Learn the conditions that effect movement and the behaviors of these little critters so you can fill your limit this season.
Squirrels are easier to hunt if you find out more about their patterns. Here are a few tips on closing in on the small game you’re after. Who knows, squirrel stew may be on the menu sooner than you think.
Find the Food Source
A squirrel’s major food source is acorns. Acorns come in two basic types: red oaks and white oaks. Squirrels prefer to eat white oaks acorns because they are much sweeter.
As a squirrel hunter, you must find the specific trees that are producing the most acorns. Squirrels will gravitate towards these and you can follow their patterns.
The best way to find areas where squirrels are feeding on acorns is to look for nut cuttings. In years of extreme drought, trees near water will always produce acorns. Check these areas, as the squirrels will be drawn to them.
Squirrels are affected by the weather as much as we are. Your best bet is to hunt calm sunny mornings or afternoons.
Dry conditions allow hunters to pinpoint the sound of squirrels running and scratching through the leaves for acorns. Wet mornings will allow hunters to stalk through the woods silently in the search of squirrel feeding in the leaves.
Avoid stormy or snowy conditions as squirrels can stay in their tree top nest for extended periods.
Locate Dens or Nests
In the preseason, scout for squirrel den trees or leaf nests in the tree tops near where you hunt. Once you find squirrel nests, you can set up in the early morning light and wait for them to emerge for feeding.
When the leaves begin to fall, you will be able to locate nests more easily. If you find a large den tree you are almost sure to have a multiple kill outing.
These simple tips will help you become a better squirrel hunter.