Where to Aim When Shooting Squirrels
If you are hunting for squirrels, you should know where to aim when shooting them. While the simplest method is to stand still, shooting a squirrel at close range is not always a good idea. Using a shotgun or a.22 caliber rifle can give you better results. Here are some tips:
Hunting red squirrels
You’ve been waiting all day in your deer stand. You’ve heard the rustle of leaves and are gripping your rifle a bit tighter. Your heart rate rises as “deer” approaches. Soon, the woods burst into cacophony of chatter and squawks. The red squirrel has seen you, and it’s running in various directions. You’ve been scouting for it.
Red squirrels are often spotted in grouse habitats. A good hunting ground is in the watershed lands of New York City, Ulster County, and Greene County. They are more restless than grey squirrels, but they can be helpful guides when looking for grouse. And when you’re deer hunting, red squirrels can be your hunting companions. So, how do you hunt red squirrels?
Hunting flying squirrels
The population decline of the flying squirrel is associated with modern forestry practices, which has reduced the number of suitable habitat patches. Regardless of the cause, a reduction in the area suitable for this species is a cause for concern. The species’ responses to habitat fragmentation and loss of suitable forest patches are species-specific. However, their decline may also have consequences for other species of boreal forests. The need for conservation efforts is a key factor in the decline of the flying squirrel.
The most effective method for hunting the flying squirrel is to use a flashlight and search around old woodpecker holes. Female flying squirrels tend to be more territorial than their male counterparts and aggressively defend their prime nesting sites. While male flying squirrels have overlapping territories, females typically share their nests with up to 19 other females. The females also use the nest to conserve body heat. So, if you want to hunt the flying squirrel, use a flashlight to locate its nest.
Hunting flying squirrels with a shotgun
One of the easiest ways to shoot flying squirrels with a shotgun is to wait until they are in the air. Waiting until they are flying is the most ethical way to hunt squirrels. If you catch a flying squirrel without waiting until it jumps, you’re poaching the animal. In addition, this method doesn’t require large tracts of forest. You can even do it in your backyard if you have a tree nearby.
If you’re not comfortable shooting a small animal, use a rifle. The hunting process is similar to deer hunting, with the hunter sitting motionless and waiting for bushytails to emerge. Hunting flying squirrels with a shotgun doesn’t require a fancy scope, though a quality rimfire-specific scope will be your best bet. A common shotgun will work for hunting these little guys, and iron sights can be a good option. If you’re not comfortable with magnification, however, you’ll want to invest in a scope that will give you the best chances of getting a quarter-sized headshot at 50 yards or more.
Using a.22 caliber rifle
A.22 caliber rifle is an excellent choice for shooting squirrels. The bullets are extremely fast and can cause real damage. It is difficult to hit a squirrel with a shotshell, but rimfire bullets can do the trick. In Brantley’s video, the rimfire bullet blows out the backside of the squirrel. It will also destroy the meat. It is best to connect with the headshot to get the desired effect.
Depending on the type of squirrel you’re after, you can use a lever-action or semi-automatic rifle. Browning offers two lever-action rifles. The SR-22 is a historical hunting-style rifle that was one of John Browning’s final designs. This rifle can shoot 40 grain bullets into golf ball-size circles at 50 yards, and if you’re shooting a fox squirrel, you can head-shoot it with a.22 bullet.
Using a.22 caliber rimfire
A.22 caliber rimfire rifle is a versatile tool that can be used for hunting squirrel and other small game. If you’re shooting a squirrel for meat, this cartridge’s low velocity will be perfect because it won’t pass through the animal’s body. This ammunition is also effective for outhouse and farm buildings. Using a rimfire rifle will save you time and effort.
Choosing the right pellet for your rifle is important because this is where most of the energy of the bullet will be delivered to the Squirrel’s body. Despite the short bullet, it’s rare for this pellet to go through the squirrel, delivering maximum energy to the animal. It’s a good idea to practice with a variety of pellets before you purchase a cartridge to ensure you’ll get the right one.
Shooting squirrels with a.22 caliber rimfire
When shooting a squirrel, a.22 caliber rimfire rifle can be very effective. A rimfire magnum JHP bullet with a muzzle velocity of over 2,000 feet per second is effective at over a hundred yards. However, because the target is hidden in dense forest, it is difficult to make accurate 100-yard shots with such a rifle. As a result, you’ll be wasting a lot of energy on the background scenery.
Unlike a shotgun, a.22 LR rifle can also be effective at closer distances. A 40-grain bullet, fired at a distance of 50 yards, can easily head-shoot a fox squirrel. And while the rimfire’s range isn’t as long as a shotgun, it is more accurate. It can also be used as a teamwork weapon for a long-distance shoot.
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.