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Pine squirrel harvest
« on: November 21, 2022, 07:48:31 PM »
This afternoon/evening the wind died down so I verified the zero on my .22 cal Stormrider since my hunting partner this weekend couldn't seem to connect with any pine squirrels. CPHP were not giving me great groups with the variable breeze, so I switched it up to H&N Spitzkugel pellets and had more consistent groups. I wanted to see how the spire points performed compared to CPHP before taking the rifle out to public lands and getting disappointed. This weekend I also got a new smartphone and have been curious to see how the reception is around the property since my flip phone was terrible. Figuring that I could kill several birds with one stone, so to speak, I went on a scouting walk/performance test/cell phone test and got two nice sized female pine squirrels. Both were found in very different parts of the property and the light grey squirrel was a bit heavier than the more red one. Perhaps the fur becomes more grey with time? Anyway, enjoy the pic!

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Re: Pine squirrel harvest
« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2022, 09:27:54 PM »
DJ, that was a productive outing.  That gray one almost looks like a Gray Squirrel instead of a gray Red Squirrel.
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Re: Pine squirrel harvest
« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2022, 09:29:48 PM »
DJ, looks like it worked, you killed 2 with one stone! LOL! Great shooting with your Stormrider/pointed pellets and nice pics with the new phone!
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Re: Pine squirrel harvest
« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2022, 09:35:25 PM »
Nice shooting DJ!
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Re: Pine squirrel harvest
« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2022, 10:28:24 PM »
DJ, that little one is pretty.

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Re: Pine squirrel harvest
« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2022, 09:10:51 AM »
 I would almost bet that larger squirrel is a younger Fox Squirrel ???  8)
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Re: Pine squirrel harvest
« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2022, 09:15:14 AM »
With that tail? It’s a red.
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Re: Pine squirrel harvest
« Reply #7 on: November 22, 2022, 09:39:52 AM »
Looks like a good time in the field to me! Great shooting, DJ!
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Re: Pine squirrel harvest
« Reply #8 on: November 22, 2022, 11:20:54 AM »
Great shooting on those reds Dj !!!
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Re: Pine squirrel harvest
« Reply #9 on: November 22, 2022, 01:24:01 PM »
Yeah, those are red squirrels but over here in NW Indiana we call em pineys
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Re: Pine squirrel harvest
« Reply #10 on: November 23, 2022, 09:56:19 AM »
I would almost bet that larger squirrel is a younger Fox Squirrel ???  8)

Unfortunately not, but it would be nice! There are no fox squirrels native to our region, and the forest here is spruce-fir and can only support pine squirrels. Fox and grey squirrels require nut bearing trees and can't live on conifer seeds only. There are some greys in the area, but they live only in neighborhoods with planted hickory and white oak trees, because everything else is birch-maple or spruce-fir
dominant with alder thickets breaking it up. Not really a lot of game animals other than pine squirrels to be honest, that's why I've started hunting them. I can find them in any legal hunting area and nobody cares if I harvest them. They are tough to hit and require some skill to harvest at 50' away with an airgun.



With that tail? It’s a red.
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Pine squirrel and red squirrel are the same species, I just like calling them pine squirrels because "true" red squirrels are actually a relatively endangered northern European species.
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Re: Pine squirrel harvest
« Reply #11 on: November 24, 2022, 11:38:00 AM »
I got three more female pine squirrels this morning walking out .7 miles as the crow flies. In total I probably walked 4-5 miles in four hours as I was not going in a straight line. I found one really decent squirrel habitat, but the rest was fairly marginal for hunting. I may have found the limitations of the land within walking distance of my house, at least for pine squirrels. I came across a few grouse I could have gotten if I were carrying a shotgun. Next hunt will be out on public lands within a reasonable drive from my house. Eventually I'll get to know more people in my area and get more permissions. Technically I can hunt anything that's not marked and 300 feet from a house, but it's best to talk to folks first.

I'm bad about taking pics and only snapped a few of the third squirrel I shot.
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Re: Pine squirrel harvest
« Reply #12 on: November 24, 2022, 12:14:12 PM »
DJ, that is some fine shooting on those Pine Squirrels.
No show yet!  When do you usually start getting the white stuff?
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Re: Pine squirrel harvest
« Reply #13 on: November 24, 2022, 12:29:13 PM »
DJ, that is some fine shooting on those Pine Squirrels.
No show yet!  When do you usually start getting the white stuff?

The last three years we've had snow by Thanksgiving, but not this year. An inch or two of snow would be welcome for tracking critters.


I think next time I hunt I'll be taking the Eagle Claw with the Hawke 4-12x50 scope mounted. When I got home the Stormrider POI was so far off I couldn't tell where the group was on the zero target I shot up a few days ago. It's a miracle I got all three squirrels right in the chest cavity today! Recently I've been using a budget red dot on the Eagle claw, but I think it's leading to some crippled squirrels that get away. It makes the 'Claw a bit heavy for shooting off hand, but I was able to do it before I put the red dot on there.

If I have time before the next hunting trip I'll steal the scope from the Stormrider. Provided I can find some picatinny scope rings that play nice with the Eagle Claw magazine. I think the Stormrider will stay on the wall until I get get my DIY tensioner figured out.
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Re: Pine squirrel harvest
« Reply #14 on: November 24, 2022, 12:42:35 PM »
Nice shootin’
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Re: Pine squirrel harvest
« Reply #15 on: November 24, 2022, 12:59:01 PM »
Geat shooting! How do you like those pointed pellets?
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Re: Pine squirrel harvest
« Reply #16 on: November 24, 2022, 04:22:16 PM »
Geat shooting! How do you like those pointed pellets?

They make very small holes in the pelt, so I'm calling them a success. Even though the CPHP don't expand much, if at all, traveling 880-ish FPS, they make much larger holes than the H&N Spire points. It looks like the weather will be nice on Saturday, so I plan on hitting some public lands with my Eagle Claw, which makes very large holes in the pelts.
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Re: Pine squirrel harvest
« Reply #17 on: November 24, 2022, 08:18:23 PM »
Do you guys clean and eat those little buggers,I know Wayne does?
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Re: Pine squirrel harvest
« Reply #18 on: November 25, 2022, 07:09:28 AM »
Do you guys clean and eat those little buggers,I know Wayne does?

Yes, I have nearly 40 skins in the freezer as well waiting for me to get around to processing them. For the first few squirrels I wasted a lot of time cutting the meat off the bones. Now, I slow cook them for six hours (could probably go with less) and just pull the meat off the bones and prepare it like pulled pork. I've been harvesting six or so squirrels for a bit over a month and haven't really had to buy much other meat! A bit more work than larger game animals, but when life gives you lemons...
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