I can't wait untill squirrel season gets here to be out in the woods, walking in the woods, appreciating the trees fall color and smelling the aroma so indicative of autumns arrival.
That sounds romantic on my part, but sometimes I don't even care if I bring home meat for the pot. However, enjoying the woods this year and years to come requires that we take care of and appreciate the woods for what it is.
Forest fires can take all the romantic comments on my part away in matters of minutes. It can turn that beech, oak or hickory tree that is home to many wildlife including squirrels to ashes. The drought we are in is a very severe situation to the survival of forests in the region. You have heard it time and time again on the news that careless acts with fire in the woods is the prime cause of forest fires. It takes people to make a careless act. Sometimes we aren't even aware of what we are doing in the woods that may end up causing a forest fire.
Use your God given brain to stop and think what can happen if you become careless in the woods with fire. Use your God given brain to realize that you may very well lose your favorite hunting grounds not to mention losing and killing the very thing you hunt for. When your state declares your area off limits to burning, it means just that. If you disobey that , the next thing coming down the pike is a total ban on hunting like several years ago in West Virginia.
Sure our forests are a renewable resource, but it takes decades for trees to once again reach maturity to have a hunter like me once again feel romantic with natures forests.