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Sorry, no pics of dead squirrels this time. They aren't volunteering many shots so far. Not really getting into the Tennessee spirit apparently.

I've been able to get out twice this last week and chase some bushy tails. So far I have been humbled. I've had 5 shot opportunities and completely missed 4 and I hit one of them in the tail.

I've never bow hunted squirrels before and have been very surprised at how observant they are, it is really hard to stalk into a good range, or even just have a clear view of them before they see or hear me and take off. I was able to sneak within 15 yards of one feeding and I had a clear shot, however, his buddy busted me and they both took off.

My method so far has been to walk the trails in the woods listening for movement, then slowly stalk toward the squirrels. It's really hard to see them with everything all grown up and leafy. I did find a few spots that were pretty dense with squirrels rooting on the ground, I might try to get back to one of those spots and just sit and wait. 

I have seen a groundhog, opossum, several turkeys, lots of coyote tracks, rabbits, and some good deer sign. It's been fun, I hope to be able to post a pic or two of some squirrel stew in the next week or two.

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I don't know why they got turned around.
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Those other pics show why it is more fun to hunt small game on the ground (to me) than deer hunting.
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Enjoyed the pictures.  Our season opened in Oklahoma today but it rained all night and most of the day with the same forecast tomorrow.  I may have to wait a day or two.  
 

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I forgot about our spring season.   Turkey is still on until Sunday.
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Go get em Zip.  And remember...aim small
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Wow, spring squirrel season.  Who'd a thunk?

I went for a rove the other day and boy has the undergrowth come up.  It would be hard to get a beed on a squirrel this time of year.

What trail is that you are walking?
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Where are you in TN Zip?  I just moved to East Tennessee this week.  I’m hoping to get out and explore the Cherokee National Forest nearby once I get a handle on this moving mess...
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Hey Micheal, I'm in west Knoxville.
There are horse trails all through the public land, the horses keep the leaves off the trail and you can stalk almost silently even in heavy boots. Works really well to walk and listen for movement. stalking through the leaves of the trail would probably only be doable in moccasins or something similar. I did take many detours down small game and deer trails, a lot noisier, another nice thing about the horse trails is that there is actually room to move your bow up for a shot. The deer trails are so dense it's really hard to get a shot window up at the squirrels. 
I've hunted squirrels with a shotgun and a .22 but only in the fall up north, it's so much easier when the leaves are off. The challenge is really fun. 
Squirrel season is open most of the year in TN, there's like a month and a half in the summer and a few months in the early spring that are closed. But all in all, you can hunt with a bow almost year-round. Not to mention that coyote, beaver, and groundhog are open year-round. 

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Nice pics Zip keep up the good work ( hunting )....😁
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