I like hunting them in the early spring. They are out even before the snow disappears and are easy to see because there is minimal vegetation. As the grasses and crops grow the first cutting of hay exposes a few. Find the right field and they look like dominos.
Have an accurate rifle, shotgun, and .22lr along. Landowners are happy to let you rid them of these pests and will often give me a list of locations to watch.
I have an article going into Woods and Water May issue on that subject. Hope it helps.
When I have the opportunity, I hunt them as long as they aren't hibernating. I don't do the long distance shooting that many on here seem to prefer though. I use spot and stalk techniques with either my bow or a 20ga. Once in a great, great while I'll pull out the .22lr.
The slowest time of the year is definately during the dog days of summer. Unless you get out early morning or right before dark, it's generally so hot that they just don't seem to come out.
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