WHY YOU SHOULD START SQUIRREL HUNTING
Take a look at what squirrel hunting has to offer as a low entry level to hunting and extending your seasons
I grew up squirrel hunting. I killed my first Eastern gray squirrel when I was in the fourth grade, which made me what, 7 or 8 years old? I can see still that grey squirrel crawl out on a limb of a dead snag. I can hear my Dad say “Shoot at his head,” and I cocked that little Winchester Model 37 .410 and did just that. This was over 50 years ago. I may like squirrel hunting more now than I did back then.
We seem to live in a time where hunting has become very complicated. Most of the attention centers around big game, and in the East it’s all about deer and turkeys. Follow the scuttlebutt of whitetail deer hunting for the past several years and it would appear that to be a deer hunter you also have to be a farmer. You need to own or lease large quantities of land, plant various forms of food plots for different times of the year and deal with all of the necessary equipment to do this. Bucks are followed on trail cameras almost from birth and are named and judged as to age and antler size long before anyone releases an arrow or jerks a trigger. Now don’t get me wrong here, I’m all for deer hunting, and I’m certainly a dyed-in-the-wool turkey hunter, spring and fall. But doesn’t anyone just go hunting anymore?
You do if you’re a squirrel hunter.