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Honey Island Tree Rats 10 26 17

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Had some time on my hands,was going to fish Hopedale with buddy from Abita KC but unfortunately his father-in-law suddenly passed away and I did not want to fish solo and also wanted to try for some redemption on some Honey Island tree rats and think the rats won yesterday(think my dear mom texted dem rats and told em to wear Kevlar vests,no doubt)!Ran into the two veteran Honey Island hog chasers and chatted with both and right before they caught up with me in very fine slough,saw at least 4 tree rats in oak but was on other side of slough and tough not making noise crossing soggy slough with three feet of muck at bottom!!!Did see quite a few and only one I managed was at top of very tall cypress tree,took two shots but it fell like a parachute and I was surprised when I immediately walked to spot where it fell and saw another squirrel,possibly right next to this one when I shot it,but this one plenty alive and bolted and I really initially thought the one dat ran off was the one I shot but fished that one out of slough and walked my booty off,knocking down at least 5,only to see them run off,looking like they escaped every steel pellet(need to ditch de steel #4 Xpert-duck hunter mostly and Big Branch requires steel-aint worth a dime in Honey Island).!!Hate either wounding dem lil tree rats or worse yet,having em escape!!!Think next trip,gonna see if I can find lead in 3 inch or at least 2.75 inch #6 lead and nail dem tree rats in their tracks!!!

Mandevillian
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Re: Honey Island Tree Rats 10 26 17
I haven't used steel shot on squirrels but I have had better luck with #4 lead over #6 . I find that the kill is more consistent and the pellets pass through them, less to chew on lol.
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Re: Honey Island Tree Rats 10 26 17
Thanks,castnetter,I shoulda got my hands on decent lead shot and dat alone woulda improved kill ratio to I bet close to 100%.Last time I shot a limit of tree rats,I hit exact same slough,probably about a year ago and emerged with 8 fat Honey Island Swamp tree rats,probably going back next Th am when pressure most likely much lighter vs week ends!!Might try #4!

Mandevillian
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Re: Honey Island Tree Rats 10 26 17
Yes I understand about pressure, I work shift work and all things outdoors are better during the week. Is the access to Honey Island swamp easy.?
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Re: Honey Island Tree Rats 10 26 17
Castnetter,Honey Island Swamp has probably the easiest access of any WMA as it is easily accessible off I 59 and there are a few gravel roads and plenty of cleared trails easily walked.What I would suggest you do is to scope out the WMA via Google Maps and combine that with an aerial map and hit the gravel roads,pick a trail and then jump into one of the numerous sloughs out there,keeping the wary squirrel eyes from easily spotting you.I have done ok by slowly walking the trails and do way better when I jump into one of the many sloughs,paying close attention as easy to get turned around out there!!Good luck and I will most likely hit de Swamp next Th.Have seen a few deer and small family of hogs and I typically do solo hunts(much easier to stalk with just one head moving and one set of legs moving-dem Honey Island tree rats extremely wary)

Mandevillian
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Re: Honey Island Tree Rats 10 26 17
like your post, I been hunting Thisalwaite had the same problem shooting squirrels with # 6 lead, switched to 2-3/4 7 1/2 and had a lot better success they fall dead
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Re: Honey Island Tree Rats 10 26 17
Cow-Dog,Thanks for the tip,will check out Ponchatoula Wal Mart's selection of lead shells and I did locate a bunch of older lead shells at home and pretty sure the last time I put 8 in my game bag was using lead #4 or 6 and ya right,they dropped stone-dead.Plenty of mast in Honey Island Swamp and love y mid-week strolls out there when only few die-hards hunting.I met two of those die-hards last week,James and Harveyand those two guys really respect other hunters and gave me some awesome tips about where to stalk tree rats!!!

Mandevillian
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Re: Honey Island Tree Rats 10 26 17
Just picked up box of Remington Express XLR in 2.75 inch shot size 7.5 with muzzle velocity1330 FPS and think dem tree rats in Honey Island Swamp in heap of trouble!!Shells were tad pricey @$12.43 a box but if they drop em like stones,worth it vs steel #4 in 3 inch that appeared to be loaded with powder!!!Still having tough time believing that I dropped at least 5 tree rats last Th and only got one of the 5!!

Mandevillian
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Re: Honey Island Tree Rats 10 26 17
Thistlewaite has palmettos, so if the squirrels u shoot don't fall dead you'll neaver find them, they run off and you will lose them, good luck I think that will work better for u
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