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Old December 2nd, 2019, 04:05 PM   #1
 
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Have never hunted them just starting out in hunting . I took my .22 sporter deluxe out in search of squirrels or rabbits needless to say i didn't hear anything nor did i see anything...The place i was hunting usually I see some squirrels turkey and some deer didn't even see them...I was walking from 8:30 to 2;30 then started standing under trees looking never seen or heard any...I plan on taking shotgun out tomorrow



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Get in a likely area then sit on a log or stump. Sit quietly without moving for fifteen minutes and watch the woods come to life. You won't see them while walking, but they forget about you quickly when you sit still.
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Yep, nga has the right idea, just pull up to a place and park it for at least a half hour. Ya need to let things quiet down.

If you’re motoring through the woods your chances of seeing deer let alone turkey, (270 degree field of vision) are about zero.

I’ll still hunt through the woods, (I’ll take a step or two every 5 minutes) that works for me.

If the squirrels, deer and turkeys were “packin” there’d be more dead hunters than animals, we’re in their house........

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Problem is you have a .22. Take your 30-06 and the squirrels will be running across your boots.
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If you got snow this weekend, that should make it easier to find a likely spot with some tracks.

Like others have said, I've found the best method it to just sit. I've had deer, coons, turkey and other critters just walk up on me. Almost don't want to shoot and disturb all the game that hangs out on the woods.
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Take your shotgun and NO shells.....you will see all sorts of game !
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Do i need to wear blaze orange?
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You need to check your local laws. In my state, blaze orange just for deer hunting with guns.
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Do i need to wear blaze orange?
No, not for squirrel hunting in Iowa. Deer yes, upland birds require an article of clothing, (hat, coat, vest) that is 50% blaze orange.

I have always taken a blaze orange stocking hat and hung it on a limb above me when ever I have hunted on public land. Especially turkey hunting.

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Blaze orange, every state is different. Check your state laws. For instance, my state is different than wheelguns's. Please read and interpret for yourself, but it looks like no for squirrel.

https://www.iowadnr.gov/Hunting
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During Deer Season I suggest you wear blaze orange regardless, even if you are just strolling through the woods or fields.
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During Deer Season I suggest you wear blaze orange regardless, even if you are just strolling through the woods or fields.
Agree. Think safety first whether it is with your own firearm or just staying safe hunting small game.
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Do i need to wear blaze orange?
During Deer Season I suggest you wear blaze orange regardless, even if you are just strolling through the woods or fields.
During shotgun deer season i wont go near any kind of woods until shotgun season is over
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