One more thing to consider. If you do throw an arrow at him, or a marble out of a slingshot, or whatever, be prepared to spook deer. I know how annoying they can be, but when you move that much a deer WILL see you if he’s near. I’ve had lots of times where the deer got all the way to me and I didn’t even hear/see it coming.
That’s why I let the squirrels do as they will. Many a time squirrels have distracted the attention of incoming deer and given me a chance to get my bow or gun into position for a shot.
We have grays, grays with brown tails, all-black squirrels, one black one with a brown tail, and one true albino squirrel that frequent our yard. Some of the other towns around here have populations of black squirrels as well, while whites/albinos are less common.
I’ve often wondered why the off-color squirrels only seem to occur in town and never in the woods.
There’s any number of things that can bust you in the woods, squirrels, chipmunks, turkeys, songbirds. You just can’t can’t avoid them all. But, since squirrels are edible, I’ve invested in some judo points.
It's not how far you shoot, but how close you get.
A few squirrels around can make my hunt…
I enjoy watching them – also the crows, hawks
and the occasional coon. A bobcat or a fox just to
watch will really make my outing a success.
I pop a squirrel from time to time,
keep some heads
in my quiver just for that purpose.
Limbers up the arm and cooked right,
they’re real tasty…
I’ve been eating them for over 50 years.
They got just as much right to be there
as you do…maybe more.
Chill out and watch’em,
it’s a big part of the fun being there.
I could easily shoot a P&Y (this should be a category) squirrell, but my wife doesn’t want to eat a tree rat.
They don’t bark at me very often, I think they know I’m there to kill the deer that are eating their food.
I would probably just let him be. They tend to be a trip to watch and it helps pass the time. I have had them squacking at me while deer were walking right under my stand. Deer don’t speak squirrel I’m thinking . Until they learn the only time I will be worried is when they do it at a deer that is coming in to me.
sounds to me that every one is in a pretty good spot. if the tree rats are there than there must be food, if there is food than there will be deer. those little fellas can be both entertaining and bothersome at the same time. i think that i hear almost as many rat stories as deer stories each year.