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Squirrel hunting

7/18/19 @ 9:56 AM
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Lkittle97
User since 5/30/18

I'm going squirrel hunting this year with a friend of mine, I have a .177 air rifle, a .22 LR and a 12 gauge.  Which of these would you recommend using?  I also have a bow but am nowhere near accurate enough with it yet.

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8/19/19 @ 12:01 AM
WelderGuy
WelderGuy
User since 12/19/10

I’ve never specifically targeted squirrels but did tons of rabbit hunting growing up and would take an occasional squirrel here and there. I’ve always used a 20ga shotgun and it worked great on squirrels. A 12ga may be a little much. If I was going strictly for squirrels I’d go with the .177 or .22LR myself. Years back i annihilated a whole herd of squirrels with my crossman .177 that were destroying my neighbors garage. 

8/18/19 @ 11:57 AM
haf2fsh
MEMBER since 6/23/01

Haven't hunted squirrels in years, but when I did only hunted fox squirrels, use a very old Stevens "favorite" single shot, made my own hollow points, using 22 shots, quiet and deadly at 20 yards. Tried for head shots only. 

8/14/19 @ 6:20 AM
Bigsv
User since 2/18/08

 Never used a shotgun for squirrels, always thought it would be too messy. My go to has always been a 22 LR sited in at fifty yards. I have a Leupold 3.5 X 10 and with a little practice, making head shots allows for minimal damage.

8/13/19 @ 1:55 PM
Mad Mike
User since 5/8/03

I use my 410 (with larger shot size) in early season.  I switch to a .22 when the leaves are mostly off of the trees and I am mostly sitting.

8/13/19 @ 12:05 PM
badgerstatehunter
User since 2/6/06

22 or .177 and try for the head shot.  It's really fun plus the 22 and .177 doesn't scare everything away.  If you go shotgun I agree with prior poster use bigger shot like 4s.  if you use 6s or 7.5s you will have pellets everywhere.  A 4 will pass through a lot on a squirrel or rabbit plus there are less of them.  You don't need a ton of pellets to kill a squirrel.  I use a 410 for squirrel and rabbit with 4s a lot of the time but I don't think you need to buy a new gun based on what you already have.

8/13/19 @ 9:23 AM
Mr.Bass1984
Mr.Bass1984
User since 6/12/10

If I am walking I will use a shotgun.  12ga will work but a 410 would be ideal.  If I'm sitting then I'll use a .22

8/13/19 @ 4:57 AM
Walleyes4u
Walleyes4u
User since 4/4/19

I use a 12 with 4 shot at the beginning of season ,leaves are thick and green you can lose sight of the tree rats pretty fast. Just stay 50yrds away and you will be fine and 22 and 17 cals work but they wreck alot of meat. 4 shot only a couple of pellets do the job. Try 4 shot you will be surprised. 

7/18/19 @ 10:54 AM
7thson
User since 6/4/06

I put out corn in my backyard , use my pop up blind and a thumper tip on my arrows great fun at 15yds ! My wife likes to put them in the slow cooker !

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