[SIZE=7]I posted this up on SDH but I figured I would post it here to see If There was a chance that I would get any new responces or outlook on the subject from someone new.
So here goes.... for my first post to the Den Tree , Im going to
I Know there is a open dog training season in Kentucky , so what are the spicific rules.
I've looked in the Guide but there dosnt seem to be much as to what can and cant be done when it comes to Squirrel hunting.
I Know that in Michigan (were I was raised). There was a certain time period set for training dogs .We called it Knock down season.
You could not carry a gun but there were no rules set that you could not Knock down or squall a coon out of a tree for the dogs.
I dont know of any way to bring down a squirrel without useing some lead, but with that being said, I do have a freezer squirrel to give at the tree .
I found part of the answer to this question in the general regs not in the spring guide , where I was looking. But it dosnt really answer definately to what I am asking.
I have a squirrel whistle that when operated properly imitates a baby squirrel in distress .
I also have an electronic call ( western rivers night stawker ) that has a squirrel in distress ,it upsets the squirrels which makes them move and some times timber . Which is what Molly needs work on.
During and after a rainy day when the leaves are soaked the water falling from up above appears like it would help a dog track a moving squirrel.
So as to the Regulations and as they do not spicificly apply to squirrel training. Any guess as to if this method would be OK to use
I am aware that in the Regs. that we get from our local sporting goods store do not contain everything us hunters must Know (by KRS statute).
Although the Hunting guide only states
" Except during the season, raccoon and opossum hunters must not carry firearms, tree climbers, squealers or any device capable of killing , injuring or forcing raccoons or opossums from trees or dens."
Nowhear does it state the use of a caller to move the squirrel is forbiden.
My intent is not to kill harm or maim the squirrel but just to get it to move from hiding so Molly can follow it through the tree tops. She seriously needs to brush up on this aspect of her hunting skills.
With all the amendments to the statutes , It becomes very hard to put a finger on the true meaning of what is and is not legitimate.
I am wondering if the young squirrel in distress call, would just distact my dog more than it will help?
I'm guessing there is only one way to find out.
During regular hunting season, and before I had Molly. I have used this type of call when just hunting by myself, with some success at making the squirrel move.
As it stand right now. I would like to work Molly with the leaves on the trees this year, as I did not run her much last year with the green on , through the advice of others .
But this Year I feel it nessesary to do so to round off her training. But if the squirrel just holds tight. So if I cannot Knock it down or use a caller. eventhough the the regs do not specify particularly for squirrel that I cannot then I feel the hunt will not keep her intrest very long and she will revert to leaving the tree to look elsewear for the meat.
What do you all think ?