District 12, the fictional township featured in “The Hunger Games,” is known for its coalminers; but folks there are also pretty seasoned hunters. They rely on hunting to avoid starvation and, more specifically, these guys eat a lot of squirrels.
It’s hard to imagine squirrels will enjoy the same amount of screen time in the second installment of the movie franchise, but one can only hope. Here’s a look back at the “moments of glory” for the beloved (and tasty) squirrel:
In fictional Panem, where “The Hunger Games” takes place, Gale Hawthorne trades a squirrel for a bread roll that was received like a cheeseburger and fries by a presumably hungry Everdeen.
Peeta Mellark is impressed Everdeen can hit a squirrel right in the eye with her arrows. A squirrel’s brain is the size of a walnut, so you can only imagine how small their eyes are.
The Hunger Games didn’t show movie-goers what it was like to skin and prepare a squirrel, but they did depict what it looks like to have grilled squirrel over an open fire. If you want to know how to cook and prepare squirrel, here’s a great how-to and recipe published by the New York Post.
Finally, here are two reasons it’s sort of fabulous that squirrel hunting had a media moment in this blockbuster, archery-related movie:
1. Small game hunting is difficult and waining in popularity.
In the modern hunting community, squirrels and other small game don’t get mentioned enough. Guys like to talk about deer, bear, elk and other trophies. But squirrel hunting with a bow takes some mad archery skills, which makes it super cool and deserving of its own hunting show.
2. District 12 eats what they hunt and it’s easy to respect wise use.
Katniss Everdeen and her pals eat what they kill. They use hunting to source food and that’s as it should be.
We’d like to see some of your own squirrel hunting experiences or ambitions in the comment section below. Or, if you’ve got a great recipe for squirrel, we’d love to see that too.