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Hunting squirrel in Central Texas with .22?? #8711314 10/17/22 11:32 PM
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Hello everyone, I'm new to this site and this is my first post, so I look forward to talking and sharing knowledge with everyone. I'm new to utilizing Texas public hunting land; this is only my third year deer hunting here in Texas, so I am still learning the areas near me and their specific regulations. The thing I'm noticing is that every single PHL that's within 2 hours or so of Killeen only allows shotgun, archery, or air rifles for hunting squirrel, but not .22.. wondering what the reason for this is, or if I'm misinterpreting something on the information sheets for the different PHLs. I would much prefer to use my ruger 10/22 to headshot squirrels than pick out a bunch of shotgun pellets or bite into that one that gets missed. If anyone could tell me some places closer to Killeen where I could use my .22 for squirrels, I'd really appreciate it. The only places as far as I can tell seem to be further east near Houston. Thanks!

Re: Hunting squirrel in Central Texas with .22?? [Re: Tyler Dicky] #8711318 10/17/22 11:38 PM
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Hello and Welcome!

I would assume a .22 travels a long way when you miss your target.


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Re: Hunting squirrel in Central Texas with .22?? [Re: Superduty] #8718237 10/26/22 02:02 AM
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Originally Posted by Superduty
Hello and Welcome!

I would assume a .22 travels a long way when you miss your target.



I would also assume this to be the reason. Back east of the Ms, we mostly use 22’s like you say to headshot. The timber is thick though.

There’s plenty of thick timbered woods in East Texas, so that’s probably the reason why they can also use .22 and not be limited to shotgun.

Re: Hunting squirrel in Central Texas with .22?? [Re: Tyler Dicky] #8718301 10/26/22 03:16 AM
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Population of humans and not as much dense thicket areas!



Re: Hunting squirrel in Central Texas with .22?? [Re: Tyler Dicky] #8718307 10/26/22 03:31 AM
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Shotguns are excellent for squirrels. In my experience a .22 actually damages more meat. The shotgun pellets do not do the same damage as a bullet, and in my opinion a shotgun is the absolute best meat hunting gun. I never use shot size smaller than a #4 on my squirrels and most of the shot zips clean through or stops in the off-side hide.

Use the full choke. Learn to edge them at close range, either hit them with the edge of the pattern or take their head off when they peek around the edge of the tree. Then if you know your gun and have a tight pattern you can still whack em at 60 yards or so. Those long shots are rare but you will have to pick some shot out on those.

I shoot a Mossberg 835 with factory full choke and almost exclusively use the #4 Federal steel waterfowl ammo in the 100 round packs from Walmart for my squirrel hunting. Mostly because lead is not allowed here and neither is shot larger than #4. Shooting steel I would prefer to shoot #2 shot. So I catch the cheap waterfowl stuff at Walmart. I will shoot the Winchester waterfowl loads in a pinch but right now I have enough to last a few years.

Shooting steel at squirrels, stick to the high velocity waterfowl shells. Steel don’t penetrate like lead, it needs the extra oomph.

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I think the shotgun rules are more to help discourage game violations to be honest. The way the law reads in Missouri, it is definitely the case here.

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