Our 4-H teammate Aliyah and her dad tracking squirrels.
Got limb-chickens in your neighborhood? Who you gonna call? Squirrel Masters!
We’re here in the Alabama countryside, about 30 miles west of Montgomery with the folks from Gamo, a gaggle of outdoor TV celebrities, and a posse of young’uns from the Alabama 4-H. Why? It’s time for the annual de-rodenting known as the Gamo Squirrel Master Classic.
They're up there. Just taunting us.
Here’s how it works. Each team is captained by an outdoor television program host and rounded out with a youth member of the Alabama 4-H and some media hacks like me. This year, the Classic featured teams from Realtree (I put that first because we were a shining example of awesomeness), Bone Collector, Buck Commander, Buckmasters, Ralph & Vicki’s Archer’s Choice, and Doug Koenig Championship Season. If any of those sound familiar, it's because you've seen them on either the Outdoor or Pursuit channels.
Even though we were awake at 4am, we didn't manage to make it to the woods until just after sunrise.
I know what you’re thinking. “Great. A bunch of television and outdoor media people. I thought this was supposed to be a respectable event.” Never fear. That’s where 4-H comes in.
Each team featured a member of the Alabama 4-H program.