Where did you learn to squirrel hunt?

I must admit it has been a few years since I have had time to go squirrel hunting but I sure do miss it. I really honed my skills bass fishing when I was about 23 floating the rivers with my Uncle. We used to float a stretch about 2 or 3 times a week.

I still remember that fall when my Uncle asked me if I wanted to float a stretch of the river and squirrel hunt until we get our limit and then bass fish the rest of the float. I was so jacked up because my dad had a Browning .22 Long Rifle which he had since he was a young man. The gun was very similar to the Browning SA-22 Grade I Semi-Auto Rimfire Rifle and I had only shot it a few times at the range.

I went to the local gun shop and purchased a pretty cheap scope and it was very similar to the Cabela’s Rimfire Rifle Scope

 I mounted it on my dad’s 22 and took it out to my Uncles to work on sighting it in. That was half the fun!!! The best part about the trip was my Uncle told me to bring my river poles and if/when we got our limit of squirrel we would finish the float fishing. How could this get any better?

My father taught me how to use a gun when I was 10 years old when he took me Trap Shooting. We used to shoot once a week and I absolutely loved every minute of it. He taught me to shoot trap on a Browning Over/Under 12 gauge shot gun. I don’t remember the model number but it was very similar to the Browning Citori 725 Sporting Over/Under Shotgun – 32”

I wish I still had that gun today!!!

Up until the age of 23 I had only been rabbit hunting with my dad about 5 or 6 times. So to say I was excited to try squirrel hunting was an understatement.

I remember I didn’t sleep much the night before from the excitement. I got to my Uncles like always and we loaded his flat bottom boat in the back of my truck and I followed him to our take out point.

Once we arrived at the launch area we drug the boat down to the river and I was ready for my first squirrel hunt. We probably did not go 100 yards and I heard him drop the anchor very carefully.

He told me the first one was all mine….

If you have not tried shooting a .22 rifle from a flat bottom boat it is not as easy as you may think. At least not for a beginner. I was as steady as the boat and water would let me be as I found the squirrel in my scope and I did not hesitate. As I pulled the trigger a split second later I heard the squirrel falling from the tree as it hit the ground.

If you have not tried shooting a .22 rifle from a flat bottom boat it is not as easy as you may think. At least not for a beginner. I was as steady as the boat and water would let me be as I found the squirrel in my scope and I did not hesitate. As I pulled the trigger a split second later I heard the squirrel falling from the tree as it hit the ground.

 

I did it… Shot a squirrel on my first attempt. As he took the boat over to the bank we located the animal and put it in the cooler. I was ready to get another one!

 

We ended up getting our limit pretty quickly that day and I was hooked. The even better part was we ended up catching about 10 or so smallmouth that day also. JACKPOT!!

I was still green to the squirrel hunting game so I was not sure what to expect next. After we got the animals cleaned (that was another learning curve for me) he told me to come over for dinner the following night.

 

Needless to say I was ready to try my first squirrel dinner. I showed up and when I walked in the house it smelled so good and I could tell my Aunt had been cooking for a while. I walked over to the stove and looked in the cast iron skillet to see the meat we had harvested cooking in a gravy that looked out of this world.

 

She said it will be ready in about 15 minutes so we all had one of our favorite adult beverages. When we sat down at the table I was hoping that I was going to like what I was about to taste. To be honest I have no idea what sides she had with the meat but I do remember the squirrel and gravy was delicious.

I am still begging my Aunt to give me the recipe on how she makes it and she always tells me there is no recipe she does it by memory.

If you have not tried shooting a .22 rifle from a flat bottom boat it is not as easy as you may think. At least not for a beginner. I was as steady as the boat and water would let me be as I found the squirrel in my scope and I did not hesitate. As I pulled the trigger a split second later I heard the squirrel falling from the tree as it hit the ground.

 

I did it… Shot a squirrel on my first attempt. As he took the boat over to the bank we located the animal and put it in the cooler. I was ready to get another one!

 

We ended up getting our limit pretty quickly that day and I was hooked. The even better part was we ended up catching about 10 or so smallmouth that day also. JACKPOT!!

I was still green to the squirrel hunting game so I was not sure what to expect next. After we got the animals cleaned (that was another learning curve for me) he told me to come over for dinner the following night.

 

Needless to say I was ready to try my first squirrel dinner. I showed up and when I walked in the house it smelled so good and I could tell my Aunt had been cooking for a while. I walked over to the stove and looked in the cast iron skillet to see the meat we had harvested cooking in a gravy that looked out of this world.

She said it will be ready in about 15 minutes so we all had one of our favorite adult beverages. When we sat down at the table I was hoping that I was going to like what I was about to taste. To be honest I have no idea what sides she had with the meat but I do remember the squirrel and gravy was delicious.

In Conclusion

I am still begging my Aunt to give me the recipe on how she makes it and she always tells me there is no recipe she does it by memory.

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