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The Tree Squirrel Slam: How a Small-Game Biologist Tagged All 8 U.S. Bushytail Species

The Tree Squirrel Slam: How a Small-Game Biologist Tagged All 8 U.S. Bushytail Species

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from quadeye wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

You can tell this guy ain't married.

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from billyjo bondurant wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

well, i like hunting squirrels but they won't fill a freezer.

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from BobGWI wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

Where I live here in Wisconsin I have shot grey and fox squirrels in the same woodlot from the same seat. I was in Michigan over the weekend, just north of Detroit, and saw some squirels in my friend's backyard that were black. They were about the same size as a grey squirrel. Anyone with any info on these? A subspecies or color phase?

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from marmy wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

@quadeye

Soooo True !! Wife would never go for this kind of whirlwind cross country tour.

However, i can get away with hours in our back yard which just beyond lie's a high power line easement and up the ante a bit by trading the scatter gun for an RWS 350 air rifle with open sights.

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from kwackr wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

I didn't know there was a "grand slam" for tree rats. what is next, the national rabbit grand slam?!

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from tcrab wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

It's good to see folks that still love to hunt in the great outdoors without the "gross score" bragging rights.....t

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from tom warner wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

BobGWI: You saw black phase gray squirrels, which are VERY common in many areas. For instance, the city of Philadelphia seems to have nothing but black gray's. Southern Ontario, Canada also. That area seems to be a center for melanism, with black woodchucks and black garter snakes too. I love squirrel hunting, but much prefer to do it with a 22.

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from Artie wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

If he wasn't a biologist/F&G, I'd want to ask about where he legally shot the Western Gray Squirrel. Just because I've seen people who don't know the difference shooting at protected squirrels.

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from murdock32 wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

Not exactly dangerous game, But if they ever attacked from the trees we would be in trouble. Protect your Nuts.

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from Fat guy Aaron wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

he should make a squirrel army like the janitor from scrubs

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from jh45gun wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

BobG WI has black squirrels it is just a color phase of the Grey Squirrel. I have seen White Albino grey squirrels in WI too.

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from BobGWI wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

Tom Warner & jh45 gun, thanks for the info.

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from Rick Wasser wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

Must not have nothing better to do than hunting squirrels?Why not hunt deer or elk that have a little meat on them.

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from msconnors wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

I'm all for hunting squirrels, can't believe some of you are giving him guff for it. But c'mon man, put down the 12ga and use a .22

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from Hunter Bride wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

Alas, I proudly call Johnathan O'Dell my husband. While no, squirrels don't fill up the freezer, the elk is doing a nice job of it. What the squirrels do fill up are humorous conversations with friends around the campfire as they await John's memorable squirrel enchilladas. I am fortunate to be the bride of a man who's job not only brings him home from work with a smile on his face, but affords him the opportunity to commune with nature...and if he has the opportunity to shoot a few edible creatures and have some fun while he's at it, then happily ever after we shall be.

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from Russell Hefte wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

Really? A shotgun in all those photos. Why not us a 22 and make it a bit more challenging.

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from bandito143 wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

He clearly addresses his choice of a Remington 870 pushing #6 shot in the article. Also, you can hunt squirrel for months in most states - how long is big game season, how long do you drive to hunt elk? Haters gotta hate but wouldn't you rather be stalking tree rats on a Saturday morning than spending the day at Bed, Bath and Beyond?.. maybe Home Depot...not sure if we'll have time.

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from FOX wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

I thought i was a squirrel hunter i got nothing on him.

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from Bryan01 wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

I liked the photo-story; the mean and spiteful comments, not so much

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from PSE wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

How about he put the shotgun down and grab a .22 or .17 and test his marksmanship a bit. Anyone can hit squirrels with a shotgun!!!

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from hutter wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

He missed the one at my office.What is that he's holding...a howitzer? .22 rimfire is the only way to shoot them.

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from sqrlhntr wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

Never thought about a squirrel slam. I'll just stick to what I know, a day in the woods with a good Feist dog...

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from maxpenner wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

A bows the most fun to shoot them with!!! Also makes good practice for deer season :)

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from jr_armstrong wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

Nice collection, but I agree with some of the comment about using a scatter rifle is way to easy.
I remember as a kid we dropped them with slingshot.

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from Baileymade wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

I understand a shotgun is easier but if you noticed it said he chose it based on the idea he would be taking them to a taxidermist later. He also used just the edge of the pattern implying that he not only had to carefully aim but had most likely spent some time patterning it as well. Cool accomplishment!

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from JakeT_little.Racks wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

why dont i see the black squirrel i always see in my deer stand?

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from larrydavid wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

It's people like this that give squirrel hunting a bad name. As an esteemed member of the NWTSHA (national wild tree squirrel hunters association) I feel strongly that all squirrels should be harvested with a small caliber rim fire rifle if you are over the age of 5 and have no physical or mental limitations. The ethics of squirrel hunting demand this. Furthermore, If your going to harvest these critters you better eat the things, and the shotgun (12 vs 20 gauge) makes me think otherwise.

-Concerned Vermin enthusiast

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from farm1 wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

Really !! Using a shotgun for squirrels ? My 12 year old(who by the way uses a .22), could do the same thing as him if we had the means to travel around the country. If he did this with a .22 then his accomplishments might be more impressive.

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from msconnors wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

JakeT_little.racks: perhaps you don't recall the past F&S "One-Minute Naturalist" column where this is addressed. Black squirrels are actually a variant of grey squirrels...and at one time most grey squirrels were black...the grey variant took over as the black were readily spotted by early (1800s?) hunters. Natural selection gave the grey variant the edge on survival. So now most grey squirrels are actually grey. Perhaps Mr. O'Dell could shed some light on this?

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from MightyTygart wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

Congratulations to Mr. O'Dell on a job well done and for sharing his experience with us here at Field and Stream. The negative comments are astounding! Why is there so much ridicule over the use of a shotgun? Yes, it is more challenging to do it with a rifle but he provided a feasible explanation for his choice of firearm. These negative comments are a stark reminder of what todays so called hunters have turned in to. If it doesn't have a rack, beard, or involve riding around on a quad many of you simply aren't interested or are unable to find any enjoyment in it. Mr. O'Dell is a small game enthusiast. He and many other like myself are the staple of American Sportsman. Once again, thank you Mr. O'Dell for providing this interesting article.

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from jmshackelfo@aol.com wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

I think its cool that he not only got to take them but knows so much about them. I honistly did not know there where 8 different kinds of squarrels in America. Way to go Mr. O'Dell. And way to let him live and do what makes him happy Ms. O'Dell. Very cool of both of you.

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from MountainMan6 wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

Man, I say do what makes you happy. I probably do a lot of stuff this ol boy would think is weird, but I can't see running all over the country after some squirrels. But like I said, do what makes you happy and good for him for being able to follow his kind of unusual dreams. And congrats to Mrs. O'Dell for being supportive, that makes the whole thing doable and fun.

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from robert cota wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

I have had more fun hunting squirrel with my sons. They get a kick out of it and it never gets old. We use a 410 single shot. They are too young to hunt big game and I can share this part of the sport with them. Glad to see you are having fun with it too. Nice job keep it up!

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from IND_NRA wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

I don't think the focus is on the fact that is man shot these great tasting, great to hunt small game treasures with a shotgun, but to bring attention to a way of hunting that most of us grow up on. It is nice to see an article about something other then a bunch of guys seeing who can spend the most money to get the biggest rack. I hunt squirrels every year with a .22 and a shotgun, and I eat every one I shot. Maybe its time to embrace ours roots in small game hunting instead of "inches of antler" Let the backlash begin.

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from Hil wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

Go squirrel guy, go! Hey, he's having fun doing something perfectly legal and maybe a little quirky (never heard of the squirrel slam myself) and that's cool with me. I prefer a shotgun (usually 410) for squirrels too because I never have been crazy about firing a rifle, even a 22, in the air.

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from thequam wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

This was a really neat article, I honestly did not know that there were 8 different species of squirrels. I loved squirrel hunting growing up, but haven't done it for years. I always used a .22 or my .177 air rifle, but the intention was not to mount but rather eat the squirrel. Kinda got me re-interested in squirrel hunting. Congrats and Nice Work!

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from Bigbass09 wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

I love squirrel smothered in cream of chicken gravy!

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from miketorr wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

i saw a red squirrel in tennessee-smaller than a gray squirrel,but red in color-bright red like nicole kidmans hair-has anybody seen similar?

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from jrod817 wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

i hunt them with a bow all the time. i think i would rather hunt them than deer. not alot of meat so your shot had better be right and arrows leave big holes no matter what poundage ya use so that leaves the head. and the cream of mushroom in a crockpot over taters and toast is the cats meow. just wish i had more places to bring my bow and test my skill. waytogo!!!!!!!!!!

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from Captjim wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

I got a squirrel slam at Dennys just last week.

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from dale freeman wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

I shot my first squirrel, while on a hunt with my mother, 62 years ago, using a .410 single barrel.
At that time squirrel hunting was "big game" hunting and you better not waste shells.
Just about all of our protein came from hunting.
At that time Louisiana had no deer and no deer seasons.
I was lucky to get to go deer hunting on the very first deer season and you could count the high power rifles on your thumbs.
We've come a long way "baby".

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from twodogz wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

Hunter Bride, my hat's off to you, you are a real classy lady. Your husband is a man after my own heart, I love to hunt squirrels more than any other game. I use a .22, but I have used scatterguns before, and I must say that a lot of the time a rifle is easier to use. Where I hunt, a stalk with a shotgun is usually fruitless because the little rodents are easily spooked and a shot under 40 yards isn't easy to get. Mr. O'Dell, you have inspired me. I travel a lot for work, and now I may have to try for a North American Tree Rat Grand Slam!

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from bj264 wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

Great article! I get really tired of people who are criticle of other hunters because they "didnt do it the right way". Who cares what gun he used... really, do you need to minimize what someone else has done to give yourself some sense of superiority? This is whats wrong with our sport, all the back biting and ridicule.

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from RangerDansDrink... wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

Ok; But how did he do it? What can he share? I happen to like to hunt tree rats.

They ones you see in your yard are easy, the ones in the forest take a bit more smarts as they are always on edge looking out for hawks, owls, foxes, coyotes, eagles and just about any meat eater looking for a fast meal.

I have seen a fellow hunt them with a .40 cal round ball flintlock. And hit 'em.

With a deer, you might see a nice shooter once a year. With a squirrel, there is a new one along coming along in the next field or the next hour. Its also a great way to scout for deer sign and where to put your tree stand.

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from RNowicki wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

Congrat's, to my dear friend Jonathan. Who is a former "Sapper" and United States Paratrooper of the US Army and does not stoop as low as some of these comments.
To all those drinking up the Hater-aid out there, you should be ashamed to pass judgment on a person you know nothing about.
As a fellow "Sky Soldier" I myself had the pleasure of witnessing Jonathan on multiple firing ranges and with multiple weapons that, he was very proficient at and that I would dare say most people out there have never shot. Try shooting Expert with an M4 (5.56) 300 Meters, SAW-M249 (5.56) 500 to 800 meters or with the pig "aka" M240-B (7.56) at 800 to 1000 meters - Day and Night.
Yes - My Dear Friend Jonathan has. Blow a building up with C4 explosives? Jonathan has. Wrap DET Cord and prime blasting caps around multiple trees for a hasty LZ? How many jumps out of a plane day or night with 100 lbs of gear strapped to your butt, defused land-mines or hump 60 lbs of gear over 12 miles in 3 hours have you done? That's right Jonathan has. So to all you Haters and so called Sharp-shooters that mock him over a weapon, a weapon is a weapon and if you’re able to “one shot one kill” your prey then that is all the "skill" you need. Congrats to Jonathan at following a Dream and actually getting to live it and call it work at the same time. Congrats to Jonathan who is lucky enough to have a supporting wife that encourages her husband in both his career and hobbies.
Whether you hunt for tree rats, Deer, Elk, rabbit or some feathered species, you have to admire his dedication, as the "game" is not always around when you step foot out the door on the hunt. How many of us post pictures of a prized Deer taken by a rifle with a scope? The argument can be made "why not hunt with Iron sights" to prove your skill.
Jonathan, I am proud of you! Good for you and keep up the Great Work. I sure miss the days of C4 and hand grenades my brother.
SSG.Nowicki, 82nd Airborne Division, Sapper and Sky Soldier for life. Peace Out!

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from mpsorens wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

Being a biologist allowed him to obtain the proper permits to hunt species that others cannot. The Grand Slam is a great RARE feat.

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from Beekeeper wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

My Dad was a die hard squirrel hunter and would have loved to have met you!

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from MATroutslayer wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

Hell Yeah!!! I get ragged on for limbrat hunting all the time, I let it roll off my back. I use my 870, too. Everyone tells me that a .22 is much more challenging. Really?!?!?! At 100 yards, they don't even see it coming. I like stalking up to the oaks slow and quiet, then popping em with the edge at 20 yards or less. The real fun starts when they start bookin it through the trees and you catch em mid-jump. Oh man, I love that. I also don't need to worry about my shot traveling a mile and a half...

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from walleye slayer wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

Get a life

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from MountainMan6 wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

Hell yeah, SSG.

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from jsschaeffer wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

This is one of the coolest articles I have seen in a long time, and if you think about it, it was a real challenge. Good story, and some neat game biology from a guy who took the time to learn about the animals he was hunting. I was appalled at the number of moronic comments deriding this as somehow less worthy than "how I shot the big buck" stories that dominate the site and print version of Field and Stream.

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from Turkeytalk101 wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

12 gauge? That's total overkill for squirrels. I have used .410's, .22's, and .177 pellet rifles to lethally take squirrel's. Nice job on the slam pal, but I give you no credit for your choice in weapon.

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from nickpie67 wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

Is he using a winchester 1200?

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from nickpie67 wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

And @Turketalk101 its not overkill for the eastern and western grays, just use number 6 or 7 shot and its perfect. Where I hunt squirrel in virginia their are lots of thickets and the 12 gauge is perfect because it has enough umhf to punch through the thickets.

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from SOLO_BRO wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

Its more to hunting then whitetail deer.

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from woodsdog wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

The Author, Major John Plaster's (RET) in his book "Ultimate Sniper" which is the bible for snipers in our armed forces and many other countries. This guy was a MACV-SOG in Vietnam and is considered one of the gurus of sniper shooting. Anyway, he credits most of his shooting ability development and that of many other snipers with squirrel hunting as a youth and as an adult. BTW the fieldcraft section of this book is excellent reading for any hunter.

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from 007 wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

Hunter Bride, you tell 'em! For those of you lining up to run this fellow down for something that he's obviously passionate about, why don't you share some of your obviously more interesting feats and obviously superior ballistic wisdom with us? Turkeytalk, I seem to rememeber somewhere that you said you were around 18 years old, is it possible you might learn something on this site?Come on folks, you're better than that, step up to the plate and quit sniping at your fellow hunter.

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from RangerDansDrink... wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

Ok; here is how things play out where I live and the business rules I use. When the leaves are on the trees the little buggers aren't to nervous and will sit on a limb or on a log for great shot. Then bring the .22 and .17. Sit on a log in the sign and wait.

When all the leaves are gone, and when hawks are migrating through, the little fellas bare only out for a few minutes a day (dawn and dusk) tapping the cache of nuts for a few seconds, load them cheek jowls and run like hell for the nest. If the weather has been great the previous day they may not even be out at dawn. In last of the season they stop and pose for no one. Then I bring the 870 full choke and number 5 shot. Most shots are running like hell bent for leather. Try it with a .22 handgun some time (that one you have to be damn careful).

The best part is I always alert for deer sign and good tree stand locations.

Someone correct me if I am wrong, cause I I love to hunt, just didn't say I was great at it.

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from Ron Martell wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

I keep reading how much more challenging squirrel hunting is with a .22, it must be true because while I read that, I don't see any pictures of a .22 squirrel grand slam.
I hunt where I can, when I am able and how I want. How about you?

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from Bigbass09 wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

I am Sam
I am Sam
Sam I am

That Sam-I-am!
That Sam-I-am!
I do like that Squirrel grand slam!

Do you like Red Squirrels, green eggs and ham?

I do like them, Sam-I-am.
I do like Red Squirrels, green eggs and ham.

Would you like them here or there?

I would like them here or there.
I would like them anywhere.

I do like Western Gray squirrel, green eggs & ham.
I do like them, Sam-I-am.

Would you like them in a house?
Would you like them with a mouse?

I do like them in a house.
I do not like them with a mouse.

I do like them here or there.
I do like them anywhere.

I do like Douglas squirrels, green eggs and ham.
I do like them, Sam-I-am.

Would you eat them in a box?
Would you eat them with a fox?

Not in a box.
Not with a fox.
Yes, In a house.
Not with a mouse.
I would eat them here or there.
I would eat them anywhere.
I would eat Arizona gray squirrel, green eggs and ham.
I do like them, Sam-I-am.

Would you? Could you?
In a car?
Eat them! Eat them!
Here they are.

I would, I could in a car.

You may like them.
You will see.
You may like them in a tree!

I would, could hunt them out of a tree.
Not from a car! You let me be!

I do not like them in a box.
I do not like them with a fox.
I do like them in a house.
I do not like them with a mouse.
I do like them here or there.
I do like them anywhere.
I do like Abert’s squirrels, green eggs and ham.
I do like them, Sam-I-am.

A train! A train!
A train! A train!
Could you, would you, on a train?

Yes on a train! Yes hunt them from a tree!
Yes in a car! Sam! Let me be!

I would not, could not, in a box.
I could not, would not, with a fox.
I will not eat them with a mouse.
I will eat them in a house.
I will eat them here or there.
I will eat them anywhere.
I do eat Eastern gray squirrels, green eggs and ham.
I do like them, Sam-I-am.

Say! In the dark?
Here in the dark!
Would you, could you, in the dark?

I would, I could eat them in the dark.

Would you, could you, in the rain?

I would not, could not, in the rain.
Yes in the dark. Yes on a train.
Yes in a car. Yes, hunt them from a tree.
I do like them, Sam, you see.
Yes in a house. Not in a box.
Not with a mouse. Not with a fox.
I will eat them here or there.
I do like them anywhere!

I do like Mexican fox squirrel, green eggs and ham?
I do like them, Sam-I-am.

Could you, would you with a goat?

I would not, could not, with a goat!

Would you, could you, on a boat?

I could, I would, on a boat.
I will not, will not, with a goat.
I will not eat them in the rain.
I will eat them on a train.
Yes in the dark! Yes, hunt them from a tree!
Yes in a car! You let me be!
I do not like them in a box.
I do not like them with a fox.
I will eat them in a house.
I do not like them with a mouse.
I do like them here or there.
I do like them ANYWHERE

I do like all kinds of squirrels, green eggs and ham!

I do like them, Sam-I-am.

You do not like them.
So you say.
Try them! Try them!
Try them and you may, I say.

Sam!
If you will let me be,
I will try them.
You will see.

Say!
I do like squirrels, green eggs and ham!
I do! I like them, Sam-I-am!
And I would eat them in a boat.
I would not eat them with a goat...

And I will not eat them in the rain.
And I'd eat them in the dark. And on a train.
And in a car. And hunt them from a tree.
They are so good, so good, you see!

I will not eat them in a box.
And I will not eat them with a fox.
I will eat them in a house.
I will not eat them with a mouse.
I will eat them here and there.
Say! I will eat them ANYWHERE!

I do so like this squirrel grand slam, green eggs and ham!
Thank you!
Thank you,
Sam-I-am!

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from buddyh wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

I liked the article a lot. Over the last couple years I was given two .410 bolt actions. I didn't know what to do with them because .410s have been called the "biggest cripplers since polio." The guns were given to me by some pretty special friends so i wanted to keep them. My son and I took them out for squirrels and they work great. they are enough gun for a clean kill, and like the earlier poster, I don't like the idea of .22 slugs travelling to who-knows-where.

Good job, O'Dell, thanks for the article.

as for the negative comments, a mentor once told me, "It's easier to be critical than correct." Just because someone does something different than you, that doesn't make it wrong, simply different. Lighten up.

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from buddyh wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

This is for Artie-
Read the California Game & Fish and Oregon DNR (or whatever they call themselves) websites for Western Grey Squirrel hunting season information. The Oregon site is specific for the species, California simply has a "Tree Squirrel" season.

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from Woods Walker wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

Living in a relatively urban area, I, like buddyh, prefer the .410 to a .22 for safety reasons as bullets can travel a long distance when fired up into the air and I prefer to know my backstop as is drilled in to us in Hunter Safety courses! One stray bullet can do a lot to wreck our hunting image and opportunities...

Congrats to O'Dell for a noteworthy accomplishment!

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from ddforsyth wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

I loved the article. My first hunting memories were squirrel hunting with my father. I haven't been in the woods stalking bushy tails for many years. I think I will headout this weekend. Congratulations on the slam.

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from ducks wrote 2 years 18 weeks ago

my mom better watch out that whats on my wall next

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from Nico S. Akemann wrote 2 years 12 weeks ago

He doesn't have them all. He is missing a few from the west.

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from Nico S. Akemann wrote 2 years 12 weeks ago

And black squirrels are just greys squirrels with very dark fur. if look at the scientific name it is the same.

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from Nico S. Akemann wrote 2 years 12 weeks ago

also why would you ever shoot up in the air with a rifle that just not cool wheres that bullet going?
use a shotgun as long as it is a 12 gauge or smaller it is good and number 6 shot is the best i personally like a 16 or 28 gauge with a full choke.

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from yeti3670 wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

BobGWI - Black squirrels are just a color phase of a Gray squirrel. I don't know where in WI you live; I live near Crivitz and we have lots of black squirrels up here. The hills around Baraboo have lots of black squirrels too. I used to hunt them in that area when I was a kid.

BobL

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from 17henson wrote 2 years 6 days ago

why are yall hating on him for using a shotgun. If thats what he wants to do let him do it.

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from mstrass73 wrote 1 year 41 weeks ago

Congrats on your accomplishment! From the time my Dad took me squirrel hunting as a boy to the times that I am now taking my boys squirrel hunting, it has always been great fun and a real challenge at times. Over the years I have used everything from a 12 gauge to a .410 and a .22 to a 1200 fps pellet gun. There isn't a wrong way to do it!!!

It amazes me how many people are "haters" because someone bags an animal differently than their own preferred method. As hunters, we are constantly having our way of life challenged. We don't need small minded hunters helping them along. As far as the elk comments and the like, squirrel season in Missouri is almost 9 months long. Elk/deer/etc., not so much...

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from Hunter Bride wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

Alas, I proudly call Johnathan O'Dell my husband. While no, squirrels don't fill up the freezer, the elk is doing a nice job of it. What the squirrels do fill up are humorous conversations with friends around the campfire as they await John's memorable squirrel enchilladas. I am fortunate to be the bride of a man who's job not only brings him home from work with a smile on his face, but affords him the opportunity to commune with nature...and if he has the opportunity to shoot a few edible creatures and have some fun while he's at it, then happily ever after we shall be.

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from tcrab wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

It's good to see folks that still love to hunt in the great outdoors without the "gross score" bragging rights.....t

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from RNowicki wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

Congrat's, to my dear friend Jonathan. Who is a former "Sapper" and United States Paratrooper of the US Army and does not stoop as low as some of these comments.
To all those drinking up the Hater-aid out there, you should be ashamed to pass judgment on a person you know nothing about.
As a fellow "Sky Soldier" I myself had the pleasure of witnessing Jonathan on multiple firing ranges and with multiple weapons that, he was very proficient at and that I would dare say most people out there have never shot. Try shooting Expert with an M4 (5.56) 300 Meters, SAW-M249 (5.56) 500 to 800 meters or with the pig "aka" M240-B (7.56) at 800 to 1000 meters - Day and Night.
Yes - My Dear Friend Jonathan has. Blow a building up with C4 explosives? Jonathan has. Wrap DET Cord and prime blasting caps around multiple trees for a hasty LZ? How many jumps out of a plane day or night with 100 lbs of gear strapped to your butt, defused land-mines or hump 60 lbs of gear over 12 miles in 3 hours have you done? That's right Jonathan has. So to all you Haters and so called Sharp-shooters that mock him over a weapon, a weapon is a weapon and if you’re able to “one shot one kill” your prey then that is all the "skill" you need. Congrats to Jonathan at following a Dream and actually getting to live it and call it work at the same time. Congrats to Jonathan who is lucky enough to have a supporting wife that encourages her husband in both his career and hobbies.
Whether you hunt for tree rats, Deer, Elk, rabbit or some feathered species, you have to admire his dedication, as the "game" is not always around when you step foot out the door on the hunt. How many of us post pictures of a prized Deer taken by a rifle with a scope? The argument can be made "why not hunt with Iron sights" to prove your skill.
Jonathan, I am proud of you! Good for you and keep up the Great Work. I sure miss the days of C4 and hand grenades my brother.
SSG.Nowicki, 82nd Airborne Division, Sapper and Sky Soldier for life. Peace Out!

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from MATroutslayer wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

Hell Yeah!!! I get ragged on for limbrat hunting all the time, I let it roll off my back. I use my 870, too. Everyone tells me that a .22 is much more challenging. Really?!?!?! At 100 yards, they don't even see it coming. I like stalking up to the oaks slow and quiet, then popping em with the edge at 20 yards or less. The real fun starts when they start bookin it through the trees and you catch em mid-jump. Oh man, I love that. I also don't need to worry about my shot traveling a mile and a half...

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from murdock32 wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

Not exactly dangerous game, But if they ever attacked from the trees we would be in trouble. Protect your Nuts.

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from msconnors wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

I'm all for hunting squirrels, can't believe some of you are giving him guff for it. But c'mon man, put down the 12ga and use a .22

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from Bryan01 wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

I liked the photo-story; the mean and spiteful comments, not so much

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from MightyTygart wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

Congratulations to Mr. O'Dell on a job well done and for sharing his experience with us here at Field and Stream. The negative comments are astounding! Why is there so much ridicule over the use of a shotgun? Yes, it is more challenging to do it with a rifle but he provided a feasible explanation for his choice of firearm. These negative comments are a stark reminder of what todays so called hunters have turned in to. If it doesn't have a rack, beard, or involve riding around on a quad many of you simply aren't interested or are unable to find any enjoyment in it. Mr. O'Dell is a small game enthusiast. He and many other like myself are the staple of American Sportsman. Once again, thank you Mr. O'Dell for providing this interesting article.

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from IND_NRA wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

I don't think the focus is on the fact that is man shot these great tasting, great to hunt small game treasures with a shotgun, but to bring attention to a way of hunting that most of us grow up on. It is nice to see an article about something other then a bunch of guys seeing who can spend the most money to get the biggest rack. I hunt squirrels every year with a .22 and a shotgun, and I eat every one I shot. Maybe its time to embrace ours roots in small game hunting instead of "inches of antler" Let the backlash begin.

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from quadeye wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

You can tell this guy ain't married.

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from bandito143 wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

He clearly addresses his choice of a Remington 870 pushing #6 shot in the article. Also, you can hunt squirrel for months in most states - how long is big game season, how long do you drive to hunt elk? Haters gotta hate but wouldn't you rather be stalking tree rats on a Saturday morning than spending the day at Bed, Bath and Beyond?.. maybe Home Depot...not sure if we'll have time.

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from Hil wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

Go squirrel guy, go! Hey, he's having fun doing something perfectly legal and maybe a little quirky (never heard of the squirrel slam myself) and that's cool with me. I prefer a shotgun (usually 410) for squirrels too because I never have been crazy about firing a rifle, even a 22, in the air.

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from tom warner wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

BobGWI: You saw black phase gray squirrels, which are VERY common in many areas. For instance, the city of Philadelphia seems to have nothing but black gray's. Southern Ontario, Canada also. That area seems to be a center for melanism, with black woodchucks and black garter snakes too. I love squirrel hunting, but much prefer to do it with a 22.

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from Fat guy Aaron wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

he should make a squirrel army like the janitor from scrubs

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from Russell Hefte wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

Really? A shotgun in all those photos. Why not us a 22 and make it a bit more challenging.

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from bj264 wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

Great article! I get really tired of people who are criticle of other hunters because they "didnt do it the right way". Who cares what gun he used... really, do you need to minimize what someone else has done to give yourself some sense of superiority? This is whats wrong with our sport, all the back biting and ridicule.

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from BobGWI wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

Where I live here in Wisconsin I have shot grey and fox squirrels in the same woodlot from the same seat. I was in Michigan over the weekend, just north of Detroit, and saw some squirels in my friend's backyard that were black. They were about the same size as a grey squirrel. Anyone with any info on these? A subspecies or color phase?

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from jh45gun wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

BobG WI has black squirrels it is just a color phase of the Grey Squirrel. I have seen White Albino grey squirrels in WI too.

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from twodogz wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

Hunter Bride, my hat's off to you, you are a real classy lady. Your husband is a man after my own heart, I love to hunt squirrels more than any other game. I use a .22, but I have used scatterguns before, and I must say that a lot of the time a rifle is easier to use. Where I hunt, a stalk with a shotgun is usually fruitless because the little rodents are easily spooked and a shot under 40 yards isn't easy to get. Mr. O'Dell, you have inspired me. I travel a lot for work, and now I may have to try for a North American Tree Rat Grand Slam!

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from jsschaeffer wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

This is one of the coolest articles I have seen in a long time, and if you think about it, it was a real challenge. Good story, and some neat game biology from a guy who took the time to learn about the animals he was hunting. I was appalled at the number of moronic comments deriding this as somehow less worthy than "how I shot the big buck" stories that dominate the site and print version of Field and Stream.

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from 007 wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

Hunter Bride, you tell 'em! For those of you lining up to run this fellow down for something that he's obviously passionate about, why don't you share some of your obviously more interesting feats and obviously superior ballistic wisdom with us? Turkeytalk, I seem to rememeber somewhere that you said you were around 18 years old, is it possible you might learn something on this site?Come on folks, you're better than that, step up to the plate and quit sniping at your fellow hunter.

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from Ron Martell wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

I keep reading how much more challenging squirrel hunting is with a .22, it must be true because while I read that, I don't see any pictures of a .22 squirrel grand slam.
I hunt where I can, when I am able and how I want. How about you?

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from billyjo bondurant wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

well, i like hunting squirrels but they won't fill a freezer.

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from Artie wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

If he wasn't a biologist/F&G, I'd want to ask about where he legally shot the Western Gray Squirrel. Just because I've seen people who don't know the difference shooting at protected squirrels.

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from BobGWI wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

Tom Warner & jh45 gun, thanks for the info.

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from FOX wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

I thought i was a squirrel hunter i got nothing on him.

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from maxpenner wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

A bows the most fun to shoot them with!!! Also makes good practice for deer season :)

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from jr_armstrong wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

Nice collection, but I agree with some of the comment about using a scatter rifle is way to easy.
I remember as a kid we dropped them with slingshot.

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from Baileymade wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

I understand a shotgun is easier but if you noticed it said he chose it based on the idea he would be taking them to a taxidermist later. He also used just the edge of the pattern implying that he not only had to carefully aim but had most likely spent some time patterning it as well. Cool accomplishment!

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from jmshackelfo@aol.com wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

I think its cool that he not only got to take them but knows so much about them. I honistly did not know there where 8 different kinds of squarrels in America. Way to go Mr. O'Dell. And way to let him live and do what makes him happy Ms. O'Dell. Very cool of both of you.

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from MountainMan6 wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

Man, I say do what makes you happy. I probably do a lot of stuff this ol boy would think is weird, but I can't see running all over the country after some squirrels. But like I said, do what makes you happy and good for him for being able to follow his kind of unusual dreams. And congrats to Mrs. O'Dell for being supportive, that makes the whole thing doable and fun.

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from thequam wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

This was a really neat article, I honestly did not know that there were 8 different species of squirrels. I loved squirrel hunting growing up, but haven't done it for years. I always used a .22 or my .177 air rifle, but the intention was not to mount but rather eat the squirrel. Kinda got me re-interested in squirrel hunting. Congrats and Nice Work!

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from Bigbass09 wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

I love squirrel smothered in cream of chicken gravy!

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from jrod817 wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

i hunt them with a bow all the time. i think i would rather hunt them than deer. not alot of meat so your shot had better be right and arrows leave big holes no matter what poundage ya use so that leaves the head. and the cream of mushroom in a crockpot over taters and toast is the cats meow. just wish i had more places to bring my bow and test my skill. waytogo!!!!!!!!!!

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from Captjim wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

I got a squirrel slam at Dennys just last week.

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from dale freeman wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

I shot my first squirrel, while on a hunt with my mother, 62 years ago, using a .410 single barrel.
At that time squirrel hunting was "big game" hunting and you better not waste shells.
Just about all of our protein came from hunting.
At that time Louisiana had no deer and no deer seasons.
I was lucky to get to go deer hunting on the very first deer season and you could count the high power rifles on your thumbs.
We've come a long way "baby".

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from RangerDansDrink... wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

Ok; here is how things play out where I live and the business rules I use. When the leaves are on the trees the little buggers aren't to nervous and will sit on a limb or on a log for great shot. Then bring the .22 and .17. Sit on a log in the sign and wait.

When all the leaves are gone, and when hawks are migrating through, the little fellas bare only out for a few minutes a day (dawn and dusk) tapping the cache of nuts for a few seconds, load them cheek jowls and run like hell for the nest. If the weather has been great the previous day they may not even be out at dawn. In last of the season they stop and pose for no one. Then I bring the 870 full choke and number 5 shot. Most shots are running like hell bent for leather. Try it with a .22 handgun some time (that one you have to be damn careful).

The best part is I always alert for deer sign and good tree stand locations.

Someone correct me if I am wrong, cause I I love to hunt, just didn't say I was great at it.

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from ducks wrote 2 years 18 weeks ago

my mom better watch out that whats on my wall next

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from mstrass73 wrote 1 year 41 weeks ago

Congrats on your accomplishment! From the time my Dad took me squirrel hunting as a boy to the times that I am now taking my boys squirrel hunting, it has always been great fun and a real challenge at times. Over the years I have used everything from a 12 gauge to a .410 and a .22 to a 1200 fps pellet gun. There isn't a wrong way to do it!!!

It amazes me how many people are "haters" because someone bags an animal differently than their own preferred method. As hunters, we are constantly having our way of life challenged. We don't need small minded hunters helping them along. As far as the elk comments and the like, squirrel season in Missouri is almost 9 months long. Elk/deer/etc., not so much...

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from marmy wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

@quadeye

Soooo True !! Wife would never go for this kind of whirlwind cross country tour.

However, i can get away with hours in our back yard which just beyond lie's a high power line easement and up the ante a bit by trading the scatter gun for an RWS 350 air rifle with open sights.

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from sqrlhntr wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

Never thought about a squirrel slam. I'll just stick to what I know, a day in the woods with a good Feist dog...

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from JakeT_little.Racks wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

why dont i see the black squirrel i always see in my deer stand?

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from msconnors wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

JakeT_little.racks: perhaps you don't recall the past F&S "One-Minute Naturalist" column where this is addressed. Black squirrels are actually a variant of grey squirrels...and at one time most grey squirrels were black...the grey variant took over as the black were readily spotted by early (1800s?) hunters. Natural selection gave the grey variant the edge on survival. So now most grey squirrels are actually grey. Perhaps Mr. O'Dell could shed some light on this?

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from robert cota wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

I have had more fun hunting squirrel with my sons. They get a kick out of it and it never gets old. We use a 410 single shot. They are too young to hunt big game and I can share this part of the sport with them. Glad to see you are having fun with it too. Nice job keep it up!

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from miketorr wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

i saw a red squirrel in tennessee-smaller than a gray squirrel,but red in color-bright red like nicole kidmans hair-has anybody seen similar?

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from RangerDansDrink... wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

Ok; But how did he do it? What can he share? I happen to like to hunt tree rats.

They ones you see in your yard are easy, the ones in the forest take a bit more smarts as they are always on edge looking out for hawks, owls, foxes, coyotes, eagles and just about any meat eater looking for a fast meal.

I have seen a fellow hunt them with a .40 cal round ball flintlock. And hit 'em.

With a deer, you might see a nice shooter once a year. With a squirrel, there is a new one along coming along in the next field or the next hour. Its also a great way to scout for deer sign and where to put your tree stand.

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from mpsorens wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

Being a biologist allowed him to obtain the proper permits to hunt species that others cannot. The Grand Slam is a great RARE feat.

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from Beekeeper wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

My Dad was a die hard squirrel hunter and would have loved to have met you!

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from MountainMan6 wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

Hell yeah, SSG.

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from nickpie67 wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

Is he using a winchester 1200?

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from nickpie67 wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

And @Turketalk101 its not overkill for the eastern and western grays, just use number 6 or 7 shot and its perfect. Where I hunt squirrel in virginia their are lots of thickets and the 12 gauge is perfect because it has enough umhf to punch through the thickets.

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from SOLO_BRO wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

Its more to hunting then whitetail deer.

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from woodsdog wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

The Author, Major John Plaster's (RET) in his book "Ultimate Sniper" which is the bible for snipers in our armed forces and many other countries. This guy was a MACV-SOG in Vietnam and is considered one of the gurus of sniper shooting. Anyway, he credits most of his shooting ability development and that of many other snipers with squirrel hunting as a youth and as an adult. BTW the fieldcraft section of this book is excellent reading for any hunter.

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from buddyh wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

I liked the article a lot. Over the last couple years I was given two .410 bolt actions. I didn't know what to do with them because .410s have been called the "biggest cripplers since polio." The guns were given to me by some pretty special friends so i wanted to keep them. My son and I took them out for squirrels and they work great. they are enough gun for a clean kill, and like the earlier poster, I don't like the idea of .22 slugs travelling to who-knows-where.

Good job, O'Dell, thanks for the article.

as for the negative comments, a mentor once told me, "It's easier to be critical than correct." Just because someone does something different than you, that doesn't make it wrong, simply different. Lighten up.

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from buddyh wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

This is for Artie-
Read the California Game & Fish and Oregon DNR (or whatever they call themselves) websites for Western Grey Squirrel hunting season information. The Oregon site is specific for the species, California simply has a "Tree Squirrel" season.

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from Woods Walker wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

Living in a relatively urban area, I, like buddyh, prefer the .410 to a .22 for safety reasons as bullets can travel a long distance when fired up into the air and I prefer to know my backstop as is drilled in to us in Hunter Safety courses! One stray bullet can do a lot to wreck our hunting image and opportunities...

Congrats to O'Dell for a noteworthy accomplishment!

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from ddforsyth wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

I loved the article. My first hunting memories were squirrel hunting with my father. I haven't been in the woods stalking bushy tails for many years. I think I will headout this weekend. Congratulations on the slam.

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from Nico S. Akemann wrote 2 years 12 weeks ago

He doesn't have them all. He is missing a few from the west.

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from Nico S. Akemann wrote 2 years 12 weeks ago

And black squirrels are just greys squirrels with very dark fur. if look at the scientific name it is the same.

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from Nico S. Akemann wrote 2 years 12 weeks ago

also why would you ever shoot up in the air with a rifle that just not cool wheres that bullet going?
use a shotgun as long as it is a 12 gauge or smaller it is good and number 6 shot is the best i personally like a 16 or 28 gauge with a full choke.

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from yeti3670 wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

BobGWI - Black squirrels are just a color phase of a Gray squirrel. I don't know where in WI you live; I live near Crivitz and we have lots of black squirrels up here. The hills around Baraboo have lots of black squirrels too. I used to hunt them in that area when I was a kid.

BobL

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from 17henson wrote 2 years 6 days ago

why are yall hating on him for using a shotgun. If thats what he wants to do let him do it.

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from hutter wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

He missed the one at my office.What is that he's holding...a howitzer? .22 rimfire is the only way to shoot them.

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from walleye slayer wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

Get a life

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from Turkeytalk101 wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

12 gauge? That's total overkill for squirrels. I have used .410's, .22's, and .177 pellet rifles to lethally take squirrel's. Nice job on the slam pal, but I give you no credit for your choice in weapon.

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from Bigbass09 wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

I am Sam
I am Sam
Sam I am

That Sam-I-am!
That Sam-I-am!
I do like that Squirrel grand slam!

Do you like Red Squirrels, green eggs and ham?

I do like them, Sam-I-am.
I do like Red Squirrels, green eggs and ham.

Would you like them here or there?

I would like them here or there.
I would like them anywhere.

I do like Western Gray squirrel, green eggs & ham.
I do like them, Sam-I-am.

Would you like them in a house?
Would you like them with a mouse?

I do like them in a house.
I do not like them with a mouse.

I do like them here or there.
I do like them anywhere.

I do like Douglas squirrels, green eggs and ham.
I do like them, Sam-I-am.

Would you eat them in a box?
Would you eat them with a fox?

Not in a box.
Not with a fox.
Yes, In a house.
Not with a mouse.
I would eat them here or there.
I would eat them anywhere.
I would eat Arizona gray squirrel, green eggs and ham.
I do like them, Sam-I-am.

Would you? Could you?
In a car?
Eat them! Eat them!
Here they are.

I would, I could in a car.

You may like them.
You will see.
You may like them in a tree!

I would, could hunt them out of a tree.
Not from a car! You let me be!

I do not like them in a box.
I do not like them with a fox.
I do like them in a house.
I do not like them with a mouse.
I do like them here or there.
I do like them anywhere.
I do like Abert’s squirrels, green eggs and ham.
I do like them, Sam-I-am.

A train! A train!
A train! A train!
Could you, would you, on a train?

Yes on a train! Yes hunt them from a tree!
Yes in a car! Sam! Let me be!

I would not, could not, in a box.
I could not, would not, with a fox.
I will not eat them with a mouse.
I will eat them in a house.
I will eat them here or there.
I will eat them anywhere.
I do eat Eastern gray squirrels, green eggs and ham.
I do like them, Sam-I-am.

Say! In the dark?
Here in the dark!
Would you, could you, in the dark?

I would, I could eat them in the dark.

Would you, could you, in the rain?

I would not, could not, in the rain.
Yes in the dark. Yes on a train.
Yes in a car. Yes, hunt them from a tree.
I do like them, Sam, you see.
Yes in a house. Not in a box.
Not with a mouse. Not with a fox.
I will eat them here or there.
I do like them anywhere!

I do like Mexican fox squirrel, green eggs and ham?
I do like them, Sam-I-am.

Could you, would you with a goat?

I would not, could not, with a goat!

Would you, could you, on a boat?

I could, I would, on a boat.
I will not, will not, with a goat.
I will not eat them in the rain.
I will eat them on a train.
Yes in the dark! Yes, hunt them from a tree!
Yes in a car! You let me be!
I do not like them in a box.
I do not like them with a fox.
I will eat them in a house.
I do not like them with a mouse.
I do like them here or there.
I do like them ANYWHERE

I do like all kinds of squirrels, green eggs and ham!

I do like them, Sam-I-am.

You do not like them.
So you say.
Try them! Try them!
Try them and you may, I say.

Sam!
If you will let me be,
I will try them.
You will see.

Say!
I do like squirrels, green eggs and ham!
I do! I like them, Sam-I-am!
And I would eat them in a boat.
I would not eat them with a goat...

And I will not eat them in the rain.
And I'd eat them in the dark. And on a train.
And in a car. And hunt them from a tree.
They are so good, so good, you see!

I will not eat them in a box.
And I will not eat them with a fox.
I will eat them in a house.
I will not eat them with a mouse.
I will eat them here and there.
Say! I will eat them ANYWHERE!

I do so like this squirrel grand slam, green eggs and ham!
Thank you!
Thank you,
Sam-I-am!

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from Rick Wasser wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

Must not have nothing better to do than hunting squirrels?Why not hunt deer or elk that have a little meat on them.

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from PSE wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

How about he put the shotgun down and grab a .22 or .17 and test his marksmanship a bit. Anyone can hit squirrels with a shotgun!!!

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from larrydavid wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

It's people like this that give squirrel hunting a bad name. As an esteemed member of the NWTSHA (national wild tree squirrel hunters association) I feel strongly that all squirrels should be harvested with a small caliber rim fire rifle if you are over the age of 5 and have no physical or mental limitations. The ethics of squirrel hunting demand this. Furthermore, If your going to harvest these critters you better eat the things, and the shotgun (12 vs 20 gauge) makes me think otherwise.

-Concerned Vermin enthusiast

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from farm1 wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

Really !! Using a shotgun for squirrels ? My 12 year old(who by the way uses a .22), could do the same thing as him if we had the means to travel around the country. If he did this with a .22 then his accomplishments might be more impressive.

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from kwackr wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

I didn't know there was a "grand slam" for tree rats. what is next, the national rabbit grand slam?!

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Johnathan O'Dell is a small game biologist in Arizona, which helps make him one heck of a squirrel hunter. In this story, he talks about the individual characteristics of all eight native squirrel species in the U.S. and explains the tactics he used to tag one of each in a single season.

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