If you follow my videos or writing you know that I love squirrel season. I’ve been gearing up for the first hunt, and this morning was day. I’d been planning a 2-3 day hunt, however family plans required a change, and I needed to postpone departure on that trip until later in the week.
But I wasn’t bummed, I figured I could still get out for a couple hours in the early morning, and be home by 10:00….. so everybody would be happy! I rolled up to a public land wildlife management area (WMA). It’s great that we have these available to us, but finding access without trespassing on private land can be a task. I lost about a half hour trying to figure this out, but finally after a 20 minute hike managed to get into the woods.
My plan was to hike in, find some hardwoods with cuttings on the ground, and set up at the base of a tree and wait. I give myself about 20 minutes before moving on. The first set nothing happened. The second set nothing happened…until I was getting ready to move when I hear some noise. I stayed put an a minute later a fox squirrel came running by with a little red squirrel nipping at his heels. I’ve never seen this, and watched as the two squirrels raced by. Turning slowly, I saw the fox squirrel up a tree less than ten feet behind staring right at me. I slowly mounted the rifle and set the cross hairs high over his head, and pulled the trigger. I wasn’t holding high enough, but it still worked. I’d been going for a head shot but took him through the lungs…….. the close range shots are difficult!
Next set was bust, then again towards the end of my forth stop along the track I saw motion over my left shoulder and saw another bushytail run along a fallen log with a nut in it’s mouth. It paused, I shot, second one in the bag and it was time to leave.
All in all I saw 5 red squirrels, which I didn’t shoot, 3 chipmunks, and 2 fow squirrels. I did see the tail end of a gray squirrel running down the path as I hiked out, but didn’t get a shot. What I found interesting is that with the exception, all the squirrels I saw (at least initially) were on the ground. This time of year I expect them to be up in the canopy, so a lesson to spend more time with my eyes lowered.
Had a good time and looking forward to upcoming hunts. One of my YouTube subs told me about a couple places in WI with good populations of black squirrels. I looked this up in the WI wildlife resources and learned that both the gray and fox black color phases can be found in this are. It’s less than 4 hours drive, so I’ ll be using a couple vacation days next week to see if I can bag what is arguably the most difficult quarry on my squirrel grand slam!
Come back to the website frequently, I’ll do progress reports here