This is always a fun time of year here in Northern Arizona. Tree squirrel season is now open until the end of December. This means, that in addition to a couple of types of ground squirrels, I can now add two types of tree squirrels, that reside here in the local mountains, to my "legal to take" list.
But the reality is, in addition to the local ground squirrels, I only hunt the Abert's tree squirrels this time of year. They actually have enough meat on them (2 pound squirrel) to make them worth hunting. The small Pine Squirrels, (about 6 to 9 ounces) who also reside here, aren't worth bothering with, and since they count toward my 5 squirrel daily limit, I give them a pass.
I'm hoping to get out for a hunt on Monday or Tuesday of next week. I haven't been seeing many Abert's squirrels, during my ground squirrel adventures, but that may have to do with the warm temperatures we've been having around here. Now that the temps are dropping down to near freezing at night, and the daytime temps are in the low seventies, the Abert's squirrels may start to become more active.
I looked out back this morning, and saw the guy in the picture up above, running up and down a big Ponderosa Pine in our back yard. Hopefully, that's a good omen for the hunts ahead.
First time out, my gun of choice is going to be my .22 cal FX Monsoon, shooting the 16 grain JSB Exacts. They are super accurate in this gun. Head shots to 60/70 yards are no problem.
Below, are a couple of big Abert's that I took, a couple of years ago, while hunting with my Benjamin Discovery in .22.The Abert's are very challenging to hunt. They are well dispersed, and you have to get out and dig them out of their preferred habitat. It's a challenge that I really enjoy. For the next few weeks, it will be both ground squirrels and tree squirrels on the hunt list. The ground squirrels will go into hibernation in a few weeks, and then it's going to be tree squirrels only.
I can hardly wait to get out there and see what I can find. I'm going to head out to a couple of places where I saw a lot of tree squirrel sign, even though I didn't see any Abert's squirrels at the time.
Yesterday, I was out hunting ground squirrels again, and had a very successful hunt. I'll get that story posted as soon as I have a chance.
More to come.