squirrel hunting

Today is Friday, August 28, 2020.  My food plots are planted, and it is raining today.  Timing is everything when it comes to food plots and hunting.  I hope you can get your food plot planted in front of some rain.  Today I wanted to reflect on when I first started hunting in the early 1970s. 

In Kentucky, for as long as I can remember, squirrel season came in on the third Saturday in August.  I got started hunting squirrels with some high school buddies at Land Between the Lakes Recreation Area (LBL).  I remember some of the joys of hunting in August, such as spider webs everywhere, deer ticks, hot and humid conditions, and the chance of encountering a copperhead or rattlesnake with each step.  Have I convinced you to get out and squirrel hunt yet? 

There weren’t any deer in most western Ky counties during this timeframe, so small game hunting was the best choice for most hunters.  LBL did have a good deer population and would soon be my next game animal to hunt.  I think the squirrel hunting makes you a better deer or turkey hunter because it causes you to pick the right time and place to make your shot.  Squirrels don’t sit still very long and seem to continually be on the move (you have to develop patience on picking the right opportunity for a shot). 

I think the reason I like hunting so much is that I enjoy being in the great outdoors, enjoying God’s creation.  I hope you get a chance to get out this season and enjoy nature and\or a hunt as well.

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