HUNTING SQUIRRELS WITH A HANDMADE FLIP
NOTE: Eighty-eight-year-old "Whittling" Sim Lovejoy
of Springville, Alabama, has made flips for 55 years. His children, grandchildren
and extended family get together every year for a traditional, family
squirrel hunt using their flips. Today we're talking with John Lovejoy,
David Lovejoy's son and Sim's grandson.
QUESTION: John, how did you get into flip hunting?
ANSWER: I've been doing it since I was about eight or nine. It's a tradition.
It's the most fun thing I've ever done.
QUESTION: What makes it fun for you?
ANSWER: Just getting together and hunting and watching the dogs. There's
nothing like it.
How accurate are you with your flip?
ANSWER: I'm pretty accurate. My dad's more accurate, though. He has more
experience than me.
QUESTION: In a day of hunting, how many squirrels can
ANSWER: One or two. I'm still learning.
QUESTION: How many steel balls will you shoot in a day?
ANSWER: Five or 10 pounds -- as many as I can carry.
QUESTION: What's the best you've ever done in a day of
ANSWER: I've been in a group before that took 10 or so. The best I've
ever done by myself is three squirrels.
Do you plan to teach your son to shoot a flip?
ANSWER: Yes, it's a tradition. I want to keep it in the family.
QUESTION: Randall Burnett is Lyman Lovejoy's first cousin.
Randall, tell me about shooting a rabbit last year with your flip.
ANSWER: It was two years ago -- the last treeing of the day. Jake, my
brother, and I went up a hill, several hundred yards. A rabbit popped
up and ran 15 yards, and I shot. However, the rabbit ducked under the
shot. I said, "Watch this, Mark." I shot again and knocked it out. It
was a big swamp rabbit.
QUESTION: Randall, how long have you been shooting with
Since we were born. You start that way, it's in your blood when you grow
up doing it. My son would be here if he weren't going to a party. He's
got two flips of his own. If you want to have the most fun ever, get yourself
a flip, and hunt squirrels with it.
For more information about flipping, send a self-addressed,
stamped envelope and note to "Whittling" Sim Lovejoy at 17079 US 411,
Springville, Alabama 35146. To contact Lyman Lovejoy, write 11520 US 411
Odenville, Alabama, or call (205) 699-5816.