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How do you hunt tree squirrels in the rain,wind or snow? How do you lure them out of their holes/nests?

Question by thehunter98.6. Uploaded on December 05, 2012

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from BackRoad600 wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

I don't hunt them in the rain, wind, or snow. They don't come out much in the rain or wind, and the time of year it usually snows in my neck of the woods is prime duck season, and therefore I am hunting quackers not treerats. You don't lure them out, you wait for them to come out, or still-hunt...Are you pulling some kind of joke here, or do you have close to zero hunting experience?

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from Gilltheman wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

Forget rain and wind hunting. They will come out after a snow, but not during. You can catch them at a den tree when activity is low.

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from Andrew Maxwell wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

no wind and rain. wait until its not windy or rainy and go out early in the morning and just sit against a big tree in an area where theres plenty of activity. theres really no way to lure them out that i know. maybe to help your chanses of seeing more throw out some corn they love it!

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from Chewylouie wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

Most of the time when squirrels build nests, they build them around vines (for stability I guess). What we do is we go and shake the vines or little saplings or (if the tree is small enough) you can shake the tree itself. This works best with more than one hunter because shooting strait up, isn't very smart. When it is windy, the stay put. When it is raining they usually come out right after it stops.

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from Pathfinder1 wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

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I don't recollect seeing many wet squirrels. Maybe NOT hunting them in bad weather is the best way to go.

To get a squirrel moving from its nest, gently hit the nest's tree trunk with a rock, and they will invariably come out for a look.

Recommend checking with your game laws to see if that is legal in your state, though.

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from FirstBubba wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

I've killed a few in the rain, but not many. They ain't got much of a brain, but they DO know how to find shelter from the rain! LOL!
Wind?
Hunted the little grey (cat) squirrel of East Texas many years. When the wind is up, the red (fox) squirrels hid. The little grey squirrels hit the ground in thickets. I've spent hours on my hands and knees, crawling through briars. Tough hunting, but well worth the reward.
Snow? I dunno! Never squirrel hunted in the snow.
How to lure them out of holes and nests.
Never tried. If they're out and active, go get 'em. If they aren't active, stay in camp.

Seeing that a squirrel is actually a "rat", maybe some lessons from the Pied Piper of Hamlin would be in order! LOL!!

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from Michael Plets wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

In my experience, squirrels come out during any weather condition depending on its severity. I usually have the most luck just after it snows or rains when there is a slight drizzle or slow and steady snowfall. You should try a ground stalk to cover as much area as possible. You can also try to lure them out of hiding by using a squirrel call. If you dont have one, take two quarters and strike them against eachother to create a "barking" imitation. This works while remaning both in motion or while stationary.

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from small game sportsman wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

in reality, there's not much you can do. you can try to call them, but thats never worked for me. but most of the time they will be active in most weather depending on how severe it is (like Michael said)

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from thehunter98.6 wrote 1 year 18 weeks ago

Thanks !

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from small game sportsman wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

in reality, there's not much you can do. you can try to call them, but thats never worked for me. but most of the time they will be active in most weather depending on how severe it is (like Michael said)

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from Gilltheman wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

Forget rain and wind hunting. They will come out after a snow, but not during. You can catch them at a den tree when activity is low.

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from Andrew Maxwell wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

no wind and rain. wait until its not windy or rainy and go out early in the morning and just sit against a big tree in an area where theres plenty of activity. theres really no way to lure them out that i know. maybe to help your chanses of seeing more throw out some corn they love it!

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from Chewylouie wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

Most of the time when squirrels build nests, they build them around vines (for stability I guess). What we do is we go and shake the vines or little saplings or (if the tree is small enough) you can shake the tree itself. This works best with more than one hunter because shooting strait up, isn't very smart. When it is windy, the stay put. When it is raining they usually come out right after it stops.

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from Pathfinder1 wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

Hi...

I don't recollect seeing many wet squirrels. Maybe NOT hunting them in bad weather is the best way to go.

To get a squirrel moving from its nest, gently hit the nest's tree trunk with a rock, and they will invariably come out for a look.

Recommend checking with your game laws to see if that is legal in your state, though.

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from FirstBubba wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

I've killed a few in the rain, but not many. They ain't got much of a brain, but they DO know how to find shelter from the rain! LOL!
Wind?
Hunted the little grey (cat) squirrel of East Texas many years. When the wind is up, the red (fox) squirrels hid. The little grey squirrels hit the ground in thickets. I've spent hours on my hands and knees, crawling through briars. Tough hunting, but well worth the reward.
Snow? I dunno! Never squirrel hunted in the snow.
How to lure them out of holes and nests.
Never tried. If they're out and active, go get 'em. If they aren't active, stay in camp.

Seeing that a squirrel is actually a "rat", maybe some lessons from the Pied Piper of Hamlin would be in order! LOL!!

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from Michael Plets wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

In my experience, squirrels come out during any weather condition depending on its severity. I usually have the most luck just after it snows or rains when there is a slight drizzle or slow and steady snowfall. You should try a ground stalk to cover as much area as possible. You can also try to lure them out of hiding by using a squirrel call. If you dont have one, take two quarters and strike them against eachother to create a "barking" imitation. This works while remaning both in motion or while stationary.

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from thehunter98.6 wrote 1 year 18 weeks ago

Thanks !

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from BackRoad600 wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

I don't hunt them in the rain, wind, or snow. They don't come out much in the rain or wind, and the time of year it usually snows in my neck of the woods is prime duck season, and therefore I am hunting quackers not treerats. You don't lure them out, you wait for them to come out, or still-hunt...Are you pulling some kind of joke here, or do you have close to zero hunting experience?

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