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Field Dressing & Prep for Squirrel
Last Post 20 Oct 2010 07:52 AM by jballard. 3 Replies.
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19 Oct 2010 02:18 PM

    I recently volunteered to take a co-worker's kid hunting at some local public areas.  Looking forward to the classic Rabbit/Squirrel combo hunt and a day in the woods. 

    After volunteering, I quickly realized its been a loooong time since I hunted squirrel.  Any suggestions for proper handling and butchering techniques?  I'm more familiar with rabbit, but looking for guidance for what to do with the squirrels.  My quess is that they don't look too different with their fur off. 

    Any favorite recipes for squirrel and rabbit?

    Thanks!

     

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    19 Oct 2010 03:57 PM
    If it's warm, it's a good idea to just take your knife and make a slit down their belly. You can then pull the guts out with your two fingers before putting them in your game vest. Don't put em in a plastic bag to protect your vest. That will just build up heat. Also a good idea to bring an extra cooler. When you bring the youngster back for a refreshment, throw your game in the extra cooler. I like to roll them in flour and seasoning, then pan fry them like chicken. It's good stuff. Good luck and thanks for taking a kid hunting. You're doing great work!
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    19 Oct 2010 08:15 PM
    When you skin a squirrel look under its arm pit and removed the little white gland, it will taste better.
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    20 Oct 2010 07:52 AM
    I don't mind the taste of squirrel meat but I can't get past the way they look like skinned rats once you field dress them. I always use to give them to a neighbor as a kid. He loved eating them. With that said good luck. Chasing squirrels with my .22 was always one of my favorite childhood past times.

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