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    Counting down to squirrel season

    Squirrel season always opens August 15th in Indiana, regardless of whether that falls on a weekend, or not. Back when I was much younger, I was an avid squirrel hunter, and ate tons of the little tree rats. Today, I`ve "graduated" on to white-tail deer and Eastern wild turkeys, but have planned on doing a little squirrel hunting again. Fortuitously, I have two grandchildren who say they want to go on a squirrel hunting outing with grandpa. Swweeeettt! I`ll wait for cooler weather to get them out, probably late September if it cools off, or maybe early October, where it may still be just a little too warm to go after deer, for my liking, but cool enough in the early morning to make it a great time to scan the tops of the Hickory`s for fox and greys.

    Are there any hardcore squirrel hunters here? Any that will head out in August and battle the heat and mosquitos? Anyone else planning on getting some grandkids started hunting in the squirrel woods? It`s not far off now...
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    Step grandson not interested. Some of his friends have expressed an interest and I may take a couple of them out. I haven't missed many opening days over the years.
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    I'll take greys only anymore. Getting picky in my old age.
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    Even pushing the season start up to aug 15 (can't even remember when they did that) always wait till the first frost to tree rat hunt.

    It might change a bit this year as a new dog has found its way to the house. But if you can't start off in a sweat shirt at least in the very early am it is not time yet. Just always been what I do. Less bugs. More active tree rats. Favorite time of year is truly a winters day with sun. The second favorite is always just as scout trip for deer with a marlin Mountie or a 22 pistol. Nothing like it but early season always seemed better for drinking a beer and catching a fish.

    Summer has been filled with daughters softball for several years. Starts at Easter time ended at Halloween time but her being 17-18 now those days are done. It is years of catch up work from being gone every weekend for tourneys a couple days of practice and a play in game a week. Maybe it is time to start walking about earlier this year for sure.

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    You grow to hate those years of softball, but you do miss them a little when they're gone, don't you? Stuff like that is why you see more of us grey haired men stalking reds and greys these days. The kids tend to keep ol' dad too busy .
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    Quote Originally Posted by patience0830 View Post
    Step grandson not interested. Some of his friends have expressed an interest and I may take a couple of them out. I haven't missed many opening days over the years.
    Very, very cool, both that you`ll take the young one`s out, even though not your blood, and, that you`ve missed so few opening days. My Nephew told me last year, that squirrel hunting is becoming a lost art. I tend to agree. Good for you buddy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by halfmileharry View Post
    I'll take greys only anymore. Getting picky in my old age.
    I`ve said the same thing for the few times I`ve been out over the past couple years. To me, too many of the fox`s just swell up and are like rubber in the skillet. A good friend who is an avid "everything" outdoors said he put`s old fox squirrels in a pressure cooker before transferring them to the skillet, and he said it makes them much more than just edible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmarriott View Post
    Even pushing the season start up to aug 15 (can't even remember when they did that) always wait till the first frost to tree rat hunt.

    It might change a bit this year as a new dog has found its way to the house. But if you can't start off in a sweat shirt at least in the very early am it is not time yet. Just always been what I do. Less bugs. More active tree rats. Favorite time of year is truly a winters day with sun. The second favorite is always just as scout trip for deer with a marlin Mountie or a 22 pistol. Nothing like it but early season always seemed better for drinking a beer and catching a fish.

    Summer has been filled with daughters softball for several years. Starts at Easter time ended at Halloween time but her being 17-18 now those days are done. It is years of catch up work from being gone every weekend for tourneys a couple days of practice and a play in game a week. Maybe it is time to start walking about earlier this year for sure.
    When the little one`s aren`t so little anymore, everything changes, I know...

    Squirrel season just takes me back to, what was in many ways, a simpler time. I wouldn`t want to go back there, but the memories of times out in the woods, scouring the tree tops for squirrels, just is soothing I think. I had given up squirrel hunting entirely, but I believe it`s time to take it up again. Kind of a balm for the soul.
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    Yes still tagged along to a couple softball games this spring. Watched a pitcher at 13 with some amazing skills. Drop ball. Curve inside and outside, fastball, rise ball and change up. Plus her fastball speed was almost 64 mph at 13. Drove an hour one way to see the game.

    But the days of 100 degree heat at the park with the no coolers (team coolers only) rule at not much missed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeadeyeChrista'sdad View Post
    You grow to hate those years of softball, but you do miss them a little when they're gone, don't you? Stuff like that is why you see more of us grey haired men stalking reds and greys these days. The kids tend to keep ol' dad too busy .
    Absolutely. I`m tickled I`m at a place in life now, where I can hopefully get some of the grandkids out, into the woods, and just maybe, put the love of the hunt into their hearts, in spite of the anti-everything agenda that seems to be in place. I know we`ll even say a prayer before the sun comes up, then we`ll pray again should we take any game. That`s a part of the proper way to bring them into hunting, for me.
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