Springville writer proud to be a part of this special hunting tradition
Tuesday February 19, 2013 | By:Jerry King |
I am writing in response to an article noted in the “Everybody’s Column” in The Buffalo News and another front page story on Friday, Feb. 8th, headlined in The Batavia Daily News, in reference to the Holley Fire Department squirrel hunt.
Kudos to the Holley Fire Department, for not giving into the anti-hunting groups and holding the squirrel hunt as planned, on Saturday, Feb. 16th. I am a New York state hunting license-holder and I pay for the privilege to hunt small game and big game, as well.
Many sporting clubs have woodchuck-hunting contests. None pay much for prize money, but entrants have a fun day of hunting and camaraderie, at the weigh-in. This event also helps area farmers rid their fields of these varmints. The woodchuck holes can break a cow or horse’s leg and their mounds can cause damage to farm machinery.
As for the squirrels, they are very tasty. I did a squirrel stir fry at our local wild game dinner. It took six squirrels to prepare and was all gone, by the end of the evening. A friend of mine made a chicken wing dip with a couple of rabbits and hot sauce, as the cost of chicken wings was out of control, around Super Bowl™ week.
Let’s see. A chicken has two wings and a squirrel has four legs. I think I may be onto something.