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Eastern grey squirrels
« on: December 16, 2020, 01:31:21 PM »
Hello everyone I love hunting squirrels. Itís great fun and they are darn good to eat. I have a small area in SW Washington (cowlitz) that I hunt them but Iím looking to branch out and find some new areas. Willing to travel pretty far to find some other areas that hold a decent population of them. As Washington doesnít seem to have a lot of  squirrel hunters I was hoping someone on the east side of the state might be able to point me to some likely areas. Iíd be happy to swap location info with anyone looking to come to my neck of the woods to chase squirrels.
Thanks in advance.

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Re: Eastern grey squirrels
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2020, 02:24:28 PM »
My neighborís backyard is infested with them.  They feed them peanuts and the filthy rodents bury those in my yard, plant pots, gutters, etc.  They get uber aggressive, chewing up deck railing, garden hoses, whatever they can get their teeth into.

I have noticed that some of them seem to die suddenly from small lead pellets passing through their bodies.   :rolleyes:

Good for you for reducing their population.

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Re: Eastern grey squirrels
« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2020, 02:27:10 PM »
We have them too, if I find out what neighbor is feeding them truckloads of peanuts.....

One got in my duck stuff in the shed over the summer, man I dislike those rodents.

We were running a trap and relocate program, but got tired of that and it didn't seem to make any difference, like there was a vacuum created that would suck a new one in for every one removed.

Both neighbors pick them off with pellets and they just keep coming back.

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Re: Eastern grey squirrels
« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2020, 02:37:56 PM »
I got them running all over the place.  There's one that looks like he swallowed a softball whole.  Dang this thing is huge.  We can't have bird feeders anymore.  Despite all my best efforts, they got at them.  Might be one or 2 of them stuffed into my crab pots next year.  Worth a try I figure.
Look man, some times you just gotta roll the dice

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Re: Eastern grey squirrels
« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2020, 02:42:46 PM »
Put a length of 3 or 4" stove pipe on your feeder post, they can't climb it. Unless they're coming in from above from roof tops, fences or tree limbs. Bushy tailed rats that breed continuously.  :bash:

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Re: Eastern grey squirrels
« Reply #5 on: December 16, 2020, 02:47:08 PM »
I wish there were more of them in less inhabited areas to actually hunt.  I grew up squirrel hunting and loved to do it.  They are also quite tasty.

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Re: Eastern grey squirrels
« Reply #6 on: December 16, 2020, 03:36:28 PM »
We have them too, if I find out what neighbor is feeding them truckloads of peanuts.....

One got in my duck stuff in the shed over the summer, man I dislike those rodents.

We were running a trap and relocate program, but got tired of that and it didn't seem to make any difference, like there was a vacuum created that would suck a new one in for every one removed.

Both neighbors pick them off with pellets and they just keep coming back.

It is a virtual endless supply in suburbia.  It's hard to keep fruit on the trees, even trying.  Too bad a squirrel pole is illegal in WA.

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Re: Eastern grey squirrels
« Reply #7 on: December 16, 2020, 03:48:28 PM »
Cal Anderson Park. Just make sure you have the correct T-shirt on and you're good to go. :tup:

Seriously, the challenge is identifying the type of squirrel. The Eastern Grays are legal in Washington but there are also Western Grays, Douglas, Red, Northern Flying, and Eastern fox squirrels in Washington.

Good luck.
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Re: Eastern grey squirrels
« Reply #9 on: December 16, 2020, 03:59:58 PM »
I love any product that ends with "INATOR".  That usually means that things are going to die.  I'm a novice, all I gots is a small Have--No-Hart.
Look man, some times you just gotta roll the dice

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Re: Eastern grey squirrels
« Reply #10 on: December 16, 2020, 04:05:36 PM »
They can't stay out, pretty crazy effective and all you need is a handful of sunflower seeds.  It also can be used as a secondary cat attractant once you get a squirrel in there.  I had to get a cat trap too, they were ripping up my garden and leaving presents.  The squirrels get pretty rowdy, but the cats are on another level, especially if they are feral.

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Re: Eastern grey squirrels
« Reply #11 on: December 16, 2020, 05:05:46 PM »
The reason there are not a lot of squirrel hunters in WA is that populations of huntable squirrels are hard to find.  All native squirrels are protected and the introduced ones are in mostly urban/suburban areas.

This map is old so its possible they have spread a little beyond this but this gives you an idea of where Eastern Grey squirrels are found.

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Re: Eastern grey squirrels
« Reply #12 on: December 16, 2020, 05:09:50 PM »
There is also a population of Eastern fox squirrels but they have same problem with finding hunting opportunity.


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Re: Eastern grey squirrels
« Reply #13 on: December 16, 2020, 05:29:28 PM »
Cal Anderson Park. Just make sure you have the correct T-shirt on and you're good to go. :tup:

Seriously, the challenge is identifying the type of squirrel. The Eastern Grays are legal in Washington but there are also Western Grays, Douglas, Red, Northern Flying, and Eastern fox squirrels in Washington.

Good luck.

There is zero challenge identifying Eastern Grays... Is it gray? Is it not in the area the State shows for Western Gray populations? Yes to both of these and you are good to go.

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Re: Eastern grey squirrels
« Reply #14 on: December 16, 2020, 05:30:52 PM »
They are delicious!

 


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