Sportsman’s notebook: how to make a practical squirrel transporter

fox squirrel

One perch is all you need to get a limit of fox squirrels out of the woods. russell graves

How to make a small game transporter by FieldandStream

I’m not the hands-on project type. Show me the plans for a piece of DIY gear that requires precision measuring, cutting, and sanding, and I’ll show you something I’ll gladly pay an extra $5 for at Bass Pro. To me, DIY gear needs to be really useful and really easy to do. I know of no piece of hunting gear more worthy of that description than the squirrel-shaped tote bag. With a Leatherman (or even a pair of needle-nose pliers with cutters) and a wire hanger, you can make two of these bags in about a minute. I like to buff the straight side of my bags to a point with a file, but that step isn’t absolutely necessary.

Using these bags in the woods is easy. When you shoot a squirrel, simply open the bag, pierce the wire through the back leg (that’s where it helps to sharpen it to a point), and then zip it up. It may be easier to make a hole in the squirrel’s leg with a knife. You can then clip the bag to a belt or pack so you can carry your squirrels hands-free. These bags also work quite well with rabbits.