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    any of you snow folks ever notice the behavior of theses fellas in the winter? i have noticed that they tunnel under the snow and pop up just like prarie dogs then disappear. this is new for me to observe as i am used to them being tree dwellers but a great way to avoid predators from above
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    The woods are right behind my house and my wife and I sit and watch them all the time, especially of the mornings. Every now and then you can watch a hawk try to get involved but I have never seen one catch a squirrel yet.
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    The squirrels we have here are fox squirrels, have never seen one tunnel in the snow, they seem to just jump across the snow.

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    There are both grays and reds in Maine and i've seen both species do this when there is little or no cover in the trees.
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    they tunnel for water. ive come across these tunnels alot on nature walks. the squirel digs a hole and heads in just a little (usually where theres ice beneath the snow) and sits while his body heat melts snow. then he drinks the meltwater from the surface of he ice/ground. squirrels are smart and may use theses tunnels to hide also but ive discovered there never anyting over a foot in length or so. But they use these tunnels over and over for a while so if you set a small snare at the entrance you can catch em.
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    The reds in my backyard have long tunnels that go from the woods to the birdfeeder. Some of them 10' plus.
    Like WarEagle mentioned, I'm sure it's to avoid predators. We have a harrier that sits and watches them as they play whack-a-mole popping in and out of holes - but he only goes for the mourning doves.

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    thats a red. all i got is grays around here. and no hawks for the most part so im thinking squirells dig for whatever there need is at that time. to avoid preds or to get snowmelt.
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    We have a few red squirrels here and they have tunnels running everywhere under the snow. they go from the heavy woods, to the bird feeder, back down to the brook, under the trailers. It is quite funny watching then. They can be very destructive though, I have seen them chew the leather off snowshoes, wires from under hoods of the vehicles, and watch out if you get one in your house...have seen them chew electrical wiring and cause a fire.

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    Had a red squirrel in my roof one summer and i decided the best way to dispatch it was with my 22. i put four holes in the floor,ruined the dishwasher, and cracked our old tub. finally i put out a have a heart trap. once i got the lil bugger i took him outback with my 20 ga and blasted him to kingdom come. what a day that was.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Durlaburban View Post
    Had a red squirrel in my roof one summer and i decided the best way to dispatch it was with my 22. i put four holes in the floor,ruined the dishwasher, and cracked our old tub. finally i put out a have a heart trap. once i got the lil bugger i took him outback with my 20 ga and blasted him to kingdom come. what a day that was.
    Might I suggest spending a bit more time at the range and practicing.
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    I have about a dozen gray squirrels living nearby; six live in my oak trees. About 7:00 every morning, there they are, right outside my kitchen window. Yep. There's Clarence, Jasper, George, Rufus, Flloyd, Charlie, Wilbur, Sam, Gus, Spike, Clyde, and Fred. I feed them everyday. Peanuts. About 2 lbs. a day. They come when I call them (although not by name). Love those little critters. Even my beagles are used to them now.

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    Had a red squirrel in my roof one summer and i decided the best way to dispatch it was with my 22. i put four holes in the floor,ruined the dishwasher, and cracked our old tub. finally i put out a have a heart trap. once i got the lil bugger i took him outback with my 20 ga and blasted him to kingdom come. what a day that was.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crashdive123 View Post
    Might I suggest spending a bit more time at the range and practicing.
    I was IN my house chasing a red squirrel. i didnt have time to aim i just shot! if he would of been outside hed been headless after the first shot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Durlaburban View Post
    I was IN my house chasing a red squirrel. i didnt have time to aim i just shot! if he would of been outside hed been headless after the first shot.
    OK, I can now clearly see what the problem was.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Durlaburban View Post
    I was IN my house chasing a red squirrel. i didnt have time to aim i just shot! if he would of been outside hed been headless after the first shot.
    Please tell me that you and the squirrel were the only ones IN the house at the time!
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    Am I the only one looking for a place to hide?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pal334 View Post
    Am I the only one looking for a place to hide?
    Nope. As I said in my previous post about being able to see what the problem was....IMO irresponsible use of a weapon.
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    Which one?

    The random firing of small caliber rifle rounds through a domicile,

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    The point-blank execution of an animal trapped in a live capture trap, with a shotgun?

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    Before I moved I had two giant chestnut trees in the backyard. Those squirells left quite a mess of shells everywhere, got sick of steppin on them. These squirells also liked to bark at me a lot. So one morning I put on my ghillie suit, grabbed the bb gun and waited. Shot one in the eye, they didn't seem as bothersome after that.

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    I think I'm going to put up one of those hummingbird feeders. The kind that holds about a pint of nectar. I think those birds have been stealing the peanuts I put out for my squirrels.

    Hummingbirds. Yep. Small birds. Move very fast. Almost disappear. Great targets. A real challenge using a Beretta Minx .22 cal. short. But, to be on the safe side, I'll keep my Mossberg 12 gauge real close. Just in case. I'm sure the neighbors won't mind.
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    Had a red squirrel in my roof one summer and i decided the best way to dispatch it was with my 22. i put four holes in the floor,ruined the dishwasher, and cracked our old tub. finally i put out a have a heart trap. once i got the lil bugger i took him outback with my 20 ga and blasted him to kingdom come. what a day that was.

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