Bagged my 3rd gray squirrel for 2019 today.
This one was way up in a huge ponderosa pine that's also visible from my home office window.
The shot was close to 20 yards at an incline of probably 15* so I had to hold under him a bit.
I started "stalking" him when he was sitting in the limb joint of one of the maples along my east property line.
I saw him and headed for the basement door, when I stepped out into the back stairwell he was still sitting there but he saw the door open.
By the time I cocked and loaded the gun he'd headed for the ponderosa and climbed part way up, then stopped to watch me.
That was his mistake as I drew a bead on him (really put the cross hairs on him) and released the pellet, shortly there after he tumbled out of the tree.
Hit this one just behind his left eye and the pellet exited through the top of his head.
When I got to him he was still breathing and blinking his eye (I don't think I'll ever get used to that) so I put another pellet through his head just to be sure.
After that he did the thrash dance while I went to collect my cleaning tools.
He was still gasping and I could feel his heart beating when I got everything ready to dress him so I had to squeeze him for a minute or so to end all bodily operations.
Again, I don't think Ill ever get used to that! I know he wasn't "there" as a good part of his brains were gone but it's still a bit disturbing.
Anyway, one less gray squirrel to dig up my yard and cause problems for the local native species.