Uneventful squirrel hunt.

ghostsniper1ghostsniper1 BannedPosts: 2,645 Senior Member
Okay, so as I stated in another post, I went squirrel hunting yesterday from sun up to sun down and the same today with zero luck. I'm guessing that the conditions just weren't ideal because it rained yesterday morning and was windy all day yesterday and today. I sat in areas that were dense with walnut, oak and hickory trees. Didn't see or hear a single one. All locations were filled with nests too, so again I'm guessing the weather was to blame. A bit frustrating but a good time in the woods nonetheless. So what is ideal conditions in you guys opinion?

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  • BuffcoBuffco Senior Member Posts: 6,244 Senior Member
    Calm, no wind, sunshine and crisp, cool air.

    Go near the tree line and sit still.
  • BuffcoBuffco Senior Member Posts: 6,244 Senior Member
    Also, early morning or late evening. They will stretch out flat on a limb during the day, napping. They can be hard to spot, because they aren't running around. I've picked a few off by spotting them resting like this.
  • 5280 shooter II5280 shooter II Senior Member Posts: 3,923 Senior Member
    :that: Just judging by my rear >1 acre lot......an hour after sun-up on a calm day.....don't see much during wind and rain. Consider them "fair weather game"....lol! And they are KEEN to motion......think like you're hunting Tree-Rex! :tooth:
    God show's mercy on drunks and dumb animals.........two outa three ain't a bad score!
  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 15,230 Senior Member
    Do one of these two things or both...
    1) Go deer hunting. Every time I do, I have some jackass squirrel going crazy and making tons of noise. It never fails.
    2) Bait them. You do that by acting like a nut.
  • BuffcoBuffco Senior Member Posts: 6,244 Senior Member
    If they see you coming in, no worries. Give 'em 10 minutes. They'll be back.

    The saying should've been, "curiosity killed the squirrel".

    After you shoot one, get him and sit back down. Again.....give 'em 10 minutes. They really are dumb.

    After about an hour, start walking around if the activity has stopped. Now you are looking for them laying around or trying to startle them into running. This is a better time for shotguns, as it's hard to hit then running with a .22.

    I haven't seen one since I was a lad, but my best friend had a call that sounded like a red hawk scream. That always got them to barking.
  • TeachTeach Senior Member Posts: 18,429 Senior Member
    Just like real estate- - - -location- - - -location- - - -location! Do a little scouting, and see if you can find a travel corridor between a den tree and a food source. If there's a shagbark hickory in the area, that's a squirrel smorgasbord. Oak trees are a second choice, as long as the acorn crop is good. Find a comfortable place to sit at the base of a tree with the travel lane in sight, and get there before daylight. Wear full camo, including a face mask or makeup, hat and gloves. As soon as it's light, they will start to move. No sudden moves now- - - - -slowly get a good sight picture, and head-shoot one with a .22 short hollow point. No Long Rifle cartridges- - - -too noisy. The short makes a soft pop- - - -a LR is supersonic and makes a CRACK that spooks every other squirrel in the area. Mark where the squirrel dropped, and commit it to memory. He's not going anywhere if you hit him right. Wait for another one- - - -another head shot, etc. You can just about limit out in a well-populated woodlot before you move to pick anything up. Once you make a move, the hunting is over for the morning- - - -squirrels have excellent eyesight and they'll spot you long before you see them!
    Jerry
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  • ghostsniper1ghostsniper1 Banned Posts: 2,645 Senior Member
    Well it sounds like I did everything about right, except for the weather part. There were very strong winds all day yesterday and today when I went out. I found the best tree/food selection and literally laid down in the leafs and didn't even budge for an hour at a time. I also did take a pocketful of .22 subsonic winchester hollow points. They must have just been holed up for the day. And state park squirrels are much less ballsy than city squirrels too.
  • 5280 shooter II5280 shooter II Senior Member Posts: 3,923 Senior Member
    Also, good den trees are Cottonwoods and Russian Olives, though you can spot a bird's nest in most hardwood trees that they've taken over......sometimes a "recon by fire" works if they lay-up in those type of nests.
    God show's mercy on drunks and dumb animals.........two outa three ain't a bad score!
  • HAWKENHAWKEN Senior Member Posts: 1,688 Senior Member
    This reminds me of a question I have often pondered. Do squirrels see in color, or are they monocromatic, like dogs and deer ? Yes, I know that deer can see blue, possibly yellow and ultra violet.......Robin
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  • BuffcoBuffco Senior Member Posts: 6,244 Senior Member
    I asked a squirrel that very question once.....but he just barked and chittered at me.

    Unfriendly sort....
  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 15,230 Senior Member
    This seems like the appropriate thread to post this.

    Moderators: Please don't delete my post like last year when I talked about this subject. Here is a photo that I got today in Detroit, a black squirrel...
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    There is a huge population of them down there. That, and there are pockets of them on the west side of the state. It would be kind of neat to get one mounted.
  • BuffcoBuffco Senior Member Posts: 6,244 Senior Member
    I would love to have one of those mounted! Along with a red, and a fox squirrel.

    We have some pockets of fox squirrels that are mostly black, with white faces and chests. The white markings are varied from face mask to just the tip of the nose is white.

    Beautiful animals.
  • BuffcoBuffco Senior Member Posts: 6,244 Senior Member
    Jerm, if you go after one, pop one for me too.

    :D
  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 15,230 Senior Member
    Buffco wrote: »
    Jerm, if you go after one, pop one for me too.

    They are literally only in Detroit city limits. That is not going to go over too well. It might be worth it to make the 2 hour trek to the west side of the state (where they live in rural settings) and go on a bit of a trophy hunt. I guess I have to add that to my everlong list of stuff that I would like to do. Tjsvet50 and Kevin Thomas have been bugging me to kill squirrels out that way too. The black squirrel area is a bit north of them, but it would be kind of fun.
  • ghostsniper1ghostsniper1 Banned Posts: 2,645 Senior Member
    Not being funny either, but there are quite a few black squirrels in the city limits near where I grew up.
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 15,072 Senior Member
    Jermanator wrote: »
    The black squirrel area is a bit north of them, but it would be kind of fun.

    The environs in and around Battle Creek are crawling with black squirrels (melanistic gray squirrels actually) Doc Kellogg introduced them to the area back in the day as a novelty. Nowadays you can't throw a rock without hitting one. The in-town squirrels can get pretty ratty looking, but the further you gt out in the country, the better they look.
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  • jbohiojbohio Senior Member Posts: 5,508 Senior Member
    Ghost,

    I'm just happy you went hunting! Good deal. FWIW, no point in spending all day squirrel hunting. They usually don't do much during the mid part of the day. The first and last few hours of the day are the best.
    If you sit for a half hour or so, and don't see anything, move a couple hundred yards, quietly. Like Buffy said, their memory seems to last about 10 minutes. Most of the acorns are probably gone, concentrate on shagbark, walnut, and beech trees
  • jbp-ohiojbp-ohio Senior Member Posts: 9,561 Senior Member
    Squirels aren't known to be quiet either. Particularly when there are two males in the same area. If you don't hear any barking, try a call. No response? Move...

    If you find a den tree and shoot several squirrel around it. Go back next year, more will usually move in...
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  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 23,968 Senior Member
    Wet weather often shuts down the squirrel activity for a day, sometimes the
    first day of a cold snap will do the same.

    I do not believe you posted if that woods had mast and that you found
    where the squirrels had been eating.

    Or the holes where they had been digging up buried nuts.
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  • HAWKENHAWKEN Senior Member Posts: 1,688 Senior Member
    Buffco wrote: »
    I would love to have one of those mounted

    Shoot them with a pellet gun. The holes ae small and the gun is quiet......Robin
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  • WeatherbyWeatherby Senior Member Posts: 4,771 Senior Member
    Ideal conditions is just before a major storm/cold front in my area.
    They get well prepared gathering beforehand
    cold calm days are best.As said location is major having trees is one thing having trees with the nut they want is another.
    I've often limited out of just a single tree....usually a shag bark hickory

    Oh another thing any corn fields around? they are great squirrel spots too
  • rberglofrberglof Senior Member Posts: 2,386 Senior Member
    For squirrel just look in my back yard.

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    Took this picture from second story window of my house in North Dakota about a week ago.
  • BuffcoBuffco Senior Member Posts: 6,244 Senior Member
    See, ghost sniper? That's what they will do during the middle of the day. Look at rberglof's pic.... They will lay there and let you walk right by...
  • ghostsniper1ghostsniper1 Banned Posts: 2,645 Senior Member
    Buffco wrote: »
    See, ghost sniper? That's what they will do during the middle of the day. Look at rberglof's pic.... They will lay there and let you walk right by...

    I have to be honest here. When I would hunt squirrels in the city, I would just stand still in the woods and look for the branches that start to shake and BOOM, dead squirrel. This was with an air rifle of course. The squirrels in the state parks I'm hunting now are much more skittish. Guess I gotta brush up.
  • 5280 shooter II5280 shooter II Senior Member Posts: 3,923 Senior Member
    jbp-ohio wrote: »
    If you find a den tree and shoot several squirrel around it. Go back next year, more will usually move in...

    Next year? Heck, just give it two weeks in MY backyard! Squirrels are highly territorial and Nature abhors a vacuum. I've cleared out a grip of 6-7 within a week's time around the Russian Olive den tree they seem to love. Only to have a few move into the "empty house" a couple of weeks later.

    As for the picture of that fox squirrel laying on the branch......IMHO, standing in your backyard with a pellet rifle is a great way to sharpen your still-hunting/eye-sighting skills in preparation to a big game hunt. The patience it takes to stand there and scan every branch, looking for an abnormal shape and color (their movement is a dead give away). It's still "hunting". Then I have to practice the patience waiting for it to get on my side of the property so it drops into my yard for recovery.....waiting for a clear shot amongst the branches and twigs....no missing allowed and sometimes had to pass up many a shot 'cause it wasn't a clear shoot, or too far across the property line.

    Black (gray) squirrels in Detroit? I can see where one wouldn't want to touch that one with a ten foot pole....too open to inneundos....however I find it biologically interesting that hair pigmentation was adapted for the urban environment maybe?
    God show's mercy on drunks and dumb animals.........two outa three ain't a bad score!
  • sarg1csarg1c Senior Member Posts: 1,707 Senior Member
    I thought I mentioned the other day, seeing all these squirrels swimming south across the Ohio river.... I went deer hunting couple days ago,. Didn't see any deer from my stand, but rode upon some pretty does ,but they were on school property so couldn't shoot any, the squirrel activity was crazy. They were burying Buckeyes and some other nuts. Had some .45cal/9mm sabots with me. Should have shot some squirrels.
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