Squirrels have two breeding seasons, one late winter - early spring and one late summer, so when you find woods with squirrels running everywhere one month you will find that you dont see many until the kits come out the month after that, if it falls in these times of the year.The best time to find them out then will be first light as the female will be feeding for milk production but will be holed up for the rest of the day with the kits.
I try not to shoot them if i dont have too while they have kits but the main shoots i have with woods are the ones where i need to shoot all year round.I will be patroling these woods regular for now until the leaves open out and make it to hard to see them,then it will be back to rabbit control.
While i was out on my local shoot i noticed a few pigeons sitting in a big oak,they are using it for a resting place in between feeding.There is no way you can get to them without being seen so the next day i got there while they were feeding and set up a quick hide with some dried bracken.It was nice to just sit there and wait for a few shots, the sun was out ,it was nice and warm and i had a good view of a few fields that i could watch for any rabbit activity for future shoots.
Shooting pigeons with an air rifle is one of the hardest ways to get them in my opinion,they have eyes like a hawk and at the slightest of movement they scatter.I have sat there sometimes going through the motions of picking the gun up and sliping the silencer through the hole that i make so when one comes in i am like a well oiled stealth machine,well i try to be but it dont always work,theres always one that takes off with a loud clap just to let you know your slipping and to get your act together.
That seemed to wake him up as he took a pigeon two minutes later just as i was getting ready to take a picture.I walked the other wood back and forth for ages untill i saw one tight against a branch,it was a nice clear shot and took him out.