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HOME RANGE: Notes on Literature, Nature, Working Dogs, History, Martial Arts, Other Obsessions and Sundry Annoyances by Henry Chappell

What could be better ...

Cade (right) and Cate, after a nice bit of work by dog and hunter. Obviously I need to think a little harder about dog names.



... than a grandson, squirrel dog, and New Years Day in the woods of northeast Texas?

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Country Squirrel, City Squirrel

Great passage from an old squirrel hunting post by Hank Shaw at Hunter, Angler, Gardener, Cook:

"Make no mistake: If you have not hunted squirrels in a real forest you do not understand squirrels. Country squirrels are as different from city squirrels as are Daniel Boone and Perez Hilton. The only things they share are genus and species. Country squirrels are animals all out of proportion to their size: They are clever, stealthy and tough to kill, especially when the leaves are still on the trees."

Exactly. Why are squirrels considered "starter" game, preparation for poleaxing a deer conditioned to come to the clatter of corn dropping from a feeder?
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