Arizona Squirrel Hunting

My buddy Dan with his first squirrel

Dan and I are in the same boat. Both our wives are pregnant with little girls, and both our wives were wanting to get out of town. When the girls decided that we would be headed to Flagstaff for the weekend, the wheels in my head started to turn. Dan had never been hunting before, but was eager to give it a try. I knew just what we were going to target – squirrel.

After a big breakfast of eggnog chocolate chip pancakes and scrambled eggs, we parted ways with the girls as they were headed in to town for pedicures while the boys headed into the woods for the Great Squirrel Hunt of 2013. To be honest, I was a bit worried, as I wanted Dan’s first hunting experience to be positive and end in success, but it didn’t take long before Dan spotted the first squirrel and put it in his game vest with a well placed shot.

The rest of the day was full of craning necks, discussions about daughters, and enjoying the fall air of Flagstaff. We were able to add two more squirrels to our haul and headed back to the house to meet the girls. After cleaning our prizes, we prepped them with jalapenos, bacon, and garlic for a delicious dinner.

This was my first time squirrel hunting in a long time, and in truth, it’s as much fun now as when I was a kid. Arizona is blessed with multiple species of squirrel that gives first time and veteran hunters a big opportunity to get into the woods. Although the meat was actually surprisingly good, I think I might be most excited about acquiring a few squirrel tails for fly tying.

Take advantage of this great state and get out for some Arizona squirrel hunting.

Squirrel Hunting
There is lots of this when squirrel hunting
Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
This creep was on my leg
A successful day in the field


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6 Responses to “Arizona Squirrel Hunting”

  1. Landon

    In my opinion, learning to use a shotgun is good preparation for having a daughter. This post brings back lots of memories. I’ve probably killed hundreds of squirrels in my life–I used to get paid to clean them out of the local orchards with my 22 as a kid–but I’ve never eaten one.

    • azwanderings

      Right on Landon. I couldn’t agree more. Squirrel is surprisingly good.I’m looking forward to getting a few more in the future and trying some different recipes.


  2. roy Haskell

    Arizona “Tassled -ear” (Aberts) tree- squirrel season (- only in Unit 31- & 33) has been extended through May 31, 2014 …Limit – 5 daily, possession 10….These Squirrels eat pine trees and pine nuts. (and taste like pine too.)… Try grilling squirrels on BBQ, with nothing added to them. VERY GOOD….


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