Who knew a squirrel-hunting competition could be so much fun?
I didn't play sports in high school, so I didn't know what it felt like to be on a winning team, but I do now. It feels good. As I type this, I'm admiring the 2015 Squirrel Master Classic championship trophy that's sitting prominently in the center of my fireplace mantle.
A collaboration of Gamo Outdoor USA and Buckmasters, the Squirrel Master Classic is a hunting competition/TV event that takes the best hunters and hunting personalities from some of the top hunting TV shows and pairs them with outdoor media members, 4-H kids and Gamo executives. The point of the competition is to showcase the latest and greatest in Gamo technology and display the principles of hunting with air rifles. It was held at Southern Sportsman Hunting Lodge near Montgomery, Ala., last week on what ended up being the coldest day in Alabama so far this year.
My team, Bone Collector 1, won the competition with the most squirrels and heaviest weight. I admit that I was more of a second-string player. The star players were definitely Michael Waddell and Nick Mundt, as well as our champion squirrel dogs, Gracie and Hope. But, I must say, the entire team contributed to our championship win, and we had a blast in the process.
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