How to Shoot a Ground Squirrel Using a Badger As a Predator
If you’ve ever wondered how to shoot a ground squirrel, you’re in luck. Ground squirrel hunting doesn’t involve the usual mess of skinning, cleaning, or cooking. You also don’t have to be in perfect shape or have a very strong back. If you want to hunt this rodent on your own, read on. And if you’re not sure where to start, let me know what you think!
.22 caliber rifle
How to shoot a ground squirrel with rimfire ammunition is a bit different than shotshell hunting. Rimfire bullets move at a much faster rate and are able to do real damage to the squirrel. Brantley used a CCI.22 WMR and shot two squirrels, each of which was dead within a few seconds. The bullets were fast enough to blow out the squirrel’s hindquarters and shoulders. In most cases, a single shot with this bullet would do the trick.
In the late spring and early summer, a.22 caliber rifle is a good choice for shooting ground squirrels, which vary in size from hand-sized Beldings to giant Columbians. The reason for shooting ground squirrels is that it is an excellent practice and is a good way to improve your big game shots. In addition to being great fun, these tiny rodents are not a pest to your home or yard, so you can be rest assured that you won’t be wasting your ammo.
If you have a.22 rifle, you can follow the squirrels directly. Do not let them move away from your sight, since this may scare them away. Once you’ve positioned yourself in the right spot, you should be able to pinpoint their vanish point. Now, if you want to shoot the ground squirrel, make sure to use a powerful rifle. Here are some tips to help you take down squirrels safely:
Aim for the squirrel’s head and not its body. This is because shooting from the back or front will cause too much damage, and you’ll end up with a poor-quality carcass. Additionally, aiming to shoot the squirrel from a tree is dangerous, because weak branches can fall on the hunter. Aiming for the head and neck will leave the meat intact. Remember, aiming for the head will also make it easier to see the heart.
Using a badger as a natural predator
If you’re considering shooting a ground squirrel, using a badger as a natural predator can help you do it safely. This carnivore has large claws and powerful forelegs that allow it to dig deep burrows. Badgers are not particularly attractive, but they can be very useful predators. Their strong teeth and incisors make them effective hunters. Badgers also have poor eyesight and a sharp sense of smell. In Indiana, badgers often pair with coyotes to kill ground squirrels.
Badgers are solitary animals, with a black patch on their heads. They are nocturnal except for the breeding season, when they go into underground torpor. These animals eat fat for survival. Female badgers start developing their eggs in February and give birth to one to five young in the spring. These young are ten inches long, have closed eyes, and are covered in soft fur.
Identifying a ground squirrel
A few things should be kept in mind when identifying a ground squirrel before shooting it. First, ground squirrels are not related to gray tree squirrels, which are game mammals in California. They are similar in size and have the same color base and cheek pouches, but they have a triangular patch on their back between the shoulders and a lighter patch on their head. Unlike tree squirrels, which typically retreat up a tree, ground squirrels stay in burrows. Burrows are about four inches wide with above-ground interconnecting runways.
To identify a ground squirrel before shooting, first look for the following characteristics: a medium-sized, buffy-washed fur coat; the fur is white or gray-brown; it lacks stripes or spots; and its tail is shorter than its body. It is commonly found in shrub-steppe areas, sagebrush flats, and small-grain pastures. It spends six to eight months in topor, a state of hibernation, and becomes obese in preparation for dormancy.
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.