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On Weapons...
Posted by Michael Strahan on Dec 10 2004
Eyore (is that a Winnie the Pooh character, or your real name?  One wonders....)-

I disagree with you (which is, of course, only natural since I am THE expert in this field).  To those who might dare to disagree, I can only say, "Dartho guin Beriain. Rych le ad tolthathon." which means, in the ancient elvish, "Stay with the Hobbits - I will send horses for you."

My recommendations for weaponry for squirrel hunting are a bit more conservative.  This is a dangerous animal we're talking about here.  Few creatures are spoken about with such fearful respect as a mature bull red squirrel in full rut.  One must be very careful.  Hunters fond of traditional gear should consider the standard wrist-rocket slingshot.  The additional bracing affords superior stability when aiming, and good balance against recoil.  Ammunition should go beyond the traditional pea-gravel though.  Use marbles or, better yet, ball bearings.  In the old days, we used to use OO buckshot, but later it was discovered that waterfowl were eating it and became too heavy to migrate south.  For those who prefer to manufacture their own equipment after the fashion of our forefathers, the traditional forked stick makes a fine slingshot frame, but you should forego the standard inner-tube bands and go with surgical tubing.  This flies in the face of tradition, but you have to understand what sort of animal we're dealing with.  For more modern weapons, I agree with the .177 pellet rifle, but the BB gun is out.  We're not talking about voles and shrews here, and any weapon that allows you to visibly see the arc of the projectile is, well, just too small.  For backup armament, I recommend the .22 long rifle, topped with a removable scope and iron sights.  This gives you some flexibility in the unfortunate event that you have to go into thick cover after a wounded animal.

Well, I hope this clears up any issues concerning squirrel weaponry.  There are those who will disagree, and to that I say that there are some who fall out of the Stupid Tree and hit every branch on the way down...

Your squirrel expert,

-Mike

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