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for the small bumps of their ears. These
are almost impossible to see with the
naked eye, from any distance. But a good
pair of binoculars can lock in on those
small features, and mean the difference
between preparing for a shot or moving
to another location.

MINIMIZE MOVEMENT
After a successful shot, it can be tempting to recover the squirrel as soon as it
hits the ground. But I've found staying
hidden while marking the spot mentally
increases the chance of further opportunities. The crack of a .22 doesn't bother
squirrels nearly as much as seeing a hunter
walking through the woods, and they'll
often quickly resume activity after a shot.
If I can see the squirrel is down and not
moving, I'll make note of where it fell,
then wait patiently for another to come
into range.

CONCLUSION
Late-season squirrel hunting is a great
way to stay active throughout the long
winter months - also a perfect time to
scout for deer and turkeys.
It's much easier to find rubs, trails
and bedding locations in the bare winter
woods than it is to locate them during the
summer and fall. On many occasions, the
knowledge I've acquired from squirrel
hunting has helped me find great areas to
set up a trail camera over the winter, and
even has guided my stand placements
come archery season in October.
I also note the location of turkey
scratchings, knowing that spring-gobbler
season is only a few months away. It is not
uncommon in winter to hear high-pitched
half-gobbles from jakes beginning to
find their way in the flock. That kind of
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knowledge can save time on scouting in
March and April.
Last winter, my son and I ventured out
for on one of our final hunts of the late
squirrel season.
As the sun rose there was a noticeable
change in the air. Gone was the cold bite
of deep-winter temperatures, and we must
not have been the only ones to notice the
change.
In the next hollow, a deep thunderous
gobble revealed a bird that also could
sense spring quickly approaching.
A few weeks later, my son killed a
mature longbeard from the same hollow
where we had heard that first gobbler of
the spring. While I'll never know if it
was the same bird we heard on that late
February morning, what I do know is the
time we spent outside hunting squirrels,
gaining more knowledge of the area, and
fine tuning our shooting skills, made for
an enjoyable and productive way to pass
the winter months.
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