of Full Cry Magazine, I have closely observed the increasing
popularity of squirrel hunting with dogs over the past several years.
Some of our readers will wonder where we were all these years, as they
have continued a family tradition that goes back many generations. They
learned to hunt squirrels with dogs from their grandpappy, who learned
from his grandpappy. These hunters are fortunate because they developed
the skills of training squirrel dogs at an early age, and just as important,
inherited dogs that could get the job done. Unfortunately, in most areas
of the country, the skills and dogs have either been lost, or never existed.
There are a number of reasons for the increasing interest in doggin’ squirrels,
not the least of which is the pleasure of watching your favorite prospect
develop its full potential as your hunting partner. Hunters and dogs go
together. What is better than a stroll through squirrel woods with Ole
Bowser out there using his eyes, ears, and nose to locate Mr. Bushytail?
Squirrel hunting with dogs has now spread to almost all sections of the
In the following pages, David Osborn has performed a valuable service
for the squirrel hunter, young and old, men and women, for this is an
outdoor sport that anyone can enjoy. With the help of Dennis Eiland and
others, David has provided an interesting account of the sport from A
to Z, including the important subjects of purchasing and training your
Although the book was written for people who are unfamiliar with squirrel
dogs, I believe that many experienced hunters will find it to be a valuable
source of information. The sections on squirrel biology and management
are important because hunters are first and foremost conservationists.
With a section on preparing squirrels for the table, David’s book presents
a very complete overview of hunting squirrels with dogs. Read and enjoy.
Seth R. Gault, Editor
Full Cry Magazine
1 September 1998