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Ground Squirrel War: Cedarville physician does double duty


By Jean Bilodeaux, squirrel hunter and author of Squirrel Wars, A Politically Incorrect Manual on Combat available at www.modocmemories.com
As other doctors in Surprise Valley before him, Dr. Chuck Colas, of the Surprise Valley Smokepoles, a black powder shooting club, uses his time off to attempt to hold the line against the rampaging hoards of Belding ground squirrels that devastate farmer's fields each year. Help will arrive on Saturday March 20 when the annual Squirrel Roundup will be held in Surprise Valley.
The SV Chamber of Commerce initiated the annual war against the squirrels 19 years ago. Since that time the event has turned into the chamber's biggest money maker and a win, win, win situation for almost everyone except for a few hundred thousand squirrels.
1. Win–for the farmer, as some control of the squirrel population is effected on this day.
2. Win – for the varmint hunter who is invited to shoot as many squirrels as he/she can and then enjoy a barbecue (beef or chicken, not squirrel) in the evening.
3. Win – for the raptors that are now trained to fly in and feast on the ravages of the war.
4. Win(?) – for the squirrels that are left as there is less competition for food.

See registration information below

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Dr. Chuck Colas, of the Surprise Valley Smokepoles

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Getting in place at first light is important.

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Neither rain, nor sleet, or snow will stop the squirrel hunters from their assigned duties.


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Taking fire and holding the line against the advancing squirrel hoards.

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Youngsters also participate.
Registration information for the 2010 Squirrel Roundup! March 20
Reservation required and entries are limited to 100. Cost is $45 per person.
Hunters are responsible to secure a place to hunt, but lists of available ranches inviting hunters are available.
For more information or to register contact the Surprise Valley Chamber of Commerce, 530-279-2001 or email svcoc@hdo.net
Caution! Barrel meltdown is a real possibility in this target rich environment, bring more than one rifle and some hunters suggest 1,500 rounds of ammo.
All photos courtesy of Jean Bilodeaux

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Lorissa Soriano, with blue grouse limits for her and her hunting partner, photo by Alex Ross
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old black and white photo of a skiff loaded with ducks and a man with his shotgun, courtesy of Don Webster
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Pintails are early birds at Sacramento Wildlife Refuges. Photo courtesy of USFWS
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Mule Deer head in back of jeep, OSP
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Modoc Big Buck Contest flyer
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Ashley Jensen in wheel chair in front of blind used when she hunts.
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