Crosman Benjamin .22 Mac1 Discovery, and My Favorite Type of Ground Squirrel Shot - 55 Yard Head Shot in the Wind
When hunting California Ground squirrels, you get presented with every kind of shot imaginable, but this video clip, I think, sums up my favorite. It's not a gimee 29 yarder, it's at 55 yards which is my preferred sight-in distance for hunting these guys. It's a front on head shot, which makes it a bit more challenging than a side profile head shot, and the wind is working its magic.
I'm sighted a little high at 55 yards, so the horizontal crosshair is about a half inch under his chin. Because of the rather brisk left to right wind that's blowing across the area, the vertical crosshair is held about one and a half squirrels into the wind.
The pellet entered just under the ground squirrels nose and exited behind the right ear. This was a male, and I was hunting at 5000 feet where the rut is still in full swing. When I got over to him, it was obvious that he had gotten into a knock down drag out fight with another male squirrel, over who was going to get to spend the weekend with the pretty neighbor girl squeak. This guys back was pretty well chewed up. The males tend to get into some pretty good fights this time of year.