Dick Martin's Outdoor Column
It might seem that hunting is essentially over for the year. Nearly all of the deer seasons have gone, fall wild turkey is only a memory and some other hunts have passed into history. But there's one season that area hunters can still enjoy, a season that will see you in the woods alone or nearly so, and that's early-winter squirrel hunting.
Ohio's 2006 bushytail season began Sept. 1 and will end Jan. 31 with a six-animal limit, but the last weeks draw few hunters.
Why chase these lively critters now? Because they're much more of a challenge than when sought with leaves on the trees, and because any time they're legal, squirrel is one of the finest eating of all wild game. Such notable early long hunters as Daniel Boone and Lou Wetzel often said that the only game better than squirrel was cougar, and they should know. So, it's no surprise that growing up in the hills of southern Ohio, my idea of the finest meal to be had was fried squirrel, squirrel gravy, boiled potatoes hand mashed with butter, kale or collard greens, and hot biscuits slathered with honey. That's a meal fit for a king.