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squirrel hunting

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

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  1. jay43

    jay43 Member

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    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

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

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

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    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.

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    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!

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  6. obxned

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    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.
     
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    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

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    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!
     
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    Squirrels make great stew.
     
  10. jerkface11

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    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.
     
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    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.

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

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

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

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    Feed them to my pet...

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


    Patty
     
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    Squirrel is good but I got tired of all the prep.
     
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    jay43

    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.
     
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    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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    Squirrel & dumplings is very tasty. Fried squirrel tastes good but can be VERY tough so your teeth had better be in good shape. Cooking the meat in a crock pot in preparation to make squirrel & dumplings really does a great job tenderizing the squirrel.

    In Texas we have fox squirrels and grey aka "cat" squirrels. The little cat squirrels are found mainly in East Texas and they are a tough target. They are nervous little buggers and they rarely sit still for long. You will really hone your rifle marksmanship hunting these guys. Fox squirrels are larger and much more sedate. If you are used to hunting cat squirres, the foxes are pretty easy.

    I think squirrel hunting is where American frontiersmen learned the skills that earned them their reputation for being expert marksmen.
     
  22. Logan5

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    Something about stewing with tomatoes tenderizes the meat. Up here in the land of little Squirrels, we generally try to get a few and stew them. They're kind of tiny, lean little suckers, and results are poor if you try to just roll in flour and fry. If you've got those cat sized Texas squirrels (or, say, D.C. squirrels, hand fed on tourist popcorn) your approach should probably be different.
     
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    Ive always seen on TV some guy sneaking throught the woods trying to find them, If you want to go on the squirrel hunt of a lifetime?? Call me They come down every third tree just to chirp at you!!!
    Just a few weeks ago I called in two while coyote hunting Go Figure!!
     
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    1953 Joy of Cooking. Grandma's cookbook, she took lots of squirrel.

    Modern day hunters, care to comment on the skinning technique?

    Ladies, check out those boots!

    Cookbook gives a few recipes, mostly targeted towards rabbit. She says you can cook them like, yeah you got it....heck, I don't even need to say the word!
     

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    That technique works for me.

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