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I live in NC and my girlfriend has a house at the beach.
It's fall break on Monday and Tuesday and squirrel season opens Monday =)

This will be my first time hunting anything.
I'm so excited.
I'll be going out to the Croatan game lands in Carteret county.

I plan on getting to the game lands around 9am and just walking 200 yards into it and sitting down and just waiting for them to pop up.
I'll bring my 10/22 with Hogue stock and GM barrel and hopefully my scope will show up before I leave on Friday. If not I'll have to stop by Walmart and get a cheap one.

Do any of you have any tips that might be useful for anything related to squirrel hunting?
 

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Squirrel hunting is a great time and the 22 is just about perfect for the job! It doesn't take to long to get hooked either. Hollow points do alot of damage. Most of the time you can sit and wait and a 1/2 dozen will show up sooner or later. If you scout then you can expect to hear some chirp and or whiiiirrr, gladly giving your position away to the rest. Enjoy, and happy huntin'
 

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TAKE YOUR TIME AND AIM

I went out yesterday afternoon, 1pm, sun was out and bright.

I knew they would be sunning them selves. I walked in less than 50 feet and spotted one that I knew lives right there. He was moving throught tops and I shot off hand and quick :( Bad choice. First shot right through the back hips. :( Half meat gone. He managed to climb up rest of the way and inly shot half of his one shoulder, so I took another shot, hittings its mark knocking him clean out of the tree. When I got the base of the tree, i had ruined all but a 1/16 of the meat :( :( crap, Im still dissappointed in myself for that.
Second squirrel a black fast asleep on a big pine branch, I aim real close to his head, I aimed at his head cranked up the power to 7x and squeezed one off aiming at the side of his nose, figuring with wind and all that it would carry into the side of the head. CRACK, and he did 4 barrel rolls out of the tree :) Oh yea Nice shot nice squirrel. I get over there, and here I shot it straight through the nostrils, about a 1/16 of an inch from the nose and still infront of the eye. :( Still alive he took off running, wheezing, I followed up with a shot to the back of the head.

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If you get a good calm day to squirrel hunt it gets pretty easy. I just move real slow though a stand of trees that have nuts the squirrel like to feed on. Here in Ohio the we have lots of hickory, beech and oak trees. With the leaves still on the trees I just move slow and listen for bit of nuts and hulls falling from the trees. When I here the falling debre I start watch the tree tops. It seem that squirrel that are feeding in the tree tops seem pretty oblivious to anything I do. If there on the ground and they see me they disapear but if there feeding in the tree tops they pay me little attention.

I started hunting squirrels this season (started August 18 here in Ohio) using my Marlin 25MN in 22WMR shooting Remington 33gr V-Max and took four nice fox squirrels. The 22WMR is a bit to much gun. I was shooting at their heads but in 3 of 4 squirrels I hit shoulder too. Needless to say it did a number on the meat. I switched to my Ruger 10/22 shooting plan Federal Lighting 40gr solids. I got six squirrel in one afternoon and the 22LR are just perfect. I just shot for the upper body. The nice 40gr solids just punch a nice hole and dropped them every time, as long as I hit them above the diapham it seems to work.

I also have found that I can somewhat call a squirrels. Its tuff to explain but suck short burst of air between my teeth and tonge. I make a quite barking sounds. After locating squirrels I can use the barking to sometime get one to show himself for a shot. I have tried a store bought call without much luck.

Hope that helps a little. Good luck hunting squirrels and let us know how it goes.

mcb
 
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