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Deer Stand Squirrel Hunting #14273730 11/11/19
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Does anyone else sit in their deer stand and shoot squirrels after deer season?
I do and love it. Sitting in a comfortable box stand, thermos of coffee and a propane heater, it’s almost like cheating. Haha
I’ve watched the guys in England set up feeders and blinds just to shoot gray squirrels with their air rifles, I just use a suppressed Rimfire.
I’m actually thinking of buying a Vudoo 22 rifle just for it.

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Re: Deer Stand Squirrel Hunting [Re: BKS] #14274080 11/12/19
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The feeder idea isn't bad...they'll keep coming and coming. Got a guy here in town with a high dollar pellet gun, match pellets and a feeding station exactly 20 yards from his window.67 squirrels at last count...( they are considered an invasive specie here, with no protection.)


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I’ve killed 6 at a time, including a full albino at one sitting. It’s something to do w/o the phone ringing and people constantly talking. I love squirrel and dumplings too, haha.
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Re: Deer Stand Squirrel Hunting [Re: BKS] #14277153 11/13/19
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I kind of like them around because they liven up an otherwise pretty sterile woods. There was a time that I'd go in early and de-squirrel the areas where I deer hunted. Then I realized that being a squirrel is a pretty mundane existence and for them to see a deer coming is probably one of the highlights of their day and they are going to chatter and tell me about it. Squirrels are like an early warning system in my deer woods. Here at home they are welcome to eat all of the tens of thousands of maple seeds before all those seeds turn into maple saplings in the lawn.


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Re: Deer Stand Squirrel Hunting [Re: Windfall] #14408515 12/27/19
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Squirrels have been getting a pass from me since I got my crossbow. If I'm in the woods and there's a deer season open, then they're what I'm chasing. Not a huge fan of squirrels as table fare either, so I've sworn off. Wish we had more rabbits about, though. They are definitely worth the trouble!



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I have occasionally done it. I have shot three squirrels with a rifle in my whole life. one with a .38/40, a second with a scoped .257 Roberts, and the last one with iron sighted .35 Remington. I believe in using enough gun, LOL!
But rimfire hunting does sound like a lot of fun.

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Illegal to hunt them from above, here. But ground blinds work just fine, especially with either acorns or corn nearby.


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The squirrels where I deer hunt have been at war with me (or at least my deer stands) for a decade.
Meaning - the Little bastards chew up any wood and foam on my deer stands, and run the tree’s and start barking at me because I am in their way.

I started carrying sub-sonic rounds to protect myself smile

Re: Deer Stand Squirrel Hunting [Re: kellory] #14408814 12/27/19
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Originally Posted by kellory
Illegal to hunt them from above, here. But ground blinds work just fine, especially with either acorns or corn nearby.


Illegal to shoot squirrels from a tree stand? What is the purpose of that law?


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Turn your cell phone OFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Eat lots of squirrel. Be Well, Rustyzipper.

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Probably illegal to shoot tax collectors from a stand too, huh? Who was it that said Strong drink can make you shoot at tax collectors,...…………..and miss? That guy would be red flagged these days but I think he is gone. Lots of the good guys are! Be Well, Rustyzipper.

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Originally Posted by MOGC
Originally Posted by kellory
Illegal to hunt them from above, here. But ground blinds work just fine, especially with either acorns or corn nearby.


Illegal to shoot squirrels from a tree stand? What is the purpose of that law?



Years ago, when tree stands first show up - a couple of them were shot during Squirrel season.

Who knows...

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does anyone but me sit and use a squirrel call.. I can usually kill my limit in about an hour if I am in a good spot... it is better than walking all over the mountain and scaring the squirrels away ..


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Squirrels and woodpeckers entertain me and help me stay alert on stand, along with the flocks of assorted "do-it" birds scratching around in the leaves. I run into squirrel hunters in the parking lot of "my" WMA all the time, but seldom see any with squirrels in hand. I almost always see a bunch when I just sit still for a bit. That's how I used to hunt them, the same way I hunt deer,

Any truth to the rumor that squirrels taste bitter when killed in Winter?


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I don't know about them tasting any better when killed in the winter, but I am seriously considering a squirrel safari in the first month of 2020. The farm I deer hunt on, is overrun with big old fox squirrels.


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Re: Deer Stand Squirrel Hunting [Re: BKS] #14417508 12/30/19
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Originally Posted by BKS
...Sitting in a comfortable box stand, thermos of coffee and a propane heater, it’s almost like hunting. ....



Fixed it up for you.


To the OP though, yes I do. I enjoy sitting and stalking them quite a bit.


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Quit giving in inch by inch then looking back to lament the mile behind ya and wonder how to preserve those few feet left in front of ya. They'll never stop until they're stopped. That's a fact.
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I've killed squirrels and coon while deer hunting. I carry this in my pack, break it out when I see a squirrel close by or a coon walking under the stand. It doesn't make enough noise to matter. Well, I guess if there was a deer close by, it may spook'em, but it's pretty quiet. I shoot Rem Subsonic. They don't hit that hard, but do kill.

Last coon I shot was at around 30 yds.out in the food plot, headed toward the box blind. Hit him, he growled and bowed up, giving me a full broadside. I hit him again and he ambled off in the woods to die. Dead coon and I didn't have to drag him out of the food plot, best of both worlds.

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Originally Posted by MOGC
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Illegal to hunt them from above, here. But ground blinds work just fine, especially with either acorns or corn nearby.


Illegal to shoot squirrels from a tree stand? What is the purpose of that law?

Sorry for the delay. I've been too busy to waste much time here.
The purpose is to keep squirrel acting like squirrel. Deer didn't used to look up much, then looked higher and higher. It's learned behavior, and ODNR doesn't want it to affect any more game animals.
Other than a bird or two, squirrels don't have natural predator from above, so it is considered unsporting and unethical. Hence, the rule against doing so.


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Whenever I am deer hunting from a stand I usually think I could have killed a limit of squirrels easily today but then when I go back and actually start shooting them they learn pretty quickly to stay away from my tree.


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