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Old 12-18-2018, 06:00 PM
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A great day hunting is sometimes just enjoying the time in the woods. Nice rig you have there as well.
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Old 12-19-2018, 09:46 AM
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Took my new build out on its first hunt, started with a double and tagged one more before I left. Remington 581 action, Green Mountain barrel blank I profiled and chambered and put everything in a SA 141 stock I modified and refinished. Scope is a Scheels 6-18 that I picked up on sale, just love this set-up.
I am always in awe of people who can take a barrel or stock blank and work the magic that results in an awesome rifle. I can do modifications on a stock, but have never attempted starting from a blank. Your rifle looks impressive!

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Old 12-19-2018, 09:54 AM
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Somedays those rodents just don't want to cooperate and today was one of them. My buddy managed one and I got skunked.
We had two days of non-cooperation this week. Went to three of our favorite squirrel hunting spots in the mountains of N. AR. Found two of the spots in a complete mess with the forest service "management" of the area. The squirrels have vacated those sites. Didn't see the first one. Saw some squirrels in the third site that hasn't been managed yet. Only got one.

I really wish the AR forestry service would refrain from "managing" every square inch of public land.
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Old 12-19-2018, 01:46 PM
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Somedays those rodents just don't want to cooperate and today was one of them. My buddy managed one and I got skunked.

Made up for it with some DuClaw Brewing Dirty Little Freak:



For a snack it was Boar's Head Piccante Dry Sausage and Dubliner Cheese Wedges:



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Id like to go hunt with you guys for the food afterwards!!!
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Old 12-21-2018, 06:47 PM
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Merry Christmas to all my limb chicken eating, rimfire shooting, amigos of the woods. May your days be merry and bright and your family be where you can hug them.
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How does the full moon affect hunting? The squirrels were all hopping around like crazy yesterday around here. But I wasn't hunting, just walking in the woods.
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How does the full moon affect hunting? The squirrels were all hopping around like crazy yesterday around here. But I wasn't hunting, just walking in the woods.
It can shorten daylight feeding in the warmer months. I have gone to the woods of an early morning and had It raining acorn hulls before it ever got close to time to shoot and when the sun came up they all hit the road.
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Old 12-23-2018, 09:17 AM
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How does the full moon affect hunting? The squirrels were all hopping around like crazy yesterday around here. But I wasn't hunting, just walking in the woods.
Funny you mention this now. Friday afternoon this place was working alive with Squirrels. They were mostly on the ground and the later it got, the more activity there was. Friday night's big moon and clear sky here was really having it's effect on display for a good show.

I know the effects on hunting varies, but the effect on game and wildlife in general is definitely obvious.
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Old 12-23-2018, 09:54 AM
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It can shorten daylight feeding in the warmer months. I have gone to the woods of an early morning and had It raining acorn hulls before it ever got close to time to shoot and when the sun came up they all hit the road.
I'm pretty sure that is what happened. By the time the sun came up the rodents were done for the day.
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It can shorten daylight feeding in the warmer months. I have gone to the woods of an early morning and had It raining acorn hulls before it ever got close to time to shoot and when the sun came up they all hit the road.
So, the little bugger are up all night and can't be bother to make a showing when decent people are up and about?

More seriously, I have noticed squirrels on the trail cams after dark and it always surprised me. Never thought of them as nocturnal.
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While coon huntin with a full moon, have treed several squirrels.
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So, the little bugger are up all night and can't be bother to make a showing when decent people are up and about?

More seriously, I have noticed squirrels on the trail cams after dark and it always surprised me. Never thought of them as nocturnal.
Flying squirrels perhaps?
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