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squirrel hunting

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by jay43, Oct 3, 2007.

  1. jay43

    jay43 Well-Known Member

    Why? i'm from massachusetts and they are everywhere more or less a nuisence, almost like a mouse in the house. where i'm from when i think hunting i think deer bear turkey etc, not to belittle or make fun of anyone i'm just curious, due to an incident at my range last week, what do you do with squirrel after you shoot them?
  2. Red Tornado

    Red Tornado Well-Known Member

    If they're cooked right, they're delicious.
  3. 308win

    308win Well-Known Member

    Fry em and eat em. Gravy and fried potatos, sliced tomatos.
  4. Ash

    Ash Well-Known Member

    Skin and gut them, remove the head and claws, and fry them like fish. Eat the meat from the bones. They really are quite tasty. Some folks get a bit squiemish from looking at the fried squirrel, but once you get past that (nobody has a problem with a whole baked chicken or eating meat from pork ribs), squirrel is a light, tender meat.

  5. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Squirrel in Gravy:
    *Skin & clean & place the squirrel inside a tightly closed zip-lock bag.
    *Marinate in the refrigerator over-night in 1 qt. Black-Jack Daniels.
    *The next day, microwave 5 seconds on low, and remove the zip-lock bag & squirrel.
    *Throw the bagged squirrel away.
    *Drink the gravy!

  6. obxned

    obxned Well-Known Member

    The only critters I can think of that have no dinner-potential are skunk and porcupine (tastes like Pine-Sol). Squirrel is very tasty, but not much meat on one. Better plan on 2 per person, or three if hungry.
  7. spencerhut

    spencerhut Well-Known Member

    You guys must have some pretty big squirrels where you live. The ones where I live are left where I shoot them for the buzzards. Rats with tails. :barf:
  8. luckytexan

    luckytexan Active Member

    Eat them!

    I grew up hunting squirrels with my dad in the Sam Houston Nat'l Forest in East Texas. Once grown, I married a pretty Canadian girl (18 yrs ago this month!). When I'd tell my in-laws from the Great White North that we eat squirrels in Texas, they'd always be shocked, asking, "Is there any meat on them?"

    I'd remind them that we didn't have ground squirrels in East Texas; fox and grey squirrels get almost as large as a rabbit. They would shake their heads and mumble about things being bigger in Texas.

    Then one fall I was up in Banff and saw a local tree squirrel.... Not any bigger than a ground squirrel, only with a bushy tail almost twice it's body size. Then I realized why the northerners were surprised squirrels had any meat on them!
  9. mp510

    mp510 Well-Known Member

    Squirrels make great stew.
  10. jerkface11

    jerkface11 Well-Known Member

    Clean them roll them in flour and fry them. Make flour gravy in the pan you cooked them in. Serve with biscuits and mashed potatoes. There's also squirrel potpie. As for them being small quail are small too and people eat them. You just need several of them to make a meal.
  11. Ash

    Ash Well-Known Member

    And, biologically, they are not as close to Rats and mice as they are to beavers. There's quite a bit of difference between them as critters. Also, squirrels are not carrion, their diets are much cleaner than vermin.

  12. Slugless

    Slugless Well-Known Member

    If they're vermin, do whatever you want.

    If you hunt them for sport you should eat them. Any animal hunted for sport should be eaten, it's one of the golden rules.

    By vermin, I mean overpopulated, living in your attic, damaging trees, really irritating behavior. Not the purely biological definition.
  13. jerkface11

    jerkface11 Well-Known Member

    Even if they are being a nuisance you should still eat them.
  14. Ash

    Ash Well-Known Member

    Cause they taste good. And if you are gonna kill them anyway, might as well make a meal and save some dough!

  15. yesit'sloaded

    yesit'sloaded Well-Known Member

    According to Ted Nugent, bowhunting squirrels is one of the most challenging ways of hunting there is.
  16. Ash

    Ash Well-Known Member

    Heh, heh, heh. Gotta be good to do that!

  17. achildofthesky

    achildofthesky Well-Known Member

    Feed them to my pet...

    Bobcat. We both like them. Puddin gets them raw and I like roasted..

  18. jpwilly

    jpwilly Well-Known Member

    Squirrel is good but I got tired of all the prep.
  19. gbran

    gbran Well-Known Member


    I sure hope yer talkin about tree squirrels, not ground squirrels.
    Yeah, I've hunted and eaten them for years. Fry the younger ones, stew or bake the old ones.
  20. MCgunner

    MCgunner Well-Known Member

    Fried squirrel, squirrel stew, squirrel dumplings, smothered squirrel, squirrel gumbo, at the risk of sounding like Forest's buddy, Bubba.

    I hit the woods about every day I could from about 9 years old with my .22. I hunted squirrel with my benjamin pellet rifle before that. I still greatly enjoy squirrel hunting. I do it with a Contender pistol a lot now. My mom raised me on squirrel. Her squirrel dumplin's were out of this world!!!! Fried squirrel is just as good as fried cotton tail and down here in Texas, the fox squirrels are danged near as big! The cat squirrels (aka grey) are smaller.

    You never heard of Daniel Boone? Back in his day, they had .31 caliber "squirrel rifles". In order to preserve the meat they'd "bark" the squirrel, shoot just under his head and the bark flying off the tree would stun the squirrel. No bullet hole. :D They were serious about their hunting back then.

    It's hard for me to believe anyone never heard of squirrel hunting or eating squirrel, frankly. It's been an American tradition since the Cumberland Gap was discovered, probably before that.

    I like to call 'em "tree rats", myself. :D

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