Beech Stand

Believe it or not, there was a time when I was just a little guy, maybe not quite ten years old.  Learned what was common practice back in those parts as to the art of squirrel hunting.  Mostly, we’d go out as a hunting pair, sometimes three.  We’d make our way into the hardwoods towards the hickory stands and take up a spot to settle down and watch, real quiet like,  for any signs of squirrel activity.  This usually took the form of squirrels barking or the sound of squirrels running around in the leaves or climbing trees.  After determining that there were a goodly number of the critters in the immediate vicinity, one of us would venture out slowly and not too quietly, towards the middle of where the squirrels were, while the other took up a position of concealment behind a tree, log, or stump.  The technique was to move slowly about ten paces and stop, and then take another ten paces after 20 seconds or so.   This in turn got the squirrels attention, causing them not to run,  but to shift their position a little  in the trees to avoid directly being seen.  But doing this usually made them clearly visible to the stationary hunter waiting to take the best shot.

This is an amusing side story for illustrating two points about this picture:


Thermal View Armasight Zeus FLIR

First, you can tell there is a stationary hunter, somewhere, probably in good concealment, waiting to take that best shot.  You can clearly see the squirrels have moved around to where they think they can’t be directly seen.  But, second point, the problem is, that when you mount an Aimsight Zeus FLIR scope on your little squirrel gun on steroids,  all of a sudden,  all those little squirrels start looking alike.  And unlike in fishing, you can’t just throw them back if it’s not one of those kind you’re fishing for.  Need to work on this before next season.

Most of you have one of those modern squirrel guns on steroids.  They’re called  AR’s and 5.56’s so they sound more  respectable.  But still, they are first cousin to the old Remington .222, which is a good groundhog round.

Shooting squirrels in an urban environment, like in the picture above, means most of your shots are going to be close-in, so your favorite squirrel gun needs to be very reliable inside that first hundred yards.   Any squirrels more than a couple of blocks away  should be passed on to either the SDM for the 100 to 250 yard range, or  to overwatch for 300+ yards.

My choice for a squirrel gun on steroids was the FN FS2000 Tactical.  Not a common choice and a bit pricey, but it works for me.  Compact for easily moving around the trees.  Ejects out the front into little piles.  Comes in Forrest Green.  Plus, how can you go wrong with a 40 round SS magazine?

FN FS2000 Tactical

Second choice, was the LWRC M6A2. More traditional,  and very reliable.  Still a little pricey.

LWRC M6A2 Black

And when my lotto numbers come up, there just might be one of these for everybody, plus some spares, you know, just for special days.  LWRC M6A2 SBR.  Also in fashionable Forrest Green.



Still  miss my old L1A1.  World class, respectable, ten pounds of boom stick.  Broke my teeth (literally) on that old thing.  Guess the squirrels seemed bigger back then.


L1A1 FAL Variant