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When I hunt squirrels I always head for swampy or thickly wooded areas. This is because years ago when I was learning to hunt, I would look for a big oak tree in the middle of a field and sit under it, knowing that I could focus on that one tree. I never had any success this way, in fact I rarely if ever saw a squirrel in a lone-standing tree. I soon learned that once I got into the swamps and thickly wooded areas the bushytails were everywhere; especially at dawn and dusk. My question is: has anyone ever had success hunting a single tree in the middle of a field? I would pressume that if any wildlife were in these trees they'd be fox squirrels as opposed the the grey. I find that the greys are usually in the deeper darker parts of the woods and the fox squirrels are often on the edges of the forest; close to pastures. I'm wondering if these animals will venture out into the pastures and take up residence in the big free standing trees that are often in pastures. I think it would be fun to stake out one of these trees and take some long range shots. It would be good rifle practice.

I appreciate any input.

Texas Squirrel Hunter :gulp:
 

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squirrels in free standing trees as compare

Depends on the kind of tree and just where in the field it is and the condition of the field.. First off squirres don't like high grass/weeds between them and the woods so if your tree is in an overgrown field don't count on squirrels much. Second the tree can't be too far out in the field maybe 20-25 yards soooo... find a pecan or maulberry tree in a pasture about 20 yards from the tree line and you have found a magnate for squirrels and crows.
 

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i find that walking around the perimeter of a field especially cornfields that are surrouded by wooded areas is the best for big plump fox squirrels.
 

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I agree with crawfish on the tall grass,but not the distance.I have two favorite trees in the open.One is a white oak(hot when the acorns are good) and a walnut.Both trees are 150 YARDS from the woods where they reside.The trick is to remain hidden.Dont forget the Locust trees if you have them in your area.A real squirrel magnet.My son and I take a couple hundred squirrels a year on a good year,mostly with a 22lr.
 
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