“It’s over there,” he finally said, after letting me amble around for a few minutes. “Always pay attention to where they fall,” he added — sage advice I have never forgotten.
It was that single morning which ignited my passion for hunting activities.
When it was over, we loaded up in our old Chevy station wagon for the short drive home. I remember Dad showing me how to clean those bushytails. After soaking in saltwater overnight, Mom delivered a feast of fried squirrels, cooked in a cast iron skillet. Gravy with fried potatoes and onions accompanied them to the table.
Although not much of a hunter, my father loved the outdoors. Us kids were fortunate to have him in our lives. Because of him I am thankful for the honor and privilege of passing on the tradition of hunting to my own sons, grandchildren and friends.
A lifetime passion all began in the month of August, with something as simple as a morning squirrel hunt with my father. And I know many have similar experiences.
“My first hunting experiences were chasing squirrels with my father,” explained business executive Mark Strafford. “I think that’s how most people get started, and if not, it should be.”
Hunting squirrels requires little investment and is made perfectly for introducing children to our oldest tradition. The weather is usually nice and there’s always the promise of action. So don’t let the month of August slip by without taking a youngster on a short squirrel hunt. You may never be forgotten, while at the same time igniting a passion for the outdoors among a child.
And you too can say, “It’s always better to sit still and be quiet!”
• The Indiana Bass Federation is one of the most prestigious statewide tournament circuits. Participants include some of the most experienced and successful anglers in Indiana. The IBF recently concluded a tournament staged on the Ohio River near Lawrenceburg.