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Old 10-20-2018, 09:34 PM   #1
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Iíd like to see TPaW bring back squirrel season. When I was a kid season opened first part of April and we would be there as if it was opening day of deer season. I feel like the open season killed squirrel hunting, for me at least. My cousin and I spoke about this the other day I was just curious to see what others thought.


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Old 10-20-2018, 09:36 PM   #2
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There is squirrel season. Some counties it never closes.
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Old 10-20-2018, 09:36 PM   #3
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Is the month of May not squirrel season anymore where you hunt?
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Old 10-20-2018, 09:39 PM   #4
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It's squirrel season year round in Austin Co...reminds me that I need to take the kids up and let them kill a mess of tree rats
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Old 10-20-2018, 09:42 PM   #5
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My county has very specific dates for squirrel season.
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Old 10-20-2018, 09:44 PM   #6
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wait...you want the state to make your squirrel season shorter?
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Old 10-20-2018, 10:08 PM   #7
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OP, what County do you hunt in?
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Old 10-20-2018, 10:13 PM   #8
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Huh??? You have a year round squirrel season in Bee County with no limit.
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Old 10-20-2018, 10:40 PM   #9
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Got a season in guadalupe county --- runs from Jan 1st thru Dec 31st.
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Old 10-20-2018, 11:24 PM   #10
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Iíd like to see TPaW bring back squirrel season. When I was a kid season opened first part of April and we would be there as if it was opening day of deer season. I feel like the open season killed squirrel hunting, for me at least. My cousin and I spoke about this the other day I was just curious to see what others thought.


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So I am guessing you have a year round season on squirrels and you would prefer less of a season so you could feel more excited about the opening day of squirrel season?
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Old 10-20-2018, 11:37 PM   #11
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Old 10-20-2018, 11:41 PM   #12
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It’s just a rat! You fellas that live on squirrels need to become better deer hunters
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Old 10-21-2018, 12:16 AM   #13
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I love to eat them, it’s relaxing walking through the woods with a 30# longbow or a .22 for hours. Then tossing the pile of them down and starting prepping them for the pot. I always shoot mine after the first freeze. But I don’t know why anyone would want a shorter season of anything. I have a couple of diseases where I can’t eat many things from a store or factory. So I have a garden and hunt or catch everything I eat. Squirrel is a nice change of pace.
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Old 10-21-2018, 12:20 AM   #14
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Be careful eating those tree rats, see post #110 https://discussions.texasbowhunter.c...=680860&page=3
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Old 10-21-2018, 01:50 AM   #15
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Be careful eating those tree rats, see post #110 https://discussions.texasbowhunter.c...=680860&page=3
I don't plan on eating their brains
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Old 10-21-2018, 05:36 AM   #16
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Just checking back in to see if this thread makes sense yet.........






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Old 10-21-2018, 07:47 AM   #17
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Itís just a rat! You fellas that live on squirrels need to become better deer hunters
Go ahead and find you a creek bottom and see if itís that easy to limit out. Itís not the same as in a neighborhood or park setting from my experiences of seeing squirrels.
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Old 10-21-2018, 08:16 AM   #18
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Old 10-21-2018, 08:38 AM   #19
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It donít have to make sense to anyone but me. Open season on squirrels in effect killed squirrel hunting in those countries in my opinion. Thatís just my opinion, therefore I would like to see a season for squirrel hunting again. How many people actually hunt squirrels year round anyway.


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Old 10-21-2018, 08:44 AM   #20
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KAS Destructive evil vermin.


KAS = kill all squirrels.
My dogs told me to type this. They hate em.
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Old 10-21-2018, 08:48 AM   #21
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Tree farms are alot of the issues of the missing squirrel
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Old 10-21-2018, 08:55 AM   #22
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If a squirrel didn't have a fuzzy tail, you would set a trap for it. Shoot them all I the face as often as possible.
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Old 10-21-2018, 09:12 AM   #23
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There is squirrel season. Some counties it never closes.

My surrounding counties are also open 24/7/365 with no limits. We have more than plenty too. They are the devil on pecans, if your a pecan picker-upper.




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Clearly sir, you've never had squirrel sausage.
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Old 10-21-2018, 10:38 AM   #24
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Shoot them all I the face as often as possible.
Never understood this mentality ....guess I am just getting older and more softhearted as a hunter. Nothing against it by the way...blast away.
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Old 10-21-2018, 02:39 PM   #25
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Itís squirrel season now !



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Old 10-21-2018, 02:52 PM   #26
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It donít have to make sense to anyone but me. Open season on squirrels in effect killed squirrel hunting in those countries in my opinion. Thatís just my opinion, therefore I would like to see a season for squirrel hunting again. How many people actually hunt squirrels year round anyway.


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I always wondered if they made year round squirrel season in certain counties because the number of squirrel hunters was too low to maintain population numbers?

Or if it is just the counties that rake in money from the pecan industry that petitioned TPWD to let them hammer the squirrel?
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Old 10-21-2018, 02:57 PM   #27
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Where I hunt in Eldorado the season is year round. I've only seen one squirrel in 3 years. My lease in Votaw, there is a season in May and one in the fall. We have plenty of squirrels out there. My lease in Bon Weir has tons of squirrels, but I've never hunted them there and don't know the seasons.
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Old 10-21-2018, 03:00 PM   #28
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Just a thought for all to consider...

Don't eat any of your kill until they have been in the trees during at least one good freeze.
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Old 10-21-2018, 03:00 PM   #29
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wait...you want the state to make your squirrel season shorter?



This was my thought...
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Old 10-21-2018, 07:03 PM   #30
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Just a thought for all to consider...

Don't eat any of your kill until they have been in the trees during at least one good freeze.
??

I killed and ate some 2 weeks ago. Yummm fried squirrel.

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Old 10-21-2018, 07:13 PM   #31
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KAS Destructive evil vermin.


KAS = kill all squirrels.
My dogs told me to type this. They hate em.
My dog said squirrels are squeaky toys from God.
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Old 10-21-2018, 07:15 PM   #32
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Old 10-21-2018, 07:38 PM   #33
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Just a thought for all to consider...

Don't eat any of your kill until they have been in the trees during at least one good freeze.


Guess my family has a super charged immune system. Donít think I have ever squirrel hunted after a freeze since itís deer season.....unless you count May.


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Old 10-21-2018, 08:41 PM   #34
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Just a thought for all to consider...

Don't eat any of your kill until they have been in the trees during at least one good freeze.
That's an old wives' tale. You hear the same with rabbits.
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Old 10-24-2018, 02:17 PM   #35
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I always wondered if they made year round squirrel season in certain counties because the number of squirrel hunters was too low to maintain population numbers?



Or if it is just the counties that rake in money from the pecan industry that petitioned TPWD to let them hammer the squirrel?


That is a good question.


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Old 10-24-2018, 02:37 PM   #36
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So what you actually want is a closed squirrel season


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Old 10-24-2018, 02:40 PM   #37
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I have not been in a while. But Opening day of squirrel in SWLA is one of my favorite childhood memories! Bigger deal than dove season in TX.
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Old 10-24-2018, 02:42 PM   #38
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Just a thought for all to consider...

Don't eat any of your kill until they have been in the trees during at least one good freeze.
We don't ever get a "good freeze" in SWLA. And the squirrels are always tasty. I like the medium sized greys. The big fox squirrels taste more like cat.
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Old 10-24-2018, 02:51 PM   #39
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KAS Destructive evil vermin.


KAS = kill all squirrels.
My dogs told me to type this. They hate em.
Have a daily visitor in my yard I leave alone.

Without her I think my dogs would be awfully bored
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Old 10-24-2018, 03:06 PM   #40
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Ate many a breakfast of fried cat squirrel, biscuits and gravy.


Which is probably why I take blood pressure and cholesterol meds now.


But dang it's good.
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Old 10-24-2018, 04:21 PM   #41
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Squirrel hunting as a kid and teenager with an open sight 22 sure made me a better shot. Always tried to shoot them in the head so I wouldn't mess them up too bad.
And the kicker is that I don't really like the taste of squirrels. I always found someone who wanted them before I went hunting.
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Old 10-24-2018, 05:07 PM   #42
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It’s just a rat! You fellas that live on squirrels need to become better deer hunters
From what I hear those big grey cat squirrels in deep east texas are totally more difficult to hunt that those little turds we have in north texas.
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Old 10-24-2018, 08:59 PM   #43
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From what I hear those big grey cat squirrels in deep east texas are totally more difficult to hunt that those little turds we have in north texas.
They are hard to hunt in LA for sure. We used to run dogs after them.

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https://m.chron.com/sports/outdoors/...e-13334697.php

The Houston newpaper is even writing about squirrel hunting today.
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Old 10-26-2018, 11:09 AM   #45
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If a squirrel didn't have a fuzzy tail, you would set a trap for it. Shoot them all I the face as often as possible.
Yep. Shoot em in the face so you don't mess up the meat. (thumbs up smilie)
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Clearly sir, you've never had squirrel sausage.
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