My First Squirrel

When I was younger, I used to go hunting and fishing all the time. We would hunt all sorts of game, from Dove to Deer. My favorite was squirrel hunting, just because the weather was so nice in the fall (it is still my favorite time of the year). I can remember the first squirrel that I killed, it was a large Fox Squirrel that I shot with a .410. I just knocked it out of the tree and when I went to track it down it was hiding at the base of the tree with it’s tail pushed up over it kind of like it was hiding. I went to shoot it again at close range, not realizing the damage I would have done to it, but my step-dad told me to kill it with a big stick so I wouldn’t mess up the meat, or the skin as we had it mounted. I think it was a good idea to keep it looking so good, but I’m not sure that the squirrel wouldn’t have rather me had shot it as it probably would have been a little quicker. Since we had it mounted I didn’t have much of a chance to use my hunting knife which would have been pretty awesome as I had never used my leatherman hunting knives to clean any game back then.

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