Author Topic: Ground Squirrel Adventure Hunt (graphic pictorial with video)  (Read 617 times)

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With the recent wind and rains here in California it has been difficult to get away to do some hunting. My good friend Terry and I had planned to leave early Friday morning and head out to a familiar stomping ground several hours away. Terry, Marley and I had planned to stay for several days where we would scout several new areas as well as film for several upcoming videos. The night before it had rained quite heavily so I was a bit skeptical about the road situation going into the hunting area. This area is many miles off the main highway and heads into what I call an oasis in the desert.


Road heading in approx 6:45am

The recent rains had left everything green and full of life, Terry and I stopped near a large Oak Tree where we planned to site in the rifles and scout a portion of the valley for Ground Squirrel activity. This area is one of the best habitats for the California Ground Squirrel with it's many fallen trees, rocks and hillsides to dig their holes in. After Terry, Marley and I spent some time getting the guns ready we hiked around and could hear the distant bark as well as the occasional Cottontail rabbits moving about. (out of season)The morning was still a bit cold and the sun was not in full effect, nevertheless Terry still managed to hammer a Ground Squirrel out of its hole at near 55 yards. After about an hour we packed up and moved to the area we had planned to camp about a 1/4mi North. This area had a great place to park the vehicles and spot Ground Squirrels all over the many large rock outcroppings.

 

We unpacked and proceeded to hike around looking for a good area to sit an eradicate them from distance.


Terry glassing for Ground Squirrels

After a bit of hiking around we settled down in a nice spot that looked to be very active, just needed to be patient and wait for them to come out.


Marley's running the camera  ;D

It didn't take long for us to spot several squirrels moving about and both Terry and I had our sites on several.



Terry and I were both getting connections from 55 yards all the way out to 70+ yards.

 


result of a .30 47gr NSA HP to the head
 
Terry and I spent about an hour or so moving along the hillsides where we frequently could spot Ground Squirrels sunning themselves on the rocks. This place was beautiful and had some pretty amazing views of the vast Oak tree covered valley below.


Terry and Marley taking a break

After some time taking a break Terry proceeded down the hill where there were many rocks, Marley and I stayed above. After a few minutes I could hear barking and soon after the distant CLAP of a Ground Squirrel receiving a headache.


Tapian Mutant .22 at 30 yards,that shut him up.

Marley and I sat under an Oak Tree for about 45 minutes where I was able to take down several Ground Squirrels at various ranges.




A few screen-shots of the video

Marley was having a great time hiking around with us but by this time we needed a break so headed back to camp for some water and snacks.



After a short break we decided to stick around camp and look into the nearby rocks where occasionally one would appear. I had spotted one high up on the very top of a rock outcropping at 75+ yards. I manned the camera while Terry took the shot with his Tapian Mutant






good shot considering the wind

As our long day was coming to a close and the sun was going down the temperature dropped near 30 degrees making "camping" sound horrible. We both decided to pack up and head home as the night and lack of dry firewood would have been simply unbearable. We headed out the long dirt road back to civilization left with the memories of yet another successful adventure.



I hope some may enjoy this write up and be inspired to get into the field and enjoy the outdoors. Airguns have brought much joy into my life and have enjoyed sharing it with the community through video and writings. Enclosed is the video documentation of our adventure along with some bonus content regarding the Nielsen Specialty Ammo47gr slugs as well as the Tapian Mutant bullpub. Till then, the best Airgun is the one your shooting.




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Re: Ground Squirrel Adventure Hunt (graphic pictorial with video)
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2018, 10:02:03 AM »
Great story and pictures! This... is what I long to do. Head out to the boonies, and relax and shoot ground squirrels. Such fun. :)

Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Ground Squirrel Adventure Hunt (graphic pictorial with video)
« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2018, 04:35:22 PM »
We have ground squirrels here in New Mexico, but I have to travel about 250 miles to get to them! No biggie, as I have more pigeons that I could ever eradicate.
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Re: Ground Squirrel Adventure Hunt (graphic pictorial with video)
« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2018, 08:50:24 PM »
Thanks, yes Springtime is a great time for Ground Squirrels here in CA. Some of these areas are just beyond infested to the point of almost needing a golf club. lol
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Re: Ground Squirrel Adventure Hunt (graphic pictorial with video)
« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2018, 08:15:50 AM »
Damn good fun indeed !!
It is interesting however the EXTREME differences in Squirrel species southern California to northern  ???

Just back myself from a 3 day hunt above Alturas in the Far North east corner of the state where the "BELDING" ground squirrels inhabit the very rural alfalfa fields like locust !!!
In 3 days ..... yes 566 squirrels were exterminated by myself alone with my buddies doing equal damage to the crazy population of them.

If you love to shoot live quarry  ( vermin pesting ) California sure has the opportunities ;D
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Re: Ground Squirrel Adventure Hunt (graphic pictorial with video)
« Reply #5 on: April 04, 2018, 04:09:23 PM »
Awesome stuff!
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Re: Ground Squirrel Adventure Hunt (graphic pictorial with video)
« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2018, 09:20:44 AM »
Another cool vid, Dana!
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