Now, Pete and I had a blast and we saw 2 that day but they both went into holes and eluded us.
They are a lot smarter than most people think, maybe they get a bad wrap from the tame ones on golf courses but these ones we hunt are ELUSIVE.
The next time I went was November the 28th. This time I took a friend of a friend who had never seen a Fox Squirrel and wanted to kill one and mark it off his bucket list. Lee is his name and it was a wonderful day hunting with a very nice hunter. We met up at 11:00 am and made the 1hr drive south to my Fox Squirrel hot spot. You could immediately tell that Lee was an expert hunter and the pressure was on for me to put Lee on one.
My plan was to go to good spots and sit at each one for ~30 minutes and if no action to move and repeat. On the first move I spotted a big Black saddleback one ahead of us but he gave us the slip.
This move and repeat process continued until 3pm when I told Lee That we were in my # 2 spot and we should sit here till dark. Lee sat up against one big pine and I another approximately 70 yards from him. There wasn't much happening until 5 pm when I heard something running between Lee and I . I looked that way and a big Silver one climbed a small oak. I Rushed the tree and Lee was getting there as well. The squirrel then jumped to a big pine and both lee and I had him spotted. I told Lee that the honor was his and His trusty Winchester 37 in 410 put the hammer on that squirrel. An awesome ending to a great afternoon in the woods.
Here is the picture of Lee's Fox Squirrel -
Lee then presented me with a Turkey Wingbone call that he made himself from a turkey he killed !!
Wow! what a special present. Thanks Lee, I hope we can do this again next year.
Fast Forward to 12/12/2016 and I was after one for me. Somehow I was daydreaming or just not paying attention and I missed my turn to where I hunt. I went over a little hill and I see what I think is a dead Fox Squirrel on the side of US 1. I have to turn around anyway and as I pull up to it I can see that it is a Fox Squirrel.
Crap, I sometimes shoot them but it is a shame when one gets run over. What a nice example of a Saddleback color phase. I put the squirrel just off the road in the woods so it could return to the earth.
Now, I was headed in the right direction. I arrived at my spot and since my time was limited today I chose to make the sit till dark in the same place that Lee and I hunted a few weeks ago. I sat down and was about to nod off and in 5 minutes and I hear something in the tree 5 yards in front of me. I look up and there is this big beautiful Black one coming down the tree not 5 yards from me. The squirrel gets to the bottom and knows I am something but doesn't know what. Anyway, I got a video of it which I added the going in and out of the woods. I ain't the best movie maker but watch that sucker check me out from the bottom of the tree.
Here is the video ----
and a picture, shot with a 20 gauge Savage S x S using # 6 shot at 25 yards
Though I only got to Fox Squirrel Hunt 3 or 4 times it was a fun season and one I will remember.