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Barking Up Bushytails

Barking Up Bushytails

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from 129cbrider wrote 1 year 9 weeks ago

Plott's Hounds (now called Plott Hound by the AKC) are good treeing dogs and you can train them to hunt different animals from bears, which they were originally bred to do, to squirrels, hogs, cats and especially coons which they like to match wits with.

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from BlueMNguy wrote 1 year 14 weeks ago

If we hunt with two people for squirrels, one of us has a .22 rifle and the other person has a shotgun. Many times squirrels will run from one tree to another and the only way to stop them before they run into a hole in the tree is with a shotgun. Walking through the woods, one might not see many squirrels. But there are more squirrels there than one realizes. When I deer hunt, I usually have 5-6 squirrels in and around my deer stand. People who say squirrels don't hide or try to be elusive have never hunted squirrels. When hunting alone, it is nice to have a dog barking on the other side of the tree so the squirrel comes around to the hunter's side.

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from afigueiredo2 wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

I absolutely love squirrel hunting! When I was being brought out to hunt and being taught about hunting all different types of game I was told that squirrel hunting was a right of passage before you can hunt anything else because they will test your ability to think on your feet and I completely agree with that.

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from Russ Wier wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

When I was young, we lived in a small town, we used to walk out to a relation on the farm, he had a huge pecan grove of mature trees. He also had a shepard mix farm dog that loved to tree squirrels for us.As soon as he saw us coming he would come and tree squirrels for us. This was about as much fun as the coon hunting I did!

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from Michael Edwards wrote 2 years 44 weeks ago

Never really used a squirrel dog, but i was given a small boxer one time. It was not long before I realized I had a great squirell dog. Unfortunately I had to get rid of him but his most fun was treeing. I ocassionaly hunt a small section of woods for squirrel and rabbits. I have a pack of 4 beagles currently and all one of them are great rabbit dogs.

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from Coastal-Coyote wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

I need to look into getting another Mountain Fiest puppy! When I was younger I got a pup free from a friend; he's an ornery thing, and loves trailing deer more than treeing squirrels. He'd just assume to catch them than to tree them!
I can attest to the fact that Treeing Fiests make all-around great hunting dogs. They're as smart as they come, love to please, and are excellent hunters. I've used my own four-legged friend to trail deer and hogs, hunt for dove, and, though I haven't tried hunting raccoons with him, he has treed them and opossums that eat the acorns off of the live oaks around my house.
Though I've never been a huge fan of squirrel hunting- all of the squirrels I've ever tried killing have been generally unresponsive to my presence and have never tried to hide, despite being miles away from backyards and bird feeders- I do love squirrel hunting dogs. If you're reading this, what are you waiting for- go out and get one already!

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from curman450 wrote 3 years 15 weeks ago

Obviously Web7 has never squirrel hunted with a dog nor seen how fast a gray squirrel can timber out or find a hole.

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from Catpool9 wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

Squrriel hunting is a most enjoyable sport, with or without a dog, my Daddy started me out squirrel hunting the bottoms of South Arkansas along the Saline river, where Felsenthal NWR is now, very remote, truely God's Country!

That was over forty years ago, I now have a rat terrier that was given to me from a fellow hunter, the pup treed his first squirrel at 5 months, he has turned out to be a natural at it, and is no doubt my favorite hunter partner!

David H.

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from CDN420 wrote 3 years 35 weeks ago

I have a Treeing fiest that I use for bushytails. I got Trigger when he was a pup for 20 dollars. I raised and trained one HECK of a hunter. I have hunted squirrels, coons, and rabbits whith him. When treeed a Bushytail does not just sit in a tree and wait for you to kill them. I have had them jump from a treetop hit the ground running and then right up another tree. short and simple he is my buddy, And there is nothing better then going hunting whit your buddy...

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from turkey777 wrote 4 years 6 weeks ago

I've never tried squirrel hunting with a dog.

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from clint02 wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

I have hunted squirrels, coons, hogs, quail, dove, pheasant, ducks, and geese all with dogs and have plans to go out west and hunt mountain lion and black bear in the near future. Anyone that says hunting with dogs is not sporting has simple never done it. It is an exciting, fast paced, time honored tradition that needs to be preserved. If fellow hunters do not band together we will not be able to hunt with or without dogs in the future.

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from Taylor Pommier wrote 4 years 30 weeks ago

i never been squirell hunting but i absolutley love praire dog hunting. its a bawl! get it?

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from Mary Ann Staples wrote 4 years 37 weeks ago

I think it's great that young boys and girls!,get a chance to hunt under the supervision of an expert and experienced hunter such as Jim Rhea. What a wonderful opportunity for those 4 boys!!

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from hunterkid546 wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

i have been hunting coon for 13 years ive hunted squirrel just as long and you dont need dogs to hunt squirrels but it would be a task to hunt coon without um i think dogs for squirrels just takes the fun out of it

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from OHPERK wrote 4 years 46 weeks ago

I have been involved wih coon hounds over forty years, I have hunted bear behind a pack of hounds. Hunting squirrels with dogs is different I started hunting with Mt Fiest three years ago. To state that hunting with dogs is easy? I personaly can harvest more squirrels by sitting down in the woods and waiting. As tgb states it is the raising and trainng of the dogs, plus young hunters like walking in the woods, they will get bored setting. Keep it interesting.

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from bighunter wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

my sqirrels keep blowen up with the power line to

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from Hubb wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

I would have to disagree with Web7 squirrels are so much more elusive than coon. You get to the tree and they might already be fleeing or if you shoot and miss once they will run and jump trees to get to hole which they usually find. Coon are usually in the tree motionless. Well in the tree with the dog that I have. Some dogs don't find them as much which might make them seem hard to tree but squirrels are much harder because they jump on every tree as the run through the woods. This is why a squirrel dog gets a lot of slick trees.

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from squirrelhunter wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

Just yesterday I shot into a squirrel nest and a squirrel came flying out I did it to the same squirrel two days in a row. P.S. the first shot did'nt kill him.

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from squirrelhunter wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

I coon hunt and I love the sound of the dogs. Once we shot a coon and it weighed about 20 pounds my dad and my grandpa made me carrie it out of the woods and the dogs kept trying to take it from me!

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from squirrelhunter wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

I love hunting squirrels. But I use a pellet gun . they keep on blowing theirselves up on the power line.

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from PSEforme wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

I can hit small game with my PSE or .22 do you really need a shot gun o and I don`t need a dog. but I am glad you are getting kids outdoors I wish my Dad would more

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from tgb wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

I commend Mr. Jim Rhea for introducing these future hunters to the enjoyment of hunting with a dog. There is alot of satisfaction and pride in raising and training a good hunting dog. It doesn't matter what type game you hunt; there is a special bond between a hunter and his dogs. I am sure that it was an experience that these kids will talk about when they are old men.(Keep our traditions alive, take time to introduce kids and friends to hunting in a positive way)

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from buckgirl043 wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

it's not that hard to get vermin at my house my dog who is a mut a stray that walked up our drivway when i was 3 got two chipmonks in 2 days he was on his tieout to also he's only a foot and a half high and 9 years old.i just about hit a bush tail with my bow from about 30 feet and i'm a begginer only had my bow about a month.i wouldent need a dog to get a bushy tail.

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from Web7 wrote 5 years 13 weeks ago

I don't like to hunt squirrells with a dog because they climb a tree and just sit there and let you shoot them.I also do not beleive in hunting bear or cougar with dogs because if you miss than you can just shoot again. I do beleive in huntin rabbits,coons,and birds with dogs because rabbits have holes that they can dive in and birds can fly away and coons are very good at escaping dogs and they can have holes in trees that they can hide in.

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from tgb wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

I commend Mr. Jim Rhea for introducing these future hunters to the enjoyment of hunting with a dog. There is alot of satisfaction and pride in raising and training a good hunting dog. It doesn't matter what type game you hunt; there is a special bond between a hunter and his dogs. I am sure that it was an experience that these kids will talk about when they are old men.(Keep our traditions alive, take time to introduce kids and friends to hunting in a positive way)

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from Hubb wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

I would have to disagree with Web7 squirrels are so much more elusive than coon. You get to the tree and they might already be fleeing or if you shoot and miss once they will run and jump trees to get to hole which they usually find. Coon are usually in the tree motionless. Well in the tree with the dog that I have. Some dogs don't find them as much which might make them seem hard to tree but squirrels are much harder because they jump on every tree as the run through the woods. This is why a squirrel dog gets a lot of slick trees.

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from clint02 wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

I have hunted squirrels, coons, hogs, quail, dove, pheasant, ducks, and geese all with dogs and have plans to go out west and hunt mountain lion and black bear in the near future. Anyone that says hunting with dogs is not sporting has simple never done it. It is an exciting, fast paced, time honored tradition that needs to be preserved. If fellow hunters do not band together we will not be able to hunt with or without dogs in the future.

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from CDN420 wrote 3 years 35 weeks ago

I have a Treeing fiest that I use for bushytails. I got Trigger when he was a pup for 20 dollars. I raised and trained one HECK of a hunter. I have hunted squirrels, coons, and rabbits whith him. When treeed a Bushytail does not just sit in a tree and wait for you to kill them. I have had them jump from a treetop hit the ground running and then right up another tree. short and simple he is my buddy, And there is nothing better then going hunting whit your buddy...

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from squirrelhunter wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

I coon hunt and I love the sound of the dogs. Once we shot a coon and it weighed about 20 pounds my dad and my grandpa made me carrie it out of the woods and the dogs kept trying to take it from me!

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from bighunter wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

my sqirrels keep blowen up with the power line to

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from OHPERK wrote 4 years 46 weeks ago

I have been involved wih coon hounds over forty years, I have hunted bear behind a pack of hounds. Hunting squirrels with dogs is different I started hunting with Mt Fiest three years ago. To state that hunting with dogs is easy? I personaly can harvest more squirrels by sitting down in the woods and waiting. As tgb states it is the raising and trainng of the dogs, plus young hunters like walking in the woods, they will get bored setting. Keep it interesting.

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from curman450 wrote 3 years 15 weeks ago

Obviously Web7 has never squirrel hunted with a dog nor seen how fast a gray squirrel can timber out or find a hole.

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from PSEforme wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

I can hit small game with my PSE or .22 do you really need a shot gun o and I don`t need a dog. but I am glad you are getting kids outdoors I wish my Dad would more

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from Mary Ann Staples wrote 4 years 37 weeks ago

I think it's great that young boys and girls!,get a chance to hunt under the supervision of an expert and experienced hunter such as Jim Rhea. What a wonderful opportunity for those 4 boys!!

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from Taylor Pommier wrote 4 years 30 weeks ago

i never been squirell hunting but i absolutley love praire dog hunting. its a bawl! get it?

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from turkey777 wrote 4 years 6 weeks ago

I've never tried squirrel hunting with a dog.

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from Catpool9 wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

Squrriel hunting is a most enjoyable sport, with or without a dog, my Daddy started me out squirrel hunting the bottoms of South Arkansas along the Saline river, where Felsenthal NWR is now, very remote, truely God's Country!

That was over forty years ago, I now have a rat terrier that was given to me from a fellow hunter, the pup treed his first squirrel at 5 months, he has turned out to be a natural at it, and is no doubt my favorite hunter partner!

David H.

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from Michael Edwards wrote 2 years 44 weeks ago

Never really used a squirrel dog, but i was given a small boxer one time. It was not long before I realized I had a great squirell dog. Unfortunately I had to get rid of him but his most fun was treeing. I ocassionaly hunt a small section of woods for squirrel and rabbits. I have a pack of 4 beagles currently and all one of them are great rabbit dogs.

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from Russ Wier wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

When I was young, we lived in a small town, we used to walk out to a relation on the farm, he had a huge pecan grove of mature trees. He also had a shepard mix farm dog that loved to tree squirrels for us.As soon as he saw us coming he would come and tree squirrels for us. This was about as much fun as the coon hunting I did!

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from afigueiredo2 wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

I absolutely love squirrel hunting! When I was being brought out to hunt and being taught about hunting all different types of game I was told that squirrel hunting was a right of passage before you can hunt anything else because they will test your ability to think on your feet and I completely agree with that.

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from BlueMNguy wrote 1 year 14 weeks ago

If we hunt with two people for squirrels, one of us has a .22 rifle and the other person has a shotgun. Many times squirrels will run from one tree to another and the only way to stop them before they run into a hole in the tree is with a shotgun. Walking through the woods, one might not see many squirrels. But there are more squirrels there than one realizes. When I deer hunt, I usually have 5-6 squirrels in and around my deer stand. People who say squirrels don't hide or try to be elusive have never hunted squirrels. When hunting alone, it is nice to have a dog barking on the other side of the tree so the squirrel comes around to the hunter's side.

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from squirrelhunter wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

I love hunting squirrels. But I use a pellet gun . they keep on blowing theirselves up on the power line.

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from hunterkid546 wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

i have been hunting coon for 13 years ive hunted squirrel just as long and you dont need dogs to hunt squirrels but it would be a task to hunt coon without um i think dogs for squirrels just takes the fun out of it

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from 129cbrider wrote 1 year 9 weeks ago

Plott's Hounds (now called Plott Hound by the AKC) are good treeing dogs and you can train them to hunt different animals from bears, which they were originally bred to do, to squirrels, hogs, cats and especially coons which they like to match wits with.

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from Coastal-Coyote wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

I need to look into getting another Mountain Fiest puppy! When I was younger I got a pup free from a friend; he's an ornery thing, and loves trailing deer more than treeing squirrels. He'd just assume to catch them than to tree them!
I can attest to the fact that Treeing Fiests make all-around great hunting dogs. They're as smart as they come, love to please, and are excellent hunters. I've used my own four-legged friend to trail deer and hogs, hunt for dove, and, though I haven't tried hunting raccoons with him, he has treed them and opossums that eat the acorns off of the live oaks around my house.
Though I've never been a huge fan of squirrel hunting- all of the squirrels I've ever tried killing have been generally unresponsive to my presence and have never tried to hide, despite being miles away from backyards and bird feeders- I do love squirrel hunting dogs. If you're reading this, what are you waiting for- go out and get one already!

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from buckgirl043 wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

it's not that hard to get vermin at my house my dog who is a mut a stray that walked up our drivway when i was 3 got two chipmonks in 2 days he was on his tieout to also he's only a foot and a half high and 9 years old.i just about hit a bush tail with my bow from about 30 feet and i'm a begginer only had my bow about a month.i wouldent need a dog to get a bushy tail.

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from squirrelhunter wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

Just yesterday I shot into a squirrel nest and a squirrel came flying out I did it to the same squirrel two days in a row. P.S. the first shot did'nt kill him.

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from Web7 wrote 5 years 13 weeks ago

I don't like to hunt squirrells with a dog because they climb a tree and just sit there and let you shoot them.I also do not beleive in hunting bear or cougar with dogs because if you miss than you can just shoot again. I do beleive in huntin rabbits,coons,and birds with dogs because rabbits have holes that they can dive in and birds can fly away and coons are very good at escaping dogs and they can have holes in trees that they can hide in.

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