I wish we had a huntable population of them.
Just put up a bird feeder
The area just doesn’t have enough mast trees to support them. But I’ve been working on fixing that for the past 4 decades. Greys are starting to show up. Red squirrels we have an endless supply of but rats are larger and probably have more meat on them.
I can drive 10 miles and find greys, just not locally. It might be a good hunt for an old curmudgeon who can’t walk far. I’m not accustomed to drive to hunt; normally I did it in my “back 40”.
Bird feeders I don’t want. I got tired of washing the dogs of skunk spray at zero dark thirty. Now the bird feeders that I fill are in the coops.
We can sit on the front porch in the morning and see a dozen within 40 yards .
Before I moved to NC, I had 5 acres in south Georgia. Three huge p’can trees in the front yard. The first year I killed 97 squirrels. I had so many p’cans the following year I had to stop shooting them. The branches go so heaving…I lost many BIG limbs.
OK, I’m officially jealous! I shoot that many red squirrels when the bird feeders are out, aka pine squirrels, but they are a hair larger than chipmunks, useless.
Worse, they chew through garbage cans
@BrianK you should count yourself blessed to have a auto moving target at random range
That isn’t useless in my book.