Author: The Meat Eater
Published: December 8, 2022

Squirrel hunting is a popular winter hunt. Check out this article about it!

“Squirrels torment me every deer season, moving over the leaves as if they’re imitating a big buck sneaking through the woods. Every winter after I’ve punched my tag, I vow to come back to get my revenge on the bushy-tailed scoundrels. It helps that they taste damn good, too.

Whatever your motivation, now is the time to hit the woods. Here’s how you can bring home more squirrels this year.

Find Food Squirrels prefer white oak acorns, but they’ll eat the nuts from a variety of other oak species as well. Hickory nuts and black walnuts are staples. In other words, find a tree dropping some sort of nut and you’re probably in squirrel country. When you find nut husks atop stumps and logs, sit and wait.

What do you do when the mast crop doesn’t materialize? Hunt, of course. Squirrels eat a wide variety of other things when acorns are scarce—tree buds, seeds, berries, even mushrooms—which means the squirrels will be scattered. That’s not a bad thing. They will have to move longer distances and more frequently, making them more visible and vulnerable.

Go Slower Still-hunting can be a great way to beat the boredom of a long sit, but it can also be a great way to spook every animal in the woods. Most of us hunt too fast. We walk, stop for a few minutes, and then walk some more. Many hunters treat it as if they’re on a Sunday stroll.

Instead, take a few slow, methodical steps, lean against a tree, and stand still for 10 minutes. Study the trees above you. Scan the ground ahead. Ten minutes isn’t long enough to settle the closest squirrels, but the ones off in the distance will go back to shuffling through the leaves, giving away their location.

An effective still-hunter spends far more time glassing and listening than moving. If that doesn’t produce, pack up, move to an entirely new area, and try again.”

The full article can be found here.

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