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Re: Making of a squirrel dog
« Reply #20 on: January 11, 2018, 08:01:56 PM »
If you run out of squirrels, got get a Crimson Tide and pressure cook it.  May not help as I hear that they are inedible. 
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Re: Making of a squirrel dog
« Reply #21 on: January 12, 2018, 07:49:12 AM »
   Still can't add pictures - says unable to create thumbail. Oh well, I will try again later. Finally got them to load.
 

 
 

 

If you run out of squirrels, got get a Crimson Tide and pressure cook it.  May not help as I hear that they are inedible. 
Danny,

  I'd sooner eat a possum first.

   And I have eaten rabbit, squirrel, coon, beaver, armadillo, groundhog, porcupine, anteater, camel, alligator, crocodile, snapping turtle, Nile Monitor lizards, and several unknown dishes but every time somebody asks me if I've eaten possum I tell them "Time's ain't got that hard yet."
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Re: Making of a squirrel dog
« Reply #22 on: January 12, 2018, 09:09:26 AM »
A friend went over to a back porch jam. When he stepped inside there was a pot of coon stew and a pot of possum stew simmering on the stove. The old man said you can have a bowl of each or pick one. He pulled out his banjo and said "I believe I'll pick one" smile_banjoman

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Re: Making of a squirrel dog
« Reply #23 on: January 13, 2018, 03:43:49 PM »
Instead of a squirrel dog, how about this:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squirrel_Girl :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D ;D ::)

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« Reply #24 on: January 13, 2018, 05:04:47 PM »
My wife's dog is a great squirrel dog. She will chase them up a tree,but she does not understand the squirrel will go into another tree.  :D We have a light pole at the edge of the lawn. The bird feeder is right out the front door. Pumpkin runs out the front door,squirrel will run up the light pole and no place to go. Pumpkin will flatten out the flowers around the pole,which is fine,because it's her dog,for hours. I will walk around the pole 3-4 times and the squirrel will jump from the top and the chase is on again.
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Re: Making of a squirrel dog
« Reply #25 on: January 13, 2018, 09:09:15 PM »
    Along about the time Bertha's hunting was in her heyday it coincided with my mother's clean up campaign. She had decided no limb that could touch her hair was allowed to remain so she was systematically trimming all the trees of any limbs to a height about 16-18 feet  which coincided with the height a 10' step ladder with a 5'6" woman standing on the top platform (You know - the one that says "This is not a step") and sawing with a 2' handsaw. It was pretty embarrassing to me to bring friends home and they saw these bare tree trunks with a tiny crown of green leaves and limbs. (She continued this up into her 70's until one day she kicked her ladder out from under her and my younger brother happened to find her hanging on for dear life and was able to right the ladder in time to prevent her falling. She will be 88 in April and I am sure would still be sawing if not for that traumatizing event .)

   It was early September and the scuppernong grapes were getting ripe in the back yard. Bertha and a gray squirrel had a regular routine. The squirrel would come steal grapes all day until we got home from school at 3:30 then Bertha would start barking and the squirrel would run the length of the old horizontal trellis until she got to the corner, jumped on to the connecting water oak limb then ran along the old fence line jumping from one connection limb to the next till she reached the tall pines behind our property. It was like a game until one afternoon I came home, heard Bertha start barking, walked around the house in time to see the squirrel jump off the grape arbor. He ran through a couple of connection trees until finally he reached a tree half way to the pines where he had to climb to the top and make a long leap to reach his next limb. I will always remember the expression on that squirrel's face when he jumped and realized Mom had cut his limb off that morning. From a height of 30-35 ft it knocked most of the breath out of him and Bertha was on him like a guinea on a grasshopper. She and the squirrel made several loops around the base of that tree and she was pulling hairs from his tail. He finally got up into the tree and over into the pines to safety. Bertha had a very happy expression on her face and the squirrel escaped so I guess all ended well for both.
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Re: Making of a squirrel dog
« Reply #26 on: January 13, 2018, 09:15:36 PM »
WV Sawmiller,them squirrels must be out of shape from eating grits.  :D 
The ones on top of the light pole will jump from the top,make a very loud thud when they hit the ground and they are gone like a rocket with the wife's dog just inches behind them,but the squirrel gets to the tree first and is gone. One of these days,the dog will win. One of my friends was here and we walked around the pole a few times,and the squirrel jumped to the ground. He was shocked to see the outcome. Them poor things make quite a noise when they hit.
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Re: Making of a squirrel dog
« Reply #27 on: January 14, 2018, 07:08:39 AM »
   That one may have been out of shape from stealing all my scuppernongs. Many times they would jump out of a tree and hit the ground with Bertha in hot pursuit. I'd lose sight  of them then no barking and a couple minutes later Bertha would return and I'd say "There's no way she let that squirrel escape after being that close" then I'd see Bertha had a gray morsel in her mouth she was bringing back to me. Saved the expense of another cartridge on that one.

   I have seen squirrels run to the very top of a tall pine, poplar or cypress and jump out. I just knew it would break every bone in his body. They would spread out to create as much wind resistance as possible like a flying squirrel gliding from tree to tree. Every one I ever saw do that would get up and run. They are real tough critters.
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