Kids Go Nuts for Squirrel Hunting

With all of the acorns on the ground, the squirrels are putting in some serious overtime on their nut collecting. Squirrel season is in full swing, and now is a great time to get a crack at some of these bushy-tailed tree dwellers. We've got plenty of gray squirrels here in Will County as well as a few of the big red ones, known as Fox Squirrels.

This is a great way to introduce kids to hunting. They have the opportunity to learn all the fundamentals— safety, patience, stealth, and shot placement. If kids can master these core skillsets during low-pressure squirrel hunts, chances are they will be more successful when it comes to big game hunting.

Not only are squirrels fun to hunt, they are great to eat if you know how to prepare them.  My favorite way is to brown up the meat in some olive oil, then place the browned meat into a red meat sauce, slow cook for several hours, then serve over pasta, aka Squirrel Cacciatore. I used to feed it to my roommates in college and they loved it, although I don't recall telling them what it was.

Squirrel season runs through February 15, 2013, but is closed during the firearm deer season in counties open for firearm deer hunting. Hunting time is half hour before sunrise to half hour after sunset and the daily bag limit is 5.

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