It helps that I’m also an airgun junkie, and have a couple high-end rifles that are just perfect for chasing tree rats.
As I wrote in my feature in today’s Roanoke Times, the outlook for this fall’s squirrel season is excellent. It’s too bad more people won’t get out there and take advantage of it.
Don Smith of Saltville sent me this great picture and the note below this morning:
“Mark…enjoyed your column on squirrel season.
Back in the ’60s and ’70s, Sept. 15 meant as much to me as Christmas. First day of the two week squirrel season. Then later in November, it would reopen until late January. Quite a change from today.
I hunted with a Model 12 Winchester 20 ga. with full choke. My dad bought it from a friend in 1959 for $100. It was almost new. Still have it and it still looks great.
Haven’t hunted in a long while and ironically I am now feeding a bunch of backyard grays. Doesn’t take long for them to go through 100 pounds of sunflower seeds.
Last summer, the big fox squirrel pictured came and stayed about a month then disappeared. Haven’t seen one since.”