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Old 09-13-2018, 11:44 PM   #1
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This year I plan on spending a lot of time in the Pineywoods and will be squirrel hunting this year. Looking forward to it and hope everybody is as well.

I have not seen any squirrel Forums so I decided to start one.

It dont matter where you shoot em post em up.
Or you can say where it dont matter.
This year its raining squirrels.
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Old 09-14-2018, 12:00 AM   #2
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This year I plan on spending a lot of time in the Pineywoods and will be squirrel hunting this year. Looking forward to it and hope everybody is as well.

I have not seen any squirrel Forums so I decided to start one.

It dont matter where you shoot em post em up.
Or you can say where it dont matter.
This year its raining squirrels.
Have been shooting them all year. If I don't keep 'em thinned out I don't get any fruit from my trees. Bagged about 50 so far but the real fun will begin as soon as the leaves get thinned out some. Don't eat the little flea/tick infested rascals in the summer though.
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Old 09-14-2018, 12:05 AM   #3
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I'll be taking them in Irving. It's about the only hunting I've done as of late.
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Old 09-14-2018, 06:08 AM   #4
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I promised my son we would get after them this fall around the house on some land that I have access to for dove and squirrel hunting. We have a season up here (Hunt county) so we can't shoot them until October.

At our deer lease we have a few squirrels and there's no season there so he has been after them around the camphouse when we go down there.

Next time we go squirrel hunting I'll post up our results on this thread.
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Old 09-14-2018, 06:21 AM   #5
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Me and my granddaughter will be after them at Lavon when it cools down some.
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Old 09-14-2018, 08:07 AM   #6
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Used to love it but havent been in probably 30 years! I recently retired so i plan to this year. My lease doesn't have any so i'll being trying the public land. Should be fun and im really looking forward to it!
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Old 09-14-2018, 08:11 AM   #7
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Love this thread!
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Old 09-14-2018, 08:19 AM   #8
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I need a new place to hunt them this year! I've been going to the SHNF, but the area I have been going to the past few years hasn't been producing like years before.
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Old 09-14-2018, 08:46 AM   #9
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I will be hunting them in Nacogdoches when the season opens this year. I haven't specifically hunted for squirrels before so am excited to do a squirrel only trip for the first time.
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Old 09-14-2018, 10:41 AM   #10
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With the hog bounty and heat I've been focused on the night-time hog hunting and haven't been after the tree rats. My CZ 452 and Remington 513S are whining all the time. "When do I get to go?" is all I hear when I walk by the safe.

Here is some stimulus to get the blood pumping--Used a Remington Model 33 NRA model with peep sights--a single shot. True nostalgia for me.


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Old 09-14-2018, 12:53 PM   #11
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I do love to squirrel hunt. I haven't had time to shoot my bow, so October will be spent looking up in the tree tops. San Augustine county.
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Old 09-14-2018, 01:08 PM   #12
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I need a new place to hunt them this year! I've been going to the SHNF, but the area I have been going to the past few years hasn't been producing like years before.
I was covered up with them in the two spots i hunted at SHNF
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Old 09-14-2018, 01:09 PM   #13
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I was covered up with them in the two spots i hunted at SHNF


Care to share where you were??


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Old 09-14-2018, 01:23 PM   #14
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Old 09-14-2018, 02:00 PM   #15
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I was covered up with them in the two spots i hunted at SHNF
Were you just squirrel hunting or bowhunting? I'm anxious to get out there and chase them but at the same time dont want to mess anybodys deer hunt up. Is that generally a problem out there? Are small game hunters "frowned" upon? I guess i shouldnt worry about it to much but i've always had a deer lease and pretty specific spots to hunt. I recently retired so now have the time to spend enjoying the woods. Killing some bushytails will just be a bonus! Thanks for any thoughts
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Old 09-14-2018, 03:22 PM   #16
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Were you just squirrel hunting or bowhunting? I'm anxious to get out there and chase them but at the same time dont want to mess anybodys deer hunt up. Is that generally a problem out there? Are small game hunters "frowned" upon? I guess i shouldnt worry about it to much but i've always had a deer lease and pretty specific spots to hunt. I recently retired so now have the time to spend enjoying the woods. Killing some bushytails will just be a bonus! Thanks for any thoughts
They have ruined many of my deer and hogs hunts out there back when I used to hunt it...but I understand that is part of hunting in the National Forest. I am the minority and I'm sure most others you come across will let you know there thoughts verbally if you go stomping through their hunt looking for tree rats. Its sucks unfortunately.
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Old 09-14-2018, 03:23 PM   #17
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Great thread idea. Thank you!
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Old 09-14-2018, 04:00 PM   #18
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Were you just squirrel hunting or bowhunting? I'm anxious to get out there and chase them but at the same time dont want to mess anybodys deer hunt up. Is that generally a problem out there? Are small game hunters "frowned" upon? I guess i shouldnt worry about it to much but i've always had a deer lease and pretty specific spots to hunt. I recently retired so now have the time to spend enjoying the woods. Killing some bushytails will just be a bonus! Thanks for any thoughts
All hunters pay the same APH price to hunt there. The forest belongs to everyone, including non hunters. I once had a group of scouts pass by at 80yds during gun season. If you stay away from the main roads(like 1375) ,aren't afraid to outwalk the parking area hunters, and avoid the first two weeks of deer season you can usually have the place somewhat to yourself. A lot of guys bike in to get away from the crowds...it's a big place.

I had good success sticking to certain areas, and never needed to walk all around. Sit. Stay quiet. shoot the squirrel. repeat. I usually got enough in a 75yd radius. There was a lot, and clearly they were underhunted.
Obvioulsy, be respectful of others. If you see someone else hunting/in a tree Blaze Orange is required even for bowhunting, back away and go somewhere else.
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Old 09-14-2018, 04:59 PM   #19
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All hunters pay the same APH price to hunt there. The forest belongs to everyone, including non hunters. I once had a group of scouts pass by at 80yds during gun season. If you stay away from the main roads(like 1375) ,aren't afraid to outwalk the parking area hunters, and avoid the first two weeks of deer season you can usually have the place somewhat to yourself. A lot of guys bike in to get away from the crowds...it's a big place.

I had good success sticking to certain areas, and never needed to walk all around. Sit. Stay quiet. shoot the squirrel. repeat. I usually got enough in a 75yd radius. There was a lot, and clearly they were underhunted.
Obvioulsy, be respectful of others. If you see someone else hunting/in a tree Blaze Orange is required even for bowhunting, back away and go somewhere else.
I will probably stick to weekdays and see what happens. I definately dont mind getting off the beaten path. A bike might be a good idea! A little exercise and a hunt wouldnt be a bad day at all. Thanks for the help!
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Old 09-14-2018, 05:09 PM   #20
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All hunters pay the same APH price to hunt there. The forest belongs to everyone, including non hunters. I once had a group of scouts pass by at 80yds during gun season. If you stay away from the main roads(like 1375) ,aren't afraid to outwalk the parking area hunters, and avoid the first two weeks of deer season you can usually have the place somewhat to yourself. A lot of guys bike in to get away from the crowds...it's a big place.

I had good success sticking to certain areas, and never needed to walk all around. Sit. Stay quiet. shoot the squirrel. repeat. I usually got enough in a 75yd radius. There was a lot, and clearly they were underhunted.
Obvioulsy, be respectful of others. If you see someone else hunting/in a tree Blaze Orange is required even for bowhunting, back away and go somewhere else.
Mind if I ask where you are doing this in the SHNF? I have not had such luck in my dozen or so times out there. I will trade you information on where they aren't!
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Old 09-14-2018, 05:39 PM   #21
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I had a couple of squirrel dogs (border collies) when I was a kid. Trained them by playing tug-of-war with a squirrel skin, and dragging it around for them to find. They always got excited to see me wearing camo or holding a gun. Was nothing to bag a limit of squirrels in a short time and more fun than sitting and waiting. Good times!!
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Old 09-14-2018, 05:43 PM   #22
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Mind if I ask where you are doing this in the SHNF? I have not had such luck in my dozen or so times out there. I will trade you information on where they aren't!
Took me about 3 years to figure out the forest and kill deer consistently. I found the squirrel spots during that process. There is a SHNF thread every year on here in public hunting section which was also very helpful

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Old 09-14-2018, 06:36 PM   #23
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I've got some at my lease and have wanted to shoot a few but don't know anything about cooking them.
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Old 09-14-2018, 07:07 PM   #24
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I grew up squirrel hunting. I was raised by folks from the “Great Depression” they said if it weren’t for squirrel, rabbit and greens they would have staved. Show me a good squirrel hunter... I’ll show you a great hunter and woodsman.
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Old 09-14-2018, 07:30 PM   #25
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Believe I'll be doing some this year as well. The rancher cleared a chunk of creek bottom leaving the oaks and pecans and allowing me to move through what was impassable.
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Old 09-14-2018, 07:56 PM   #26
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Last year. First hunt with the new Reign 6.
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