I took my first game last Sunday with a NM Sprague. It was a fox squirrel. I know that may be lame to some folks but it is the first squirrel I’ve taken with a bow, a LB at that, and I’m hooked. Got him all cleaned up and in the freezer until I get a mess to cook. I’ve taken numerous deer with recurves but this was, well I can’t begin to describe. So the story goes like this. I go to the country to feed my daughter’s cat (back story there). Carried my bow but wasn’t going to deer hunt because I was busted in the area three times already in spots I’ve never had a problem with in 30 years. I’ve never seen the deer as skittish there as I have this past year (time to put out the cameras). Got up Sunday morning and go to the front porch and this squirrel berates me the whole time I’m sitting there. I finish my coffee and go inside to get my bow thinking this isn’t normal, droopy tail and way too long in one spot, hmm. Walk back outside and squirrel is gone. Ease on up to the tree and spy some fur on a limb. Ease around a bit and there’s his head. Shoot. Miss. He doesn’t move. Recover my arrow (flu flu with judo point) and ease around the tree. He’s still there pretending to be invisible but now I have an unobstructed line for my arrow and at 20 feet point A to point B is fast. Headshot brought him out of the tree to the ground right at my feet. First good look, young fox squirrel. Explains that strange behavior. Really don’t know how they survive compared to grays. I’ve had fox squirrels get within 5 feet of me in the woods to give me a tongue thrashing. Love watching them though how they lope about and behave like goofy knuckle heads. But I’m stoked an the event more than made up for my recent frustration deer hunting. So the next challenge will be gray squirrels. Sorry no pics.
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Thanks for sharing. I really like hunting them.
Great story, yes squirrels are fun to hunt. Took me while to get one with my bow. We had them all over back where I lived in IL.
Well done. And loved the story. Though I've had it for over a year, my NM Sprague is still a virgin. Likely to stay that way awhile longer. Am carrying my 62" Whisper to the field with me this season.
Any squirrel with a bow is a great accomplishment, nice job! I only see grays around here and I've yet to connect, but they are fun to go after!
Congrats on the tree rat!
If you can kill a squirrel, then you can kill anything you want to hunt. Congratulations and thanks for the story!