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    Lightbulb Squirrel Season

    It's that time of year. The little buggers have been eating up our pecan trees and now it's time for revenge! just kidding

    aside from the normal .22 rimfire that everyone hunts with, I was wondering if anyone had any really neat primitive methods for harvesting squirrels. I was in the woods this past weekend and saw what looked like hundreds running around.

    Ideal methods will preserve the pelt for tanning (i.e. no skewering) and not waste any meat. Remember we need to use as much of an animal as possible and not be wasteful. As far as "humane", well... as long as the animal isnt' left to suffer for half a day, anything is fair game.

    I've used slingshots and triplines as well as the trusty old "give em enough rope" lean up pole. sorry no pics at this time, but I will definately take some this season to post up for you guys.

    So what do you guys do? Lets hear all about it and include pics if you can!
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    12 ga. number 6
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    Try a squirrel pole. Should work. I mean, think about it - rabbits have a stick, but no pole. Musta got it's name for a reason.
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    I've used ( when I squirrel hunted a couple hundred years ago it seems) a full choke 410 shotgun.

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    I should add - attempst at humor aside - if you are going to use snares, or a squirrel pole check your local laws to make sure you are not the one getting snared.
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    I like #5 shot myself. I don't like a 22 unless used by a person who checks the background first and can pass up a shot. That little slug will travel a long way and is much more dangerous. If they are thick the pole works best. Best to go for safety, then squirrels.
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    12 gauge #5 here as well. I've used .22 but like Coot says, they can travel. Only a few places I could use a .22.

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    I actually know 2 people who've been shot with a 22 totally unexpecting. One guy was riding his lawnmower and got shot in the side by folks hunting half a mile away. another was hunting with a friend on a leased property and just so happens another party was hunting on the other side of the woods unaware that anyone was in there.

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    This is, without a doubt, the sickest thread ever started in the Forums. Just sick, sick, sick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken View Post
    This is, without a doubt, the sickest thread ever started in the Forums. Just sick, sick, sick.
    I'm confused. I like to eat squirrels! I dunno what would be sick about this thread?
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    Quote Originally Posted by your_comforting_company View Post
    I'm confused. I like to eat squirrels! I dunno what would be sick about this thread?
    Kind of an inside joke.
    Ken thinks of squirrels as pets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by your_comforting_company View Post
    I'm confused. I like to eat squirrels! I dunno what would be sick about this thread?

    Eat this instead. It tastes exactly like squirrel.

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    Squirrel doesn't start around here, until Oct. 1st.
    I sure hope it cools off a bunch, before then.
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    Ken thinks of squirrels as pets.
    lol. pets.

    next thing you know people will have pet chickens, and birds, and fish, and pet pigs...

    ...oh wait...

    i'm getting hungry
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    Quote Originally Posted by your_comforting_company View Post
    So what do you guys do? Lets hear all about it and include pics if you can!
    I do this:


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    Since you seem to prefer primitive you may want to try bow and arrow using blunt tips. That would save the hide if you are tanning them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken View Post
    Eat this instead. It tastes exactly like squirrel.

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    MMMM, beer butt chicken.

    I normally use a .22 for squirrel. Where I hunt, I don't have to worry about neighbors (My friend owns the entire valley, and no one lives there). I have been known to use a box, stick, and string on occasion though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aflineman View Post
    I normally use a .22 for squirrel.
    Et tu, aflineman?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken View Post
    Et tu, aflineman?
    I normally don't shoot the Grays. The ones that live in the ground though, they are fair game. They mess up the cows and the equipment with all of their holes.
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