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Old 03-20-2017, 10:05 AM   #1
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Default Didn't know squirrels were that fast.

Had a few tree rats show up at the house to eat chicken feed and our strawberries in the garden so I decided to do some "live" practice on them. I was able to get within 20yds of one of them at the chicken feeder and I let go with what felt like a great shot only to have the darn squirrel go all Matrix on me. I swear he went three ways from Sunday in the span of a thousandth of a second and probably ran up the arrow shaft as it went under him.


Next time I get closer before shooting.


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Old 03-20-2017, 10:15 AM   #2
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CRM is the tree rat king and he says the same thing.
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Old 03-20-2017, 10:25 AM   #3
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All Matrix on me and ran up the arrow
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Old 03-20-2017, 10:30 AM   #4
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Yep, they are fast!

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Old 03-20-2017, 11:05 AM   #5
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I've some just sit under the feeder and not move until the arrows thumps'em and I have had others do a double back flip with a twist before the arrow gets there.
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Old 03-20-2017, 11:12 AM   #6
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If you hit one, your arrow didn't hit where you were looking, and the squirrel was just unlucky.

I think this is the first time a post I've made has been referenced:

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Thank God I am not the only one. I went 0 and some large number (we'll say 20) until this past spring. I swear one did a Matrix move where it spun and ran up my arrow in flight and lept off.

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Old 03-20-2017, 04:45 PM   #7
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Haha they are hard to hit!! I've killed a few, but I have several big pecan trees at the house so I have chances to shoot them every day. I've missed waaaayyyy more than I've killed!! They're off limits for me until may, we have a season on them here.


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Old 03-21-2017, 06:39 AM   #8
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I think this is the first time a post I've made has been referenced:
Ah, that's where I read it!


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Old 03-22-2017, 09:08 AM   #9
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Try shooting where you guess he will be when the arrow gets there, not where he is when you loose the arrow. I've killed a few Cat Squirrels in the past but never where I was shooting. If I think they will move left, I will pick a spot a bit high an left of where he is. Let him run into the arrow. At least it has worked for me.

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Old 03-22-2017, 09:16 AM   #10
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Once you kill one and discover how meaty they are then you wont wonder how theyre so fast. Mmmmm...squirrel.
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Old 03-22-2017, 09:20 AM   #11
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They can't outrun a 22.
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Old 03-22-2017, 10:05 AM   #12
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They can't outrun a 22.
I killed 15 one weekend late last year with my .22, we had a Dutch oven full of yummy little legs that Sunday evening. I figured I'd try one with the bow and quickly realized I need more practice.


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Old 03-22-2017, 10:20 AM   #13
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Once you kill one and discover how meaty they are then you wont wonder how theyre so fast. Mmmmm...squirrel.
They are good!! I grew up eating them. When I was a kid, squirrel hunting was just as much of a big deal as deer hunting was. Not many folks squirrel hunt anymore, and I think it's funny how many of my friends won't eat them. I always spend at least one day in October walking a creek bottom with my old Browning A5. I'd still just about rather get in a bunch of cat squirrels than I would kill a buck. The first good cold snap of the year, the day after a good rain when you can slip around...it don't get much better!!
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Old 03-22-2017, 10:31 AM   #14
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About six years ago I killed 6 with my bow one afternoon at my house. My wife till this day is still mad about it. Six shots six kills!!
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Old 03-22-2017, 11:11 AM   #15
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About six years ago I killed 6 with my bow one afternoon at my house. My wife till this day is still mad about it. Six shots six kills!!
You did your wife a big favor...and yourself too. Destructive little buggers. They chew through everything. Last winter they were in my attic and scratching around at all godforsaken hours of the night. My son would wake up scared from the monsters scratching in the walls. I just had to replace the corners of all the freize board around a house from them chewing up the masonite trim where the trim met the shingled roof just below the soffit. No reason to come into my screened porch but they still chewed through the screen. Enough was enough the Western 22lr and I killed 12 in two days a year ago...that put a dent in the population...for a short while.
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Old 03-23-2017, 11:47 AM   #16
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I have killed a few. I managed to miss WAYYYYY more than that. I remember one was climbing up a tree once while I was practicing. He was about 15 yards away. My focal point was his head, when I released, he took off and I stuck him in the back hips. It took a follow up arrow. I don't know how he knew I had even shot.
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Old 03-23-2017, 04:09 PM   #17
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Very interesting reading about shooting squirrels. Growing up in East Texas, back in the day, we did not have many deer. Some areas did have a lot of squirrels and we used to look forward to opening day of squirrel season. Great table fare. My Dad used to cook them in a pressure cooker before I had ever heard of a crock pot. Squirrel and dumplings.
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