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    thinking of running my boys up to hatchers to chase ground squirrels around with their BB guns....anyone know if this is legal or not? i know season is open but not real famalir with regs for the area?
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    If I remember correctly, you have to be a quarter mile off the road to fire weapons on the park side of the mountain.

    Shame too, there is a large colony of the buggers right next to one of the pull offs up there.
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    It is legal nearly everywhere up there. Stay away from Independance mine and Reed lakes trail. Keep 1/4 mile off road also.
    Have fun, they are thick up there if you can find em
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    BB guns shouldn't be a problem nearby the road, right? I guess its up to the discression of the ranger or trooper in the end though.

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    Know where I might find a colony close to Fairbanks? I've only seen them at Eielson Visitor Center... 60 miles into Denali NP.
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    Are you sure a BB gun would do it? I'm thinking a pellet would be minimal... We used to pop them out in Bristol Bay with a .22 so my mother-in-law could sew up parkas. If you hunt them, bring some Buhach with you, as those critters are usually thick with fleas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sayak View Post
    Are you sure a BB gun would do it? I'm thinking a pellet would be minimal... We used to pop them out in Bristol Bay with a .22 so my mother-in-law could sew up parkas. If you hunt them, bring some Buhach with you, as those critters are usually thick with fleas.

    heck i use a slingshot with rocks, and can kill um pretty easily
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    You could kill em' with a rock, but in Hatchers there are so many little hideouts in their rock habitat that it can be hard to recover them.
    If you want to take some home, get a .22LR for squirrel and a centerfire .22 for marmots. JME.
    O yeah, and use a 40gr solid and a head shot, the HP's can tear them up.
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    If you use a BB Gun, you can hunt them again next week!!!
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    I believe you cant hunt them now with a rifle and trapping licence.
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    well my kids would be hard pressed to actually hit one with their BB gun, but i want to make sure we can actually shoot AT them first!
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    BRWNBR:

    A good place to get a bunch of them is in 14A near the Eska falls.. in the sutton location.. Trail going up the falls is pretty hairy in break up as its slick and muddy and STEEP.. but once above the alpine, on a clear sunny day they are everywhere.. If you need specific directions shoot me a PM, Place used to be good moose hunting out their too. now its way too crowded..

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    straight from the regs...
    ground squirrels ..."either the hide or meat must be salvaged"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoytguy View Post
    BRWNBR:

    A good place to get a bunch of them is in 14A near the Eska falls.. in the sutton location.. Trail going up the falls is pretty hairy in break up as its slick and muddy and STEEP.. but once above the alpine, on a clear sunny day they are everywhere.. If you need specific directions shoot me a PM, Place used to be good moose hunting out their too. now its way too crowded..
    Whooo Boy...
    Now the Ground Squirrels are warranted the Secret Handshake...Sure don't want to disclose too much about them...J/K but really now is this not funny as all get out?
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    Quote Originally Posted by homerdave View Post
    straight from the regs...
    ground squirrels ..."either the hide or meat must be salvaged"
    Yeah Yeah...says the same thing for Snowy Owls....
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    Quote Originally Posted by homerdave View Post
    straight from the regs...
    ground squirrels ..."either the hide or meat must be salvaged"
    As I recall, they are not bad to eat. Like muskrat... if you can get past the "rodent-ness" of them the are palatable.
    Takes several to make anything close to a meal. Easy to shoot on warm April mornings while they lazily sunbathe in front of their burrows.
    They used to be the ladies' quarry... trapped or shot by the score, then baled up and brought to trading posts for parka material. "Sik-sik" (which I believe is onomatopoeia).

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    what kind of gun you using to shoot squirrels? I've been thinking of getting this Ruger to thin out the squirrel population on my property. Any suggestions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by homerdave View Post
    straight from the regs...
    ground squirrels ..."either the hide or meat must be salvaged"
    LOL! 22-250AI makes that hard to do...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt View Post
    LOL! 22-250AI makes that hard to do...
    then i suppose you could get a ticket for wanton waste....
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