If we had a keen vision of all that is ordinary in human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow or the squirrel's heartbeat, and we should die of that roar which is the other side of silence.
– George Eliot
Living in rural southeastern Ohio provides opportunity to see native fauna, including squirrels, deer, turkeys, raccoons, possums, bobcats, coyote, and more. Milliron Farm, nestled in the Ohio valley where trees tower and the underbrush is thick, is alive with many creatures, especially squirrels.
Hunting squirrel takes finesse. A fast-moving target, squirrels run to the treetops, out of sight, a challenge for most hunters. The meat is usually lean and has a wild game flavor.
Dr. Smith referred to squirrels as “tree rats” – an ever-scampering, tree-running bundle of life. Jody doesn’t remember Dr. Smith hunting squirrel; however, he was an avid deer hunter. Milliron Farm has a large deer population, which provided lean table meat for the Smith family.
Several times, a Milliron Clinic client brought a dressed squirrel (ready to cook) to Dr. Smith during squirrel season (Ohio has specific times when you can hunt squirrel). The dressed squirrel would be given to Jody to prepare for the evening meal. Dr. Smith, saying in his Dr. Smith voice, “Jody, we’re having tree rat for supper!”
Have a great week ahead.