From Maine to Mississippi, Kentucky to California, squirrels can be found. Such an abundance of small-game opportunities yields plenty of seasonal hunting opportunities.
Depending on where you live, some locations have late spring, summer, early fall, late fall and even winter squirrel seasons.
Check out your state’s hunting regulations and give squirrel hunting a try.
When somebody tells me squirrels aren’t good to eat, the boy raised in north-central Pennsylvania’s upper-Appalachia region speaks up. Not only are they good to eat, you’d be hard-pressed not to find a wild-game cookbook including a good bushtytail recipe or two.
Squirrel Cleaning Video Tip
Thats right they are easy to clean and if using the Koonts Skinner it makes it more simple and clean.
To hunt squirrels well, you need to employ stealth. Still-hunting and stand-hunting tactics can be developed in youth hunters, again, with such high squirrel numbers available to them.
Other hunting skills include: Gun safety. Marksmanship. From field-to-table insights.
Intangible stuff: Patience. Watching the world wake up around you. Camaraderie.
What’s not to like about squirrel hunting?
Want an opportunity at a deer or turkey? Chances are you’re going to have to put in some time. And that’s cool. That’s okay.
But squirrel hunting often involves more action than whitetails and wild turkeys. That’s great for kids, as implied in the previous section, both as a teaching tool and pure hunting pleasure. You can even hunt squirrels with dogs. Feists are a popular breed.
Walk into a hardwoods full of hickories and oaks. Have a sit. Enjoy the rustle of painted fall leaves and the chill in the air. Take a deep breath.
Didn’t see any squirrels on your way in? Chances are they saw you. Now sit some more. Watch those trees for movement; a flicker of gray tail. Listen for a squirrel cutting nuts as shells rain to the forest floor.
Okay, game on. That squirrel is descending the big hickory, claws scratching bark as it corkscrews down out of leafy cover and into range.
Feel your heartbeat start thrumming even more? Good. That’s the idea.
Whether you’re 50 or 15 years old, hunting squirrels will do that to you.