!
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: Big58cal on May 29, 2014, 01:27:51 PM
It's official...BC's a redneck !! Roadkill for dinner  ;D ;D ;D

I thought that fact was established a LONG time ago.  ;D

Like John said, it all tastes the same.  Ain't nothing wrong with eating road kill, especially if it's fresh.  If I see something get hit or if I hit it (like the squirrel), if I can, I'll always stop and pick it up.  I try not to hit critters, but I learned a long time ago, swerving to miss a critter ain't worth wrecking.  So anymore I just hold steady and hope for the best for the critter (unless it's a deer).  Most of the time, they'll make it out of the way.

Unless it's something that just needs to die that is.  Then I might tip the steering wheel one way or the other just a tad.  ;)
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: bohicajuan on May 29, 2014, 09:27:52 PM
Hey I've seen some of the game that walks in front of BCs cameras. He could have had filet mignon or prime rib if he wanted!!! ;D ;D :twisted: :twisted: :roll: :wink:

Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on May 30, 2014, 08:52:02 AM
 O0 Yeah on that, fellas! One of the younger fellas I work with hit a turkey this week and it has already been eaten because of the wisdom of his fellow older officers. Word is, it was really great.   :roll: :wink: :twisted:
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on July 13, 2014, 09:03:50 AM
OK, is everyone ready for squirrel season?  Have rifles sighted in, etc?
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on August 02, 2014, 09:10:25 AM
Kid brother Don and I have been sighting in squirrel rifles on weekends and have a few more rifles to sight in. A fella has to have priorities and be ready for any and all hunting situations. Hence, a serious hunter must own a number of accurate squirrel rifles.

During many years of squirrel hunting, the goal is to have a  rifle with lazier flat capabilities to be flat shooting and absolutely accurate.

The evolution of the .22 caliber has been interesting and worthwhile. Then, the .17s came into the picture and have enjoyed moving forward. My latest long range .17 is a Savage .17 WSM BMAG. It has extended range of unimaginable distance when I was a kid. It was beyond imagination to have a squirrel rifle capable of shooting squirrels and critters at 300 yards and beyond.

And rifle scopes! My first scope was a skinny Weaver 4X and was exciting. Of course, I was limited to iron sights for years until I even heard of a rifle scope. That's not a disability, though. A shooter should learn to use iron sights before depending upon a scope. Now, I own variable scopes and one that cranks up to 32X. Instead of aiming at minute of squirrel, one can aim for the critter's eyeball and connect at great distance. Aim small, shoot small.  :twisted:





Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on August 29, 2014, 10:19:09 AM
 :twisted: Season opens tomorrow! Yes! Finally! Months of watching the squirrels eating my corn on my squirrel feeders and carrying on with their obscene gestures and heckling has finally come full circle.  :knuppel2

Their country cousins are going to pay for their transgressions!
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: occ on August 29, 2014, 11:10:02 PM
Our season opens Sept. first. I probably can't get out until the fifth or sixth. Got to much stuff going on.
Bill
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: MOSPARKY on August 30, 2014, 12:09:20 AM
Good Luck to you both. My season has been open since Memorial Day week-end and I still haven't gone out. It's really not 3 jobs getting in the way. It's all these dang women folk making plans for every spare minute they think I have. :tickedoff I'll get out there eventually.
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on August 30, 2014, 09:04:19 AM
Good Luck to you both. My season has been open since Memorial Day week-end and I still haven't gone out. It's really not 3 jobs getting in the way. It's all these dang women folk making plans for every spare minute they think I have. :tickedoff I'll get out there eventually.
  :shock: :sad: Bummer, MO! I planned on going today but wife is sick so I'm sticking close to home.  :sad:
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on September 07, 2014, 12:22:48 AM
I took my .17WSM for a hunt today and got my legal limit of 6.   :twisted: Rifle is pure deadly for squirrels!
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: fuzztsimmers on September 07, 2014, 08:02:27 PM
Its nice that you can use a centerfire for them their. Can't here.
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: MOSPARKY on September 07, 2014, 08:50:23 PM
The WSM is a rimfire. It's something like 27 caliber nail gun cartridge necked down to 17 caliber. A bit faster than the HMR with heavier bullets.
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: fuzztsimmers on September 07, 2014, 10:23:06 PM
Oh yeah. Then you can use that here. Nevermind then lol.
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: occ on September 07, 2014, 11:01:29 PM
Finally got out for a couple of hours this morning. Not many tree rats in the woods. I hit two of my favorite spots and only saw three. Very few hickory nuts, almost no walnuts. They have been cutting a few acorns, but it doesn't appear that the acorns are real abundant either.  We had a couple of late freezes last spring. I did manage to kill one small gray and evidently missed a nice Fox Squirrel. I tried for a head shot, he had a nut in his mouth and I must have hit the nut. At the shot he dropped like a pole axed steer. He fell about 20 feet and laid there about 20 seconds then ran like a scalded dog. Looks like I may have to buy a license this year and look for a better area than the farm.
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: Big58cal on September 14, 2014, 02:13:36 PM
I've gotten to fire 1 shot at a squirrel this year and that's it, and it was about 15 feet straight above me coming down the side of the tree.  Needless to say, at that distance all I saw in the scope was a blob and I missed.

I've had a bunch of others in my scope, but it wasn't my shot.  The boy has been going through some intense training this year.  O0   He's shot quite a bit, and gotten a few.  Gotta figure out why he's missing so much though. :?
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on September 14, 2014, 05:59:27 PM
My brother has been telling me about a new to me public hunting area a few miles from home so we gave it a try yesterday. The legal huning area was about a mile and a half or two miles walk from the parking area.  ???

We got a late start because I had to wait until he got up and around to go. When we finally got to the woods. the squirrels were going back into their dens.  :sad: I saw two grays running and one made the mistake of stopping when I gave it a mouth squeek.  :twisted:

You should see what a .17WSM 20gr VMAX does to a squirrel head!  :twisted: ;D

That gray made my 7th squirrel this year, 7 shots for 7 squirrels. Not bad for an old Indian my age, huh?  I sure do like my WSM rifle.  :twisted:
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on September 25, 2014, 09:44:21 AM
I went back out Sunday, was a very windy day. I saw very few but nailed 2 grays with my .17WM.

How about it? Anyone else shooting any?
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on September 28, 2014, 09:06:43 AM
Got back out  yesterday and popped a couple of more, two grays. The weather got hot pretty early and the squirrels and I called it quits.
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: MOSPARKY on September 28, 2014, 10:50:54 PM
Good going John  O0
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on September 29, 2014, 07:48:52 AM
Thanks, MO! You been hunting?
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: MOSPARKY on September 29, 2014, 09:52:43 PM
Not yet, Dad and Pawpaw duties call. Family first.
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on September 30, 2014, 10:05:56 AM
Not yet, Dad and Pawpaw duties call. Family first.
  O0 Absolutely right! Squirrels can wait, aren't going anywhere.  :twisted:

The place I have been hunting used to to about 50/50 grays and fox squirrels. It seems now to be populated by 90% grays. Y'all know how much harder the grays are to hunt. I have killed 2 fox squirrels this year and the rest were grays.  ???
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: occ on September 30, 2014, 11:02:07 PM
I've only been able to get out twice, got  a gray the first time and a fox the second time. 45 years ago when I started hunting the farm you very seldom saw a gray, now depending on the time of day you can see a bunch of grays and they aren't nearly as big as they were in 1969. They looked like cats when I first started hunting there. The nice thing about the fox squirrels is you don't need to get up before daylight cause they ain't coming out til between 8 and 9, so by the time I can get home from work it is just about time to start hunting.
Bill
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on October 11, 2014, 07:14:42 AM
I'm headed out today with my .17WSM and plan on the demise of some tree rats. I require at least one day per week to hunt. We need at least one day per week to hunt to preserve our sanity.

I can easily spot people that don't hunt the minimum one day per week. They are confused and uptight. Some of them just ramble and drool.
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: MOSPARKY on October 11, 2014, 11:35:22 PM
I think I see my problem. Thanks for clearing that up.
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on October 13, 2014, 08:45:31 AM
You are most welcome, MO. Anything for a pal. I got 4 more grays yesterday.  :twisted:

The first one took some time. I could hear one chewing on a nut in the big oak trees but couldn't spot him. It went on for some time, perplexing me because I knew it was close. I kept looking to my right at a suspicious lump on a small clump of short broken off branches of a big oak about 100 yards distance.

Finally, I took a look through the scope and viola! A gray squirrel on the dark side of the tree on the branches and happily chewing on an acorn. KAPOW, and the squirrel dropped with a 20gr VMAX .17WSM passing through his head.

Or to be more exact, where his head used to be.  :twisted:
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on October 26, 2014, 07:58:36 AM
Well, everything gets shelved this morning while I go squirrel hunting. I got the itch and there is only one way to scratch it. I'm sure most of you get the same symtoms at least one day per week.  :twisted:

I'm not messing around today, am going to use my .17WSM.  :knuppel2
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on November 13, 2014, 09:19:53 AM
I have been scratching the itch every weekend and killing some with my .17 WSM.

The only one last weekend was kind of funny, a really fat gray. I spotted something very bright yellow coming through the woods and a look through the scope revealed an ear of corn with a squirrel attached.

KAPOW, one fat gray for the freezer. After I shot, a very dumb crow carried on in a tree close by and wouldn't quit. KAPOW, dead crow and the woods was nice and quiet again.  :twisted: It must have been a dumb city crow visiting his country cousins.  ;D
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: bohicajuan on November 14, 2014, 05:17:00 PM
Went deer hunting and when the weather dipped to around freezing, those dad-blame squirrels showed up like a small army! I really hadn't seen many this year, but boy did they show up this week! :knuppel2 :knuppel2 :tickedoff :tickedoff
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on November 15, 2014, 07:44:26 AM
Went deer hunting and when the weather dipped to around freezing, those dad-blame squirrels showed up like a small army! I really hadn't seen many this year, but boy did they show up this week! :knuppel2 :knuppel2 :tickedoff :tickedoff
  :twisted: Ya going to lay into them, bo?
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: bohicajuan on November 17, 2014, 07:35:20 PM
I don't really squirrel hunt anymore. Every so often I might carry my Ruger Single-Six with me but thats just for targets of opportunity. :wink: :wink: O0
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on November 30, 2014, 09:52:14 AM
I don't really squirrel hunt anymore. Every so often I might carry my Ruger Single-Six with me but thats just for targets of opportunity. :wink: :wink: O0
  O0  Targets you can eat, bo.

I nailed 3 more grays yesterday with the .17WSM and 25gr ammo.  :twisted:
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on December 14, 2014, 08:54:29 AM
And again yesterday with the WSM, got 2 grays and two fox squirrels.  :twisted: I love long range squirrel hunting with the WSM, although my first kill of the day was a gray at only about 40 yards, completely blew his head off with a 25gr.  :twisted:

My Savage BMAG .17 WSM rifle sports a 6.5X-20X 50mm scope and works fine. I rarely screw up the power.

My tricked out Savage 93 HMR sports a 6X-24X 40mm. It has been sidelined this season.

And my deadly Marlin 60 .22 LR was my main meat getter for a lot of years. It sports and old but trusty steel Bushnell Banner 3X-9X 40mm. I shoot CCI Stingers in it.

Mounts and rings are always steel Weaver. 
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on December 19, 2014, 11:58:23 AM
Tomorrow I do my civic duty by eliminating a band of gray squirrels that have taken over a feeder in an elderly lady's yard. I hunt her woods and she has some fox squirrels she considers her pets because they have been  using the feeder until the dastardly gang of of grays took over.

I will be sitting on her porch on a comfy chair with my rifle.

Her daughter Jody is our secretary at HQ and Jody's son is one of my fellow officers and good pal. And his dad Bob is a pal I grew up with.

Jody makes the best cakes and pies in the world. I will be sniping squirrels, eating great deserts, and shooting squirrels.  :)
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: bohicajuan on December 19, 2014, 07:23:47 PM
Sounds like a great plan. All you need is a big screen TV and a hot tub and you'd be all set.
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on December 19, 2014, 09:34:00 PM
  O0 Yeah on that, bo!  There will be lots of great homemade cake and pie there with my coffee. Probably dinner, too. Someone will probably have to roll me into my truck when I leave.  ;D
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on January 18, 2015, 08:37:38 AM
Am going to Granny's today to exterminate the rest of her dastardly gray squirrels. No early start, am still waiting for meds to kick in. Getting up every day with stoved ribs and Shingle pain is the pits.  >:(  Rash has been gone for some time but a lot of pain persists.

Weather is supposed to warm into the 40's by this afternoon and should bring out the varmints.  :knuppel2
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: bohicajuan on January 19, 2015, 04:12:47 PM
Slay em there John! O0 O0 O0 O0 O0 O0
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on January 20, 2015, 09:03:51 AM
Slay em there John! O0 O0 O0 O0 O0 O0
  O0 Got er done, wiped out the rest her grays Sunday. I nailed two on the bluff and the smartybritches that lived in the big hole filled maple tree next to Granny's house where the feeder is.

My usual sitings were seeing the gray zip into a hole when I arrived. I tried waiting it out but the bugger was too smart. I left, went north from the other side of the house and killed another one about a half mile away and then injuned back with the house between me and the squirrel.

As I eased around the house with rifle ready, I spotted the critter's tail on a limb and waited for a shot. Finally, the squirrel moved just enough for a shot and his carcass smacked down on the seat of the park bench at foot of the tree.   :knuppel2 :buck2 :twisted:

That last one finally put an end to Granny's detested invading gray squirrels and now her adored fox squirrels can reclaim her yard, feeder, and electric heated water bowl. She is about 94 years old and recently, a widow.  :sad: She can't get around very good and about the only pleasure she has is adoring her fox squirrels romping in the yard. A gang of grays moved in and deposed her fox squirrels so her daughter and grandson asked me to remedy the situation. I have been hunting her entire property and was more that glad to solve her troubles.  :twisted:

I think a followup deployment next weekend will clear any invasive enemy trying to reclaim the territory.  :twisted:
 
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: MOSPARKY on January 21, 2015, 12:06:02 AM
off with their heads !!  :twisted: :twisted:
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on January 27, 2015, 10:18:19 AM
Granny's daughter recently informed me 3 more grays are at the feeder. There must be a lot of squirrels seeking death by sniper. You would think the army of squirrels would wise up and consider all their scouts disappearing and nothing left but blood.

Granny's place sits on the Mississippi river bluff near the bottom. Her yard is actually a wooded squirrel highway. I think it is a constant traffic center for the squirrels and her having a big den tree with many holes in the yard, a heated water bowl, and always a full squirrel feeder, invites every squirrel in the county.

I have been using my Savage .17 WSM because of some extended range shots. It has performed great. The tall bluff is several hundred yards wide on occasion and has populated uncountable generations of squirrels.

Not far south of where I hunt is a posted portion of the bluff I used to hunt but now is leased by a big dollar pay to hunt outfit that allows only high paying deer hunters.  :tickedoff Since no squirrel hunters are allowed, it is a good breeding ground for squirrels and of course, many of them travel.  :twisted:

This is our last week of squirrel season.  :'(  I hope to hunt Friday and Saturday, the last two days.

Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on January 30, 2015, 11:27:22 AM
Tomorrow is the last day of season.  :'( I believed our local weather report  :uglystupid2 for today, heard it last night. Woke up late this morning to nice sunshine and not much wind. It's 10:07 AM and I decided to wait until tomorrow because of still really sore ribs.

I received news of 3 more grays at Granny's feeders so it is one more hunt tomorrow with my .17 WSM. I am out for blood because the invading enemy sneaks in and occupy the same cleared area.  :knuppel2

I don't just hunt the ones close to the house.  I hunt the entire bluff. I plan some good hides and at least some action.

The weather will warm soon and enough to get back to work in the shop and try to keep mind on work instead of squirrels for another 6 months until season opens. 

About every one of my shop machines will eat part of ones body. It's best to concentrate on the project at hand. The most dangerous machine in the shop will probably surprise you. It is the buffer.
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on February 01, 2015, 09:15:40 AM
Well, I made it out yesterday, was raining all day. I saw 3 grays and got 2 of them, and a big feral tomcat! YES! Finally, a CAT!  :twisted:  :knuppel2  :buck2

The well fed cat was hunting and poking around brushpiles. I spotted it while I sat on the river bluff at Granny's property. The cat was at the bottom of the bluff and didn't know what hit him. It was a .17 WSM 20gr VMAX bullet. It was about a half mile north of the house and shot distance of only about 100 yards.

I consider that area to be my hunting grounds and cats are enemy intruders. I think the cat is the reason the rabbits and probably a lot of squirrels disappeared. The place should have lots of quail and I have seen no quail there.

I showed the cat and squirrels to Granny and her daughter Jody, our secretary at work. They were happy, too. Granny had recently had her dozen cats live trapped and removed. She wanted to pay her grandson $5.00 per cat, shot on sight. Her other daughter is a tree hugger and threatened legal action of the cats were shot.  :uglystupid2  :crazy2

Granny's daughter recognized the one I shot, was probably the only one that avoided the live trap.
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: Big58cal on February 02, 2015, 02:18:22 PM
Good job on the squirrels and cat John.  O0   I've been wanting to get out, but I've got mean cold kicking my butt right now.  :buck2

Our season runs until the end of February.  ;)   I need to get a few more this year.  I started to say "It's Sad", but it actually isn't.....  Mason has gotten more squirrels this year than I have. O0
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on February 02, 2015, 05:47:01 PM
Good job on the squirrels and cat John.  O0   I've been wanting to get out, but I've got mean cold kicking my butt right now.  :buck2

Our season runs until the end of February.  ;)   I need to get a few more this year.  I started to say "It's Sad", but it actually isn't.....  Mason has gotten more squirrels this year than I have. O0
A hot toddy with about 3 fingers of whiskey is in order, BC.  Am sorry to hear of your miserable cold. I hope you get well soon!

That is really something, Mason getting more squirrels than you. He is going to be a chip off the old block.  O0

I broke out some more with the Shingles yesterday. I thought I was getting over them.   :shock: :tickedoff  I took today off work and am going to see doc early tomorrow morning.
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: bohicajuan on February 02, 2015, 09:19:56 PM
Way to go Big John! Clean out those nasty tree rats!!

Been fighting a bad cold myself and can't sleep worth a flip.  Maybe if BC sends me that mule I'll be able to ride him to work!! LOL!
 :D ;D :twisted: :roll: :wink:
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: MOSPARKY on February 02, 2015, 11:42:22 PM
Great Job John and Mason. Sorry about the ailments of all. Been battling colds here as well. Dang thing gets better and comes back with a vengeance. Whole house hold fighting it.
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on February 03, 2015, 08:05:36 AM
I doubt BC will loan the mule because he has probably bonded with it.  ;D If you see a hunter riding a mule in Kentucky, it's probably BC. I bet he named the mule Silver and hollers, "Hi yo Silver"! as they gallop after the squirrels and deer.  ;D
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on February 03, 2015, 05:56:53 PM
I also heard BC's mule is so smart it even fetches and can clear any fence in the county while BC is mounted on it's back.

That mule is a great tracker and can tree any critter BC wants to hunt. I think BC and Silver should have their own TV show, Just like the old Francis The Talking Mule show. Perhaps Silver can't actually talk, but could be done by special effects.

Any suggestions?
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: bohicajuan on February 03, 2015, 07:48:27 PM
I know for a fact BC and the mule have bonded. BC sent me some 300 game cam photos the other day and that dang mule was in 280 of them. Night time. Day time. Rain. Sleet. Snow. 20 below zero. Every picture is that mule mugging for the camera while getting fat on deer feed and corn!
 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D :-P :-P :twisted: :twisted: :roll: :roll: :wink: :wink:
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on February 04, 2015, 06:17:43 AM
 ;D  ;D  ;D Yeah, no doubt! Fatter than a hog in the corn!

True story---- I used to work with a guy that was hunting from horseback. He shot a hole through the horses's ear and got bucked off.

Anyhow, I hear BC's mule also points, trees, and stands stock still for use as a rifle rest. The mule is so smart it teaches BC's dog tricks like roll over, fetch the mail and newspaper, and slippers. The mule is pretty good at Checkers, too. It is rumored that mule can read. That's why BC's newspaper often comes up missing and turns up in the barn and covered with green hay smelling slobbers.

I bet that mule even has its own hunting hat with holes cut for its ears.
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: Big58cal on February 04, 2015, 04:07:24 PM
I wish that mule was half the incredible animal ya'll make it out to be.  ;D

Actually, the critter is a common trespasser!  And as such, he should be dealt with accordingly!  :knuppel2 :knuppel2   I may have to go up there with a shotgun and see about burning his butt with it.  O0 >:D   Maybe then the freaking thing will stay off our land and quit eating all of the corn and mineral blocks.  :tickedoff

His name is actually Jack, as in "Jackass". ;D   I didn't name him though.  The feller that actually owns him did.

He is quite the traveler though.  ::)   Here's a few pictures.

Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: Big58cal on February 04, 2015, 04:09:18 PM
Here's a couple more from that time I changed the cards in the cameras.

Can't wait until turkey season!  >:D O0
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on February 05, 2015, 08:06:57 AM
The pictures look like the critter is a donkey. Shoot it or become a prospector and use it for your pack animal.  ;D One of my fishing places ( Lake Havasu) has protected wild donkeys. They are the main course meal for local cougars. We sometimes hear donkeys braying on shore but out of sight while we fish the lake.
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: MOSPARKY on February 05, 2015, 11:18:57 AM
A former boss of mine also had a donkey named Jackson, after the reverand. Nuff said there. Turned out they are actually great protection from yotes. He turned Jackson out with his cattle, especially when they were calving. Everytime the yotes would come around eyeing up the young calves, he ran them off. It seems this is a common practice with sheep herders.
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on February 25, 2015, 09:21:00 AM
Think about it.  If or when BC becomes a sheepherder, he already has a guard animal.    ;D

I am wondering about when BC rides his mule to town. Does he have to pack along a pooper scooper? 

And does his mule cheat at checkers and cards?
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: bohicajuan on February 25, 2015, 06:42:10 PM
I happen to know for a fact that BC drives a Subaru. He drives it because Subaru gives money to PETA AND HSUS!! :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :roll: :wink: ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on February 26, 2015, 10:12:16 AM
  ;D  ;D  ;D  ;D  ;D  ;D That bait should bring a come-back!
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on November 20, 2015, 07:23:19 AM
Have been killing some squirrels this season with my .17WSM, plus one coyote and one big feral cat. Has been rather slow as for numbers because we lost some squirrels due to West Nile.

I had an ammo problem a few weeks ago, got a batch of ammo that wouldn't go BANG.  >:( I was having misfires with the ammo and during one morning outing, had three misfires in a row, costing me the only two squirrels I saw that morning.  :tickedoff

Yes, the ammo maker got a piece of my mind.  :tickedoff :knuppel2

As for the rifle, it checks out just fine.
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on November 29, 2015, 04:23:53 AM
Am going to give it a go today.  :twisted:
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on December 08, 2015, 05:44:38 AM
I have been using my .17WSM this year for squirrl hunting. Have nailed one big tomcat, one coyote, three rabbits, and a good number of squirrels.

I shot the rabbits early this season and haven't seen any more. Varmints make short work of rabbits. I had to toss one rabbit because it had a white spotted liver, the sign of Rabbit Fever.  :shock: Always wear rubber gloves when cleaning rabbits.

Working a lot of overtime lately has certainly curtailed my hunting.  :sad: Shop work has slowed because of need of better heat in my shop.
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: Big58cal on February 02, 2016, 10:00:54 AM
We're still at it around here.  The boy and I went to a hunting/fishing show on Saturday and then went down to the farm later.  We didn't get to hunt Saturday, but got up Sunday morning and went.  We walked out and the wind was HOWLING!  :x   I knew we weren't going to see any squirrels, and if it were just me, I would have went back in the house and went back to sleep.  But, I knew that the boy was wanting to go, so we went on up to the woods.  Walked about 3/4 mile and didn't see/hear anything except the wind.

This weekend the weather is supposed to be better.  Hopefully we'll be able to get a few then.
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on February 03, 2016, 06:29:06 AM
I'm glad you are getting after them, BC! Has been a windy year and slowed the hunting for sure.

Our season is closed and I saw nothing the two last times out.  :sad:
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: Big58cal on February 10, 2016, 12:23:40 PM
We got out Sunday morning.  Saw 2 just as we were about to leave the woods.  I got a shot at one, but missed.  :'(   Guess not getting to shoot anything has taken it's toll on my accuracy.

Doesn't look like we'll be going this weekend.  The highs are only supposed to get up to maybe 20.  Screw that!
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on February 11, 2016, 06:13:06 AM
Yeah on that, BC! Yeah, I would stay home with weather like that, too. It would be a waste of time squirrel hunting in such conditions.

I made it out twice during January and saw nothing. Season closed 1/31/16.  :'(
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: Big58cal on February 11, 2016, 09:52:14 AM
You need to move down here to KY John.  Our season runs until the end of February.  O0
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: MOSPARKY on February 11, 2016, 12:37:35 PM
Move down here John. Ours ends Feb 15, but it starts again the Saturday of Memorial Day week-end.
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on February 12, 2016, 06:03:01 AM
 O0 Yeah! It's time to move south!

My son John calls from Phoenix and tells me how nice their weather is, 70's and 80's. He is trying to talk my wife and me to move there. I am no stranger to there and it has always been tempting. Believe it or not, AZ has great squirrel hunting. Son John is also a licensed hunting guide.  :)
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on March 05, 2016, 06:55:06 AM
 :'( Post season blues! No squirrel hunting in Iowa until about 9/1/16.

Last season was pretty good. My .17 WSM was really dropping them because of the extra range and wallop of the round.

It worked great for a big tomcat and coyote, too.  :twisted:
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: Big58cal on March 23, 2016, 03:36:21 PM
We've got a spring season opening up May 21st down here John.  You may have to take some time off and come down and get covered in ticks and chiggers with the rest of us.  ;D
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on March 24, 2016, 05:09:05 AM
We've got a spring season opening up May 21st down here John.  You may have to take some time off and come down and get covered in ticks and chiggers with the rest of us.  ;D
  ;D Sure is tempting except for all those bloodsuckers!
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on September 16, 2016, 08:03:15 PM
I got 5 last Saturday, 3 fox squirrels and 2 grays, saw 8.
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on October 09, 2016, 04:30:45 AM
Have been killing a few on weekends, got 2 grays yesterday morning with my .17 WSM. With all the skeeters, leaves, and ground cover, it's been tough going.

Longest shot was about 125 yards, a gray that took the .17 WSM 20gr bullet in his head. I watched that bugger for about an hour until I got a shot. The other gray was also a head shot, pretty much a must with the round.

At least the chiggers and ticks are done for the year.
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: fuzztsimmers on November 14, 2016, 05:50:22 PM
I haven't hunted in a long while. Been to broke to go.
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on November 15, 2016, 03:56:37 AM
I haven't hunted in a long while. Been to broke to go.
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Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: fuzztsimmers on November 16, 2016, 11:51:17 PM
pretty much what it is either hunting or having a roof.
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on November 17, 2016, 02:36:36 AM
pretty much what it is either hunting or having a roof.
I hear you there, been there enough myself, fuzz. How you folks been?
I work and while off during some of the weekend, chase some catfish when it's warm and now chase squirrels one day per weekend. Shop takes up a lot of what used to be free time.

Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: fuzztsimmers on November 23, 2016, 10:40:37 AM
Haven't been fishing either. But hopefully i'll have a warehouse job in a couple weeks so i can starting getting stuff together for next year. Also can start repaying my old man for keeping me afloat for so long.
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on November 24, 2016, 02:23:45 AM
Am sure sorry to hear you have been having such lean times, fuzz. I sure hope that warehouse job opens up for you. Job market sure hasn't been good. How you been, otherwise?
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: bohicajuan on November 25, 2016, 07:06:16 PM
I feel for you too, buddy. Despite what the crooked media would have you believe; Obama in the White House didn't make everybody in the country rich, prosperous, healthy and happy. Quite the contrary.
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on November 26, 2016, 04:04:00 AM
I feel for you too, buddy. Despite what the crooked media would have you believe; Obama in the White House didn't make everybody in the country rich, prosperous, healthy and happy. Quite the contrary.
You got that right, bo! Eight years under him and the corrupt media have wrecked our country.
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: fuzztsimmers on November 29, 2016, 05:58:03 PM
I been fine for the most part. Just rocking a wicked ear infection but that is doing better.
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on January 21, 2017, 04:36:25 AM
Things are looking up! Trump sworn in yesterday and I plan on celebrating by sniping some dastardly squirrels with my .17 WSM.

Then it's in to my shop to get some work done. My shop heater almost snuffed me so I now work in an unheated shop. Today's weather is supposed to be in the 50's.
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on January 21, 2017, 09:12:27 PM
Saw 5, shot 4. I didn't get a shot at the 5th one. :(
Title: Re: SQUIRREL HUNTERS
Post by: John Andrews on September 08, 2017, 05:47:44 AM
  :) Season opened again Sept.2. Am only 1 for 1, one shot, one dead gray squirrel opening morning.  :roll:

Update: second weekend is here and looking like good hunting weather. I hope some of you can get some hunting done, too.