I have played the "Missing Squirrel Game" many times.That would gnaw at my psyche too! At least it wasn’t a spent primer! I though legos were bad to step on!!!
My adventure for the day involved a missing squirrel. They won the day today..Popped the little bugger, saw him fall, and... Gone! I hate to waste an animal so I put the rifle up (Thank God!) and started looking. The thought crossed my mind that maybe the carcass was on my neighbors pool house roof as it it right against the fence line and next to the tree in question. It is starting to rain as I hop up on the master craft parked next to said fence to take a look. Nothing. Then I tried to get back down. Left foot on trailer wheel arch, right hand on a tree... and all hell broke loose. Left foot shoots off of wheel arch, right knee goes “crunch”, I head butt said tree/those awesome little green sticker vines, and end up in a position that I’d describe as a cross between downward dog, sunrise position, and child pose. Yeah I don’t know either but pretty much one limb in each position with the remaining limb MIA and wondering where my glasses went. I think I was pushed and the tree rats are taking this personally!
"Got him! !"
"OH NO! Stay on our side! Go into The Light, not into their yard!"
Another one zoomed right under these people's house... Well. He mighta made it back to the House-Eater lair.
Luckily we have numerous meat-eating predators after dark.
Personally I hate crows, they raid nests and eat the baby birds. A worthy enemy, it's a rare shot under 40 yards. Crows float, BTW.
Hawks catch and rip apart squirrels in the fork of my neighbor's tree. Horrifies the wife. His, not mine.