10 Best Pellets For Hunting Squirrel

Updated on: January 2022

Best Pellets For Hunting Squirrel in 2022


Gamo 6110017154 Varmint Air Rifle .177 Cal

Gamo 6110017154 Varmint Air Rifle .177 Cal
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2022

Crosman Squirrel Reset Target, Metal

Crosman Squirrel Reset Target, Metal
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2022
  • REACTIVE DISC TARGETS - Automatically reset, no need to walk down-range
  • HEAVY-DUTY STEEL CONSTRUCTION - For years of target practice fun
  • 1.5-INCH TARGET FOR SHOT PLACEMENT - Hit the 2-inch target to reset and start over
  • COMPATIBLE WITH .177-CALIBER AIR GUNS - Up to 1200 fps
  • COMPATIBLE WITH .22-CALIBER AIR GUNS - Up to 950 fps

H&N Baracuda Hunter Extreme Hollowpoint Airgun Pellets, Deadly Accuracy for Hunting, .177 Caliber / 9.57 Grains (400 Count)

H&N Baracuda Hunter Extreme Hollowpoint Airgun Pellets, Deadly Accuracy for Hunting, .177 Caliber / 9.57 Grains (400 Count)
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2022
  • SUPER ACCURATE: The snug fit and precision of the Baracuda Hunter Extreme .177 pellets makes them extremely accurate every time, for a consistent and reliable shooting experience.
  • POWERFUL KNOCKDOWN: The Baracuda Hunter Extreme delivers devastating force in a small package. In fact, this .177 caliber performs like a .22 caliber pellet.
  • PERFECT FOR HUNTING: The maximum shock effect delivered by the expanding hollowpoint means one shot is all you need: ideal for rabbits, squirrels, skunks, and other small game pests.
  • EXCELLENT AT CLOSE RANGE: The Baracuda Hunter Extreme .177 is deadly accurate within 40 yards, making it ideal for backyard target shooting or vermin extermination.
  • PRECISELY CRAFTED: Engineered and manufactured to exacting standards, each pellet is guaranteed for maximum quality and accuracy. Even the container is carefully designed and crafted, with a screw-on lid to prevent accidental pellet spills.

Gamo 632270154 RED FIRE PELLETS .177 CAL. TINS OF 150 -

Gamo 632270154 RED FIRE PELLETS .177 CAL. TINS OF 150 -
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2022
  • 177 caliber
  • Quantity: Tin of 150
  • Style: Polymer tip
  • Material: lead
  • Tin of 150 state-of-the-art Red Fire pellets
  • Diamond-shaped polymer trip for true ballistic trajectory
  • Polymer tip creates a mushrooming effect on impact
  • Velocity of up to 843 per second
  • 0.177 caliber; pellets weigh 7.8 grams each

Gamo Swarm Maxxim Air Rifle.177 Cal

Gamo Swarm Maxxim Air Rifle.177 Cal
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2022
  • 10-Shot break barrel allows you to shoot up to ten pellets without reloading
  • Velocity 1300 feet per second (fps) with PBA Platinum
  • 3-9x40 Air Rifle Scope
  • Inert Gas Technology (IGT)
  • 2-Stage adjustable Custom Action Trigger (CAT)
  • Fluted Polymer Jacketed Steel barrel with Whisper Maxim Technology

Crosman Destroyer Pellets, .177 caliber, 4.5mm, 250ct

Crosman Destroyer Pellets, .177 caliber, 4.5mm, 250ct
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2022
  • caliber: 0.177
  • quantity: 250 pellets

Daisy 990901-433 177 Cal Pellet Rifle 901

Daisy 990901-433 177 Cal Pellet Rifle 901
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2022
  • Made of highest quality material
  • Manufacturer: Daisy
  • Daisy 177 cal pellet rifle 901
  • .177 cal. BB or pellet ammo with steel rifled barrel
  • 50 shot BB or single shot pellet capacity
  • 750 fps max. velocity
  • Multi-pump pneumatic action
  • Black composite stock and forearm with TRUGLO fiber optic front and adjustable open rear sights
  • This product is restricted from shipment into the state of New York

Haendler & Natermann Hornet Pointed Airgun Pellets, High-Impact, Super-Penetrating for Hunting.22 Caliber, 16 Grains (200 Count), Gray (PY-P-1206)

Haendler & Natermann Hornet Pointed Airgun Pellets, High-Impact, Super-Penetrating for Hunting.22 Caliber, 16 Grains (200 Count), Gray (PY-P-1206)
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2022
  • INCOMPARABLE PENETRATION: The Hornet provides incredible penetration, thanks to its pointed tip that’s made from real brass. Try it, and you’ll find there’s simply no comparison.
  • INCREDIBLY ACCURATE: The Hornet creates a super snug fit inside the barrel of your .22 cal airgun, providing precision that makes it extremely accurate every time, for a consistent and reliable shooting experience.
  • PERFECT FOR HUNTING: The Hornet’s incredible penetration, velocity, accuracy, and expansion make it a truly devastating hunting pellet. One shot is all you need for a range of medium game and bird game, including raccoon, hare, fox, duck, and pheasant.
  • EXCELLENT AT CLOSE RANGE: The Hornet .22 cal is remarkably accurate within 40 yards, making it ideal for backyard vermin extermination.
  • PRECISELY CRAFTED: Engineered and manufactured to exacting standards, each pellet is guaranteed for maximum quality and accuracy. Even the container is carefully designed and crafted, with a screw-on lid to prevent accidental pellet spills.
  • included components: Airgun Ammo

H&N Terminator Hollowpoint Airgun Pellets, Stunning Accuracy and Deadly Force for Hunting, .177 Caliber, 7.25 Grains (400 Count)

H&N Terminator Hollowpoint Airgun Pellets, Stunning Accuracy and Deadly Force for Hunting, .177 Caliber, 7.25 Grains (400 Count)
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2022
  • SUPER ACCURATE: Accuracy is the Terminator’s calling card. The snug fit and precision of the Terminator in your . 177 cal airgun delivers extreme accuracy every time, for a consistent, reliable shooting experience.
  • UNIQUE DESIGN: The raised point in the center of the hollowpoint aids in penetration while the notched edges increase expansion, delivering a knockout punch to your target.
  • PERFECT FOR HUNTING: The knockdown power and shock delivered by the partitioned hollowpoint means one shot is all you need to make a clean, humane kill: ideal for rabbits, squirrels, skunks, and other pests.
  • EXCELLENT AT CLOSE RANGE: The H&N Terminator is capable of producing consistent and tight groups out to 25 yards.
  • PRECISELY CRAFTED: Engineered and manufactured to exacting standards, each pellet is for maximum quality and accuracy. Even the tin is carefully designed and crafted, with a screw-on lid to prevent accidental pellet spills.
  • Included Components: H and N Terminator Hollowpoint Airgun Pellets .177 cal.

Crosman Legacy 1000 Single Shot, Variable Pump Air Rifle CLGY1000KT

Crosman Legacy 1000 Single Shot, Variable Pump Air Rifle CLGY1000KT
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2022
  • Velocity:  up to 1000 FPS (alloy pellets)/up to 800 FPS BBs
  • Rifled steel barrel
  • All weather synthetic stock and forearm
  • Fiber optic front sight
  • Safety glasses, 4x15mm scope

Squirrel Hunting

So, deer season is over and you have settled in for the winter. A great time for lazing around watching football and maybe working a little overtime to keep the boss off your back.

Football season is winding down and your team has already been eliminated, your boss is starting to expect you to be at work everyday and your wife is piling on the chores. It is time to get out of the house and what better way to spend the day than sneaking up on some bushytails on a cold sunny day in January and February.

Squirrel hunting can be a very relaxing endeavor after sitting motionless in a tree waiting for the elusive whitetail. Those long hours on stand should give you an idea of where the squirrels are hanging or at least some good places where the acorns are plentiful. Squirrels may be using that area now even if they were not early in the year. This is also a good time to reverse this scenario and use your day a field to locate some great stand locations for next deer season.

A comfortable fanny or backpack is essential for squirrel hunting. You need enough room for your calls if you use them. A thermos of hot coffee if you drink it and a book if you read. A lunch is important in cold weather if you plan to hunt all day. Late season usually means very few hunters a field and with deer season over the fear of ruining someone's hunt or getting shot by one of those "hunters" that can't seem to tell the difference between a ten point buck and an out of shape hillbilly tromping through the woods and smoking a swisher sweet. Anyway this is the time of year, especially on public lands that you can wander freely and explore your hunting area while providing you and yours with some great game for the dinner table. If you do wander deep into the woods, far from the truck, that thermos of coffee, lunch and a good book or magazine will come in handy as the bushytails tend to go inactive sometime during the day and unless you plan on trekking back to the truck to wait for the evening feed then these items will make your wait much more enjoyable.

Late season usually means the breeding season is over and squirrels usually don't travel far from home as they feed on the stockpile of nuts they buried in late fall. For this reason spot and stalk is usually the best way to harvest these tasty critters. Squirrels can be hard to see at this time because they are digging in the leaves for previously buried nuts. Since the nuts are buried close together and in large quantities movement is kept to a minimum therefore adding to the difficulties in spotting them. You may hear a squirrel rummaging in the leaves, if they are dry, and even though you know the thing is just ahead you just cannot see it. A good set of low power binoculars come in handy for spotting squirrels that are digging. The leaves they are moving in search of nuts tend to surround them making it even more difficult to see them.

This time of year squirrels are very skittish, as breeding subsides and hunting pressure continues, sneaking up on a squirrel takes patience. Late season tactics often times does not include calling. The squirrels are just too close to their den and tend to bolt right to their hole at the first sight or sound of danger. There are times, during late season that a call may help when used sparingly. If you can hear a squirrel digging for nuts but just can't see it you can hit the distress call very lightly. At this close range it does not take much. The desired effect would be a quick jump onto the side of the tree as it glances back at where the sound originated. Be ready and shoulder that rifle quick or it will be gone. A good time to use this method of calling is when you know the squirrels are out and about and the sun is fast sinking. It is better to take a chance on getting the squirrel to present a shot than to spend the last waning minutes waiting this one out. Call and watch for a shot then move on to the squirrels you can plainly hear digging high on the ridge above this gives you more daylight to work with.

The 22-caliber rifle is the most popular round for squirrels. I have just recently switched to the.17 mach 2 with mixed emotions about it. The Mach 2 is a neat gun and fast, maybe a little too fast. I find that the small bullet is so fast that the squirrels barely know they are hit if its not a head shot. I have seen bullets start in at the squirrels head but instead of penetrating the skull the lightning fast round will slice its hide down to their tail leaving a nasty cut and a mess to clean. If you have the choice or you have not decided yet which gun to go with I personally would pick the 22 caliber round which with practice and a good scope you can make just as long of shots as the mach 2 as it tends to deflect easily and at long yardages beyond 50 yards the wind begins to effect the shot as well.

Squirrels are great eating, check out the recipe below for squirrel and dumplings. So if cabin fever has you down and the chores around the house are piling up, explore for a new area to hunt or return to where you spotted all those squirrels during deer season and enjoy your time in the woods. Squirrel hunting is a great way to introduce young people to the world of hunting. Squirrels are to getting young people started hunting, as bluegill is the way to start young people fishing. Squirrel hunting can be a great way to spend the day with your family.

SQUIRREL AND DUMPLINGS

3 whole squirrels

1 Box of Bisquick

1 large can of chicken stock (optional)

Boil squirrel until meat falls from bone

Remove meat from bones and return meat to pot

Add stock if desired if not retain stock from boiling squirrels

Follow direction on box for drop dumplings

Enjoy!

About The Author
Ken McBroom is a freelance outdoor writer and photographer and member of Hoosier Outdoor Writers based in Indiana. For more information please visit www.ramblingangler.com

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