If you encounter a squirrel on the ground beyond your shooting range, stay put and wait until it heads up a tree, and then stalk toward it. If the squirrel spots you and begins running, you can try a force play. To do this, sprint toward the animal to make it scramble up a tree. (Never do this with a loaded firearm.) A squirrel will commonly come to a halt high in the canopy, pressing itself tightly against the bark, and usually facing skyward. The animal now goes on the defense, astutely keeping the tree between you and its position.