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anything that will provide me with some
natural cover. As long as I remain relatively concealed and motionless, I usually
remain undetected.

GO THE DISTANCE
Late-season squirrel hunting is similar
to archery deer hunting in that seeing one
is not the hard part; getting one within
range is where the difficulty lies. For this
reason, in late season, I carry a scoped .22,
sighted in at 50 yards. Through hundreds
of shots, I know this setup's capabilities,
and I've taken squirrels out to 75 yards.
For those without a rimfire rifle, a shotgun will suffice, provided it's equipped
with a tight choke that will keep a pattern
together over longer distances.

USE A REST
Joe Kosack

I also carry a tripod to increase the
effectiveness of long-range shots. I've
failed countless times on offhand shots, at
some embarrassingly short distances, but
have complete confidence in taking a long
shot at a squirrel when seated with my
rifle supported by a tripod. This is another
advantage of situating within a blowdown,
as a fallen tree trunk can provide additional support for long-range shots.

CARRY BINOCULARS
Tipped-off squirrels often shut things down and
rely on their ability to blend into their surroundings. But with a pair of binoculars, you can pick
out details like the bumps of their ears. Meanwhile, late-season squirrel hunting offers scouting opportunity. The author's son, Joel Smith,
shot the longbeard at top right a few weeks after
he and Dad heard gobbling on a squirrel hunt.
8

A late-season squirrel that is startled
by a hunter's movement usually will do
one of two things - make a mad dash for
its nest or a hole in a tree, or flatten itself
against a tree branch and rely on its ability to blend in. When squirrels choose the
latter, a good pair of binoculars is invaluable in picking up parts of their bodies and
exposing their locations. When scanning
tree branches for a hidden squirrel, I look



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