Archive for June, 2007

Squirrels & Rednecks: Hand in Hand

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

How come everyone thinks “redneck” when you say “squirrel hunting” or “sage rat popping” or “rat stomping”? OK, sure I burnt the back of my neck really bad last time I went squirrel hunting slash shooting, but that’s just because I’m such a great environmentalist and didn’t want to use any of those poisonous sun blockers. (Yea, I made that up.) Or maybe it’s cause some of them come in aerosol cans and I refuse to pollute the air. Or, it could be that I didn’t want the rednecks to smell it on me and think I was a city boy… whatever.

I found this “Driver Identification” page that mentions squirrels a couple of times. Here a few excerpts:

“Four wheel drive pickup truck, shotgun mounted in rear window, beer cans on floor, squirrel tails attached to antenna: West Virginia male.”

I can see squirrels in this description too, they must have accidentally left them out. “One hand on wheel, one hand on hunting rifle, alternating between both feet being on the accelerator and both on the brake, throwing a McDonald’s bag out the window: Texas City Male.”

Go read the rest, they’re funny.

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JrSquirrelHunting.com Hmmm…

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

My son, JrSquirrelSniper, who just turned 7 years old, has been bugging the crap out of me for the last couple of months to buy him his own domain. He wanted jrshootingsquirrels.com or shootingsquirrelsjr.com, so that he could post video of himself shooting squirrels in the backyard with his rubber band gun.

OK, he really has hit squirrels with his rubber band gun, so I owe him his due on that score. But, since he can’t really write yet, who’s going to end up putting the content on the site? Who do you think is going to have to sit behind the camera, waiting for him to sneak close enough to a squirrel to hit it with a rubber band? Hmmm? Do you think it will be Me? Yea, that’s what I think too.

He really likes the videos that the Verminator, Wanna Bee and I come back with when we go squirrel hunting, but how long do you think he is going to be OK with just hitting them with a rubber band? I figure it’s going to take about a month before he wants to get an airsoft sniper rifle or have me get his Daisy Easy Rider out of the gun safe so that he can whack squirrels for real. At that point we will be back to a previous post where the SquirrelSniper goes to jail for shooting squirrels within city limits. I’m not sure I like that option very much.

The other thing I’m worried about is that he is going to be all over me to monetize his site with advertising so that he can put money in his savings account. I was messing around with a site a few years ago, and set it up in his name for the fun of it, and now he expects to get money each month from any website he owns; which is totally BS. Most sites don’t make any money…. Like this one. LOL

So, sometime in the near future, look for jrSquirrelHunting.com (I just bought it for him) to pop up on Youtube with videos of my jrSquirrelSniper shooting squirrels with his rubber band gun, an airsoft sniper rifle or maybe my Bushmaster .223 in our backyard… (OK, The .223 in the backyard would be cool!)

Ohio Squirrel Hunting Classes

Sunday, June 24th, 2007

Check this out, the Akron, Ohio newspaper lists outdoor activities, and they have a squirrel hunting class. If you live in the Akron, Ohio area, check it out.

Listed Saturday June 24, 2007:
“Aug. 18 — Gander Mountain, 4938 Portage St. N.W., Jackson Township, will host a squirrel-hunting class featuring tactics and calling. John Pflueger will lead the free seminar from 6 to 8 p.m. Call: 330-498-0995.” Akron Beacon Journal

17 HMR Ballistic Tips vs. Ground Squirrels

Sunday, June 24th, 2007

I went back up to Enterprise, Oregon on Thursday with Wanna Bee, Verminator’s brother. Or, in other words, one of my other brother-in-laws. He has 3 Ruger 10/22′s, which I personally think is a complete and utter waste of money. But, as he pointed out, even though my Savage AccuTrigger only cost $30.00 more than his 10/22, I pay 10 times more for the ammunition for my 17 hmr than he does for his Ruger 10/22, and he doesn’t have to take 10 shots to my one to keep the kill count equal. So, I guess he may have a point; at least on the cost issue.

But, once you check out this video of me shooting ground squirrels with my Savage AccuTrigger in 17 hmr, you will understand the difference between the pathetic pop of a .22 long rifle, and the explosive power that the .17 delivers to the target. The 17 is, oh, so much more satisfying in every way. I really don’t ever see myself using the 10/22 anymore for any reason. The .17 HMR is so much more accurate, the ballistics on the rifle are so much better and the foot pounds of energy delivered on target are so much higher than a 22 long rifle, that I see myself using the .17 for everything I used to use the .22 for.

Here’s the latest squirrel hunting video, enjoy.

Double click on the play button to get the video started.

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SquirrelSniper vs. American Badger

Sunday, June 24th, 2007

OK, I suck. I tried hitting this Badger at like 40,000 yards with my Bushmaster .223 over the hood of my truck with a 10-15mph side wind, but I couldn’t hit it to save my life. Watch the video, it says it all. I finally had to drive up the valley and whack him with my .17 HMR.

Don’t worry, all you tree huggers, it didn’t kill him, just gave him a headache. You can see the 17 HMR bounce off of his fricken head at 50 yards. After I finally got him in the head, he didn’t come back out of his hole, but he’s probably fine and will only have a hangover in the morning, along with a really cool dueling scar. LOL

Double click on the play button to get the video to play.

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Squirrel Hunting With A .204 Ruger

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007

This video was shot in Enterprise, Oregon on Father’s Day. After going through a ton of tape, it looks like we didn’t get much good material. Either cause Verminator couldn’t hit it, or I was out of focus when he did. The wind was really blowing hard, and he was shooting across a gully at between 90-125 yards with a 33 grain ballistic tip, so he did a pretty good job of hitting what he did. I just wish I could have kept the dang camera from shaking in the wind.

Double click on the play button to play the video.

Even though the wind was blowing pretty hard, the Verminator and I ended up shooting around 200 ground squirrels between us, so it was a pretty cool day. We also got to see a couple of 3 and 4 point bucks, along with a fox, a ferret, some buffalo and a couple of elk. Here is the view from where we were shooting squirrels.

Mountains around Enterprise, Oregon

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Even Squirrels Kill Squirrels; Why Shouldn’t We?

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

This is part of a study done on infanticide within a population of California Ground Squirrels. The study tosses out some hypothesis on why some California ground squirrels kill and eat young animals within their own species. It looks like most of the murders were female with a litter, and in most cases they ate the young they killed. The young squirrels they killed weren’t their own, so the strategy looks like it is twofold; Kill other female’s offspring to feed their own and to cut down on competition from other squirrel’s offspring so their’s have a better chance of survival.

I knew there was a reason I liked squirrel hunting; they’re creepy cannibals and deserve to die!

.17 HMR Ballistic Tip vs. Ground Squirrel

Monday, June 18th, 2007

Who do you think won the above exchange?

It was extremely windy when I shot this video yesterday, and I didn’t realize until I went to process it that it’s shaky. I’m surprised, since it was on a tripod at the time, but, all is not lost, because the video still shows what a Hornady 17 grain ballistic tip bullet will do to a squirrel at around 100 yards.

I was worried that the 17 hmr ballistics wouldn’t give me the “pop and flop” that the .204, .223 and the 22-250 do, but for it’s price range, bullet weight and speed, it does a “right fine” job of putting sage rats to sleep.

You will need to double click on the play button to activate the video. If you have the time, take a minute and write a comment on youtube for us and rate our latest squirrel “hunting”, whoops, I mean squirrel “shooting” video.

ps. for those of you who haven’t read anything else on the site, this video was shot in Enterprise, Oregon.

Let’s Have A “Take Your Kid Shooting Day”

Monday, June 18th, 2007

I’m sort of disappointed in Americans, but at the same time, sort of not. I was just reading an article from Newsweek that said hunting was down 4% since 2001, and if you’re a squirrel you should feel safer. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19262063/site/newsweek/ I don’t want squirrels feeling safe people. Think of what they would do if they knew we were giving up the fight?

On the other hand though, it means there are more squirrels for me to shoot. It also means that in the future, we will need all of the squirrel shooters we can get. So, take your kids shooting. Teach them how to snipe squirrels from 300 yards. Teach them squirrel tracking and the art of camouflage (Looking and smelling like nuts.). Buy them a ghillie suit. In other words, be prepared. Who knows, in the future maybe we will need squirrel shooters and gun makers more than brain surgeons or stockbrokers to keep our civilization going. (p.s. I hope not, because that gives the South a distinct advantage… LOL)

We Have More Squirrel Shooting Video

Sunday, June 17th, 2007

The Verminator and I went squirrel shooting in Enterprise, Oregon today. I was going to say squirrel hunting, but since I’m not eating them, it’s just squirrel shooting.

I will start posting video tomorrow, including the video of a nice fat ground squirrel being exploded by a .17HMR ballistic tip. Last time, I just made one big video, so this time I’m going to post a bunch of small ones, with only 2-4 exploding squirrels in each segment.

I will start with the 17 HMR video, since that’s what everyone on youtube and google have been clamoring for. If the video of the squirrel getting shot with the 17 doesn’t end up being any good, I will go to the park and shoot one with my 17 so that everyone is happy.

Disclaimer: The tape may also contain scenes of my arrest. How freaked out do you think the cops would be responding to:

" 1 Adam 12, 1 Adam 12. We have a report of an old, fat, white male, eating Twinkies and videotaping himself shooting squirrels with a high velocity rifle in Pioneer Park. He is armed and assumed demented, please use caution."

Can you hear the dueling banjos?

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