My small game license has been resting in my wallet since I got it in August. Not having grown up in a hunting family at all, I decided that this was the year I was going to quit talking about hunting "one day," and begin hunting. Earlier in the year, I had done some fishing and camping at nearby Pine Log and had in the back of my mind that it would be a great and convenient place to hunt about 20 minutes from my home. Not only have I never seriously hunted myself, I also don't know very many hunters either. Surprising since north Georgia is quite populated with hunting folk. So much so that camo is acceptable apparel at any time of the year.
Pine Log has it's own species specific hunting dates even within the statewide hunting seasons. Deer season is on hold at Pine Log until some time in Dec, so the parking area and ranger station were empty when I got there. Apparently, not a lot of small game hunters in the area maybe since that is all that is available to hunt there right now. I loaded up and headed into the woods with my new canvas ruck and 20ga H&R.
I could make this into a long drawn out story, but suffice it to say that I only saw 2 squirrel and neither of them came home with me. One was probably 100 yards away and sprinting in the other direction. The other I watched for about half an hour, waiting for him to come out of a thick stand of trees. He must have caught sight of me maybe, because he bolted and I didn't get a shot on him either. Regardless, it was an excellent morning out in the woods with the shotgun. I told my wife that with no one else around, it could have been the 1800's back there. We have a few months left in the small game season, so I am hoping to get two or three more trips out during this winter and see if I can get a squirrel or rabbit or two.
Anyone who has any squirrel hunting tips they'd share, I am all ears!
|It was pretty high up there, but I think this is a bee hive or wasp nest|