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Black Majik
06-13-2010, 11:19 AM
Went out to get more squirrels, but dang it was hot. Looks like we're averaging around 60+ kills each outing.

Mike (Bambam-31) and Ken (Beetle Bailey) scouting the area out.
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Kevin (HK996) looking for movement - He brought out his new Les Baer. TACK DRIVER!!
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All set up. Kevin's on the right, mine on the left.
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My spot, overlooking the hillside
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Black Majik
06-13-2010, 11:20 AM
How about some deaths? :D

Kevin's kill next to the tree
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Mine
http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d194/RChang824/DSC_0015-6.jpg

Kevin and mine's massacre:
http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d194/RChang824/DSC_0018-5.jpg

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Some more
http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d194/RChang824/DSC_0020-5.jpg

Black Majik
06-13-2010, 11:23 AM
Bloody leaves
http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d194/RChang824/DSC_0021-3.jpg


The vultures surely appreciated our help. :D
http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d194/RChang824/DSC_0036-5.jpg





Squirrel!
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Big Jake
06-13-2010, 12:33 PM
Nice shootin guys!

chris
06-13-2010, 2:13 PM
where did you guys go?

308SASS
06-13-2010, 3:11 PM
Where do you guys go

BamBam-31
06-13-2010, 3:31 PM
where did you guys go?

It's a Secret Squirrel Society spot. ;)

Beetle Bailey
06-13-2010, 8:29 PM
Well as most of you probably know, our annual licenses and tags expire at the end of the month so we wanted to get our money's worth and go out one more time ;) . My :piggy: tag is gonna go unfilled but that's the way it goes.

Anyways, it was great to spend time with friends and enjoy a day in the outdoors away from the city.

Sunwolf
06-14-2010, 5:41 AM
Tired of the squirrels,goin` for prairie dogs next week!

sargenv
06-14-2010, 6:44 AM
To those who have never had squirrel, I have recently had squirrel grilled and I have to say it was like no other meat I've ever had.. The fact that it didn't "Taste like chicken" was interesting. It didn't taste like anything else either though.. someone commented that it was similar to rattlesnake without all the bones. Those buzzards were likely having a feast. I would assume the best way to have them is to make head shots and skin them.

With the numbers that were commented on above, there IS a squirrel season.. I hope you were doing this somewhere that the landowner wanted depradation since those kinds of numbers might likely get fish and game involved for over limit..

olhunter
06-14-2010, 7:24 AM
With the numbers that were commented on above, there IS a squirrel season.. I hope you were doing this somewhere that the landowner wanted depradation since those kinds of numbers might likely get fish and game involved for over limit..

There's no limit or season for ground squirrels.

Beetle Bailey
06-14-2010, 9:59 AM
Those were California Ground Squirrels. They can be hunted year round with a hunting license.

Eargasm
06-14-2010, 10:13 AM
Those were California Ground Squirrels. They can be hunted year round with a hunting license.

Does that apply to federal (BLM/National Forest) as well?

lewdogg21
06-14-2010, 11:16 AM
^^^ Yes. Ground squirrels are rats.

Great job on the killin boys.

sargenv
06-14-2010, 11:48 AM
Fair enough.. It's been a while since I read the small game regs..

SMOKEYMOUNTAIN
06-14-2010, 2:07 PM
What is the best method to prepare them to eat?"

professionalcoyotehunter
06-14-2010, 2:28 PM
Even I wont eat those things.:eek:

Black Majik
06-14-2010, 2:48 PM
What is the best method to prepare them to eat?"

Unfortunately, I am unable to recommend any recipes. However, we got the tenderization part out of the way. :D

professionalcoyotehunter
06-14-2010, 2:52 PM
They make great coyote snacks.:D

Beetle Bailey
06-14-2010, 3:48 PM
From what I understand, the people who eat squirrels eat tree squirrels (for which there is a season). I've heard of squirrel dumplings and also squirrel with biscuits and gravy but have never tried it. A simple google search can probably get you a good recipe.

Grounds squirrels are shot as a depredation effort, not to eat. However, they still need to be shot.

BamBam-31
06-14-2010, 5:36 PM
What is the best method to prepare them to eat?"

Squirrel is a dish best served cold. Add about 26 grains of H335, one V-max 50 grain boat tail, one CCI 400, toss it all in random range brass, stir, and viola! Instant buzzard food! Delish. It's an acquired taste, sorta like :spam:

ETA: Man, you know you're doing something right when the Elmer FUDS come outta the woodwork! :p

And, yes, the landowner AND his wife were grateful for the assist, as we were for the opportunity to hunt their land. :)

rumblebee
06-14-2010, 6:01 PM
Place squirrel on wood plank and season meat with salt, pepper and garlic.....BBQ for 20mins, remove squirrel from wood plank and throw away....eat wood plank!

Nice smack down on those rats!!! :cool:

What is the best method to prepare them to eat?"

Beetle Bailey
06-14-2010, 6:44 PM
Okay, I guess a few points need to be made:

*This was depredation on private land
*every effort was made to kill the squirrels humanely
*California Ground Squirrels can be hunted year-round with no limits
*there is no requirement to eat non-game mammals

Look, the pictures might be gruesome to some but I have to say that the vast majority of them did not even know what hit them or suffer much if at all. They mostly died instantly.

Maybe this is a case of me stating the obvious, but a hit that completely severs the body into multiple pieces is an instant kill. One moment, that squirrel is living a nice life in the wild, and the next moment the lights go out. The hits that allow you to see the insides of the squirrels are likewise hits that send that guy straight to squirrel heaven. I saw most of the kills that day and only a few required a second shot.

It's not bad that the squirrels die. That is part of life. What is bad is if they suffer a long time with mortal wounds. While we were out there, we got to see a hawk swoop down and snatch a squirrel in its claws. That squirrel that got eaten by the hawk probably suffered more than any of the ones we shot.

Hope this helps people better understand what is actually going on here.

junko p
06-14-2010, 7:37 PM
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Look, the pictures might be gruesome to some but I have to say that the vast majority of them did not even know what hit them or suffer much if at all. They mostly died instantly....

Indeed. Ironically, bow hunting for big game results in a fairly long kill process as does poor rifle hunting of big game. The bigger the "splat" the more humane the kill. Go figure.:confused:

hnoppenberger
06-14-2010, 10:03 PM
HEY lets BUTT OUT when we dont know the laws and just want to be a jerk. i wont name names.

looks fun guys. i should get out and do something like this. whats the normal ranges for kills?

Black Majik
06-15-2010, 9:16 AM
HEY lets BUTT OUT when we dont know the laws and just want to be a jerk. i wont name names.

looks fun guys. i should get out and do something like this. whats the normal ranges for kills?

Thanks for looking out hnoppenberger. Our kills normally is taken at 200 yards, the pictures taken at the spot on the hillside overlooks onto another hillside just a little over 200 yards away.

We've taken squirrels from a couple feet away up to a confirmed 337 yards via LRF.

It's fun and definitely hones in skills guessing dope, and reading wind for such a light bullet. So far our attempts at 400+ yards have been unsuccessful... but hopefully someday. These hot days are killer, ground squirrels at those distances just look like a blur with all the mirage..

BamBam-31
06-15-2010, 9:57 AM
Mirage? What mirage? :confused:

Oh, yeah. You're at 22x. Come back to 16x, damn cheater. :p

Black Majik
06-15-2010, 10:19 AM
Mirage? What mirage? :confused:

Oh, yeah. You're at 22x. Come back to 16x, damn cheater. :p

I cannot range at that magnification. :D

manuelcardenas77
06-15-2010, 10:47 AM
Even I wont eat those things.:eek: I find this hard to believe PCH!!

Black Majik
06-15-2010, 11:02 AM
I find this hard to believe PCH!!

Next time you guys eat PCH's coyote jerky, shoot a coyote and eat it yourselves. Then compare it against PCH's jerky.

It just may not be coyote. :D

1lostinspace
06-15-2010, 11:07 AM
PITA loves you

professionalcoyotehunter
06-15-2010, 11:13 AM
Peta

Beetle Bailey
06-15-2010, 11:26 AM
PITA loves you

I know. :p

Black Majik
06-15-2010, 11:27 AM
PITA loves you

...and I love pitas. :D

Esquire
06-15-2010, 11:27 AM
It looks like squirrels' fur is excellent camouflage amongst the backdrop of the dry grass. I had to really look to see where the slain ones lay. You guys got eagle eyes! Sharpshooting! :thumbsup: