Look for good crops of acorns, Hickory Nuts, or whatever is the main food source in your area. In the spring Mulberry trees are awesome. Squirrels love them and they are the first trees to produce a crop. (The reason you're not seeing squirrels could be because they are seeing you first. They have very good eyesight and, like many wild animals, spot movement very well.) Besides food sources look for good den trees. Trees , usualy dead or at least somewhat hollow, with holes in the trunks. You can tell if squirrels are using it as a den because the lip of the hole will be shiny and smooth from the squirrels going in and out. When you find a likely spot just sit, listen, and keep your eyes open for movement. Not just in the trees but on the ground. Squirrels, this time of year, are stocking up on nuts for the winter. They'll be running up and down trees finding them and taking them back to their dens. They'll also often be carrying leaves back to their dens to insulate against the cold and to freshen their nests or dens. That brings up another point. Look for trees with nests. Finding them lets you know squirrels are in the area. Besides listening for them barking, while sitting listen for them cutting nuts. You'll hear the chatter of their teeth cutting into the nut and, if they're up high, you'll hear the fragments raining down. A good squirrel call can be well worth having. Get one that imitates a squirrel barking. They are very easy to use and when squirrels hear another squirrel barking they will often come out to see what he's barking at. You can also take a couple small rocks, tap them together and imitate a squirrel cutting nuts. Again, other squirrels will come out, this time looking for their share. You don't need two people to get a shot at a squirrel playing hide and seek around a tree trunk. Just toss your hat or jacket around the tree and the squirrel will run to your side. Also, squirrels like to stretch out and lay flat on limbs soaking up warmth from the sun. Look for the one thing that often gives them away, their tail flicking or blowing in the wind. Now, one more tip, if you get in a good spot and shoot a squirrel, don't just jump up and run to it. Mark it in your memory and stay put. The sound of a shot often won't spook squirrels but your getting up and moving will. By staying put you'll get more shots at more squirrels. Now, as to other game that you might hunt, that depends on your local wildlife codes and what is covered by your hunting license. I hope I've given you enough info that you can get you some tasty squirrels. Let us know how you do....Norm
Edited by Spirithawk, 06 December 2008 - 10:24 AM.