Taking Kids Hunting for Squirrels

Taking Kids Hunting for Squirrels

In the Fall, Squirrels Move to Trees With Nuts!

Now that we know the diet and range of squirrels, let’s go hunting!  The fourmain things I think kids learn from squirrel hunting are: 

  • patience
  • stealth (how to walk slowly and quietly)
  • an appreciation for silence & the sounds of nature
  • bonding with the ‘teacher’ – kids know that their parents’ time is valuable; by taking time, they show they value their son/grandson/niece/neighbor (and that develops self-esteem)

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Kids need to complete a hunter education course before being given a gun.

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You will find that you really enjoy teaching youngsters how to hunt squirrels (or anything else). It’s an opportunity to continue an American tradition.

I can’t tell you how many reluctant “hunting-lore teachers” dread the experience (before the fact) and beam with pleasure after the experience.

It’s your opportunity to share your love of hunting with the next generation.

Preliminary Training

If kids learn these skills before the day of the hunt, it will be more enjoyable for all.

  • Teach them how to walk “Indian style” – quietly thru the woods; the object is not be be seen or heard; twigs, leaves, rocks require different approaches
  • Teach them how to walk silently on dry leaves (noise alerts the squirrels; very difficult to keep silent on crackling leaves)
  • Why and how to move in slow motion (swatting a fly, turning your head quickly alerts squirrels to motion and movement)
  • Teach hunting lore (how to spot where squirrels have been feeding; what kind of trees local squirrels prefer, etc.)
  • Teach kids to recognize signs of squirrel activity

There are skills you can share that will help them to trick squirrels – who have excellent hearing and seeing abilities —

  • You can use the squirrel’s chattering noise to cover your noise
  • They create lots of noise when there are multiple squirrels
  • They create noise when they are breaking into shells (their attention is diverted and you can move your position or gun)
  • Squirrels can’t hear your noise over their noise

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Next time: 3 types of squirrel hunting; equipment needed and more!

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This blog is a companion to my website:  GreatGhilliesAndGraphics.com

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Published in: on March 23, 2009 at 9:20 pm  Comments Off on Taking Kids Hunting for Squirrels  
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