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    • William WarrenWilliam Warren
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      Lots of squirrels this year. I’ve had 2 misses, spooked several, and one catch and release. Drew back on a small one today, picked a spot and then let off. Decided I wanted a fatter one. Let him eat a few more acorns.

      Anybody else into the squirrels?

      Duncan

    • recurve man 91
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      sounds like the same story here. i have missed a couple and only bagged two with my bow, then tree chickens can be tricky

    • Stephen Graf
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      Tree chickens?… I think that’s a bit generous. More like tree rats….


      But I love chasing them too. I like to put a dozen in the freezer every year for stew. I can only claim 1 or 2 of those dozen are stuck with an arrow…


      The rest my boy gets with his .22 or his 4-10.


      Good luck Duncan!
    • paleoman
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      What was the catch and release? Just as an amusing anecdote I was poking around the woods years ago and saw a squirrel a long way down a hill. I decided to be a wise guy and threw a rock at him. It was a LONG ways and I had an arm back then:) To my amazement it hit him and he starts thrashing and then stops. I said “OMG I killed him”. I get up to him and he’s still breathing, just knocked out. A few minutes later he comes to and wobbles back up a tree. Wouldn’t happen a again in a million years if I tried!

    • SteveMcD
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      Good Luck, Duncan. But not for me. With my luck the buck of a lifetime will step out just as I’m drawing a JUDO point on a tree rat!!! No way!

    • William WarrenWilliam Warren
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      Steve,

      I just can’t resist. The rat hunting is so much better while there is still some foliage. But the leaves will soon be all gone and everything will be much more alert.

      Hope you get that buck soon so you can relax and shoot some squirrels!

      Paloeman,

      “Catch and Release” was drawing on one and then not releasing and letting him go Like the fisherman Jimmy Houston used to do on TV. He would call in a turkey with an unlaoded gun and say “bang” at the appropriate time. Catch and release! Crazy Huh?

      Duncan

    • shawhill
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      Now I can’t really prove this but I firmly believe that squirrels can bend time and space. I cant tell you how many times I excitedly watched as my arrow sped right at the squirrel and then…poof! The squirrel is three feet from where I just saw it, alive and well to boot! Maybe I should start throwing rocks.

    • David CoulterDavid Coulter
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      I’m with Steve. I’m still looking for venison, antlered or not. I think pound for pound I saw as many squirrels this year as deer. Archery for deer is over in a week, then I’ll chase the squirrels.

    • William WarrenWilliam Warren
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      Well, there are plenty of deer here but I think they have gone nocturnal from all of the hunting pressure. Last week was muzzle loader week and the week prior you just knew there were more people in the neighboring woodlots poking around, I can hear the 4 wheelers puttering around hauling in the corn on the weekends or dropping off bowhunters now that bowhunting is allowed on Sundays. The deer switched to night time due to all of this human intrusion. So I am reduced to plinking at squirrels and I might see a deer late in the evening.

      I think my main problem with squirrels is that when I draw back I can already see the quarters all fried golden brown laying next to some mashed potatoes and a nice warm fluffy cathead biscuit, and then my shooting goes all to you know where…….

      Duncan

    • skifrk
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      I like to go after the squirrels when even hunting for they taste so good on the fire. But not always so lucky.

    • lee
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      There’s lots of squirrels in north east Texas this year, but all my arrows have broadheads glued on.
      I saw one squirrel two weeks ago that made my jaw drop…never seen one that big, it was sittin on a log about 35 yds away with it’s white belly facing me, at first glance i thought the white fur was a deer’s throat, then I realized it was just a pesky squirrel!!!

    • Brennan Herr
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      Well I hit a fox squirrel 3 times with 260 game getter blunt tip…he was unhappy with me so I grabbed a brown bear broadhead to finish him with but he had different ideas and made for his nest. The range was 10 feet for all the shots. The first was a back shot as he was on a corn stock eating. The second was a great chest shot and then as he went up the tree I hit him in the head and neck area with the third arrow. He fell then started to climb and I thought what the hell is the thing made of. I then grabbed a broadhead and he vanished as I drew. I am sure that he didnt survive all this punishment but do theyusually die at the first arrow? I think I am just going to use the broadhead first and the send Dr. ASHBY the pics of the damage and pass threw….FYI I am using a 50 lb bear kodiak hunter with 360 grains of the front of the arrow…

    • Stephen Graf
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      I have found small game blunts not very effective on squirrels. A Fieldpoint with a washer behind it has worked well for me. To kill a squirrel you need impact and a hole.

      Field tips are cheaper, and washers next to nothing. Washers are also good for stump shooting cause they keep the arrow from tunneling like a judo point would, but again a lot cheaper…
    • Ripforce
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      Up here we have an abundance of Black Squirrels, I watch them evertime i sit in my blind, they are as big as house cats! One thing about squirrels I have learned, easy to find, VERY hard to hit and even harder to kill when you do hit one! My son Limblover arrowed one last year, adder point i believe and it ran of with the damn arrow hanging from it, we never found the squirrel but I found the arrow stuck in the ground under a tree about a week later! I have hit them with a Judo point dead on, they just scurry off in the woods a then cackle like crazy! Most amazing animal in the woods in my opine, I seen this Big gray chase a black squirrel up and thru the trees the Gray lost his branch free fell about 10ft and grabbed another branch rightted himself and kept up with the chase with out missing a beat! They should all star in the next Matrix movie they have all the moves! I will admit I am reluctant to shoot at one most of the time when deer hunting, but if it is at the end of a morning hunt it is arrows away! LOL

    • Brennan Herr
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      Steve,

      Thanks for the tip I will give it a try…..I missed a grey today with a broad head….maybe tomorrow.

    • fattony77
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      I was recently out huntin limb-rats with a .22, shot a nice fox squirrel, but it must’ve just grazed him. It knocked him off balance and he fell about 30ft straight down with a loud and palpable thump! I went over to retrieve my prize morsel and he got up, ran up the nearest tree, and managed to get away!!! I couldn’t believe it! I still can’t wait to see what my 2-blade magnus will do to one!:wink:

    • Duck816
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      I often carry a quiver full of judos in addition to my bow quiver of hunting arrows. You never know when a squirrel might decide to bark its head off at you. Its like a quiver full of squirrel mute buttons.

    • Duck816
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      I often carry a quiver full of judos in addition to my bow quiver of hunting arrows. You never know when a squirrel might decide to bark its head off at you. Its like a quiver full of squirrel mute buttons.

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