Tickets to a suddenly controversial squirrel hunt in upstate New York to support the Holley, NY, Fire Department sold out this weekend despite an uproar among out-of-town animal people activists.
That’s what he got as scores of protesters and hunters converged on Holley Saturday for the seventh annual “Hazzard County Squirrel Slam.”
He also got a surreal event that included a man draped in fox fur, a woman handing out a recipe for squirrel stew and Dancing Derrick, the widely-known street dancer who was dressed in a skunk outfit and held a 4-foot long Nerf gun as he danced.
Holley Fire Department for six years had conducted the fundraiser without protest.
Not so this year, thanks to a social media campaign that drew worldwide attention on Holley, with animal rights activists calling the event “barbaric,” at best.
The Squirrel Slam is for hunters ages 12 and up who pay a $10 fee to participate. Cash prizes were awarded for the heaviest bounty of squirrels. Up to five could be entered.
Five guns were raffled.