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Get Them Out!

Aug 23, 2009

image of boy squirrel huntingNo habitat work this weekend at our farm or other farms. In August, squirrels are cutting hickories and walnuts. Time to do some old-fashioned squirrel hunting with my son. What an adventure and a great memory.

No need for fancy camouflage or equipment. Sweatpants and a dark sweatshirt will do. No need for a fancy gun or bird dog. Dad and a Ruger 10-22 will do. Powdered donuts and chocolate milk are a must. So is bug spray and duct tape (around the pant ankles). We made it about two hours before it was time to head home for another breakfast.

My first hunting adventure as a child was squirrel hunting with my dad. I think I was 6 or 7. I can't remember if we shot any squirrels, but we must have had a good time. I'm still hunting today. In fact, I rediscovered squirrel hunting last year after taking my son on a short hunt. I went out four more times on my own. It had been more than 15 years since I had squirrel hunted.

Squirrels don't rank up there with deer tenderloin or wild turkey breast for table fare, but squirrel hunting is a great way to get kids outside and interested in hunting. Next weekend, instead of going to the ballgame or doing something by yourself, take your son or daughter on a short squirrel hunt.

Habitat is still the key but so are the kids.

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