Squirrel hunting with the .22 Magnum Rimfire rifle

Squirrel hunting with the .22 Magnum Rimfire rifle

Fishing and Hunting Southeast Texas By Capt. Bill Watkins

Squirrel hunting with the .22 Magnum Rimfire rifle

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t Mason w o h u Brown n d r e d , #24 y a and r d s . Colby the Smith .22 Mag , #43 . Also , hurry , there the Eagle QB.

Squirrel hunting with the .22 Magnum Rimfire rifle

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Nathan Bullard came close to intercepting this Eagle pass at the goal line in early action Friday night.

Squirrel hunting with the .22 Magnum Rimfire rifle

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Pirate QB Dylan Dial looks for running room Friday versus the BH Eagles.

Until I turned twelve years old, I was not allowed to follow my dad and my uncles into the woods hunting. At age ten I was just not mature enough to take those two- and threemile hikes following some really good squirrel dogs. Of course, I thought that I was ready but they were right. I would have griped and complained most of the way and ruined the hunt for my dad. When the day finally came it was in November and was a cold gray day. Usually there was at least two hunters but as my mom had seven brothers, there could be as many as four. There was always one hunter in the group that was designated to carry a .22 cal. rifle with open sights. The other or others in the group carried shot guns. When a squirrel is treed, they will often hide in a thick spot high in the branches where it is impossible to see enough of it to get a clear shot. Sometimes, they can’t be seen at all. The rifleman is there to either shoot the squirrel in the head when it is first spotted or when it is well hidden from view to shoot a bullet into the tree where the squirrel is most likely to be hidden which usually will scare the animal into running. Then, the shot gunners get their opportunity to get the critter on the run and they were good at that. Many times, I witnessed some incredible running shots and other times the squirrel won the battle, escaping into a hole in the tree or just losing the men and dogs. Most of the time though, the squirrel lost the game. That group of guys were really on top of their game.

 

 

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