How close is to close to take a shot. I often get them 1 meter or less when siting on the patio.
Although I've never cooked one, I'm well acquainted with squirrels, which were omnipresent at all of my prior residences (Northern Grays here, with an occasional Red). If they're coming within 1m, that means someone somewhere nearby has been feeding them from close range (which is something I enjoyed doing as a kid). The only proper place to feed squirrels is in a park, away from houses, so that they don't associate food and warmth with your home. If they develop that unwelcome association, they'll soon chew their way into your attic to nest. Speaking from experience, attic squirrels are BAD because they can chew wires (fire hazzard), and the opening lets in other pests and rain, resulting in wetrot and worse. These days, I keep all branches that are of equal or greater height than my lowest roof's gutters trimmed to at least 6' distance (too far to jump).
I wish I could get that close, they are about 15 yards and running here, ha ha