Whether you hunt deer, bear, pronghorns, turkeys, elk, quail, ducks or squirrels, the following eight hunting tips will up your chances of success. Whether you're a veteran hunter or a newbie, these tips can help you see more success this hunting season. Deer When still hunting deer, good areas to cover include old home sites, clearcuts, the border of brushy habitat and mature timber, field edges, thick river bottoms, and unused logging roads. Bottlenecks, such as a small patch of woods between two fields or a mountain saddle, are also good bets. Move slowly and pause often to scan the…
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A crisp fall morning, a .22 rifle in hand and squirrels grating on nuts; what a way to spend the day in the woods! Ripe hickory nuts, plentiful acorns, aromatic walnuts and cool fall mornings set the stage for squirrel hunting across the Midwest. These, and other food sources, are the places to spend your time when pursuing squirrels during the fall months. Hunt squirrel around key food sources during the fall months to increase hunting success. 1. Hickory Nuts Hickory Nuts - A variety of hickory species thrive throughout the Midwest. Some, like the small pignut hickory, produce nuts…
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    Squirrel and other small game seasons are opening throughout the country, giving hunters a chance to enjoy some of the finest opportunities for woodsmanship, fellowship and shooting skills despite the late summer heat. From the days of Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett with their flintlocks to our souped-up ammunition and quality rifles available now, squirrel hunters have taken up the challenge for many years. Sometimes quiet, sometimes noisy but always looking for food, squirrels offer a fantastic test of a hunter's shooting skills no matter what age or time of year. The Trusty .22...? Hunters have their favorite…
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Squirrel hunting is not the national past time it once was, but it is a fun way to sharpen shooting and hunting skills well before the deluge of fall hunting seasons arrive. With the right plan, you can score heavily on summertime squirrels. 1. Hunt Early Squirrels are most active in the cooler hours of the summer day. Public domain photo The heat of summer forces squirrel hunters to get out before daylight. Squirrels spend bout 16 hours a day sleeping. They, too, will be most active in the cooler hours of the summer day. Get set in a favorite…
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I live in Idaho so I am totally blessed. We have the best bear hunting in the world; we used to have great elk, deer and moose hunting until they smuggled in the Canadian wolf (read the book titled "The Real Wolf" by Ted Lyons). But even with all of those opportunities, one of my favorite hunts of the year is spring ground squirrel hunting. I know that probably sounds crazy, but I love it. How can you not? I'll get 400-500 shots per day on a decent day. Townsend's Ground Squirrel — also called a whistle pig — game…
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Late-Season Bushytails

Saturday, January 04 2014 6:00 am - for Small Game Hunting
Hunting squirrels during the harsh winter months is tough. Early in the season, squirrels seem to be everywhere. Food supplies are abundant, squirrels are less wary, and leafy branches restrict the game's vision, allowing for closer, easier stalks. The solution for bagging squirrels during this time is simple — find a patch of hardwoods and start hunting. As the season progresses, however, hunting squirrels becomes increasingly difficult. Hunters have taken a toll on the game, and Mother Nature has claimed the weakest through reduced food supplies, predators and inclement weather. Survivors are savvy veterans that easily elude casual hunters. Add to…
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Squirrels are perhaps our most popular small game animals. Millions of hunters pursue them. Many people also enjoy feeding, watching and photographing squirrels.         If you would like to increase squirrel numbers on your property, you can. Squirrels can be managed, just as deer can be managed. All you need are a basic understanding of squirrel biology and the means to provide a year-round food supply, sufficient nesting sites and a nearby source of water. Count the number of acres of good squirrel habitat on your property and multiply that number by three — that's a good population. Squirrel Facts…
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In our modern world, it is not easy being a squirrel hunter. Hunters pursuing monster whitetail bucks with incredible racks, bugling elk and gobbling wild turkeys cast scornful looks at those of us who chase bushytails. And wingshooters declare that their style of hunting carries more class.   Only a few decades ago, squirrels were the most sought after game animal in the United States. A heavily rural population drifted to the suburbs. As lifestyles changed, interests changed and the need to put wild meat on the table vanished with the introduction of supermarkets.   Nevertheless, squirrel hunting is steeped…
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Bushytail Basics

Tuesday, September 24 2013 10:00 am - for Small Game Hunting
If you're a squirrel hunter, every once in a while it pays to "go back to the basics." No matter how much you know, or think you know, about squirrel hunting, a thorough review of the fundamentals almost always improves success. Many thousands of words have been written about basic squirrel hunting techniques, and it's not my intention to rehash this information in great detail. My goals are, first, to share some basic knowledge that personally has proven successful, and second, to discuss some of the less commonly encountered facts about squirrel behavior, facts the savvy sportsmen can use to…
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Squirrel Rifle Tune-up

Sunday, September 15 2013 7:00 am - for Small Game Hunting
When it comes to squirrel hunting, I'm a rifleman. Sure I see the practicality in using a shotgun, especially in the early season when the foliage is up and the squirrels are in the trees; but, the truth is, I love .22 caliber rifles and I'll take them afield any chance I get. Besides, a .22 is precise, inexpensive to practice with, and doesn't damage meat like a shotgun might when the shots are close. If you ask me, the .22 caliber rifle was made with the challenge of squirrel hunting in mind. Even so, before you go out in…
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