Out on a Limb
Posted on 11/05/2013 in Out On A Limb.
By the time you read this, squirrel season will be in in most of the country. Not only that, but the best squirrel hunting weather should be upon us. The leaves should be falling and our first frost should have fallen or will shortly.
This time of year, it seems, is made for squirrel hunters. In many places, raccoon season won’t start until after November 1, and the rabbit hunters, though hitting their spots now, will be in full force in another month or so when the temperatures drop even more.
There is nothing quite like the brisk fall air in your lungs as you walk to your new prospect or old faithful treed with Mr. Fox Squirrel looking down awaiting his fate. Even better is the smell of fried squirrel and squirrel gravy after a long day of hunting.
As you can imagine, the competition hunts are slowing down for all types of dogs. Men are more worried about taking game and proving their dogs by the game-bag than in hunt points. A few furious months of our faithful canine companions providing us with meat for the dinner table, and we will be ready for the hunts come spring. Possibly many of you will be putting the finishing touches on a prospect that will make their debut in the competition hunts shortly.
Now is also the time of year to get a youngster involved in our sport. While many of us enjoy walking to the dogs at any time of the year, fall is great for little kids. It’s not too hot, mosquitos and bugs aren’t out, the mud isn’t generally too deep, and the trees are bare from leaves making it easier to spot a squirrel perched on a high limb. I think it is safe to say many of us started following the dogs during this time of year and were hooked before spring came on.
While we’re gearing up for the season this year, we also need to look forward to spring. Before you know it, the 2014 UKC Squirrel Dog World Hunt will be here. It will be March 7 and 8 at the Perry County Coon Club in Tell City, Indiana. If you weren’t there last year, you missed what a good job this club did for us. They definitely have the help needed and plenty of squirrels for every cast to score on. Also, there are some nice places to stay and eat fairly close to the grounds. Mark your calendars now; you won’t want to miss it!
Until next time, happy hunting and don’t eat too much squirrel gravy!