I've a target face with an image of a squirrel.


However, I'm not sure where the the kill exactly would be.

I assume that it's the little brown spot beneath the arm, on the edge to the white stomach-fur?

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    I don't know anything about hunting, but from the title of the question, I was hoping to see a killer squirrel that could strike from long distances and from high in the tree tops.
    – StrongBad
    Feb 17, 2016 at 12:53
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    Depends on the weapon. 12 gauge shot gun = well.... it equals no squirrel Feb 17, 2016 at 14:39
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    @JamesJenkins Meaning "the kill" in terms of "target faces" not actual lethal shots. =) Like "circle the heart and the lungs".
    – OddDeer
    Feb 17, 2016 at 14:47
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    @JamesJenkins that of course depends on your choice of shot and range. A 12 gauge full of bird shot at 50 feet would only hit with a few pellets. Buck shot is likely to miss altogether.
    – Escoce
    Feb 17, 2016 at 15:06
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    @Escoce that of course depends on your choice of choke as well. A bird shot through a full choke at 50 feet is going to completely pepper that target. i.stack.imgur.com/3i61U.jpg
    – Mr.Wizard
    Feb 17, 2016 at 18:05

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In the picture given: The brown spot beneath the arm is a gut shot. If sitting just like this you'd have to shoot through the arm for a chest shot (and waste most of that meat).

In general:
Rifle hunting (.22) just shoot for the head. The head is just as big as the chest target area and damages the meat less.

Generally though squirrels are not very tough, unlike deer and larger herbivores If you hit them anywhere, they won't make it far and will slow down so much you can probably shoot again if you were off a bit.

If you are hunting with a shotgun, it doesn't matter.


Having actually hunted and killed squirrels for food before, if you're planning on keeping the meat, then you don't want to shoot it in the body, shoot it in the head. A squirrels head is just as big as it's kill zone, if you shoot for the body you'll likely damage the precious meager morsels. One squirrel isn't enough food for one person to begin with, so you really have to make the best use out of it as you can. Some people go to the extremes of crunching up all the bones and eating literally everything. If you only quarter the critter, then all you've got is 4 small chunks of meat to stick in your stew. Aim for the eye, but you don't have to hit their brain to kill them, I've taken squirrels out of trees with rocks by knocking them in the side of the head with a well aimed throw.

  • I grew up hunting squirrel. People still tease me about it ;) Feb 17, 2016 at 20:26
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    @RussellSteen I don't get teased about squirrels, but I get all sorts of reactions out of people when they find out I've also eaten gophers.
    – ShemSeger
    Feb 18, 2016 at 20:05

Well if you're Daniel Boone or Davy Crockett you'd aim for the little stump the squirrel is sitting on and bark the squirrel1:

As the reader may imagine a squirrel hit by a rifle ball would be torn to pieces, so that neither its flesh nor its fur could be of any service. In order to secure the animals intact, the backwoodsmen resorted to a skilful expedient which was called "barking." The marksman aimed, not at the squirrel, but at the bark of the tree immediately below its feet. If he hit the exact place at which he fired, the animal flew into the air and came down, killed by the concussion, but whole.

1: Boone: the backwoodsman pg. 90

  • I have read elsewhere about barking a squirrel. Even with a 22. Feb 20, 2016 at 20:29

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