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State On the Hunt For More Squirrel Hunters

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By Chris Conte

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Officials from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency say an increase in deer and turkey populations across the state in recent years has led to a dramatic decrease in the number of squirrel hunters.

"Let me put it this way, we are in no danger of over hunting the squirrel population right now," says Don King from the TWRA.

King says the state is actually encouraging squirrel hunting this season in hopes of gaining more popularity for the sport. 

"Over the years people have drifted away from squirrel hunting so we're trying to reinvigorate that by getting people interested in it and get folks out to enjoy it," he adds.

Unlike deer or turkey hunting, squirrel hunters spend most of their time walking around the woods searching for any movement up in the trees.

"When it's really bright and sunny they just kind of lay around in their nest cool off that's why early morning late evening is perfect time," says Carissa Grazier who hunts squirrels as a hobby in Smyrna.

Squirrel hunting season opened on August 25 and runs through February.

Hunting license information:
http://www.tennessee.gov/twra/huntlicense.html

Squirrel Recipes:
http://www.duckcommander.com/commandpost/recipes/post/1451/boiled_squirrels_and_dumplings.aspx

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