Squirrel and rabbit hunt to promote interest in hunting
STERLING — Small-game hunting will take center stage during the Sterling Sportsmen’s Association’s annual squirrel and rabbit hunt Feb. 11.
Event organizer Jason Vallad said the event aims to get children interested in hunting.
“It basically was started to get the kids out hunting,” he said. “It’s a fun day to kind of encourage the adults to take the kids out hunting.”
Adults can participate in the event, but according to hunt rules, there must be at least one person younger than 16 years old per every two adult members. The event is scheduled to run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 11, with weigh-ins beginning at 3 p.m. at the sportsmen’s association’s clubhouse. Weigh-ins are scheduled to end at 4 p.m.
Registration will be held at the clubhouse on two separate occasions. Participants can register Friday, Feb. 10, from 6-8 p.m. or Saturday morning from 8-9 a.m.
“They have to sign in to get registered, and they can hunt pretty much anywhere they want as long as they’re following the laws,” Vallad said.
Prizes are expected to be available for the winners, Vallad said.
“Last year there were trophies,” he said. “I do believe there’ll be trophies again if you place. Usually there are sponsor prizes too. Usually vendors will donate some prizes for it.”
Hunters will be able to sample their bounties, Vallad said.
“Afterward usually there’s a cook and they do a squirrel fry with it and give them a small meal,” he said. “It’s a fun thing to do after the hunt.”
Teams can earn extra poundage by bringing in rabbits or squirrels that are cleaned and ready to cook. Each rabbit that is frying pan-ready is an extra two pounds on the final weight and each squirrel is one pound. Up to six animals total can be weighed.
The Sterling Sportsmen’s Association clubhouse is located at 338 Melita Rd. in Sterling. For more information, contact Vallad at 989-928-8470 or co-organizer Heath Kroczaleski at 989-239-9819.