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Brokennock 
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Brokennock
12-05-17 11:46 PM - Post#1655375    


These pics are from late September or so. I went out "squirreling" with my 20 gauge smooth rifle and premade shot cartridges of 1oz #5 lead shot. Wandered thru a state forest with a mix of old pines and mixed age Oaks and Hickories, with some ash, tulip poplar, some beeches, and a bunch of maple thrown in. Plenty of the little annoying red pine squirrels barking if I moved too quick through the pines, especially near old rock walls where they and the chipmunks watch eachother's backs. I think the greys use them as a diversion trying to get me to waste ammo. My distance vision isn't the greatest, but my peripheral is, and I pick up any movement within vision quickly. So my usual squirrel tactic is to not worry about being super stealthy, move quietly, but not stalking slow, and home in on movement or squirrel talk. When I hear a grey vocally protesting I move in on the sound then sit or stand against a tree and wait them out. Once they come back out to play or feed, bang. I had shot an average size squirrel and was moving along, trying to tune out the reds and chipmunks when I heard a grey and moved toward the sound, spotted him in a smallish maple as he climbed to safety. Conveniently a downed tree was against the maple so I sat there and waited. Sure enough I'd only had a few puffs of my pipe when I heard a grey barking really close. I searched all the trees it sounded like he should be in. I could not see him. Bark, bark, bark, he kept up his protest. Finally I looked straight up the tree I was sitting against and there he be, part way down, head downward, above my head protesting this lump blocking his way to the ground. I brought the gun to full cock, stood, set the trigger as the muzzle lifted and buttplate came to shoulder, bang, tipped my face down and my color up to protect from the shot coming back down after reaching max height, and from falling squirrel, I heard the thump before the smoke cleared. Just glad I looked up before he decided to force his way through. Honestly if I had a better look at him, I wouldn't have shot, small for a grey, and plenty more. That shot also set off 4 barred owls, very close by, to hooting like mad. I cleared the area and made my way to more quiet hardwoods for the last hour of light. 2 more shots, yes, one miss, but not enough light for more pics.









 
Britsmoothy 
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12-06-17 12:05 AM - Post#1655376    

    In response to Brokennock

Good for you
Lovely shooting iron.

B.

 
Spence10 
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12-06-17 12:12 AM - Post#1655377    

    In response to Britsmoothy

Nice pictures.

That's an interesting game bag.

Spence

 
Brokennock 
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Brokennock
12-06-17 12:32 AM - Post#1655378    

    In response to Spence10

The game bag was made of some bulk fishnet sold for decoration or for attaching burlap and such to make 3d camo. I cut a rectangle of it and folded the bottom up, leaving about an 8th of the length at the top to flop over as a top flap. Closed the edges with a series of knots, then applied ties to the upper corners at the base of the flap. These ties are used to attach the bag to my oil cloth shoulder bag when game is taken. It resides rolled up in the shoulder bag til then. Certainly not fancy, but very functional.

 
Wes/Tex 
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Wes/Tex
12-06-17 12:32 AM - Post#1655379    

    In response to Brokennock

Jut remember the younger the more tender! Good job by the way. Like the game bag too...reminds me an old gentleman I knew as a boy. He wove cast nets and had made the boarding nets the Navy used during WWII. He'd be sitting there running his shuttle and I'd ask...
"What are you doing Mr. Byrce?"
"Oh, just catching holes and tying them together!"

 
Brokennock 
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Brokennock
12-06-17 12:55 AM - Post#1655380    

    In response to Wes/Tex

Ha haaaa! Great answer. I've made a few nets. Just didn't have the patience for it for this project. Net making is one of those skills I'm glad I know, but rarely practice, and have no desire to make a hobby of. The gentleman who taught me how loves it and it's one of his more practiced hobbies.

 
Britsmoothy 
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12-06-17 06:36 AM - Post#1655394    

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  • Wes/Tex Said:
Jut remember the younger the more tender! Good job by the way. Like the game bag too...reminds me an old gentleman I knew as a boy. He wove cast nets and had made the boarding nets the Navy used during WWII. He'd be sitting there running his shuttle and I'd ask...
"What are you doing Mr. Byrce?"
"Oh, just catching holes and tying them together!"




B.

 
Spikebuck 
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12-06-17 06:59 AM - Post#1655397    

    In response to Brokennock

Great story and pictures.

I hunt squirrels the same way you describe, moving along slowly, then honing in on barking or one that is seen. I carry a squirrel call and if it's a slow day, I can sometimes get one barking if I use the call.
"In a land painted by our Maker's hand, teeming with wildlife, where but here can a man know such freedom" Primal Dreams


 
Brokennock 
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Brokennock
12-06-17 11:05 AM - Post#1655436    

    In response to Spikebuck

Does the call sound like a squirrel or like something else that gets them barking? I seem to recall seeing one in a store, many years ago, and not really paying it any mind.

 
Jay54 
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12-06-17 11:11 AM - Post#1655438    

    In response to Brokennock

That is a nice rifle. Squirrel is good eating too.

 
Deputy Dog 
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12-06-17 12:56 PM - Post#1655453    

    In response to Brokennock

Congratulations on a successful hunt and a well told story of it. Your load is identical to what I use. One ounce of #5's is the right medicine in a 20ga both traditional and modern. Thank you for sharing. Keep yer powder dry.......robin

 
hanshi 
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12-06-17 06:17 PM - Post#1655498    

    In response to Brokennock

The small ones are the tenderest; not tough like the big, old ones. Nice gun, too.

 
Spikebuck 
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12-07-17 10:28 AM - Post#1655640    

    In response to Brokennock

  • Brokennock Said:
Does the call sound like a squirrel or like something else that gets them barking? I seem to recall seeing one in a store, many years ago, and not really paying it any mind.


Mine has a "barker" and also a "Squeeker". Both to imitate the sound of a real squirrel.
"In a land painted by our Maker's hand, teeming with wildlife, where but here can a man know such freedom" Primal Dreams


 
hanshi 
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12-07-17 01:56 PM - Post#1655670    

    In response to Spikebuck

Spikebuck, I get success by making the sounds of a nut in distress.

 
Wes/Tex 
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Wes/Tex
12-07-17 04:52 PM - Post#1655706    

    In response to hanshi

And rabbits by making carrot in heat sounds?

 
hanshi 
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12-07-17 05:48 PM - Post#1655717    

    In response to Wes/Tex

  • Wes/Tex Said:
And rabbits by making carrot in heat sounds?





That's right; how'd you know I did that?


 
Wes/Tex 
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12-07-17 09:04 PM - Post#1655743    

    In response to hanshi

  • hanshi Said:

That's right; how'd you know I did that?



Santa knows everything!

https://i.ytimg.com/vi/ro8xEvYLR_Q/maxresdefault.jpg

 
Wes/Tex 
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12-07-17 11:11 PM - Post#1655753    

    In response to Brokennock

Just remember that when you're vertically ambushing, there's other critters up them trees! For the younger posters who probably never heard of him...Jerry Clower and the 'Coon Hunt'.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-AX9QoFhEhI&feature=shar...

 
Spikebuck 
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12-08-17 01:47 PM - Post#1655839    

    In response to hanshi

  • hanshi Said:
Spikebuck, I get success by making the sounds of a nut in distress.



If a nut is "nuts" does that mean he's cracking up?

On the serious side, hasn't someone on this forum mentioned rubbing two walnuts together, or some such thing, to imitate a squirrel chewing on a nut for calling them?
"In a land painted by our Maker's hand, teeming with wildlife, where but here can a man know such freedom" Primal Dreams


 
Wes/Tex 
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12-08-17 01:50 PM - Post#1655841    

    In response to Spikebuck

Seen 'rattling' for bucks but never 'scraping' for squirrels!

 
hanshi 
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12-08-17 05:25 PM - Post#1655895    

    In response to Wes/Tex

My apologies, Santa.

My Christmas list will be mailed soon; I've been good.....uh, in a relative sense.

 
Brokennock 
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Brokennock
12-08-17 09:00 PM - Post#1655937    

    In response to Spikebuck

I do seem to recall someone posting about the walnut hulls.

 
fur trapper 
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fur trapper
12-09-17 09:25 PM - Post#1656103    

    In response to Brokennock

great pictures! ..cant beat a great day in the woods chasing tree rats

 
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