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I really don’t know for sure, but I do know that squirrels will completely abandon an area to find a new food source. It happens here in the hills all the time, I see tons of squirrels in early fall and then December hits and they magically seem to vanish.
 

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I really don’t know for sure, but I do know that squirrels will completely abandon an area to find a new food source. It happens here in the hills all the time, I see tons of squirrels in early fall and then December hits and they magically seem to vanish.
This ^^ I’ve always wandered where they came from and where they went. I know the sow and young stay in a den but the great migration seems to leave the state. My guess is they might travel a hundred miles or more.
 

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Grey’s seem to migrate a good distance, I think how far determines on food availability. Fox squirrels seem to hang around one area. I’m hoping the hard freeze we had didn’t kill too many off. I hardly saw any during summer.
 

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This podcast has a TON of good info on Squirrel biology and patterns. It is entertaining to listen to as well! ENJOY!!!

 

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I have hunted areas where early fall they would be thick in one area, come late winter, they would abandon that area for a different area (different food source).

And I guess with timber cutting, they would move just far enough back to still find adequate food.

JB Weld, thank you for the pod cast link. Listening to it now.
 

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They do migrate if their isn't enough food. I remember several years ago we had a late April hard freeze and it froze off the leaves and that years acorn crop. Squirrels were unusually scarce here and I read on this forum people 100 miles south of here were going out and killing a limit in 30 minutes.
 
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