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Memorial Weekend Hunt * 5/28/2023

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Bicycleman:
Good morning all and Bless those killed in wars and Missing In Action.


This morning, the temperature was 50F before sunrise.  I decided that was cool enough to go to the woods and get squirrels but not Chiggers and Ticks.
The squirrels were very active starting about 8 a.m.  The first one that offered a shot was a Gray Squirrel that was about 6 inches long.  That one got a pass.  #2 was fairly high in a tree and I missed.   The pellet was close enough that it bailed out of that tree completely, and landed in another tree - it didn't stop as long as I could see it.  The third is the one pictured.  I think the first shot was the one that shattered the spine below the ribs.  The head shot finished it off.  I did knock another out of a tree.  I could see it on the ground where it fell.  It squirmed around, then stopped moving.  But when I went to retrieve it, that rascal scampered away, and eventually got into a rock cave.  It was probably hit in a front leg and will survive.


I continued walking to my truck.  The temperature was rising and I needed to get home for church.  I finished my hunt about 8:45 a.m. 
This was my first Spring Squirrel Season hunt; and it may be the last unless the temperature drops to 50 or below again.
Stay well everyone.

Rat Sniper (AKA: PaulT58):
Nice shooting Mike!  Those Grey's are some tough rodents!  I'm always amazed when one will take what appears to be a lethal hit, flopps around like a madman, yet still manages to run off like nothing happened!

Bicycleman:
Thanks Paul. 
They are indeed tough - much tougher than the Eastern Fox Squirrels around here.
Something else about the hunt I just remembered, a Red Fox trotted across in front of my hiding place about 30 yards away.  The landlady keeps that one safe and calls it her pet [it is really a wild one though!]

ranchibi:
Mike, fantastic hunt and shooting! Hope you didn't pick up any unwanted passengers....😂👍

DIAMOND:
Sounds like a great way to spend part of a Sunday morning. Funny, I see squirrels out all day until I grab an airgun. Somehow they know.



--- Quote from: Rat Sniper (AKA: PaulT58) on May 28, 2023, 12:28:21 PM ---Nice shooting Mike!  Those Grey's are some tough rodents!  I'm always amazed when one will take what appears to be a lethal hit, flopps around like a madman, yet still manages to run off like nothing happened!

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Agree. I watched a grey squirrel climb a tree moving to the other side of the trunk as they do with a full-on heart and lung shot. They finally give in, still stuck to the tree, then eventually falling to the ground. Touch little critters.

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