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Old September 8, 2009, 06:08 AM   #1
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Squirrel season is here!

I'm in Arkansas and squirrel season has started. (sept 5 - feb 28)

I have a few questions before gathering tree rats this year.

Do you hunt squirrel before the first frost?

Is there any danger of getting worms from warm weather squirrels?

I've never had a problem and there is even a spring squirrel season here.

Just taking a sort of poll.

Thanks!
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Old September 8, 2009, 08:00 AM   #2
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ive heard about the frost and the warbles...or whatever you call them... but I have never seen it myself.... and I have never waited for cold weather to start hunting them.
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Old September 8, 2009, 08:11 AM   #3
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I've not heard of a problem with warm weather squirrels. I have heard of such with rabbits. Interesting to see what others can add, but I'd not hesitate on the tree rats.
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Old September 8, 2009, 08:56 AM   #4
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I've killed a couple of squirrels with warbles (we calle 'em wolves here). They're a fly larva that grow just below the skin. They don't harm the meat at all.

I don't hunt 'me much this time of year more because of ticks and chiggers than anything else. Getting them on ME that is.
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Old September 8, 2009, 08:56 AM   #5
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I was always told to wait until frost so they would not have "wolves". I have found it to be hit or miss. Some areas will have alot of parasites, others not so many. You can tell when they have them, it looks like a guarter sized abcess. So just watch the limb rats in your area and see if they are safe to hunt.
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Old September 8, 2009, 01:22 PM   #6
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I have never heard of any problems, like Tularemia as you get into rabbits. Mange or Wolves is rare and the most common problem I have seen, is fleas. I field clean my squirrels so leave most of the mess behind. I'd wouldn't worry and just enjoy the day. Watch out for deer ticks, though.


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Old September 8, 2009, 04:47 PM   #7
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I mostly hunt them when it gets cold, but the few (10 or so) i've taken in warm weather, have yet to have any problems.
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Old September 8, 2009, 06:46 PM   #8
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Really? I am suprised that more of you have not seen more wolves in them. Maybe it is just more of a problem where i have always hunted. Dunno
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Old September 8, 2009, 06:53 PM   #9
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Savage, it is a condition of not only region but spots within regions...
I seen them most in urban areas of central florida more so than any where else... hands down.
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Old September 8, 2009, 06:58 PM   #10
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I guess. Most of my hunting is closer to you in Madison Co. I do know that if I kill one and it has a wolve in, I do not eat it.
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Old September 8, 2009, 07:26 PM   #11
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I hunt in the lower portion of NY and have bagged a good amount of squirrels never a problem with them, no smell, fleas, mites, wolves, mange blah blah ect ect, perfectly clean, never seen a parasite in the guts either ect.
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Old September 8, 2009, 09:42 PM   #12
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Thanks everyone. I've never had a problem here with them either, but every year when I hunt I ALWAYS have someone tell me, "I don't hunt them til after the first freezze because...." ok, I'll shoot them for myself!
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Old September 8, 2009, 09:48 PM   #13
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I never heard the first freeze thing with regard to squirrels... It was ALWAYS spoken of rabbits to avoid "rabbit fever"...
Summer squirrels gumbo eats the same as winter squirrel...
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Old September 8, 2009, 11:51 PM   #14
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Never had a problem with September Squirrels . . . now then, the timber rattlers that haven't hibernated yet can make things interesting. Wear snake chaps if going into heavy brush.
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Old September 9, 2009, 12:39 AM   #15
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i hunt in missouri, season starts in may i think but i will not hunt anything i have to go in the woods for untill the first good frost because i dont like all the bugs and i hate walking throught spider webs and you dont have to deal with that after the first frost and as for worms, i always say like any meat if cooked right all that crap dies anyway
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Old September 9, 2009, 05:34 AM   #16
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Quote:
i always say like any meat if cooked right all that crap dies anyway
Yup, kills the stuff you can see - and the stuff you can't.
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