Three Rivers Outdoors

Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun October 23, 2016
PHOTO BY: Keith Sutton/Contributing Photographer

Determining which trees are producing favorable mast crops helps the hunter zero in on areas with the densest squirrel populations.

Improving success

Understanding mast crops and weather helps with squirrel-hunting

Keith Sutton/Contributing Writer

During Arkansas’ squirrel season, which runs through Feb. 28, hunters may encounter a variety of hunting conditions, each of which has a unique effect on squirrel-hunting success. Consequently, to make the best of each trip afield, those pursuing bushytails must know how various conditions affect squirrel behavior. How will squirrels behave when rainy or snowy weather sets in? What effect does a year of poor mast production have? Will squirrels behave differently on warm, calm days than they do on cold, windy days, and if so, how should the hunter respond to these variation... READ MORE

And then there were none: The sad story of the passenger pigeon KEITH SUTTON/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

In the early 1800s, passenger pigeons were the most common birds on Earth, numbering in the billions. They were beautiful, streamlined creatures with slate-blue heads and wine-colored breasts, as large as crows and incredibly swift and graceful flyers. They nested from the Canadian provinces to Kansas, Kentucky and New York, and wintered in several Southern states, including Arkansas.