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#2719951 - 11/03/11 08:24 PM Squirrels in Davy Crockett National Forest
jnd59 Offline
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Registered: 09/11/10
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Has anyone hunted squirrels here? Any observations? I want to take my father squirrel hunting this fall. It's been 35 years since we've harrassed squirrels together.


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#2720025 - 11/03/11 08:42 PM Re: Squirrels in Davy Crockett National Forest [Re: jnd59]
Kawabuggy Offline
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Registered: 01/14/08
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If it is anything like Sam Houston Natl. Forest, the place should be covered up in squirrels. The trick to seeing squirrels is to find a likely spot, sit down and be quiet and still for a while. They will start appearing like ghosts and will be all around you shortly.

Also, I don't know why it works, but take a .22LR shell and tap it on a quarter in your hand.. For some reason, this brings them out pretty quickly. Don't know exactly why, but it works.

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#2720051 - 11/03/11 08:48 PM Re: Squirrels in Davy Crockett National Forest [Re: Kawabuggy]
jnd59 Offline
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Registered: 09/11/10
Posts: 90
I've heard of the 22/quarter thing but never tried it. Do you have to wear orange in the wma?


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#2720255 - 11/03/11 09:45 PM Re: Squirrels in Davy Crockett National Forest [Re: jnd59]
redriverpigger Offline
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There will be a ton of them there this weekend!

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#2720315 - 11/03/11 10:08 PM Re: Squirrels in Davy Crockett National Forest [Re: redriverpigger]
HAWKEYE911 Offline
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Affirmative on the orange. Wouldn't think of going in those woods without it.

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#2720320 - 11/03/11 10:10 PM Re: Squirrels in Davy Crockett National Forest [Re: HAWKEYE911]
HAWKEYE911 Offline
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You are likely to p!ss off a bunch of deer hunters if you go there this weekend popping off .22 rounds at tree rats though. Not a safe place to do that.

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#2720946 - 11/04/11 08:55 AM Re: Squirrels in Davy Crockett National Forest [Re: HAWKEYE911]
CCBIRDDOGMAN Offline
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I used to hunt on a place that bordered the DCNF & believe me, there are tons of squirrels out there. But I wouldn't try it this weekend unless I was in an armored vehicle. It will sound like a war zone tomorrow morning.

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#2722279 - 11/04/11 06:39 PM Re: Squirrels in Davy Crockett National Forest [Re: CCBIRDDOGMAN]
jnd59 Offline
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Registered: 09/11/10
Posts: 90
Thanks for the replies. No, won't go until later in the year or maybe early January. By then we should have the whole place to ourselves.


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#2724380 - 11/05/11 10:01 PM Re: Squirrels in Davy Crockett National Forest [Re: jnd59]
ddixon Offline
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Registered: 07/22/08
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Try Cochino Creek area off highway 7 outside Ratcliff or the Big Slough area in Ratcliff. I hunt these areas from time to time with my squirrel dogs and always do pretty good.


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#2725243 - 11/06/11 10:24 AM Re: Squirrels in Davy Crockett National Forest [Re: ddixon]
jnd59 Offline
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Registered: 09/11/10
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Thanks ddixon. I will try those areas. Looks like we will go in early Janaury. Thanks for the help.


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#2725834 - 11/06/11 03:38 PM Re: Squirrels in Davy Crockett National Forest [Re: jnd59]
Don Dial Offline
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Registered: 11/06/11
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I hunted area from Hwy 21 at the Neches River...all cat squirrels
Only hunter there that did well was Leon Compton, and his twin
bro. they were raised in Weches....had'm corralled....ditto on
watch out for deer hunters...the ole boys from Houston, Dallas
that never get a new rifle and get it bore sighted and go crazy.
DD


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#2726050 - 11/06/11 04:59 PM Re: Squirrels in Davy Crockett National Forest [Re: Don Dial]
jnd59 Offline
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Registered: 09/11/10
Posts: 90
Thanks Don. Never tasted cat squirrels to my recollection. Mostly Grays and a few fox. Are they decent?


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#2729481 - 11/07/11 05:26 PM Re: Squirrels in Davy Crockett National Forest [Re: jnd59]
1FowlHntR Offline

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Originally Posted By: jnd59
Thanks Don. Never tasted cat squirrels to my recollection. Mostly Grays and a few fox. Are they decent?
Cats and grays are the same thing...

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#2730943 - 11/08/11 05:10 AM Re: Squirrels in Davy Crockett National Forest [Re: 1FowlHntR]
jnd59 Offline
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Registered: 09/11/10
Posts: 90
What is the difference between hunting the National Forest and the WMA? Is the forest shotgun only?


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#2732741 - 11/08/11 03:28 PM Re: Squirrels in Davy Crockett National Forest [Re: jnd59]
Tactical_Smurf Offline
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Registered: 10/15/09
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Loc: F-G Metroplex
the couple times we hunted squirrels we waited till late DEC early JAN and went all over the Big slough and down most of the spots that had proper terrain for them and did not see anything.

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