To spread the squirrel evenly throughout the forest, from August to September they are captured. By this time, squirrels are already growing up enough for a life independent of their parents.
It is precisely adult individuals and their first-born that should be caught, and the babies of the last litter should be released, because being outside the habitat may cost them their lives. But how to catch a squirrel?
In the woods they can be caught using a special lasso made of copper wire with a cross section of 1 mm.
Its diameter should be about eight centimeters, and after 10 cm from the loop it is necessary to tie a knot so that when catching the squirrel, the loop on her neck does not tighten. For convenience, the loop lead is wrapped with thick soft wire with a cross section of 4 mm, and a length of 35-40 cm, which you need to wind on a small six-foot long 5 cm.
How to catch a squirrel in the forest?
For this purpose, brigades should be created, each of which should have at least seven people. Each of them should have a horse and a small cart, in which it will be convenient to transport food, equipment, traps and dogs of hunting breeds.
The latter help a lot in the matter of how to catch a squirrel, because they can unmistakably find it hidden in the forest.
Each of the teams is divided into three pairs, which go in search of animals in a different direction, and one person remains at the site of the camp. By evening, everyone met and considered a further plan of action.
After finding a furry animal, the catcher gently throws a lasso on the neck of the squirrel and sharply pulls it together. Then he slowly attracts the end of the six to himself and puts the red-haired cutie in a cloth bag hanging on a belt about 30 x 40 cm in size. After that, the lasso should be carefully cut off.
Then the catcher removes the loop from the animal and puts it in a prepared box for transportation in advance. Here is the first answer to the question of how to catch a squirrel.
In a dense forest, it will not be possible to catch the animal with the help of a lasso, so a different approach is required here. Usually for trapping the small inhabitants of the forest live traps are used, which are the simplest box 45 cm in length. The size of this device is only 18 x 18 cm, with a retractable door.
From the inside, from the side of the back and upper walls, special brackets are fastened in one row, through which a small rod is inserted - a guard. It is made of wire with a 3 mm cross section and serves to hold the trap in the open state. A twine is attached to the loop of the guard, which is passed through all the brackets (ears). A bait is tied to the end of the rope.
A hungry squirrel grabs the bait, thereby pulling the twine, which is why the guard comes out of the ears and the door slams. Here's how to catch a squirrel easily and simply.
How can you attract a brisk animal?
Here are sample lure options:
- any nuts (especially cedar),
- dried edible mushrooms,
- parga (underground mushroom),
- freshly picked cones
- meat and fish in any form,
- game (preferably hazel grouse),
- animal bones in any form (fresh, raw or cooked),
- bread crumbs,
- sunflower seeds.
In general, a squirrel is an omnivorous animal, and it will not be difficult to come up with a bait.
These two methods answer the question of how to catch a squirrel alive. As stated above, the choice depends on the density of forest stands.
Protein cannot be called territorial animals with certainty. On this basis, two types of squirrels are distinguished: settled and passing. Settled squirrels occupy a certain range of habitat, be it parks, squares, certain areas of the terrain and even city dumps. They live in this area constantly, feed, build nests and raise offspring. Passing proteins are in constant migration, moving from one territory to another. Often this migration is caused by forest fires. They are easy to distinguish from the settled on the erased fur from the inside of the paws.
The mass of protein is 200-400 grams. The length is about 30 centimeters, and the tail of the squirrel is equal to the length of the body. The color shades of the squirrel depend on their habitat, but mostly in the summer the squirrel is fiery red, in the fall and spring it is reddish-gray, and in winter it changes the red-gray fur to a fluffy gray fur coat. It is with the onset of cold weather and the change of fur that protein hunting begins.
Of course, squirrel fur does not compare with marten, beaver or sable fur, from which overall products are made (fur coats, hats, mantles). Nevertheless, it is quite valuable and usually goes to the lining trim or collars. Unlike mink, squirrels in Russia are not grown in captivity for fur, and their skins are brought to the market from hunters, both amateurs and hunters.
Squirrel hunting with husky
Hunting with a dog for a squirrel is perhaps the most fascinating of other types of hunting for squirrels, and the number of animals caught far surpasses other hunting methods. It has its own specificity and its most important component, it is, first of all, a dog. Not every breed is suitable for this purpose. Russian hunters prefer to get squirrel with husky, as these dogs genetically possess a “riding” or “upper” instinct. The squirrel is a rather nimble animal and, fleeing from pursuit, it rushes with great speed along the tops of trees, jumping from the top of one tree to another, with jumps several meters long. At such a speed of pursuit, a dog is needed that is able to “keep” the squirrel in the field of vision sometimes for a long time. The dog should not be too quick and, finding the animal, do not bark it gritty, as the animal, frightened, will run away with the top crowns of the trees, making it difficult for the hunter to make an accurate shot. Ideally, the dog should warn the owner with a few "hacks" and, after making a stand, keep the squirrel in sight until the person approaches. To achieve this level, the dog needs constant training, and best practice. However, such a hunt is short-lived and, as a result of the appearance of deep snow cover, it usually stops.
Squirrel Hunting Traps
Squirrel hunting is also widespread. For these purposes, traps are most often used, less often snares, mousetraps, cones. Everyone knows that squirrel in the fall makes reserves for the long winter by hiding food (mushrooms, nuts, berries) in hollows, under the roots of trees, or simply putting them on tree branches. In winter, she begins an active search for hidden reserves, leaving numerous traces of her life on the snow. It is precisely on these tracks that hunters discover places of feeding squirrels and set traps in this area. As the bait, the same feed is used as the protein feeds on.
Squirrel hunting with bare hands
Hunting for squirrels “stolen,” or simply saying on foot, is probably the most common, as it does not require any additional equipment. You just need a little attention, a good rifle and knowledge of the habits of squirrels. The squirrel moves on the ground in large leaps, up to half a meter long, so it is not difficult for an attentive person to see a feeding squirrel. In case of danger, the squirrel does not hide in the bushes, but, as a rule, with a loud “clatter” warns the entire district about the threat. It remains only to carefully approach the animal and produce an accurate shot. In the case of a strong fright, she can hide in the crown of trees and will not leave her shelter, even if she persistently bangs on the trunk of a tree.
It should be remembered that the vechsa is “severely wounded” and, being seriously injured, may continue to hide from the chase. In this case, it is most reasonable to continue the pursuit, having waited for the squirrel to exhaust and “get” the animal, than to make an extra shot, ruining the skin of the animal. You should not grab a wounded squirrel with your hands, since this seemingly cute animal, having bitten, can cause serious injury.
In any case, hunting for squirrels is a very exciting activity for both amateurs and professional traders.