I went out hunting for early woodchucks today with my savage .17 as I thought the early mild weather might bring some out but did not see anything yet. The burrows I discovered were all blocked up with loose stone and shale. Maybe tomorrow. Did you ever think about this? What other animal has a day of the year set aside for it as an almost national (international ?) commemoration? Do we have a lion day? Elephant Day? Cape Buffalo Day? Dingo Day? Pheasant Day? No, the humble ground hog, woodchuck, whistle pig, ground grizzly, marmot is the genuine article and a most worthy quarry for the stealthy nimrod and the steady shot. So now let me take this opportunity to wish each and every one of you and your families a warm, wonderful and festive Ground Hog Day.