Get Them Out!

No 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.