Jump to content

Squirrel hunting methods


Squirrel hunting poll  

7 members have voted

  1. 1. Single projectile method

    • Head shot
    • Body shot
    • "Barking"

Recommended Posts

For those of you who use a single projectile (air rifle / firearm / bow), what's your preferred shot?

Personally, using either .22 LR or .17 hmr, I try for head shots - more of a challenge, especially if I have to stalk 'em to get a clear shot, but it does lead to more misses.

Full disclosure, I have tried "barking" with a 22 but it never seemed to be very effective.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I have only ever intentionally tried one head shot, and that was with my open-sighted 50 cal side-lock ML.  I had a bit of a hang-fire on that one.  I held steady, resulting in a clean decapitation.  

For about 30 years, I always aimed center-lung, with my .22 LR’s, or center of mass with my full-choke .410.  I only used the .410 when there were still leaves on the trees.  Very little meat was lost, on squirrels killed with center-lung shots, with the standard-velocity target ammo that I used on most of them.   

I was on the rifle team in high school.  The coach let me keep “the sweepings” if I stayed after practice and matches to clean up the range.  It took me many years to exhaust that ammo supply.  The Ely match ammo did a real nice job as did the cheaper Winchester and Remington stuff.  

There has been a bit more meat damage on the last few that I shot with high/velocity Remington yellow jackets.  Maybe I’ll start trying for head shots. 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

11 minutes ago, HeavyUser said:

Being new to this my opinion doesn't matter much BUT, head shots all the way. I feel like body shots would ruin good meat. 

Body shots definitely can ruin meat if hit in the shoulders or spine.  I usually try for mid mass on body shots.  .22m or .17hmr usually anchors them with no meat damage.  But, the head shot it ideal. 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.
  • Create New...