Michael Pearce

June 2, 2012

Michael Pearce: Learn about hunting the scurrying squirrel

It’s a long hunting season and some of the best hunting is on public land. Yet even there, hunting pressure is feather-light.

Michael Pearce

The Eagle's outdoor reporter highlights the latest hunting, fishing and wildlife news.

It’s a long hunting season and some of the best hunting is on public land. Yet even there, hunting pressure is feather-light.

No expensive special equipment is needed, and success is high on a game that’s good to eat and exciting when coming to calls.

And now there’s a free seminar to help anyone get in on the squirrel action.

“Calling All Squirrels” will be from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Great Plains Nature Center, 6232 E. 29th Street North.

Marc Murrell, of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, is an experienced squirrel hunter and will give the seminar that includes videos of successful hunts, calling demonstrations, equipment, how to clean and cook squirrels and what to look for on public wildlife areas.

Murrell is hoping for a repeat performance of a similar seminar about 15 years ago, when he had more than 200 people in attendance.

Personally, I’m hoping he packs the room again because I’ve long enjoyed squirrel hunting, and know how much it has to offer Kansans.

For centuries, fox and gray squirrels played huge parts in the American hunting scene. I promise folks like Boone, Crockett and probably the Pilgrims, ate more “limb chickens” than deer or wild turkeys.

I also know what Murrell will be teaching works well.

Waddell to visit Iola — About 15 years ago I met a young, friendly, multi-talented young cameraman on a Texas turkey hunt.

Michael Waddell was absolutely giddy to have any job in the hunting industry. Now, he’s one of the biggest names in the business.

Waddell hosts several top hunting shows. His Bone Collector logo is on about everything from inexpensive turkey calls to expensive firearms. He’s also in high demand to appear at dozens of high-level conventions and big-name retailers annually.

I was surprised to learn that Wednesday he’ll be in Iola, at the National Wild Turkey Federation’s Kansas First Upland Pioneers banquet. For comparison, that’s like getting Peyton Manning to attend an athletic fundraiser at a small high school.

Gene Pearcy, host of his own TV outdoors show, will also be there.

The banquet starts at 5 p.m. at the Riverside Park Recreation Building, 600 S. State St.. Cost is $50 for singles and $60 for couples, which includes the meal and annual membership to the Turkey Federation. For information, call 620-365-0446 or e-mail mede@cox.net.

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