A day full of small game hunting is a very good day indeed and nothing can be finer than going squirrel hunting and rabbit hunting in the same day.
As has been my tradition for all of three or four years now, I combined a vacation day with my off weekend to enjoy the first four days of Ohio’s rabbit season. And as the tradition goes, each year on opening day I drive to some nearby public land to kick off the season. With rain pouring down on the morning of day one, I was a bit doubtful of even making it outside, but the rain finally let up in the afternoon. With the dogs loaded in the shotgun seat of the old farm truck, I drove to the nearest piece of public land for 2 hours of fun. I saw a rabbit for one millionth of a second on the second circle and other than that I was listening to the dogs follow the track round and round in chest high weeds. Public land can be the ultimate challenge in rabbit hunting at times. Good habitat for the rabbits for sure.
The next day of my...
Tagged my buck this morning have been hunting pretty hard since Saturday and finally got a shooter in the clear. I saw a few small bucks this morning early at about 8:30 6 doe came through and he wasn't far behind. unfortunately he stayed out of my shooting lanes and in the thicker cover no shot. as I watched him chase the doe around about 70 yards away I was mentally kicking myself for not clearing more shooting lanes. After the chase calmed a bit I gave a couple of grunts toward the group. Immediately he was headed straight toward me. I drew as he passed behind a tree at about 30 yards. He kept coming he walked to within 8 yards and looked right up at me. It seemed like a couple of minutes much shorter in reality I decided he wasn't going to give it up I released the arrow. It hit him further back than I would have liked but the penetration of the muzzy was great. He ran 60 yards or so and stopped I watched him for a minute then his back legs buckled...
Several deer have already been entered for this year and some nice deer have been taken. The leader board has the Defending Champions leading again this year after a few weeks of the season and they are not going to go down easy. Several teams are hot on their heals though!!!!
Here is the link to the contest Forum for this year- enjoy!!!
One of the things I love the most about hunting are the lessons that hunting teaches. And perhaps what I love about squirrel hunting is that the lessons occur out of the spotlight. There is no glamour surrounding squirrel hunting. There are no celebrities to take the lead. There are no high fives by family and friends back at the house or photos shared in the local newspaper. There are just the woods and the hunter and the life and death of the squirrel. The lessons are deep and rich and intense. Intense yes. Intensity is a natural part of a lesson that includes both life and death. Fortune has blessed me with a large circle of mentors that have ingrained a deep seated respect for animals I hunt, the animals that give their lives to feed my family. As much as I have learned from my teachers, the lessons that happen in the woods when no one else is there often hold the most meaning.
“Ethical behavior is doing the right thing when no one else is watching” ~Aldo Leopold...
The cake. How could I forget the cake? In doing a little looking back at last year’s groundhog tales, I discovered a serious omission. A few days after shooting a particularly bold and pesky groundhog down at my neighbor’s dairy farm back in 2014, I came home from work to find a cake sitting on the kitchen counter. It was a thank you from my neighbor for shooting the groundhog. Well I like cake very much and considered that a great thank you. That cake has gotten a lot of mileage in stories told over the past year as well. “Remember when the neighbor brought you a cake for shooting a groundhog”. It’s not all that often that a cake is enjoyed both by being eaten and by being the centerpiece of groundhog hunting story. That is one mighty fine cake.
Number 18 and 19: August 18th
The groundhog hunting had slowed down a bit in August....
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