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Re: Killing Squirrels Sure Is Addictive!

PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2012 4:48 pm
by jbullard1
I have diligently watched this thread when I saw the flare in tempers hoping I didn't have to involk mod powers.
It makes me so happy that it was a case of mistaken identity.
I only know Firecloud from the forum and was scratching my head trying to figure out what he and BuBu had a problem with.

Now Who Is Up For A Skwerill Hunt At my cabin?? After Jan,31

I will shoot a 32 caplock or a 60 cal smooth rifle

Re: Killing Squirrels Sure Is Addictive!

PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2012 6:50 pm
by Bullie
Where exactly is this cabin Jbullard?

I knew Bubu was thinking of someone else and I also know what kind of man he is. I think Firecloud will accept the apology and we can go back to picking on each other. :ylsuper:

Re: Killing Squirrels Sure Is Addictive!

PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2012 7:02 pm
by jbullard1
bubu knows where it is
3 miles east of Vardaman Ms on hwy 8

Re: Killing Squirrels Sure Is Addictive!

PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2012 7:35 pm
by FireCloud
bubu wrote:That's exactly who it was!!! I apologize again Fire Cloud!!!


Bubu, we all make mistakes. Lord knows I make enough for both of us! But it takes a man to admit publicly a mistake and appologize for it. Your appology is accepted and is plenty good enough for me. I really did not think we have ever met but if a day comes when we do, I will be happy to shake your hand as a friend. Life is way too short for all of us so I do my best to let things go and not hold things against someone who has done their best to make things right.

After writing my first post while eating my lunch, the whole thing made me want to go practice exterminating some squirrels (just in case you decided we needed to do a duel at 40 paces!) so I gathered up my .22 and some ammo then headed for the woods. We have had off and on showers and the squirrels were pretty much staying holed up. First couple of spots I tried nothing showed up after waiting a while, so I moved on.

I have a 5 gallon paint bucket in a strategic position where I can get shots at squirrels at just about any producing oak on my land. I picked out one on a high embankment behind my food plot and was almost to the bucket with my cat trotting ahead when a squirrel hanging upside down flat against an oak up ahead began scolding the cat. While I normally like to make head shots, I wanted to be sure I dropped this one so I centered the crosshairs on his upside down carcass and shot him off handed without any rest. I drilled the center of his spine and he loosened his grip after about 30 seconds and fell. He was still breathing when my cat got to him first so I put him out of his misery before the cat tortured him to death.

This one was likely one of "Jean's" babies as it was a light, silver colored squirrel with white "boots" up all four legs. Jean was a nearly all white female squirrel I protected last year who nested in a pine a few yards from my stand at the food plot. The storms broke the pine off and I have not seen Jean this year so she probably did not survive. I have killed nearly completely white squirrels out of my woods before and hope I can get a group of them to survive and produce a lot of white squirrels.

I did not get a chance to get a shot at any more squirrels as more rain came and I sat the rest of the afternoon out watching for deer at the food plot in my shooting house.

I would like to say a couple more things. I can understand getting upset with someone who might want to shoot a fine hunting dog. That is uncalled for. There are circumstances which might justify shooting some dogs (or shooting anything really) but I'd be hard pressed to think of one that would apply to a trained hunting dog. I have written on this and other forums quite a lot advocating working together to solve dog related conflicts, such as once proposing some rules for dog hunting for deer (tracking collars, ID chips imbedded in the dogs, issuing a dog hunting permit, etc.) which would allow dog hunters to responsibly continue hunting with their animals. The reason I did that is because growing up I tended our hunting dogs every single day. They were bird dogs but were costly to purchase and were treated very well. I think the setter we had we paid about $500 him for way back in the 60's. That would probably be a $2,500 dog today. On cold days, I mixed the dry dog food up with powdered milk and water and warmed their food on the stove before feeding them so they would not have to eat cold dog food.

A little later, as a teenager, I bought some pedigreed German Shepards and raised them for a while. They were really smart dogs (and also expensive) and I spent considerable time training them and, as with the bird dogs, caring for them very well. So I have no bias against dogs. If anything, I have an affinity for any smart, well trained dog.

Finally, if the occasion ever arises, I would very much enjoy a hunt with any of your dogs. Thanks for the invitation. Just take me wherever you are shooting those black squirrels. It looks like maybe those black squirrels are from the delta. I remember shooting a few of those over in the National Forest at Rolling Fork when squirrel hunting with my father as a teen.

It's all good on my end with no hard feelings. I hope it is on yours too.

Re: Killing Squirrels Sure Is Addictive!

PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2012 8:09 pm
by bubu
Man that makes me feel better, I'm 35 yrs old and if my momma knew I acted without know my facts I would get a scolding LOL. I would love to get up a hunt with you and I'm wanting to make another delta trip before season goes out.
Thanks for accepting my apology.

Re: Killing Squirrels Sure Is Addictive!

PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2012 8:18 pm
by Bullie
Bubu,
I was thinking about runnin' a little 'speriment on Firecloud next time he comes up this way to hunt. I was gonna try giving him a box of .22s and see if that would get him to shoot. :stir:

Re: Killing Squirrels Sure Is Addictive!

PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2012 9:44 pm
by FireCloud
Bullie wrote:Bubu,
I was thinking about runnin' a little 'speriment on Firecloud next time he comes up this way to hunt. I was gonna try giving him a box of .22s and see if that would get him to shoot. :stir:



Bullie, I think my habits are too ingrained to change now. I was taught never to shoot at anything you don't intend to kill. So why should I just shoot at a tree? I don't want to kill trees!

Also, I walked for five years behind adult hunters when I was growing up without being allowed to carry or fire a gun. I learned from that experience I don't have to fire a gun to enjoy the hunt. Now, as an adult, hunting is a pleasure for me whether or not I fire a weapon or kill anything. Today marked the 66th time I have gone deer hunting this year and I have only killed one deer so far. The other 65 times I came home empty handed but I enjoyed those deer hunts anyway. Thus, I personally don't have to fire a gun at a squirrel or kill one to enjoy a squirrel hunt. It's just like fishing really. I can fish all day, not catch anything, and still enjoy having gone fishing! So I am perfectly content not to fire my gun (especially just at trees :stir: ) if I don't see a squirrel I can shoot.

While I am not, shall we say, "cheap" I do like to economize. For me the challenge is to bring down all game that I hunt with one shot. But I'm not quite as extreme as Lazyghost and only carry just one bullet. I do carry several full bullet clips. But I shoot a single shot .22 by choice, as my goal is always to only fire one shot per squirrel. Like a golfer, I always want a "hole in one." Bullets cost about 10 cents each and, in my opinion, a squirrel is not worth the cost of 2 bullets. I put a second bullet through the skull of the squirrel I shot today merely to keep the cat from torturing the beast while it died but I hated to waste 10 more cents on the little bugger. I guess that is why I just pull the heads off of doves if they are still alive. It does not cost anything to kill them that way.

Re: Killing Squirrels Sure Is Addictive!

PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2012 9:55 pm
by Bullie
Uhmmmmmmm. Ok. I want my box of bullets back then....

Re: Killing Squirrels Sure Is Addictive!

PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2012 8:56 am
by gtk
There's no telling how many tree's I shot into when I was a youngster, trying to get a squirrel to jump out of his nest :) ...

Re: Killing Squirrels Sure Is Addictive!

PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2012 10:04 am
by vahunterinms
If I don't shoot 200 rounds or more we didnt have a good hunt.. :)

This time of yr sq's will hold tight on a limb and will not move even when shaking vines, thus the reason for the 10/22 with a 25 round clip comes in handy..

Re: Killing Squirrels Sure Is Addictive!

PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2012 1:59 pm
by bubu
I've already shot 2 case's of 12's through my shotgun this year.

Re: Killing Squirrels Sure Is Addictive!

PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2012 2:05 pm
by vahunterinms
That's what talkn about right !!!!!

Re: Killing Squirrels Sure Is Addictive!

PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2012 7:41 pm
by bulletc
vahunterinms wrote:FireCloud, you do know that shooting sq's without a dog is a sin don't ya??

:ylsuper: :lol: