Why hunt tree squirrels? For those who have not yet been caught in the lip by the thrill of chasing a tree squirrel through the forest, this is for you. Tree squirrel hunting can be a very fun, low-pressure, hunting getaway. It is yet another excuse to devote an entire autumn weekend to being in the woods with other outdoor enthusiasts, around a camp fire, eating good food, drinking good beer, and having a great time. On top of that, squirrels make for good eating. Only just five years ago did I become an avid squirrel hunter. I was introduced to this small sport by a very good friend and his father. Originally they had become squirrel enthusiasts by using the season as an excuse to scout for big-game animals in the proceeding months. So every year we, along with a few others that too have been hooked, gather for the opening weekend of squirrel season, in the vicinity of Williams and Flagstaff. We always bring with us good cuts of meat (ribs, steaks, pork chops, etc) and veggies to fill our aching stomachs after long days of hunting and exploring. This year my good friend will also be bringing with him some of his home brews, as he is getting good at that sport as well (no crap beer squirrel hunting). A trailer or two of ours (I dont have one) usually ensures we have a prime camping spot to stay at each visit. As you can tell, many other factors contribute to a great squirrel hunt. There are two ways to hunt squirrels: drive around on the forest roads, or walk around the forest and/or roads. Driving around affords one the opportunity to cover a lot of area, while seeing an abundance of squirrels, while walking allows for a very quiet and spiritual experience. Once a squirrel is located, however, it's time for the body to put in some serious work (chasing, glassing, sniping). In another post I shall give details as to how to hunt these delicate little creatures. At the end of a squirrel hunting weekend, we typically have a good amount of squirrels for the crockpot, and memories that stay with us for the rest of our lives. Can you really put a price tag on good memories?