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Old October 7th, 2021, 07:21 AM #1
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What Do Use To Hunt Squirrels

What do you use to hunt squirrels a shot gun or 22?

When I got stationed in Louisiana and went squirrel hunting I got laughed at. However, at the end of the day I was the only one with his limit of 10 and the only one using a 22.

I did use a 410 one time but hated picking out the pellets and almost breaking a tooth on the one I missed. After that I always used a 22.
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Old October 7th, 2021, 07:24 AM #2
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When I take the boys, I have one carrying a .22 for the squirrels trying hide and are sitting still and the other one carry’s a .410 for the ones on the move.

I have shot many with a 20 ga while bird hinting and don’t typically have to hard of a time with lead shot.


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What do you use to hunt squirrels a shot gun or 22?

When I got stationed in Louisiana and went squirrel hunting I got laughed at. However, at the end of the day I was the only one with his limit of 10 and the only one using a 22.

I did use a 410 one time but hated picking out the pellets and almost breaking a tooth on the one I missed. After that I always used a 22.
My selection varies on the season and squirrel behavior. If feeling the need to absolutely make a harvest rather than just walk in the woods, in early September when they are rarely on the ground - 20 Ga. 22lr as soon as they go into gathering mode and are frequently on the ground. My preference is the 22 overall though as dressing is usually cleaner and no shot needs to be picked out of the meat.
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22 generally. If the foliage is still thick a 410 or 12ga depending on my mood and circumstances. I plan to finally start taking my kids next season squirrel hunting at which time both will be brought along. Nice to have options.

Also I mostly agree I dislike picking out the pellets. That said, I've only killed and eaten about a half a dozen squirrels or so, mostly with a 22. So you can't really call me an expert (only been squirrel hunting a few times).
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What do you use to hunt squirrels a shot gun or 22?

When I got stationed in Louisiana and went squirrel hunting I got laughed at. However, at the end of the day I was the only one with his limit of 10 and the only one using a 22.

I did use a 410 one time but hated picking out the pellets and almost breaking a tooth on the one I missed. After that I always used a 22.
.22 LR or .25 air rifle.
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I haven't shot my .410 bolt action single shot in many years. But that Mossberg was my first gun, and I killed more squirrels with that little shotgun as a kid than I've killed with anything I've owned since.

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Call me strange, but the sound of a missed shotgun pellet hitting the dinner plate brings back warm and fond memories for me.
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