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Year before last my son and I went squirrel hunting on the White River National Wildlife Refuge primarily in search of black squirrels. Dustin, my son, has saved the hides and/or tails from just about ever critter he has ever harvested. His room looks like a freaking taxidermy shop but he is missing a black squirrel mount.

So, we decided to try our luck down around Alligator Lake which is where some friends said they often see black squirrels. We saw plenty of squirrels and bagged our limit twice but none of them were black.

Frustrating too because there was this handycaped fellow there who hunted squirrel with a 22 pistol. He had a whole mess of black squirrels but they eluded us fellows armed with shotguns and two good legs. Go figure. :dontknow:

Now, my boy has the hots again to find them again. Don't know why he is all of the sudden interested. He didn't say a word about black squirrels during last season but then I suppose that's the way the mind of a 15 year old works.

Anyway, problem is, I think the south unit of the refuge is closed during the spring hunt.

Where else do you folks figure might he a likely place to try? :skeptical:
 

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When we used to deer hunt in Hamburg I saw a black squirrel. I begged dad to let me shoot it, but he wouldn't cause we were deer hunting. I must have been around 11 or 12 at the time, and that was the last time I think that I saw a black squirrel in the woods. I hope that your son gets one, I think that they would make a cool mount. :thumb:
 

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There are plenty of the black squirrels in the refuge. Even if the season was open you won't be able to get in there because of high water. It will be next fall for those fellows in the refuge in that area. Any places in the refuge in the SE entrance is good.
 

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When we used to deer hunt in Hamburg I saw a black squirrel. I begged dad to let me shoot it, but he wouldn't cause we were deer hunting. I must have been around 11 or 12 at the time, and that was the last time I think that I saw a black squirrel in the woods. I hope that your son gets one, I think that they would make a cool mount. :thumb:
Thanks JR. Isn't that just the way things go sometimes? I can't tell you how many times I've let wildlife walk while deer hunting in order not to spook the deer which never showed up anyway. You sit in a tree long enough and there is no telling what all you might see. The reverse is sometimes true too. I don't know how many deer I have walked right up on top of while squirrel hunting. In fact last fall at Wattensaw Dustin and I had two respectable sized bucks nearly walk on top of us! Pretty cool. :biggrin:

Apparently black squirrels are not uncommon in a handful of isolated areas around the state. I failed to mention in my post that we saw two of them on that trip but never managed to shoot one. I'm hoping someone here can put us on black squirrels a little closer to home.
 

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There are plenty of the black squirrels in the refuge. Even if the season was open you won't be able to get in there because of high water. It will be next fall for those fellows in the refuge in that area. Any places in the refuge in the SE entrance is good.
Thanks. I forgot about the high water. Wonder why you don't find black squirrels on the north side?
 

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I'm not really sure if there are any even up here in my part of the State I've heard that there are pockets of them located around the State. I just figured that there were more of them down South. :dontknow: I know what you mean about seeing & not seeing animals. It usually seems that I have the wrong gun or the wrong ammo to take a shot at some animals with. The only time I've ever seen a bobcat in the woods I was deer hunting. I was using a 30.06 so I didn't take the shot. Dad had told me a story years earlier about him shooting one with his .308 & it tore it all to pieces. I just figured that if his .308 would tear one up I figured my '06 would too. :biggrin:
 

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Dad had told me a story years earlier about him shooting one with his .308 & it tore it all to pieces. I just figured that if his .308 would tear one up I figured my '06 would too. :biggrin:
Yup. I'd agree with that. If you are out for fur or a mount an 06 probably ain't the way to go on cats!
 

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Hindman golf course in LR used to have a bunch of them!!!:biggrin: :wink: My buddy and I used to try to hit them teeing off, b/c a black squirrel mount would be cool, but it never happened.
 

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Out of 415 squirrels killed this year, only one was a black one. I hunt in SW Arkansas and they are few and far between in the bottoms.
 

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Wherever there are plenty of hickory and pignut trees you will sooner or later find a big'ole black squirrel:wink: :thumb:
 

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Wherever there are plenty of hickory and pignut trees you will sooner or later find a big'ole black squirrel:wink: :thumb:
Very interesting. Sounds like black squirrels might just be a color variation of a fox squirrel. And here all this time I thought they were a separate species.

Bhays - you mentioned golf course squirrels. I went to flight school at a place called Spartan School of Aeronaughtics in Tulsa OK and lived within walking distance of the university of Tulsa. The campus was park-like. Benches, big trees, very nice and squirrels galore . If you sat down on one of the benches and held your hand out they would come right up to you thinking you were going to feed them.

Do you see this coming? I figured no one would miss a squirrel or 20 so I eased on down to the local Wal-mart and picked up a wrist rocket sling shot and some 50 cal round balls. It's amazing how effective that combination is at close range on a squirrel's noggin.

It was a great set up until someone complained. Campus police took away my slingshot and I never got it back. :hurt:
 

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Bhays - you mentioned golf course squirrels. I went to flight school at a place called Spartan School of Aeronaughtics in Tulsa OK and lived within walking distance of the university of Tulsa. The campus was park-like. Benches, big trees, very nice and squirrels galore . If you sat down on one of the benches and held your hand out they would come right up to you thinking you were going to feed them.

Do you see this coming? I figured no one would miss a squirrel or 20 so I eased on down to the local Wal-mart and picked up a wrist rocket sling shot and some 50 cal round balls. It's amazing how effective that combination is at close range on a squirrel's noggin.

It was a great set up until someone complained. Campus police took away my slingshot and I never got it back. :hurt:
My cousin did the same thing when he was in college. His only problem was when campus police surrounded him telling him to put his weapon down and all he had was a sling shot. They didn't believe him for a while but he eventually convinced them that he was doing it all with just a sling shot!!
 

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My cousin did the same thing when he was in college. His only problem was when campus police surrounded him telling him to put his weapon down and all he had was a sling shot. They didn't believe him for a while but he eventually convinced them that he was doing it all with just a sling shot!!
A good slingshot in the right hands is no toy!
 

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We were told a story at the clubhouse one day about a man that was fishing in one of the little ponds or creeks there at Hindman. He "fished" there for several days before they caught on and eventually had the police escort him off the course. They said he was fishing and would put a piece of corn on the hook then toss it out to the side in the fairway. When a squirrel would take the bait, he'd reel real quick and knock it over the head with a little club he carried in his backpack. I don't know, it seems like a good way to get bitten by a squirrel to me by having it attached to a hook and reeling it in sharp claws and teeth and all. Who knows if it was true, but the guys there didn't ever let on if it wasn't.
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In Monroe and Arkansas counties they seem to be the most concentrated in the Refuge. Though my dad and uncle have killed black ones down around
Elaine.
 

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Yup. I'd agree with that. If you are out for fur or a mount an 06 probably ain't the way to go on cats!
I'll second that sentiment. I shot a big female bobcat a few years back with my .300 Win Mag. Felt bad after I did it. Not enough left to do anything with. Haven't seen one close enough to shoot since..........

We have a few black squirrels around here. Had one in the middle of the road dead last summer. Was going to take it home, but it was pretty ripe.....:smack:
 

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They said he was fishing and would put a piece of corn on the hook then toss it out to the side in the fairway. When a squirrel would take the bait, he'd reel real quick and knock it over the head with a little club he carried in his backpack.
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:eek:mg: Now that paints a picture, doesn't it? Fishing for squirrels! I wonder if alcohol was involved? :cool:

Thanks for everyone's input on finding black squirrels. You've pretty well confirmed what I have been told over the years. It's possible to happen upon an isolate black squirrel most anywhere there's good woods although they are rare. That is except for the White River Refuge, particularly the south unit. Reckin that's where we'll head again next fall. :cross:

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:eek:mg: Now that paints a picture, doesn't it? Fishing for squirrels! I wonder if alcohol was involved? :cool:
I could see it. When I was in high school, I may have been involved in a little "fishing for ducks" incident at the city lake. Zara Spooks apparently look a lot like bread if you're a duck.
 

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I Read Gas Meters In Marianna Ark The Town Is Full Of Black Squirrels Some Are Black With Red Bellys . If U Know Any One Close To There U Might Be Able To Get One
 
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