Squirrel and archery seasons in full swing

As I write this, both squirrel season and archery season are in full swing. I have been unsuccessful at both, but it is still very early in the season.

Although it has started to cool down a little during the nighttime, it still has been fairly warm during the day. It usually does not feel like hunting season until daytime temperatures become a little more moderate.

The main reason I have been going out is to take my grandson. As I have often stated, anytime to get youth into the woods is well worth it. They are the hunters of the future.

As far as squirrel hunting, the area we hunt does not have much hickory, beech or other nut producing trees, so we have to rely heavily on oak.

I have heard other hunters say they have seen a good bit of acorns, but in our area, they seem to be sparse. To date, the couple of times we have been out, we have yet to see a squirrel.

And now to Archery hunting. Since crossbows have become legal in our state, most hunters have transitioned to them, I know I have.

Before we get deep into this, I know opinions vary on the use of crossbows. I believe their popularity is due to the stealthier trait of not having to draw a compound bow while there are excellent eyes trying to catch your every move.

And of course, the accuracy of a good, scoped crossbow is way better than your average compound bow user.

My two youngest grandsons have taken a few deer, both bucks and does, with a crossbow, out of the more movement forgiving, hunting blind.

This year, the 13-year-old, decided he wanted to try a compound bow. So, we purchased one, which he said could be an early Christmas present that is highly adjustable in both draw length and weight. One he can increase as he grows into it.

While trying to find a bow with these features, a local sporting goods store owner told me they are almost a thing of the past due to high trending nature of people going to crossbows.

After purchasing the bow and getting it set up, he spent several hours practicing from the ground. When he became proficient, we took a portable target to the woods, and I had him shoot out of the ladder stand we would be in. This is something I would encourage most hunters to try. It helps you see how the downward angles can affect your shot placement. He shot well, so we were ready.

After being in the stand several times and seeing some deer, including some bucks, he is beginning to understand the challenges of getting to draw the bow. He is being very patient, and I believe he will eventually get his shot.

As hunters, we all go through different stages during our lifetime. Things that once seemed very important, now don’t seem as so and other priorities have taken their place.

It is encouraging to see the wonder and enthusiasm a child shows as they start to take their place as a future sportsman and hunter.

I know you’ve heard me state this before, but I believe this is one of the most important things that we can do to pay forward in a sport that we have enjoyed in years past.

I feel we have an obligation to try and help children on this path.

Whether it be a boy, girl or a relative or not, I think we can all find someone to help.

It may sound like a cliché, but one child could make a difference. And in today’s culture, anything would be an improvement.


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