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Tree Rats (Squirrels)

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#1 Male OFFLINE   Haskell_Hunter


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Posted 02/01/13 - 04:47 PM

I want to get some advice for whacking tree rats.

I've spent a lot of time walking through the woods looking for them, but they all seem to be in my back yard. Should I be going out early AM and late PM, or are they active at other times of the day?

My daughter (12) is interested in harvesting them, but she's less inclined to shoot them with a shotgun and would rather try with her bow. Has anyone gone out tree rat hunting with a bow, and what recommendations do you have?

IMHO tree rat hunting is one of my favorite excuses to go out into the woods and walk around for hours. I'm probably doing more hiking than hunting, and I'm okay with that. But since my daughter is now more interested, I should probably spend some time learning how to make it a productive hunt for her. :)

#2 Male OFFLINE   Gruntmaster


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Posted 02/01/13 - 05:18 PM

Last season they were having a feast on the corn from one of my feeders during the bow season.
At one time I counted ten plus squirrels at one time.
I would give the bait a chance for a bow shot.
If your daughter is a good shot with the bow she should take a few for the pot.
Good Luck to you both.

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Posted 02/03/13 - 09:09 AM

I just made up a bunch of old graphlex arrows for squirrels, going to shoot the G5 small game heads , and My Dale Dye recurve
figure it will be alot of fun
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Posted 02/03/13 - 10:09 PM

x2 on the G5 small game heads. taken the rats with the compound and the crossbow and I always use those heads. Put those on her arrows and she will have a blast.

#5 Male OFFLINE   BowHunter96


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Posted 02/04/13 - 09:21 AM

G5 heads are nice but judo heads do the job just as well and they are cheap enough to not care about if you miss and hit a rock or something !

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Posted 02/04/13 - 09:43 AM

Hopefully they make the proposed air rifle law legal for next year. For kids squirrel hunting is alot of fun and it teaches them how to be quiet and still in the woods.

And fried squirrel w/brown gravy is an excellent way to introduce kids to eating what they shoot. It is yummy lol.
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