BEAVERVILLE, Ill.--While squirrel hunting Thursday morning, I had one of those breakthroughs you have if you live long enough.
For years, the only reason I went squirrel hunting is as an excuse to wander the woods in August.
That's one of the advantages of squirrel hunting in Illinois, it opens Aug. 1.
I haven't shot a squirrel in many years, yet I wander the woods nearly early year at least once for them as an excuse to be out.
Thursday, while enjoying a wonderful summer morning at Iroquois County SWA (including watching dawn through the trees), I realized I don't need the excuse any more.
I'm old that I don't really care if I'm considered odd to simply be wandering around the woods.
Writing about squirrel hunting in northeast Illinois in the Sun-Times outdoors page today might be my last time writing about it from the participating end.
I have nothing against squirrel hunting, but neither do I enjoy eating them enough to justify the work of cleaning one.
And I'm not one of those who make up fanciful culinary excuses for hunting things.