Holy grails are few are far between in the varmint hunting community. We don’t have scoring methods and clubs to measure how successful our hunts are. Instead, we gauge our success on factors that matter only to us. To some, it is sheer numbers of animals taken and to others it is the sum total of just the enjoyment of a particular hunt. Now that I am older, I tend to fall into the latter category, but every once and a while all the stars align and a hunt takes place that brings me back to measuring my success by the sheer numbers of varmints taken. This was one of those hunts.
I have been reading about Northeast California ground squirrel hunting for years. In fact, I had planned a few hunts up that way over the years, but they never came to fruition. Finally, after years of drought and loss of a huge swath of Southern California to “lead-free” only, I decided that this year would be the perfect time to make the 10 hour drive north and hunt the fabled fields of Modoc County for the Belding’s Ground Squirrel...
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