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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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    From the Krag a little while ago.....

    From the bench at 40yds with 104° "Summer Breeze."
    The targ-dot is 4"- so I'll call it a 2" group.
    Too far away for me and iron sights on a squirrels noggin, though.
    Eyesight, not accuracy is the reason.

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    Gotta wonder is my .22 is good enough...

    Best I've done with it at 50 yards is 5 in .091"
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    Nope Dan, that'll never do.......
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    I'm lazy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rapier View Post
    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
    I hate squirrels, they eat fruit and nuts off my orchard trees and will chew domestic things causing damage.
    I see you are in Northwest Florida and so am I, please send that owl over my way:
    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.
    I use a cz452 with timney trigger and CCI segmented quiet loads out the kitchen window toward an ear of corn stuck onto a live oak. What happens on my acreage stays on it.
    CB caps are a little too short, not reaching the lands and are not accurate enough for me. I prefer head shots, but with the 40 grain segmented projectiles at 710 fps, any solid torso hit is lethal. I do not want the squirrels wandering off to die and having the dogs fight over who gets to keep it.
    And do I have repeat that I hate squirrels.

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    Get in line brother; they're worse than Coon's when the Corn starts to fill. I've lost about 75% of my crop to those Tree Rats already and I'm getting ready to wander down to the Garden now.

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    49 days till they open in NH [for grays]

    As for crop damage NOW by licensed WCO's or if you can prove it to the CO of the state.

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    As a kid, my father would hand me the 410 single shot with five shells…I had to get five squirrels with those five shells. Really helped to learn the fundamentals of hunting, getting close enough (stalking skills) to your prey and getting it with one shot (marksmanship)…extra around the house work was required if I used five shells but returned with less than five critters!

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    Have a blueberry bush in the edge of my orchard about 75 ft from my computer room window. Saw the limbs of the blueberry bush shaking, thought must be a bird. Looked a little closer and the squirrels have discovered my ripe blueberries. Have run as many as four out of it at one time. Blue berry bush has been here for several years , this is the first year the squirrels have started eating them. They have eaten all my peaches and now have gone after my blueberries. Let my granddaughters dog out to chase them away [keeping her dog while she is deployed overseas]. They just keep coming back so will probably have blueberry fed squirrel when hunting season opens this year.

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    My dad & grandfather both would count my .22 rounds & my cousins before we left hunting skwirls & rabbits. Came back one time & didn't fire a shot, they met us on the front porch & my dad asked why they never heard a shot? My Gr-father followed up with, They were afraid they might miss, one shot one kill, Then they both just chuckled.

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    Squirrel season opened this morning here in Illinois and i cant go.. I have dodged the virus for 2 and a half years and it has finally got me. Sucks. I am sick as a poisoned dog. On a better note I plan on shooting my no.3 ruger in .223 with those 44 grain lyman and greendot that my Buddy Woody sold me.............................Curdog

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    Quote Originally Posted by Retumbo View Post
    I'm lazy.

    110 conibear has 13 notches on it in the last month
    Can you describe the set you use for us. Thanks

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    This morning I ended this one's corn addiction. Fat little sucker, Wife and I have supper lined up!

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    [QUOTE=Texas by God;5440064]This morning I ended this one's corn addiction. Fat little sucker, Wife and I have supper lined up!

    Good to see the Krag do what you desired it to accomplish when starting this thread. Keep us updated with your ongoing forays with this rifle/cartridge combination and the squirrels it brings out of the trees.

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    Thanks Christopher0,
    And thanks for the story and pics- so pretty there.

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