October is the real kickoff.. For Outdoor sports in the fall woods October beckons like a cold beer after cutting two acres of grass with a pushmower! That first long drink of autumn cool, that eye apealing change of color away from the wash of green summer, overheated carseats and too much work! I am ready for some time away from the world of business and ready to get down to some business out in the woods! Or on a body of water, lake, pond, creek, river, the fish react to the cool down with a good bit of enthusiam too! The crappie will soon come up from the summer depths and make for some fun fishing and stringers of good eating! Bream and Bass too, all will be more eager to feed in the clear, cool waters of your favorite fishing place. You just need to do your part and get out there and get you some!
One of my coworkers took his daughter out to the Coosa this past Saturday and they had a great day pulling in bass, crappie and even several catfish! He said they had a great fish fry saturday night as they watched the Auburn and South Carolina scoring festival. At least I like the fact he caught fish.. I enjoyed the Alabama and Vols game after a day of cutting tree limbs out of my yard. I need to stop doing that!
This coming weekend the squirrels better find a good hiding spot in a sheltered hole because I am coming after them with my granddaughter! If you have access to some good hardwoods, does not have to be a large tract, I bet you can find more than a few squirrels to “stalk up on” or do a couple of “sets” nears some good mast producing trees and you can find some gray squirrels or fox squirrels to fill a cast iron skillet or a big boiler to make my favorite squirrel dumplings or squirrel stew!
But, for this first bag of squirrels for the season, the frying pan, some peanut oil, and a light coating of flour seasoned with just salt and black pepper is what I am dreaming of like I enjoyed often in my childhood days. Hot buiscuits, white rice and gravy with fried squirrels is a treat unknown to many folks but, they just don’t know what they are missing!
This weekend I am finding some good eating for the skillet, teaching my granddaughter how to shoot a 22 rifle and knock a few squirrels into the frying pan! Why don’t you go try it? Take a kid hunting for squirrels, the magic is out there if you look for it and show a youngster that hunting is better than any video game!
In a few more days, I will be trying out a new bow on some west Alabama does.. I’ll let you know how that goes in my next blog!