Hunting Squirrels on the Water
Hunting tree rats from a boat is a great idea! Squirrels like to live and eat near water.
If there is a body of water in the place you plan to hunt, this may be an option. Floating down a stream can be silent.
Taking a canoe, Jon-boat or even a large inner tube will help you to travel over a large area in record time.
(On second thought, adults in large inner tubes might be a better idea than kids in them. Having their attention diverted in too many directions [protecting their gun from water, staying balanced in the tube, watching for squirrels, etc.] might be a bad idea for youngsters.)
The advantage to having two in a boat is fairly obvious. One tends to the boat while another watches for squirrels.
Often, the two take turns navigating the boat; after one shot, that person guides the boat and the other person has a shot.
This is a logical choice; if you recall when discussing squirrel varieties, I mentioned that tree rats prefer to live in and around forests — close to water.
Another reason this is a great choice, depending on the age of the youngster with you, he/she may get tired of stalking fairly early.
The Third Type of Squirrel Hunting
When I read about this style, I was stunned by the cleverness of it! I’ve made a big to-do about dry, crisp leaves and childrens’ difficulty traveling over them.
In my travels over the South during the past couple of years, I’ve been shocked by the arid, desert-like conditions. Georgia and Texas have been particularly hit by drought.
In The Ultimate Guide to Small Game and Varmint Hunting, by H. Lea Lawrence, he suggests that you use a topographical map to find any railroad tracks (in your hunt area)!
The railroad companies keep their track easements clear. It is much easier to travel on tracks than on ground littered with twigs and brush.
Mr. Lawrence makes a point about abandoned tracks, too. Generally, these are also cleared and would make good trails through woods.
As soon as you see a likely spot, veer off the tracks and get started stalking or sitting.
Next part: In a few days,when I return to this subject, I’ll give a list of things to consider taking on your next squirrel hunting trip.
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