You are right the Limb Rats in Fla are generally skinny....I lived just north of El Paso along the Rio Grande for 2 yrs...the squirrels there fatten on the huge Pecan Orchards and are the size of small Chihuahuas!The squirrels I've seen in Orlando are skinny with thin tails, don't look like there'd be any meat at all on their bony frames. Maybe let one sit for a couple of days and catch a 'gator with it.
Yep, I am 59 years old and I luv hunting and eating Limb Chickens as much as I did when I was 8 years old.No squirrels out my way. But I grew up in Ohio and we had plenty of fox and greys. Used a .410 or 20 gauge when the leaves were on the trees. When they dropped we broke out the .22s. Had a Mossberg 340k w/4x Weaver scope that was just deadly. Shot hundreds over the years between me and dad. Mom would panfry them and serve'em up with Dutch oven potatos and a green salad. Man, 50 years later I can still taste them.
In all seriousness, stalking squirrels is great training for learning to stalk other game. I use a very old and scoped Marlin bolt action, chambered in 22 magnum. Squirrel hunting is pretty high on my list of preferred activities.
All the Great men in the Frontier times grew up Hunt'in Squirrels.That's true Dog Soldier, Hunting squirrels has made me a better deer hunter, even though down here we hunt deer from tree stands.