How to Hunt a Squirrel
Unlike other animals, squirrels are not as easy to spot as deer or foxes. Fortunately, bare trees make them easier to spot. Although, their food supply is not so abundant these days, and their numbers have plummeted due to many predators, squirrels are still resilient and can often spot danger from more than a football field away. Listed below are some tips for hunters who want to learn how to hunt a squirrel.
Patience leads to multiple shots
One of the most important things you can do when hunting squirrels is to be patient. The squirrel will eventually screw up and expose a part of its body. The tail is less conspicuous to them, so they’ll be less aware of your presence. So, wait patiently for that moment, and make the best use of it by waiting for the perfect opportunity. Patience will pay off in the form of multiple shots.
After you’ve spotted the squirrel, wait for a few minutes and then reload your gun. A squirrel will most likely return to feeding after 15 to 30 minutes. While waiting, mark the squirrel that you shot and continue scanning the branches for more movement. The longer it takes to locate more squirrels, the more likely you’ll be able to get multiple shots. Patience is an essential aspect of squirrel hunting, so make sure you spend enough time practicing to become an expert.
Squirrels are very observant
One of the best ways to find a squirrel is to be very observant. A squirrel may not know what you are until it’s too late. If you’re in a good position, you can circle the tree trunk or hang a jacket from a limb in plain view. It will probably not know what you’re until it’s too late, but it’s worth waiting until it does, and then shoot!
During late-season, squirrels spend much of their time caching nuts and returning to the same spot. Therefore, you can calculate the location of the most central tree and set up your hunting spot there the next morning. Then, the squirrels will quickly forget you disturbed them the previous day. You can also sit on a hillside and wait for the squirrels to leave the tree. This way, you can be a little sneaky while you’re waiting for them to come to you.
They can spot danger from a football field away
It’s a proven fact that squirrels can sense danger from a football field away, and that humans are their primary source of danger. A recent study found that squirrels can detect the presence of a human by how they behave and look. When a scientist focused his attention on a squirrel, it was 40 percent more likely to flee, and if he left the sidewalk and stalked the squirrels across the grass, ninety percent of the time they fled. This doesn’t mean that humans scare squirrels all the time, but it certainly shows that they pay attention to our behavior.
The observable behavior of squirrels is remarkable in that they have no eye defects. However, that doesn’t mean that they don’t get hit. Cars can blind and kill squirrels, so drivers should be extra alert when they see one. A squirrel may take a football field-length leap in front of a vehicle to avoid being hit by the car, but if the car approaches too quickly, it can cause a collision.
.22 caliber rifle is effective
A rimfire-shot.22 caliber rifle can be effective for hunting squirrels, but it’s a bit more difficult to zero in on these small creatures at a hundred yards. A rimfire-shot squirrel will die between 10 and 60 yards. In addition to accuracy, a rimfire rifle is also a lot less dangerous to shoot. However, it is important to adjust your zero when necessary.
While most people prefer to use long-rifle rifles for this purpose, a.22 caliber rifle can be effective for this task, too. Because rimfire cartridges are inexpensive, a.22 caliber rifle can be used to shoot a squirrel in the head at a range of 20 to 50 yards. Furthermore, a scoped.22 will give you a flat trajectory at the normal hunting distance, so you can hit a squirrel in the head from twenty to fifty yards. Since most of the shots are made from the head, a.22 is easy to use and to avert from getting distracted.
What is the best way to find a squirrel?
The best way to find a squirrel is to use a cold nose and some patience.
Go to where they’re likely to be – look for trees with nuts or fruits or areas where there is a lot of green vegetation.
Move quietly and slowly and be on the lookout for movement and shaking branches.
Once you spot a squirrel stay calm and still and wait for it to come to you.
How do you determine which tree a squirrel is in?
You can determine which tree a squirrel is in by looking for the following signs: shaking branches movement and signs of feeding (like nut husks or piles of debris).
If you see any of these things focus your attention on that tree.
What is the best way to approach a squirrel?
The best way to approach a squirrel is to do so slowly and quietly.
Move carefully so as not to startle the squirrel and keep an eye on its body language.
If it sees you and bolts you’ll need to be quick to follow.
What is the best time of day to hunt squirrels?
The best time of day to hunt squirrels is in the early morning or evening when they are most active.
Where do squirrels spend most of their time?
Squirrels spend most of their time in trees so that is where you will need to look for them.
What do squirrels eat?
Squirrels are mainly herbivores but their diet can vary depending on the season and availability of food.
In the spring and summer they eat a lot of buds flowers and green vegetation.
In the fall their diet shifts to include more nuts and fruits.
And in the winter they eat mainly bark and twigs.
What is the best way to avoid being seen by a squirrel?
The best way to avoid being seen by a squirrel is to use camouflage move quietly and slowly and stay downwind.
What is the best way to kill a squirrel?
The best way to kill a squirrel is with a quick humane kill.
A sharp blow to the back of the head is the most effective way to do this.
What is the best way to clean a squirrel?
The best way to clean a squirrel is to gut it and skin it as soon as possible after the kill.
This will help to prevent the meat from spoiling.
What do you need in order to hunt squirrels?
In order to hunt squirrels you will need a hunting license a rifle or shotgun and ammunition.
How can you attract squirrels?
You can attract squirrels by placing bait in an area where they are likely to find it.
Peanuts sunflower seeds and corn are all good options.
What is the difference between a red squirrel and a gray squirrel?
The main difference between a red squirrel and a gray squirrel is their coloring.
Red squirrels are red or reddish-brown while gray squirrels are well gray.
What is the best way to camouflage yourself when hunting squirrels?
When hunting squirrels it is best to wear clothing that is earth-toned or green.
This will help you to blend in with your surroundings.
What is the best way to store squirrel meat?
The best way to store squirrel meat is to wrap it in butcher paper or freezer paper and then store it in the freezer.
What are some common diseases that affect squirrels?
Some common diseases that affect squirrels include rabies squirrel pox and mange.
Jessica Watson is a PHD holder from the University of Washington. She studied behavior and interaction between squirrels and has presented her research in several wildlife conferences including TWS Annual Conference in Winnipeg.