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Is anyone small game hunting yet?
Squirrel season is open here in Maryland. I having some logging done in my woods and was walking the skid trails checking for deer tracks. I carry a Walther P 22 since there are no big bad bears in my woods. A squirrel stopped on the side of an oak tree and one shot from my 22 dropped him. I skinned the squirrel, cut it in pieces and put it in a plastic bag. I love squirrels stew in my crock pot.
JTV, head shots, that's what I do with my 22 rifle. Made a neck shot with the 22 pistol today. I will do some squirrel hunting off and on until the end of February.
Head out Saturday with my Youngest. Season opens here on Friday.
Sometimes I haul them out of the woods with my Gator.
I love squirrel hunting, as a JR. High kid and High schooler, shooting 60 a season was common.... used to sell the tails to Mepps ..... If I get out several times a season now, I'm doing good... Always preferred a .22 w/hp's, but a shotgun will also work w/#5's if I feel lazy .....
JTV, I also used to sell the tails to Mepps. I hunt with a 22 with LR hollow points except I have a bolt action with good scope that I take sometimes with 22 shorts. Only head shots with it though. Our season lasts until the end of February and I do some hunting then since deer season is over the the end of January.
I sent a batch off to Mepps as a kid as well. They still buy them today!
When I was younger I did a lot of fly fishing and used Squirrel tails and deer tails to make streamers.
There was a neighbor when I was a kid, Jack Beech who taught me a lot about bushy tails ... all he used was a pump open sighted .22 with HP shorts...he said that it was quiet, and when there were several in a hickory cutting, he could get them all with out spooking the rest.... he was deadly with that pump... some good memories there ...
JTV one year, when I was a kid, I got a Winchester pump for Christmas and two bricks of ammo. It would shoot 22 short, long or long rifle bullets. I killed a bunch of squirrels and groundhogs with that rifle. BTW, I went through the two bricks of ammo real fast.
Rossi and Taurus was making them, not sure now, Remington had the 572 Fieldmaster, not sure if its still made ... nice rifles ..
Gotta wait a bit yet for the treehoppers. Don't start in PA till mid October. My weapon of choice for the past 2 years had been a 36 cal flintlock. unbelievable fun and
A nostalgic trip back in time.
Killed a red squirrel with my Pellet rifle. Mad Dog
Tiger Eye, I have killed many squirrels with a Thompson Center .36 cal cap lock muzzle loader. I took a piece of Oak flooring and cut it about an inch wide and eight inches long and sanded it nice and smooth. Drilled six holes in it and put a patch, lubed with Crisco, over each hole and installed a round ball in each hole. I had a leather strap on it to hang from my belt. I used a 45 cal empty brass with a little handle that I silver soldered on for a powder measure. Used a real cow horn for black powder. Before my son left for Nashville we went squirrel hunting. He used a bolt action 22 and I used my .36 cal muzzle loader. I got five squirrels and he got four. BTW he shot four bullets and I shot five times.
Looks like a great kid. Way to go! How u boys cook em? Mad Dog
Sound cool shuteye. I did the same with a scrap piece of oak and tried my hand at carving a squirrel handle on top. Came out better than I thought. Made my own bag and powder horn too. It is good winter therapy making homemade muzzie stuff. Just a bit hesitant in making my own ball though. Not sure I want to go down that path. Cooking lead just is not my cup of tea..
All in all they a great sport and super accurate. I use 20 grains 3 F and will hit a quarter all day at 35 yard which is about as far as my eyes will take me with a buckhorn site.
Best of luck to you this year. Keep you powder dry.