During firearm deer season, I realized that chipmunks were really making a comeback on my land. I don’t mind having them in the woods, but they really become a problem when they start moving toward the house and vehicles. I’ve received a lot of the parts I was needing for my 1322 ACP project, and decided it was time to take it in the woods for a test drive.
I began my excursion initially after a squirrel. He stayed about 30 yards away, right on the west property line. With 8.2 FPE at the muzzle and my 1322 zeroed at 20 yards with a duplex reticle scope, there just wasn’t enough margin for error to warrant taking the shot. That’s when I saw a quick scurry 20 yards away toward the east. The chipmunk stopped on a large log, facing me.
As you can tell from the above picture, there’s a lot of saplings mixed with fairly mature trees. These saplings make living shooting sticks, and this time was no exception. Steadying my shot with a sapling, I slowly squeezed off the shot. I pulled a little to the left and missed the intended brain shot. Instead, it smacked through the right cheek, deflected, and exited the ribs on its left side.
The chipmunk was blown off the log by the impact, kicked a time or two, and lay still. The 1322 drew its first blood:
A little further away, I spotted something on a fallen log that spans my weather creek. Through my range finder I could see a chipmunk from the shoulders down, this time 18 yards away. Steadying my shot once more with a sapling, I aimed right between the shoulder blades. This time, I didn’t pull the shot. The smack of the impact is shockingly loud when you hunt with a LDC! Unfortunately, he tumbled down into some rocks and I was unable to retrieve him. At any rate, I’ve taken two chipmunks out of the woods, hopefully helping to keep them from crowding into my yard, vehicles, and home.