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Didn't know where to start this thread , but because this pic is from out of state I just put it here . BS said how happy his little girl is to she girls hunting ,so I thought we could start a thread of pics of the ladies hunting . I will start it of with a pic of my daughter . If it gets going we can keep adding pics .
It was 2008 when I decided to start squirrel hunting. Now here I am starting my eighth season. It’s kind of crazy how the years roll past.
As per usual, the farm is a busy place when squirrel season rolls around on September 1st. This year the weather was unseasonably warm in early September and with a five month squirrel season ahead, I felt no rush and no desire to sit in the mosquito infested woods. But finally a bit of a cool down and I was off on my first outing to the squirrel woods. I don’t remember much of the details of the first hunt other than I came home with one squirrel and that my mind felt renewed from being in the woods again.
On September 20th, I had a little more free time than usual and so I trotted off to the woods with my 20 gauge on my shoulder. Usually I pack a few shells of #8 shot to try and shoot doves on my way to the woods. Perhaps because of the hot weather or perhaps because they are feeding elsewhere, doves have been few and far between this year....
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...
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...
There was a time when shooting a button buck would have been the last choice on the list of which deer to shoot. But then there was also a time when deer were plenty and I was not so secure in who I was as a hunter. Times have changed.
There is a huge dichotomy in deer hunting. On one hand, there are times I feel a bit sorry for the white-tailed deer and those male deer that have pointy things growing out the top of their head. Sporting antlers really makes hunting much more complicated than it should be. It makes some people act kind of crazy. It takes the focus of hunting away from the ultimate purpose of hunting which is killing for food in order to live. I often wish deer hunting were as simple as small game hunting. That I could just go out and shoot a deer so that I could eat a deer. But seldom is anything so simple for us human beings who...
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