There are many fine benefits of killing something with a gun.

“The media in our modern information society have done much to perpetuate the myth of easy killing and have thereby become part of society’s unspoken conspiracy of deception that glorifies killing and war.” 
― Lt. Col. Dave Grossman

There are many fine benefits of killing something with a gun.

We have often invited our children's friends and our house guests of all ages to participate in killing, butchering, and cooking chickens or rabbits that we raise on our small farm.  Usually, I will give them the option of using a .22 pistol loaded with rat shot instead of our usual technique of breaking a rabbit's neck or pithing the brain of a chicken and cutting its throat.  Without exception - rednecks, young girls from Europe, minority millennial from liberal family, local boy raised by a single mom - they always choose the pistol.  If you want to understand why they always choose this method (hint: distance), then I suggest step #17 of hedgeless_horseman's Revolutionary Call to Arms...

17.  Read, On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society, by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman.…

I was blessed to have grown up hunting and fishing with my father, brothers, uncles, and friends.  Today, we are even more blessed in that we have raised our children to know how to shoot, kill, and even fight for their lives, which is quite different from hunting.  

Teaching our sons how to really fight is not so common these days, I think you will agree.  The closest many American boys get to fighting is first-person shooter video games, which actually teaches a child nothing about self defense, but much about mass murder.  To be instructive, a fight needs to have real consequences.  I learned something the first time I got punched in the nose.  It hurts.  These days we teach children to shelter in place and wait for the police to show up and save them, or the psychopath to show up and execute them, whichever happens first.  How did that work out in Parkland, Florida?  About the same result as in Mexico, yes?…

I understand that many readers have not had these opportunities.  So, without any fee, guarantee, or warranty, I bring you hedgeless_horseman's EZ Internet Guide to hunting, killing, and eating a free-range-organic-gluten-free squirrel.  

We will, as always, begin with the four International Safety Rules for firearms.

1) Treat all weapons as if they are loaded.

2) Do not point the weapon at anyone or anything that you do not want to shoot, kill, or destroy.

3) Do not put your finger on the trigger until you have 1) target, 2) sights on target, and 3) perception that either A) "serious bodily injury or death is imminent for myself or another person," or B) firing range is hot and training drill is live. 

4) Be aware of, and take responsibility for, all bystanders that may be behind or near the target.

I add a fifth rule, to the common four, which is to not be under the influence of any mind-altering chemical such as alcohol or dope when handling a firearm.

Next, it is imperative, and most states require, that hunters take and pass a Hunter's Safety course.  Also, it is great quality time for parents and children.   

Use this link to find information about Hunter's Safety Courses... 

"Who to Contact, State/Provincial Web Sites, Hunter Education Requirements, and Hunter Orange Requirements in the United States, Canada, and Mexico."…

If you do not already own a .22 rifle, then I recommend you consider a reliable and accurate Ruger 10-22 carbine. They start at about $270 for new, and are widely available.    At the pawn store or yard sales you can often find them, used, for less than half of that.  If you or your kid are just starting out shooting, it is best to not get a scope and to first learn to shoot well with iron sights.  


You may want to practice shooting paper targets before hunting dangerous game such as a squirrel.  Regarding the above safety rules and going to the rifle range...  

I absolutely refuse to be within a mile of anyone that I see not following these rules, which is why I generally avoid public gun ranges, and suggest that you shoot at a nice, lonely, high, dirt hill, way out in the boonies, or pay for a membership at a private tactical range that screens all members and guests and has at least 270 degree bays.…

Different ammo makes a difference.  A great way to learn this important lesson is by observing the different patterns made in a paper target at varied distance by firing standard .22 long rifle rounds, versus CCI's .22 rat shot ammunition fired through a rifled barrel.…


In Hunter's Safety class, you should learn that a standard .22 round may travel a mile or more, and may penetrate walls, but the much lighter rat shot travels far less distances and has much less penetration capability.  

Depending on where you live, to hunt The King's squirrel you will probably be required to purchase a small game hunting license, each year, from The King, or the state government, depending on local nomenclature.  These permits are often sold at sporting goods stores and that God-forsaken place, Wal-Mart.  Make sure to also get a copy of the local hunting regulations, which should give you the legal dates and locations to hunt The King's game.  Get a blaze orange vest and hat, which are often required by law, and it's a good idea to let other hunters see you.  Having been shot at, I can tell you it isn't much fun cleaning the dirt and leaves out of your teeth, if you are lucky, or treating a bullet wound, if you are not so lucky.  Plus, all the fashionable chicks in Paris, Texas, are wearing orange this season.  Thanks to Trump, orange is the new black.   

Before you start hunting, you can get out and scout prospective locations such as state or national forests that are filled with squirrel.  If you are out in the desert southwest, then it is a simple thing to modify and apply this article to BLM lands filled with sage brush and rabbits.  Always keep in mind the need to abide by the seemingly ubiquitous hunting law: no shooting from or across a road.  Yes, you are going to have to get out of your vehicle and walk!  

Scouting and hunting are also a great opportunity to enjoy another activity, camping out.

There are many fine benefits of camping out. You might try it this weekend.…

One of the keys to successful hunting is understanding that most animals are more active at dawn and dusk, versus the middle of the day.  So, this means you get to enjoy the age-old tradition of waking up before dawn, and the more recent tradition of coffee on the campfire or camp stove.

Whether you are scouting, or hunting, practice these important life skills.

  • Walk quietly.
  • Listen.
  • Look.
  • Allow your hunter instincts to take over.

Squirrel calls are fun to learn to use, and a great way to annoy teachers, moms, preachers, and wives, but not really necessary at this level.  


If and when you get the opportunity to maneuver for a shot, TAKE YOUR TIME, RELAX, BREATHE, REVIEW THE FOUR FIREARMS SAFETY RULES, and only then try to do your best.  Keep both eyes open, if you can, and focus on your front sight, allowing the target - the squirrel's head - to be blurry.  It is okay and expected that the sight is going to move around a bit, just make sure that it moves around over the target while you are slowly squeezing the trigger.  Let the shot surprise you, and then watch where the squirrel goes.  Don't take your eyes, or the gun sights, off of the squirrel.  Sometimes it needs another shot.  Hopefully, eventually, it falls to the ground, dead.   

Sometimes it is wounded.  Again, TAKE YOUR TIME, RELAX, BREATHE, REVIEW THE FOUR FIREARMS SAFETY RULES, and then get down on the ground and look for blood.  Follow the trail.  Your brain knows how to do this, instinctively, if you simply allow it.  

When you find the squirrel, and it is not yet dead, then it is safer, and often preserves more meat, to not shoot it again, but rather to put it out of its misery by breaking its neck.  I simply put my foot on its head and yank up on the hind legs and tail with my gloved hand.  I find this is a great time to take a moment and give thanks, to God, to the squirrel, to the guy that made the rifle, to somebody or something.  A thankful heart is a happy heart.

You may spend days and not kill a single squirrel.  This is why it is called hunting, not killing.  Don't quit.  Like many things, you will get better with practice.

Finally, before you head out on the hunt, make sure you have reviewed the following two videos on skinning and field dressing a squirrel: God's meat banana.  Don't forget your Hoffner knife!


Ideally, you will also find some wild onions for your delicious and nutritious squirrel chili, which pairs nicely with a Shiner Black.  Don't forget to nail that tail up on the wall in the shop.

I hope you all enjoy this Father's Day weekend.  I miss you, Dad, but remember all the great times we had together, "On an adventure."

Love, peace, prosperity, and liberty,



John Kerry-Heinz hedgeless_horseman Wed, 06/13/2018 - 18:54 Permalink

Hang string from rafter or other overhead structure and Make two loops.  Grab your fowl, turn upside down and secure loop to each leg, just below the foot.  Fowl will make noise while performing this action. Grab by head and stretch neck, with sharp knife and at least 10" of blade, remove head.  Move away abruptly to avoid being half beatin to death by flapping wings and  accumulating blood stains (mom gets upset at cleaning blood stains out of clothes).  Wait 30 seconds, remove fowl from rope and dip in a large pot of boiling water until feathers are easy to remove by hand.  Be careful to wear leather gloves when doing so.

Cheers from lessons learned in childhood!


Thanks for the article and the good times.  Been missing west Texas since we got back home.

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HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 brushhog Wed, 06/13/2018 - 19:43 Permalink

Squirrel Hunter Utube channel shoots them using a scope and good pellet rifle. A fancy one. Nice videos with he and his brother, shooting squirrels that have become invasive and pests. I am not sure if he is hired for vermin control on farms or if he does it for fun. Either way, he is professional. It's even relaxing to listen to him talk while he is taking out squirrel after squirrel!

I don't know if he eats them or uses them for dog food but I am guessing the meat isn't wasted.

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King of Ruperts Land cheech_wizard Thu, 06/14/2018 - 02:02 Permalink

One thing I have done in first aid class when board with the regular lesson is to look at the poster of the full size cut away view of the human and to study the vital arteries etc to know what to do if it was required to do the opposite of saving a persons life.

That and experience butchering much meat and I believe it is all stuffed away in that brain of mine to be pulled into play with out even thinking should the need arise.

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Indo_Expat cheech_wizard Thu, 06/14/2018 - 06:42 Permalink

Attempting to cover and divert for your serial lying pal there, eh anon coward cunt?

Covering for a busted U.S. military impostor puts you in the same category: A filthy, deranged, immoral liar and traitor to America and all American active duty military personnel and Veterans.

You are a prime example of the cowards that are responsible for the downward moral spiral in America and you will not survive the reset.

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King of Ruperts Land brushhog Thu, 06/14/2018 - 02:16 Permalink

This how a rodent gets hunted by a coyote. The coyote is walking through the hay field. when a rodent is detected up ahead:


the coyote walks a little further then repeats the dance. The jumps are quite high with all four legs pushing off simultaneously. They allow a visual to be obtained on the prey with the second jump culminating in the lunge and capture in the jaws. The initial capture and the two chomps sufficiently crush and puncture the prey. which is then swallowed mortally wounded but still alive whole in one gulp. The carnivore gets instant nourishment as the little preys heart pumps out the last of its blood into the predators stomach.

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alexcojones hedgeless_horseman Wed, 06/13/2018 - 19:59 Permalink

HH- I always found it best to befriend my classmate hunter, who always wanted to share his cleaned and cooked game.

As long as you complimented the chef/ hunter, you rarely had to do more than walk quietly in the Michigan woods.

JMHO from 50 years ago.

But fishing- Yum- that's what I do by the ton (literally), of wild Alaska salmon. Altho that summer it was more bust than boom on our boat there.

Boom to Bust on Bristol Bay - Pacific Fishing Magazine


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OneZero Upland27 Wed, 06/13/2018 - 21:04 Permalink

Use high-brass #6 shot in a 12 or 20 gauge. Low brass shells will kill the squirrel, usually, but sometimes there is suffering, which we don't want. There is plenty of meat left. They are easier to hit with a shotgun when the leaves are still on the trees, the underbrush is still thick and they are cutting hickory nuts up in the trees: you'll only see them for a few seconds at most. After the leaves fall, we hunt them with the .22 and fox squirrels with a .22 magnum (fox squirrels don't climb trees when scared, they hit the ground running and don't stop until they are a whole mountain away). The same load will kill rabbits, grouse, quail, crows, turkey (#4s are better here, but #6 will do in a pinch), possum, coons, foxes, skunks (this is gonna suck, only do it to save a life-skunks eat chicken eggs/chickens) and coyotes if they are close enough. High-brass #6s are the Farmer/homesteader's friend.

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hedgeless_horseman catilina Wed, 06/13/2018 - 22:24 Permalink


Nowhere did I say it is fun to kill or butcher.

Are you a strict vegan? 

If so, why, exactly should we also follow your enlightened life and become vegan?

Enquiring minds want to know!

Or are you only capable of strawman fallacy and ad hominem attack?

Also, what is your position on abortion?

Pro life?

Or are you pro chop up the unborn child, suck it out with a vacuum, and throw the parts away in the medical waste?

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hedgemony rules hedgeless_horseman Wed, 06/13/2018 - 23:49 Permalink

catalina would never permit baby parts to be thrown away, preferring they either be sold, or enjoyed with some fava beans and a nice chianti.

I spent some time mining in the early very early 80's on my 100 acres of placer claims on the So. Fork of the American River, a few miles upstream from where James Marshal found gold at Sutter's mill in Coloma, and started the rush of the 49ers.  The claims had no access other than floating in and out on my Avon Pro. About 3 miles either way.  Set up took a couple trips, transporting an entire 8" sub-surface dredge that I built, two 30 gallon drums of gas (every 2 weeks or so) provisions, dive gear, camp fixins etc, and natch, food.  And no, my little millennial miscreants, there was no such thing as a cell phone.  There were these things called books, however...

With no refrigeration, meat would last a couple of days, then it was fly caught trout, crawdads, gray squirrel, quail, and my favorite--rattlesnake.  Usually cooked over an open fire.  Now that's some damn good eats. The snakes could be easily dispatched with a walking stick or rock, but the other meaty entrees were provided courtesy of my Savage Model 24 22/410 over-under.  With one load of either, missing wasn't an option, or it was canned fucking chili or minestrone.  I'd do it again tomorrow if I could. 

Thanks for the article, HH.

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HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 Wed, 06/13/2018 - 18:44 Permalink

A .22 to dispatch a chicken or a rabbit? Easiest to slice the throat, while holding the body in a cone. Grossing them out by asking them to break the neck or drive metal into the skull is barbaric. Funny for you, not so funny for anyone else.

I wouldn't give anyone from the city a loaded gun to kill something. Even a .22.

Edit: I would let them target practice with one. A pellet gun is more realistic for a city person. Safer. For everyone.

HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 libertyanyday Thu, 06/14/2018 - 02:36 Permalink

I know. I grew up around guns and learned the basic rules. City people don't. They just are not taught the same way people in the country are taught. Would you give a loaded weapon to an imbecile? No.

There was a woman in basic that thought it was a good idea to point an empty M-16A1 at me in basic. Not smart. I grew up in the country, was not raised to be lazy, and I am tall. I doubt she made that stupid mistake, again.

As for stupid city people? I take it for granted they are stupid and don't know jack.

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jin187 HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 Thu, 06/14/2018 - 05:43 Permalink

That's an oxymoron, since rules are made specifically for stupid people.  Anyone that isn't an idiot should know not to point guns at people you don't intend to shoot, regardless of whether they think they are loaded.  We don't have seminars telling people not to stab themselves with swords, or jump off of cliffs.

That said, I think I might know more people that misuse guns, and have negligent discharges than not.  I know a guy that has nearly killed his wife, his kid, and his mother with several negligent discharges, and his mother nearly did the same thing to him when he handed her a loaded gun.  He's a former US Army sniper.  You can't get taught the rules much more than those guys.  Unfortunately, I haven't seen a rule yet that fixes stupid.

It's like those stickers they put on Rubbermaid containers, that have the baby sitting in the container, and a red circle with a line through it.  The very existence of such a thing lets you know that someone, somewhere, was dumb enough to think that you could seal a baby up in a plastic box, and not have it suffocate.  At the same time, I figure such a sticker wouldn't be terribly effective in deterring the idiots of the future from doing so.  Like the Mexicans you see at the Walmart that have their five kids riding in the cart, in the exact same poses as the pictures on the warning signs on the front and back of the cart.

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quietdude Wed, 06/13/2018 - 19:04 Permalink

Great article Mr. Horseman. One suggestion, remove the magazine from that 10/22 and use it as a single shot. You will be amazed how much that will improve your shooting. Somehow, the knowledge that you have only one shot causes you to focus on sight picture, trigger squeeze, and calling the shot more. Give it a try, I bet you will be pleasantly surprised.