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    I have not hunted bushy tails in a while, we have ton of them on the place this year. The fox squirrels are hunted hard by the red hawks and great horned owls. We have one very large owl that comes at about 5 PM every afternoon and lands out front in the grass at the edge of the trees and just stands there, watching for squirrels. It is near 3’ tall, a big owl, and will fly just above the ground through the trees, very slick hunter.
    My favorite squirrel hunting outfit is a US Special Forces Leopard suit. They needed one for the West Point Museum, so I gave mine to the curator. Apparently they are pretty rare. Just like the tiger stripe, they are hand dyed, except they are a kaki with several shades of brown spots about 1 inch with some red spots. The green grey and black tiger would work well for summer.
    I use a 22 LR 512 with a scope to head shoot squirrels. General gun starts 0ct 8
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    I loved to hunt fox squirrels on the Cumberland Plateau when I lived in Knoxville, TN. I once took my oldest daughter to hunt the state forest that is alongside the state line with Kentucky. We saw some interesting things that day, but no squirrels. On the way home, I took a wrong turn and ended up in Monticello, KY. Apparently they use the Appalachian method of signage; "If you don't already know how to get there, there is grave doubt that you should be there at all." Forever after, whenever I seemed to be turned around my daughter would ask, "Are we going to Kentucky, Dad?"

    PS: A friend who was from Conyers GA introduced me to .22 shorts in a rifle, and that was mostly what I used with my Rem Scoremaster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rapier View Post
    I use a 22 LR 512 with a scope to head shoot squirrels.
    Does anyone remember which one of that series of Remington bolt action .22s had the detachable box magazine? IIRC there was a single shot, a detachable mag, and a tubular mag version in that series. Anyhow, I killed my first squirrel with the detachable magazine version one cold Saturday afternoon in December of 1957, I had just turned 10 years old. Thanks for the memories, Rapier! Treetop
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    Quote Originally Posted by Treetop View Post
    Does anyone remember which one of that series of Remington bolt action .22s had the detachable box magazine? IIRC there was a single shot, a detachable mag, and a tubular mag version in that series. Anyhow, I killed my first squirrel with the detachable magazine version one cold Saturday afternoon in December of 1957, I had just turned 10 years old. Thanks for the memories, Rapier! Treetop
    There were several, my favorite was the 580/581/582 that looked like little 788s.

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    If it can be torn up or chewed up, the darn squirrels will tear it up or chew it up. Last year I started shooting them just for property preservation. This yer I'll take a few just to eat.

    We bought one of those "Droll Yankee" bird feeders late last year. The darn things are expensive...BUT....if you hang it as per their directions and keep the battery charged, they work and they cannot chew them up. The show the squirrels put on when thrown off them is just about worth the purchase price. That and what we save in bird seed probably paid for it the first year. Now they sit around on the ground and pick through what the birds drop.
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