These Groundhogs Never Saw Their Shadows

February 2 is Groundhog Day, and if you believe in the folklore, spring will come early if a groundhog (also called a woodchuck) emerges from its burrow and can’t see its shadow, and winter will last 6 more weeks if the critter sees its shadow.

Today, much of North America woke up to sunny skies (cloudy along parts of the West and East coasts), and here in Minnesota it’s a bluebird day. Not surprisingly, I didn’t see any shadow-seeking groundhogs on my drive to the office this morning because air temps were 0 degrees, and Gopher State groundhogs are still hibernating.

The photo above was posted by my buddy Mike Faw, who handles public relations for Crimson Trace. “Happy Groundhog Day, everyone,” Mike wrote. “The day was almost cancelled because of a shortage of groundhogs to pull from holes in the ground.”

I don’t know where or when Mike shot these groundhogs, but judging by the greenery shown in the photo, he obviously killed them during spring or summer. In any case, good shooting, Mike. And happy Groundhog Day to you, too!

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