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squirrel hunt using the snoozing method, err I mean sitting method. I like to walk into a likely looking patch of woods with plenty of mast and look for signs of squirrel activity. No matter which style of hunting you choose, walking or sitting, the thing to look for is squirrel nests, or dreys. Dreys are about the size of a basketball and made of twigs that often still have the leaves intact. They are built fairly high up in trees and are lined with dry grass, shredded bark and the like. I also keep my eyes out for cracked acorn hulls at the base of trees. When I locate a squirrelly area, I find a nice spot to sit and then that’s just what I do. I sit. I sit and listen. I listen and look. Hunting squirrels is not complicated. There are no drives to put on, no computerized grunt calls, no complicated camouflage patterns, and no expensive, high-tech, geewhiz gadgets; they are unnecessary. I recall one crisp October morning last fall. I stepped out of my house and faced the rising sun as I mentally went over my plans for the day. I had seen squirrel sign on a blown over maple and I knew that there were some gray squirrels in the area. I looped my powder horn over my head and checked my possibles bag to make sure I had everything: shot, over-powder cards, fiber wads, over-shot cards and the powder measure that doubles as a shot measure. I have found that in my gun an equal (by volume) measure of powder and shot gives the best pattern. I slowly walked up the hill behind my house, sidestepping greenbriers, and let the NOVEMBER 2009 sun warm my back. It was not particularly cold, but the sun felt good. I ducked under some tangled, low hanging grapevines, silently thanked the madman that shortened the Charleville’s barrel, and stepped onto SGL 14. Beyond a small field of weeds lay the woods that I intended to hunt. The cool morning air was in my face, the day was mine and I had all the time I needed. Scraping leaves away from the base of a huge oak, I eased my bones into a sitting position, then began scanning the treetops and limbs for movement and any odd-shaped lumps that could be squirrels. If I spot a lump I mentally make a note to check it again in a few moments to see if it has moved. Or I just stare at it. I once stared at a lump on a beech limb for 45 minutes before concluding that, indeed, it was merely a lump on a beech limb. No time spent in the woods is wasted. The quiet noise of the forest washed over me as I breathed in the solitude. I allowed my mind to tune into the rhythm of the woods and listened closely to what was going on. As my senses became accustomed to my environment I noticed things I hadn’t previously, like a black-capped chickadee picking at the yellow flower on the end of a witchhazel branch. The chickadee’s struggle was comical and I almost laughed aloud as the bird pulled one way and then the other until it finally gave up and flitted a few feet away to look for easier food.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009

Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009
Life & Times of the Whitetail Biologist
Contents
The Ghost of the Orchard
Deer Wrestlers
Hunting with Hounds
A Just Reward
Mixed Bag
Cheaper by the Dozen
The Ranger and the Grouse
The Thanksgiving Day Bear
Squirrels The Hard Way
National Police Shooting Championship
On the Road Again
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Fun Game
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Life & Times of the Whitetail Biologist
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - The Ghost of the Orchard
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Deer Wrestlers
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 10
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Hunting with Hounds
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 13
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - A Just Reward
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 16
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Mixed Bag
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 19
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Cheaper by the Dozen
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - The Ranger and the Grouse
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 26
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - The Thanksgiving Day Bear
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Squirrels The Hard Way
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 32
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - National Police Shooting Championship
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 34
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - On the Road Again
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 36
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 38
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 39
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 40
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 41
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Conservation News
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 43
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 44
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 45
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 46
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 47
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 50
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 51
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - The Naturalist’s Eye
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 54
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 55
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 59
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Insert 1
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2009 - Cover3
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