If you want to shoot ground squirrels, get a Squirrel Call

Forums Hunting If you want to shoot ground squirrels, get a Squirrel Call

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    JimNM
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    First time in 3 weeks I was able to make it over to the pecan farm.  It has been dadgum hot and I did not expect to see many, if any ground squirrels.  At 8:30 a.m. it was climbing past 85 degrees.

     

    I missed the first shot (I pulled the trigger with my whole arm, rather than the finger tip – it has been a while, remember?). The next 8 shots were good for 7 crunches.  It was a day of doubles and a tripple.  I would pull up to a brush pile, shut off the atv and wait for about 60 seconds before I started the squirrel distress call.  Like magic, Squirrels would pop up like they were spring loaded.  Pop- crunch, pop-crunch.  Wahoo!  What a fun day.  I lost count around 25-26 take downs.  I am not at the level of Hajimoto, nor Bob_O, but the action was hot and heavy.

      The farmer stopped by to talk a bit, and watched me hit a skull/ear shot at a decent range.  He is happy with the work we have put in and has asked us to keep putting the smack on his over supply of rodents.  Ok, I know I still need to get a side shot camera adaptor.  The only photo I took…

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    Bob_O
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    That's a lot of squirrels in an outing!!   Nice job!  

    Scope cam that action for us!!

    So you put the pressure on me to get another video out. I'll see what I can do tonight.

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    RenoTwolf
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    What kind of Squirrel call and where can I order one! :)

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    Calbarry
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    Which call were you using? Thanks

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    JimNM
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    The call is on my phone (ANDROID) from the Google play store.  I have been over using the first call I got, so I started alternating sounds.  Squirrels distress, red squirrel territory, grey Squirrel angry, etc.

     

    Decoy pro, squirrel call

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.decoypro.squirrelsaustrailia

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    JimNM
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    It was a binge outing for certain.  I worked a midnight shift and went straight to the coffee shop and then shooting, instead of hitting the rack.  I will pay for that later, but my spirit needed the recreation.

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    Bob_O
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    I know what you mean.

    Usually when I go to the Farms it means staying awake for 40 hours in order to make the most if it.

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    JimNM
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    I have an GOSKY digi scope adaptor that will hold my phone for scope videos, however, it is really clumsy to aim and shoot with.  May be better on a standard gun, and definitely easier to aim from the bench.  I am shooting off hand or braced over the ATV handle bars.  I would fall over if I tried to digi scope while hunting with that adaptor.

     

    Oh, and I will send the GOSKY to any member of AGN simply for the asking (I would not say no to an offer to pay postage…) .  I am not using it and someone else will.

     

     

     

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    Pnutt559
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    Nice shooting, what kind of squirrel call do u use? Where can i get one haha, a lot of squirrelz at an old winery by my work, but they are very skittish, and the heat here in central california iz pretty bad az well

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    JimNM
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    JimNM

    The call is on my phone (ANDROID) from the Google play store.  I have been over using the first call I got, so I started alternating sounds.  Squirrels distress, red squirrel territory, grey Squirrel angry, etc.

     

    Decoy pro, squirrel call

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.decoypro.squirrelsaustrailia

     

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    JimNM
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    Bob_O, just for you I ordered a side shot adaptor ?.  Air guns of Utah has them for 199.00 right now (thanks KMD for the info).

    I had planned on skipping lunch this pay period to offset the cost, but now I can stay well fed and give y'all a better representation of my action. 

     

    Shoot'em good guys! 

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    JimNM
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    I just found that my phone will not video and play the calls at the same time.  I will document the area and the responses next time I go.  The plus side is that when I turn on the video, the call stops… Which will help me know that the tape is rolling, and after a while, you will not want to hear the call squawking in the back ground anyway.

     

     

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    ACHiPo
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    Thanks for the tip.  I'm very new to this, but the whole reason I'm interested in airguns is to deal with ground squirrels.  It looks like there are only 4 or 5 different calls.  Are they likely to work on the ground squirrels we have in CA, or are calls species-dependent?

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    Calbarry
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    ACHiPo

    Thanks for the tip.  I'm very new to this, but the whole reason I'm interested in airguns is to deal with ground squirrels.  It looks like there are only 4 or 5 different calls.  Are they likely to work on the ground squirrels we have in CA, or are calls species-dependent?

    A call will not make a ground squirrel come to you. When they have run into a burrow, a call can make them pop their head back out or if they are on all fours, the call can make them stand up, giving you a better shot. Here's the call I use when I shoot ground squirrels. I like it because it keeps your hands free. Give it a couple squeaks and be ready to shoot. This call works more often than not. Good luck

    https://www.academy.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_10151_10051_33023_-1?cm_mmc=pla-_-Hunting+Hunting+Accessories+Game+Calls-_-Google-_-Haydel+s+Game+Calls+Mr.+Squirrel+Whistle&sku=002037794&gclid=CK2v0PeiwNACFdgMgQodw1MJoQ&kwid=productads-adid%5E104476637358-device%5Ec-plaid%5E250383064158-sku%5E002037794-adType%5EPLA

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    JimNM
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    For my local nut rats, the grey squirrel sounds seems to work better than the red squirrel sounds.  I have only been at this game for about 2.5 months . I have a lot more to learn.

    .rock Squirrel is not early morning active, and they won't come out when it is very hot.  ~9:00-1:00pm has been my most successful times, and right before a rain shower.

    Good luck to ya and post up on the forum what works for you.  We all learn together.

     

    Shoot'em good.

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    JimNM
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    Got the sideshot in and after an extended session of trial and error and error and trial, I got the results I want (I think…)

    The proof of the pudding is in the eating, so stand by for another thread, this time with video. 

    My last trip out was a bust, just so to keep the score sheet honest.  I slept too late and did not hit the farm until 1600, and it was 97 degrees and very humid – must have been a whole 28% RH.  I begin to understand that the Squirrels don't like the heat, much.  Can't blame them.  Day time temps are a big part of why I work nights. 

    Stay tuned

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    JimNM
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    CalBarry – today, I received the squirrel whistle that you reccomended.  I have not had the time to get back out, but I will post a new thread when I get it done.

     

    Thank you for the great suggestion.

    Shoot'em good

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