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Squirrel hunting without killing a mama?

Discussion in 'Hunting & Fishing' started by sh00ter, Mar 10, 2021.

  1. HoLeChit

    HoLeChit Semper Fidelis

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    Saw a guy giving his dead squirrel stretches before skinning him. Thought it was hilarious, but makes sense.
     
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    All yours.
    Is it possible to catch more than one in a cage at a time? I have never had the luck of 2+. Fiesty sobs, gotta hang on to the trap otherwise they knock it out of your hand.
     
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    I’ve got an extra trap or two if you guy need it.
     
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    Thanks. I have 2, but carrying 2 in the backseat of the jeep doesn't work well. I have a mat that fits one cage that I put under so they don't crap on the seat while transport to the river.
    Open the door and gone to the nearest tree. They don't even look back.
     
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    That's probably the top of the airgun game...very costly, I'm staying humble for now so I can be closer to what I used when I was a kid. It is amazing what you can do with a sub 100 dollar gun. HOWEVER, when I think of airforce, I think of big bore and hog hunting so that's a whole different area of airguns I have never explored.

    A lot depends on intent and budget. A lot of the issues with 22 can be overcome with a more expensive rifle...A lot of the issues around 22 are using the same power plant as 177. On a lower-end gun, some people would rather have the accuracy that comes with the faster, flatter 177. But if you have a high-end gun that has plenty of power for the 22, then the 22 can better overcome the complaints and shoot flatter.

    Otherwise, if not getting something like a Benjamin Armada PCP rifle in 22, you can just keep your shots closer out of a lower-powered 22 gun.

    ORRRR, you can just use heavies in the 177 and have the best of both worlds to some degree. You need 5-6ft/lbs (at range) for a clean kill on a squirrel from my research. A 10.5gr 177 pellet out of a decent powered rifle can make up for a lot.

    But CHenry is correct about 22 having more "thud". As long as shots are close, or you have a higher-powered gun to push the 22. You just don't want something pushing a 22 that can't penetrate well at range. I'd take a 177 over 22 for a longer shot out of the SAME power plant; especially a 177 w/ the right weight pellet.
     
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    Just shoot the squirrels with the hoop sack bean bags attached to their butts.


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