Deer hunting regulations begin page 62
11/04/17 - 11/12/17
09/16/17 - 12/31/17
Where do I hunt for squirrels?
How should I hunt for squirrels?
Where do I shoot a squirrel?
How do I field dress a squirrel?
How do I prepare a squirrel for eating?
The ubiquitous gray squirrel can be found across the state, in all woodland habitats including sparse urban ones. They are most active in the morning and late afternoon but can be encountered any time of day, scurrying about for nuts, seeds and fungi.
The fox squirrel, an orange tinged alternative, twice the heft of a gray squirrel, are more prevalent in western portions of the state but range everywhere except the coniferous northeastern Arrowhead region. They may be active during the height of the day but your chance to catch them eating are better in the evening.
Red squirrels, feasters of the pines, are quite small, less than half the size of common grays. They aren’t commonly eaten.
Squirrels are common quarry for beginner hunters, but still present considerable challenge to acquire. They are small targets, and wily. Less hunters continue to pursue squirrels than most other game species in Minnesota.
HOW TO BE THE SQUIRREL
When encountering animals within 200 yards, you’re best served by a lightweight, shorter barreled brush rifle. Look for a less than 22”, six to seven pound gun with a caliber from .30/.30 to .308 for an effective range and easy management in heavy cover or in the stand.
6x. A variable 4x-8x is great for close images gathering antler intel, but right around a 6 power scope is the most versatile for woodland hunting.
Match your rifle.
For greater range opportunities near open agricultural land or the plains, increase your caliber to a .30-06.
A day hiker size, ~25 liters will haul your lunch, snacks, bottles, extra insulation and reading material.
If you pee anywhere else, they will smell it, and avoid your area.
Baking soda is an inexpensive and versatile deodorizer. You can shower with it, wash your clothes and sprinkle some in your boots.
A ladder stand can be leaned against a wide variety of tree shapes, offers ample legroom and doesn’t require a technical ascent. A lightweight, fast and silent set-up portable can be backpacked in to public land, where regulation requires stands to be removed at the end of the day.
Strategically place these chemical hot packs under your feet, on the back of your hands and the nape of your neck.
Combine a skull cap, balaclava and fur lined trapper hat to hold the heat of that noggin in.
Look for windproof fabrics to block the chill and sticky grip for a steady trigger finger.
Strike a balance between lofty insulation and finger dexterity. You can always remove these before shooting.
HEAVYWEIGHT GLOVES / MITTENS
Stop the coldest days from dividing and conquering your digits. Forget dexterity. The loftier the better.
Wear wool or synthetics next to skin. These fabrics transfer moisture, manage odor and continue to insulate after wet from a sweaty tree stand approach.
The quintessential base layer. No seams for heat to escape.
Sexy necksy no longer cold…
Get hotter and heavier with a fleece or pile sweatshirt.
PUFFY INSULATING LAYER
Begin to create some real dead air space with at least 650-fill micro puffy packet. Down or synthetic fill.
INSULATED / WATERPROOF PARKA
Select a blaze orange parka with a camouflage pattern. The bright color is visible to other human hunters, an important safety feature and required by MN law. The camouflage pattern will break up your shape to an otherwise color blind deer. Look for a well insulated, silent friction fabric with a waterproof membrane.
Ex Officio, always. Wear one pair all weekend with the most comfortable, breathable, quick drying briefs.
Lightweight/midweight, wool or synthetic thermal “long johns” will trap heat right against the skin and wick away any moisture during periods of overheating.
INSULATING MIDLAYER BOTTOM
A synthetic fleece or pile pant maximizes the trapped and toasty dead air space, but sweatpants will work too.
INSULATING / WATERPROOF BIBS
The outermost layer. Match the pattern of your parka. Look for a well insulated, silent friction fabric with a waterproof membrane.
SOCK SYSTEM: ULTRALIGHT / LIGHT / MIDWEIGHT
Ultralight synthetic liner socks will transfer any moisture to a lightweight/midweight merino wool.
SOCK SYSTEM: HEAVY / EXPEDITION WEIGHT
Adhere a full foot length heat pad then layer on a heavyweight and expedition weight sock.
A winter-weather-weight pair of snow boots has taller cuffs, a Thinsulate liner wrapped in a waterproof/breathable membrane and will insulate you to -30/-40 degrees F.
On the coldest days, once your settled in the stand, kick off your loud clunky boots and bury your feet in these down insulated burrows and keep your toes wriggling.