Day 38 of the 2018 Ohio Squirrel Season

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Day 38 of the 2018 Ohio Squirrel Season

Post by HunterGKS » October 8th, 2018, 4:41 pm

After lunch today, I decided a nap & I couldn’t think of a better place in the woods. It was 85, sunny, breezy, & cooler in the woods at 01:15. I nodded off within almost immediately for about a 15 minute power nap.

At 01:42, I spotted a fox moving from my left to my right. I got the x-hairs on it & it turned moving back to my left. It stopped, the .17 popped, & he rolled over on his back. It looks like the .17, went in his mouth, shattered the skill & top of the spin, & jellied the heart & lungs.

At 03:10, I stood up, turned around, & saw another fox go up a tree into the tops & disappear. I went to the pond. I got back to my spot at 03:50 after seeing nothing at the pond.

I had already decided to head in at 05:00 or if I got a 2nd bushy. So, when #2 showed up about 2’ from where the male went down, I ended the hunt at 04:12. My time couldn’t have been much better. After putting the 4-wheeler away & moving everything back into the truck, it started raining as soon as I started cleaning them.

The 1st thing I noticed when I pulled the 4-wheeler into my parking spot was that the tree had been cut up clearing the trail. When I walked back to the pond, all the trees that were across the trail had also been cleared from the trail, even the 1 with poison ivy from top to bottom. The odd thing is that whoever did the cutting also cut a dead tree off about 6’ up & left lying across the trail. No biggie as it is easy to step across or around.

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Re: Day 38 of the 2018 Ohio Squirrel Season

Post by appalachianassassin » October 9th, 2018, 2:30 am

nice story George. I wish I took the time to document hunts or pay as close attention to detail as you do. I think I worry too muck about the next one and think little of the last.
gotta love turkey huntin!!!

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Re: Day 38 of the 2018 Ohio Squirrel Season

Post by HunterGKS » October 9th, 2018, 6:44 am

appalachianassassin wrote:
October 9th, 2018, 2:30 am
nice story George. I wish I took the time to document hunts or pay as close attention to detail as you do. I think I worry too muck about the next one and think little of the last.
Thx. I basically do it so I have the memories to read when the time comes where I can't get out any longer.
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Re: Day 38 of the 2018 Ohio Squirrel Season

Post by MAK » October 9th, 2018, 9:19 am

Those naps in the woods are the most refreshing; more meat for the pot is a bonus.
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Re: Day 38 of the 2018 Ohio Squirrel Season

Post by HunterGKS » October 9th, 2018, 10:02 am

MAK wrote:
October 9th, 2018, 9:19 am
Those naps in the woods are the most refreshing; more meat for the pot is a bonus.
True dat!!
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Re: Day 38 of the 2018 Ohio Squirrel Season

Post by Hognutz » October 9th, 2018, 10:32 am

George.. You’re going to grow red tail with all that squirrel that you eat. :lol:
BTW...Nice, stinkin’ shooting!!
May I assume you're not here to inquire about the alcohol or the tobacco?
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Re: Day 38 of the 2018 Ohio Squirrel Season

Post by HunterGKS » October 9th, 2018, 12:30 pm

Hognutz wrote:
October 9th, 2018, 10:32 am
George.. You’re going to grow red tail with all that squirrel that you eat. :lol:
BTW...Nice, stinkin’ shooting!!
Thx. I don't really eat that much. Prolly 10 years ago, I took a few squirrel meals
to Gobbler's Roost in NY for the fall season (chowder was a huge hit with Ron's boss,
Ms.. Kathy) & it kind of grew from there. I take 2-4 squirrel dishes up in the spring
& fall as well as 2 whole foxes so Ron can make Squirrel Fricassee for Ms. Kathy. I
also take turkey & venison meals sometimes.

I'm pretty happy with my shot selection this year. For whatever reason, I always
seem to get a few "bad" hits that ruins a lot of meat. Out of 19 this year, I have had
2 neck shots that tore up the front quarters & 1 shoulder shot that tore up 1 leg
& shoulder. That's the problem with shooting Hornady's .17 Ballistic tips, they
literally explode on contact & destroy a lot of meat. The rest have all been head shots.
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Re: Day 38 of the 2018 Ohio Squirrel Season

Post by Hognutz » October 9th, 2018, 12:33 pm

Do you use shooting sticks or just lean on the tree? I’m assuming that they’re not all freehand shots. Impressed as Hell if they are!!
May I assume you're not here to inquire about the alcohol or the tobacco?
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Re: Day 38 of the 2018 Ohio Squirrel Season

Post by HunterGKS » October 9th, 2018, 1:18 pm

Hognutz wrote:
October 9th, 2018, 12:33 pm
Do you use shooting sticks or just lean on the tree? I’m assuming that they’re not all freehand shots. Impressed as Hell if they are!!
I am seated for most of the shots but have used a tree. Only a couple freehand. The .17 Savage has a bull barrel & it is a little hard to shot free.

Thx.
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Re: Day 38 of the 2018 Ohio Squirrel Season

Post by spider316 » October 10th, 2018, 5:09 pm

Hunter, what method do you use to clean you squirrels? Love them in a pie or stew, but they are a pain to clean. Thanks, Wayne.

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Re: Day 38 of the 2018 Ohio Squirrel Season

Post by HunterGKS » October 10th, 2018, 5:12 pm

spider316 wrote:
October 10th, 2018, 5:09 pm
Hunter, what method do you use to clean you squirrels? Love them in a pie or stew, but they are a pain to clean. Thanks, Wayne.
The 1st string in this forum has a detailed explanation.
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Re: Day 38 of the 2018 Ohio Squirrel Season

Post by spider316 » October 11th, 2018, 4:08 pm

Thanks !

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