Youth hunting can get ‘squirrelly’

This touch of cooler drier weather is seen by some as a harbinger of the approaching autumn. Considering the lousy summer weather we’ve had this year, it’s a welcomed change and one I’ll thoroughly enjoy since it’s about perfect for nearly any outdoor activity. I’m not a big admirer of heat-and-humidity weather conditions. If I was, I’d probably be living in one of the deep Sunbelt states right now.

I find it quite amusing that many consider the end of summer as being the Labor Day weekend, but that may be due to the fact it means the kids are back in school, some public swimming pools will close, and private backyard pools start collecting those first early falling leaves. That same mindset is also often perpetuated by the media these days, even the Weather Channel, who should know better. And advertising is full of “end of summer” sales themes. Stores start building their inventories of fall clothing while reducing that of the summer stuff. Ever try to find cargo shorts or swim wear in a store after Labor Day? Good luck.

Although it’s historically ushered in with little fanfare, the grey squirrel season opened in New York on Sept.1. And for waterfowl hunting enthusiasts, the early Canada goose season throughout upstate opened on that same date and runs until Sept. 25. Due to the extremely high numbers of resident, non-migrating geese in the state these days, the limits are very liberal, eight birds per day and 16 in possession. Because of the special gear such as goose decoys and other requirements (nontoxic shot, federal duck stamp) needed to hunt geese, the participating number of hunters – at least in our area – is fairly modest. But squirrel hunting is a different story, or should be.

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