They may be small, but squirrels are one of the most exciting small game animals you can hunt. With their unpredictable movements and gigantic leaps through the tree canopies, squirrel hunting offers a challenge for both beginners and seasoned hunters.
Is it okay to hunt squirrels?
If you hunt or kill them, you will be arrested and face criminal charges. In other states like California, you will need a permit before trapping any squirrel. However, most states consider both red and grey squirrel as game meats; hence they can be killed for human consumption.
What kind of squirrels can you hunt?
Four types of tree squirrels are game species and can be hunted in California. The Western gray squirrel and the Douglas squirrel are both native to California while the Eastern fox squirrel and the Eastern gray squirrel are introduced and not native to the state.
Can you get diseases from eating squirrels?
This makes the first time a person has contracted variant Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease in the U.S. According to a recently-uncovered medical case from 2015, one man may have died after eating one too many squirrels.
What to do after you shoot a squirrel?
All you have to do is pour water on them until they are just submerged in the water and freeze them. As you shoot more squirrels throughout the season, you can add the legs and cover them with more water. Repeat this until you have enough legs to make some little fried drummies.
What time of day are squirrels most active?
Squirrels are most active early in the day as they scavenge for food, with a lull in activity during the warmest part of the day. You may also find them foraging in the early afternoon right up until dusk. Of course, this can vary depending on the species.
Can I shoot squirrels in my garden?
As the law stands it is perfectly legal to kill grey squirrels as long it is done in a humane manner; the Wildlife Act 2006 states that it is against the law to cause any unnecessary suffering to an animal under your care.