When is a Good Time to Hunt Squirrels?
If you’re planning a squirrel hunt, there are some important things to keep in mind. While hunting, you should use a.410 shotgun, be sure to avoid spooking bushytails by shuffling leaves and snapping twigs. Avoid approaching bushytails unless you’re on a mission and you should move slowly and carefully through the woods. When the woods go quiet, that’s a good sign that bushytails are aware of something nearby. Then wait on a ridge and watch for activity to resume. Once the coast is clear, the squirrels will return to scavenge.
To get the most accurate shots, it is a good idea to aim at the head. A 26-inch barrel makes it easier to swing your shotgun on the squirrel. While you are standing still, keep an eye on the trees around you. Then, when you notice movement, move slowly to a fresh piece of ground and be ready for the shot. You can practice your technique by shooting a squirrel with a.410 shotgun before heading to the woods.
While a.410 shotgun is not a perfect hunting gun, many 3-inch chambered models are good for hunting squirrels. There are several options for you to choose from. Some models are camo-finished and even have optics mounts. Regardless of the model you choose, you will want to find a choke tube that fits the size of the shotgun and the type of ammunition you will be using.
While hunting a squirrel, keep in mind that it is best to wait for other squirrels to come out. You don’t want to rush over to your prize while the other squirrels are not yet present. Try to sneak up on your prey by making yourself seem tame, and then listen for any sounds from the squirrel. A chittering squirrel may be a clue. Then, lower your gun slowly and watch for your prize. Waiting for a charge is worth the wait!
You may want to wait until spring to go squirrel hunting. Squirrels prefer clear and sunny weather. On sunny days, you should be out early, around 9 a.m. You can also go hunting in early fall, as the squirrels are likely to be out foraging in the trees. If you do happen to come across a squirrel, try to describe its location in detail to a friend or family member.
If you want to have the best chance of catching a squirrel, early season is the time to go. During the colder months, squirrels tend to stay in their nests longer, so getting out early in the morning is a good time to hunt. Early morning is also the best time to hunt because the squirrels will be less active, and you will have more success hunting them if they are hungry.
Once you have figured out the best time to hunt squirrel, the next step is to identify their favorite feeding spots. The first place they will likely be eating is the acorns, nuts, or nuts. After identifying the location of these foods, you can then try to sneak up on them. When they are eating, they will often have their tail wrapped around their body, so you will want to wait for them to stop so you can shoot them.
Near a water source
When is a good time to hunt squirrels near a water source? Depending on the type of water source, a squirrel may be more active near water than in a wooded area. Squirrels are most active near trees that line the water source. Look for large, broken acorns or other nuts scattered on the ground. In general, it’s best to hunt near a water source during the day when temperatures are high enough to be comfortable.
When hunting near a water source, listen for the sound of rain. Squirrels are highly dependent on visual cues and are known to flick their tail to signal danger. Wait for 45 minutes to an hour and then repeat the process. After that time, you may be able to spot a squirrel. The sound of rain drops or cuttings might be similar. When you see a squirrel, lower your gun and wait for other squirrels to appear.
Near a den tree
A promising place to hunt for squirrels is in an area where there are a wide variety of trees, both soft and hard mast-producing plants. You can also search the ground for stumps, rocks, and logs that may have cuttings of nuts or cones. The hulls are also edible parts that squirrels like to eat. Squirrels also like to eat the bark on trees, and you can find it by peeling it off.
In late season, squirrels may not be actively hunting for food or making a nest, but they are likely to be near a den tree. They often leave their den tree after dusk and remain in it for two to three days. The best time to hunt squirrels is near a den tree, which is usually easy to find. A den tree should have lots of holes in it, which provide plenty of hiding places for the slow-moving winter squirrels.
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.