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Squirrel hunters - how many here?

Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by Sixgun_Symphony, Nov 24, 2004.

  1. Sixgun_Symphony

    Sixgun_Symphony NRA4EVR

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    They are not a game animal here in Washington state, but they are becoming a real pest around the house.

    I am thinking about shooting a few, but I don't know if the ones we have here will be any good to eat because we got evergreen trees rather than hardwoods. If they are eating cones, then I wonder if they might taste like turpentine.
     
  2. muddydog

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    we have greys and fox squirrels here..

    we hunt in bottoms around pecan and mulberry thickets in the spring an fall and in oak thickets on the mountain sides in the fall.

    i know you have alot of pine and conifers..thats a tough one.
     

  3. Get a few and try them out. I pretty sure they are getting more than just pine cones in their diet. The younger squirrels are more tender , but most in my area are smaller. Not alot of meat off one of them.
     
  4. VonFatman

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    My personal favorite game! I don't know about the pine tree "twang" but like was mentioned above, you should at least give them a try before throwing them in the dumpster.

    Personally, I like to cook them low and slow in the crock pot...the meat falls off the bone! Don't throw away the back-straps! The best part IMHO!

    Enjoy the hunt...and good luck with the meal.

    Bob
     
  5. 8-Ball

    8-Ball Old SoulSoul

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    mmmmmm squirrel. Like they said, give 'em a try.

    thats the trick, I like to fry them myself and if you cook them too fast they'll come out tough.
     
  6. Crock pot is great for squirrels. brown them in a skillet and then dump them in a crock pot with seasoning and let them simmer. About 2hrs before you want to pull them out add your potatoes, boiler onions and carrots and a soup mix and then get you bowl ready.

    Good eatin, them darn squirrels................
     
  7. Hoingshiba

    Hoingshiba willhunt4food

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    Hey there sixgun. Come on over to the UW and where the squirrels all eat nuts and have no fear of natural predators (except me). Seriously, I have thrown knives at them and kicked them off balconies and such, they are everywhere!!! I think UW needs to be evacuated for a few days so I can be set free with a couple bricks of 22 for the squirrels and a few boxes of 12 guage for the ducks, crows, and pigeons. We need to teach these poor animals a healthy fear of predators again..... That said, they are pretty interesting little critters.
     
  8. Sixgun_Symphony

    Sixgun_Symphony NRA4EVR

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    That might be an opportunity for a trapper to get a lucrative pest control contract.

    Falconry might be another option here.
     
  9. AR15'em

    AR15'em Roll Tide??

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    The golf courses are covered with fox squirrels here, and there are plenty of grey squirrels.
     
  10. mossy500camo

    mossy500camo ammo found

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    I shoot'em but, I dont eat'em.;)
     
  11. sarge

    sarge Millennium Member

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    We shoot 'em in the morning...
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    ... and eat 'em in the evening...
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    ... and use a 17HMR to do it...
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  12. Hoingshiba

    Hoingshiba willhunt4food

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    How do you go about skinning, cleaning and butchering the squirrel before cooking? thanks
     
  13. 8-Ball

    8-Ball Old SoulSoul

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    It really depends on how you are going to cook it. You can part the squirrel many different ways. You can skin it and keep it whole and fry with your favorite stuffing(I've never done it that way but I've seen it done) or the way I do it. I do it by cutting down the belly and down the legs, remove the innards, cut the head off, cut the feet off, then peel the skin off. Then I cut right above the back legs and then cut between them and you have the legs. Cut through the body to remove the ribs to remove the loins, then cut the front legs off to separate the ribs from the fron legs. Wash off/out and soak in salt water, then cook.


    This is how to skin a rabbit but its the same thing. * Warning: Graphic Pictures*

    Skinning Rabbit
     
  14. duncan

    duncan Millennium Member Lifetime Member

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    Six:

    So how to our squirrels taste? I have a few in my yard that need to one - one way or the other.