Please Sign In

Please enter a valid username and password
  • Log in with Facebook
» Not a member? Take a moment to register
» Forgot Username or Password

Answers

Q:
i want to start squirrel hunting but i dont know everything i need what are a few things should get and some tips to start

from bryce on 12.29.12

Answers (6)

Top Rated
All Answers
from Bob Hansen wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Hi...

When you're moving...move VERY slowly. When you're sitting, keep your movements to a minimum.

I've never had the need to use a shotgun on squirrels. My favorite was a .22.

However, I might also suggest a .17 caliber air rifle, if you intend to use it for squirrels only (it will also take other small game. It's quieter, and will do almost anything a .22 will do...and at lower cost (usually, anyway).

The air rifle's cost will usually move up as the velocity of the projectile increases.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from schmakenzie wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

The best suited gun is a 20-gauge/.22 over and under. We like to hunt squirrels in Illinois from Jan. 20th to Feb 15, thats after bowhunting. We hunt them from several of our bowhunting treestands.

-1 Good Comment? | | Report
from JM wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

-Everyone else has covered it well.
-It can be a pain to skin them at times(especially if you let them cool down), so I would suggest that you skin/gut them right away until you find a method that works well for you.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from DSMbirddog wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

A 22 rifle or a shotgun with #6 shot, a sharp knife, and a plastic bag. Add some patience and you will have a good time. Read the other two posts for good advice. One last word of advice is always aim for the head, Wounded or gut shot squirrels usually get back in their holes before they die.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from huntfishtrap wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

You don't really even need camo, although it is best to do so. As long as you don't move too quickly and draw attention to yourself, you can get by with just wearing regular clothes in gray, brown, or other muted colors.
You can use most any .22 (use with caution in all but the most remote of areas), a shotgun of any gauge, or a powerful, accurate air rifle.
As far as tactics go, just find some woods that have squirrels (not hard to do in most parts of the country), walk into them early in the morning or late in the afternoon, preferably on a nice calm day, and sit down where you can see well. Then just let the squirrel movement tell you if/when you need to move, it's really that simple.
Good luck!

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from 4everAutumn wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

One of the great things about squirrel hunting is the fact that it doesn’t take much equipment. Pretty much any camo works and you can hunt them with about any gun you might already have. Any accurate .22 would be good for a challenge, although many people use shotguns. Find a good timber with nut trees and there will be squirrels. Any calm day is a great day to squirrel hunt.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report

Post an Answer (200 characters or less)

from DSMbirddog wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

A 22 rifle or a shotgun with #6 shot, a sharp knife, and a plastic bag. Add some patience and you will have a good time. Read the other two posts for good advice. One last word of advice is always aim for the head, Wounded or gut shot squirrels usually get back in their holes before they die.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from 4everAutumn wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

One of the great things about squirrel hunting is the fact that it doesn’t take much equipment. Pretty much any camo works and you can hunt them with about any gun you might already have. Any accurate .22 would be good for a challenge, although many people use shotguns. Find a good timber with nut trees and there will be squirrels. Any calm day is a great day to squirrel hunt.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from huntfishtrap wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

You don't really even need camo, although it is best to do so. As long as you don't move too quickly and draw attention to yourself, you can get by with just wearing regular clothes in gray, brown, or other muted colors.
You can use most any .22 (use with caution in all but the most remote of areas), a shotgun of any gauge, or a powerful, accurate air rifle.
As far as tactics go, just find some woods that have squirrels (not hard to do in most parts of the country), walk into them early in the morning or late in the afternoon, preferably on a nice calm day, and sit down where you can see well. Then just let the squirrel movement tell you if/when you need to move, it's really that simple.
Good luck!

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Bob Hansen wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Hi...

When you're moving...move VERY slowly. When you're sitting, keep your movements to a minimum.

I've never had the need to use a shotgun on squirrels. My favorite was a .22.

However, I might also suggest a .17 caliber air rifle, if you intend to use it for squirrels only (it will also take other small game. It's quieter, and will do almost anything a .22 will do...and at lower cost (usually, anyway).

The air rifle's cost will usually move up as the velocity of the projectile increases.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from JM wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

-Everyone else has covered it well.
-It can be a pain to skin them at times(especially if you let them cool down), so I would suggest that you skin/gut them right away until you find a method that works well for you.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from schmakenzie wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

The best suited gun is a 20-gauge/.22 over and under. We like to hunt squirrels in Illinois from Jan. 20th to Feb 15, thats after bowhunting. We hunt them from several of our bowhunting treestands.

-1 Good Comment? | | Report

Post an Answer (200 characters or less)

bmxbiz