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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnch View Post
    Ohio has some strange hunting rules
    For Deer I can use Slugs , Black Powder rifle or Shotgun , Straight wall pistol ammo 357 Mag and larger ( 45/70 is OK ) and The same in rifles

    But I can hunt Squirrel with a 50 BMG rifle as long as I do it safely ....Not sure I want a bunch of people hunting Squirrel with big rifles
    Also unless they changed the rules , I can hunt deer with a handgun on public land , But hunting Squirrel with a handgun was against the rules ...I had a Warden warn me that my 10" Ruger Mk2 was not legal to hunt Squirrel ... but OK if I was hunting Coon

    But I am thinking of working up some Mouse Fart loads for my 308 and trying it

    Just to watch people run LOL

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    Hey John,

    I have the occasion to enforce the hunting laws. I looked through the ODNR rules and regs and can't find anything limiting you from using a 22LR handgun for squirrel. The only quirk would be on State Park areas where they have different rules. So I think your game warden was misinformed or they changed the rule since you had contact with him. You can check the 2018-2019 hunting regs online from ODNR, but I can't find it and I've hunted squirrel with my Ruger MKII, no problems.

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    My main squirrel rifle now is a Savage 219 in .22 Hornet. A 45 grain cast and two grains of Bullseye is better than a .22 LR and anchors these big fox squirrels we have with authority. Fairly quiet too.

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    Pretty good start to my Saturday. 1894 CB, .32 S&W Long, 2.8 grains of Green Dot, 325 Saeco. Click image for larger version. 

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    Nice!

    I used a little H&R in .30-30 with what I believe to be the Lee 113 grain soup can and five grains of Clays, which were some of my Dad's handloads.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lawdog941 View Post
    Hey John,

    I have the occasion to enforce the hunting laws. I looked through the ODNR rules and regs and can't find anything limiting you from using a 22LR handgun for squirrel. The only quirk would be on State Park areas where they have different rules. So I think your game warden was misinformed or they changed the rule since you had contact with him. You can check the 2018-2019 hunting regs online from ODNR, but I can't find it and I've hunted squirrel with my Ruger MKII, no problems.

    Mike
    The rules may have changed
    As thinking back , it had to be about 20 years back when I was told that

    John
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    I am glad I am not the only one hunting squirrels with other small cal. rifles

    I got 3 more this morning before church

    That brings the total squirrels to 8 and 1 ground hog
    IMO good 22 lr. would have cost me more than the 32 S&W Long reloads , LOL I always use Eley Standard .... Just the cheap stuff ... well I am to cheap for the good stuff

    John
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    I lined a Maynard barrel and chambered it in 32 S&W Long. It is 26" long. I bought a 100 grain mold from Accurate molds and load it with 3.0 grains of unique. I don't know the velocity but it is subsonic. It shoots well and I should take it for some of those fox squirrels.

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    Always fun hunting those little punks. Its not a firearm but I was planning on trying to whack a few with a long bow next week


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    I always thought that Lee 93 gr. SWC over 3.2 gr. BE in any .30 or .32 cal rifle would make a great squirrel getter, but I've never harvested one with that load. Using airguns this year. I used to use a .223 cast (the rcbs flatnose 55 grain over 4 gr. BE). Kind of amusing hunting squirrels with an AR, but it worked

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    John, will you eat the woodchuck? I tried this year but I think I hung it too long and it was a little rancid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boolseye View Post
    John, will you eat the woodchuck? I tried this year but I think I hung it too long and it was a little rancid.
    Fix it just like you would rabbit or tree rat.

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    Cool thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boolseye View Post
    John, will you eat the woodchuck? I tried this year but I think I hung it too long and it was a little rancid.
    Also a older groundhog isn't the best eating
    I do eat young of the year groundhogs
    But in late summer or fall

    But a warning , in the fall groundhogs get a LOT of fat on them
    So I try and remove as much as I can
    Split end to end , a young of the year is great on the BBQ grill

    John
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    I went by a cookbook that recommended hanging them for a day or two and then putting them
    in salt water for another day-all I did was wreck it. Next time skin it and into the freezer like a squirrel.


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    I made Brunswick Stew with the one and only groundhog I killed. Turned out well.
    You can miss fast & you can miss a lot, but only hits count.

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    Quote Originally Posted by richhodg66 View Post
    Nice!

    I used a little H&R in .30-30 with what I believe to be the Lee 113 grain soup can and five grains of Clays, which were some of my Dad's handloads.
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    I know its an old post, but dang! That squirrel's a monster.

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