How to Start Squirrel Hunting With a Gun and a Dog
So, you’ve got your gun and a dog, but how do you start squirrel hunting? First, learn how to spot squirrels. They’ll be more active at dawn and dusk. Squirrels typically spend the day in the midday sun storing nuts. Then, during the colder months, they loaf in their dens. The best times to hunt for squirrels are at dawn and dusk.
In the early season
When you start your early season hunt, identify a few hot spots that provide ample food and nesting space. Once you have located these areas, start slowly moving through them to determine which spots are most active. Observe their behavior and reload your gun if you missed. Activity will drop as you get into position and resume after 10 to 15 minutes of silence. Using intermittent shots will prevent you from overshooting a spot or sitting too long after a successful shot.
In the woods
Once you’ve decided to go squirrel hunting, you need to find a good place. Squirrels are skittish creatures, so it’s important to walk carefully and don’t break any sticks. If you’re unsure of where to find the squirrels, try using binoculars. They’ll let you see the forest floor and spot the movement of squirrels, and they can help you locate the animal by its call or suspicious-looking bumps on limbs. Also, binoculars will give you a close look at treetops.
With a dog
The first step in training your dog for squirrel hunting is to take him into areas where squirrels are abundant. Public parks are overrun with tree rats and squirrels, so a regular trip to these areas is essential. Dogs are trained to hunt a variety of animals, including squirrels, so it is imperative to teach your dog how to ignore gunfire. A guide from Mountain State Kennels can help you get started.
With a gun
There are many safety precautions to take when hunting squirrels with a gun. First, you should point your firearms to the ground when not in use. Secondly, you should never place your finger near the trigger guard area until you’re ready to shoot, as even a slight movement can accidentally trigger the gun. Lastly, you should dress brightly to make yourself more visible to the squirrels. In addition, you should always check your line of fire before you shoot. Lastly, make sure that you carry a first aid kit to protect yourself in case you get into an accident.
In a boat
Getting in a boat is one of the easiest ways to get a good shot at a squirrel. When the weather is cooler, squirrels will be sleeping later and may not venture out until midday. This makes early mornings an excellent time to start squirrel hunting. If you’re on the water early in the morning, you might be able to see a squirrel running up a tree trunk or jumping from branch to branch. Wait for it to stop and aim your shot at its front shoulder. If it doesn’t pause, you can swing on the squirrel, and make a good kill.
With a squirrel call
How to start with a squirrel call? Using a squirrel call is much like calling other game animals. It doesn’t always work, but it can give you a good advantage if you know what you’re doing. Squirrel calls are a great tool for hunters to have in their arsenal. North America has three species of squirrels: the red squirrel, the fox, and the grey. While most squirrels fall into the grey or black color phase depending on where you live, you can use one to attract your target.
With a stand
If you’ve never hunted a squirrel before, you might be wondering how to start squirrel hunting with a stand. A stand lets you take a stationary position while you wait for your target to show up. The key is to choose a tree with good sight lines, as well as a natural food source for the squirrels. A den tree with a nest full of fluffy new leaves is a good choice, and you should carefully monitor the tree for signs of activity.
What is the best time of day to hunt squirrels?
The best time of day to hunt squirrels is early morning or late afternoon.
What is the best time of year to hunt squirrels?
The best time of year to hunt squirrels is in the fall.
Where do squirrels like to hide?
Squirrels like to hide in trees and bushes.
What do squirrels eat?
Squirrels eat nuts berries and seeds.
How can you attract squirrels?
You can attract squirrels by putting out food for them.
How can you kill a squirrel?
You can kill a squirrel by shooting it with a gun.
How can you skin a squirrel?
You can skin a squirrel by first cutting off its head then its feet and then peeling the skin off of its body.
How can you cook a squirrel?
You can cook a squirrel by roasting it over a fire.
What is a good recipe for squirrel?
A good recipe for squirrel is to roast it with potatoes and carrots.
What should you do if you see a squirrel while you are hunting?
If you see a squirrel while you are hunting you should be very quiet and try to get close to it.
What should you do if a squirrel is trying to get away from you?
If a squirrel is trying to get away from you you should try to block its escape route.
What should you do if a squirrel is attacking you?
If a squirrel is attacking you you should try to kill it.
Is it legal to hunt squirrels?
In most places it is legal to hunt squirrels.
How many squirrels can you kill in a day?
There is no limit to how many squirrels you can kill in a day.
What should you do with the squirrel once you have killed it?
You should skin it and cook it.
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.