Stumpy the squirrel gets a pass.

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Stumpy the squirrel gets a pass.

#1 Post by stumper » Sat Mar 02, 2019 6:27 pm

For years I have hunted the squirrels in my front yard. Living in a residential neighborhood conditions must be perfect in order for a shot to occur. Only 4 shots have occurred within two years resulting in 3 hits.

Because most of these squirrels reside in my front yard no neighbors can be outside and no cars on the street. Would not want to leave any witnesses to a potential squirell massacre. Many mornings I will get up in watch the squirrels in the front yard and by the time I have strung a bow the squirrels have a left the area.

I will then poked my head out the front door bow in hand with a single arrow in attempt to get within 15 yd of a squirrel. This is no easy task considering the squirrels in the front of my yard are well extremely squirrelly.

Among the squirrels in my front yard is a squirrel with half a tail that I have affectionately named stumpy. Stumpy and I have had many interactions 3 to be exact, but perhaps the story should be prefaced with the fact that in the last 2 years I have only shot at squirrels 4 times. Stumpy frightens easily maybe it has to do with his half tail. About a year ago I took a shot at stumpy and missed clean and since then I had it in my mind that 1 day I would get him. About 6 months later I loaded up my 42 pound widow maker and a field point and drilled him right in the side. However he proceeded to run right up the tree with my arrow which fell down about a day later.

3 to 4 days later I began to see stumpy again with a new mark on his side. This morning was no exception and stumpy was busy in the yard feeding himself and knowing my history with the squirrel I grabbed my 56 pound longbow and a rubber blunt. True to form stumpy was spooked by my presence and began to run up a tree when he paused midway I took my shot and drilled him in the side which knocked him clean out of the tree from 15 yards.

Stumpy righted himself and ran to a nearby oak where he was moving slower than usual but very much alive. I definitely aim to harvest game in a manner that is clean and efficient but this squirrel has made that difficult. Because he has survived three of my attacks have decided to call a truce with stumpy and give him a pass.

Needless to say squirrel have earned respect in my book as a very difficult game to harvest. P.s. skip the rubber blunts for small game.
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Re: Stumpy the squirrel gets a pass.

#2 Post by Graps » Sat Mar 02, 2019 7:55 pm

This reminds me.
Back in the late 70s, I was hunting with the manager of the archery shop.
He always teased me about shooting 80#
As we were walking out of the woods he spotted a squirrel looking at him through a crotch of a tree.
The squirrel was completely concealed by the tree with only its head exposed.
My friend grabbed a blunt and hit the squirrel right under the chin. The squirrels head whipped back and it proceeded to continue to look at him.
He nocked another blunt and hit the squirrel exactly the same way and the same result.
As the squirrel was still looking at him, he looked at me and said " that's why you shoot 80# isn't it, for squirrels "
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#3 Post by stumper » Sat Mar 02, 2019 8:01 pm

Last one I killed was with a 45 lb bow and I skewered him with a field point. While pinned he proceeded to chew the arrow in half. Thinking about some small game broad heads. For Stumpy though all he will receive from now on is a glance of admiration.
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#4 Post by Graps » Sat Mar 02, 2019 8:29 pm

They are an amazingly tough critter.
I have always just used a broadhead. And still have shot them on the ground and watched them run up a tree.
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Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows. Matthew 10:31
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Re: Stumpy the squirrel gets a pass.

#5 Post by Grizzly » Sat Mar 02, 2019 10:14 pm

These "Bunny Busters" from Ace look pretty mean.
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Re: Stumpy the squirrel gets a pass.

#6 Post by White Falcon » Sun Mar 03, 2019 6:15 am

Mine are gone as soon as they hear the door open.

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Re: Stumpy the squirrel gets a pass.

#7 Post by Grizzly » Sun Mar 03, 2019 7:11 am

I bought too big a bag of bird seed too late in the season. So, it might as well get used up since it most likely will mold over the summer. If the squirrels have defeated the squirrel proof bird feeders (if there is such a thing) or if the birds are extra hungry this winter, it doesn't matter this year. Let them all eat. But when I find out who is biting the tops off of the tulips, grrr.....


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#8 Post by Carpdaddy » Sun Mar 03, 2019 8:30 pm

That’s funny stuff, I think stumpy earned his pass, probably too tough to chew anyway! :lol:

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