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#1 alleyyooper OFFLINE  

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Posted September 12, 2014 - 08:17 AM

Season is about here and I plan on filling the freezer up with some great eating Squirrel this fall. Has been several years since I did any amount of squirrel hunting and have heard of a different method than the slit in the back and pulling the skin both ways.
You tube has a bunch of video's to watch. Some the hunter is really slick and can skin a squirrel about as fast as you can say skin a squirrel and is done neat and clean with the slit behind & under the tail. A bunch are worth watching just to see WHAT NOT TO DO
First thing is to have a very sharp knife small enough you can handle it properly.
Second it to make the cut under the tail and break or cut the tail bone also make a cut part way around the rear legs to start the hide separation from them.
Then it is just a matter of having a good base to lay the squirrel on and be able to hold the tail with your heel.

4 more days and I am chomping at the bit and have a pound of bacon standing by to wrap some squirrels in.

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:D   Al


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Posted September 12, 2014 - 09:00 AM

I know of a couple I would like to skin.... they come into the barn under the open soffet then knock anything and everything off the shelves and then proceed to feast on my grain for the goats/chickens. They even eat all the mice poison pellets, but doesn't seem to phase them, they keep coming back for more.


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Posted September 12, 2014 - 09:08 AM

There a couple of guys here locally that take a week every year and camp out and squirrel hunt. I got some from them on year and they were great. First thing I hunted with my dad as a kid. Learned a lot then and still hunt the way my dad taught me. Respect, safety, praise and thanks for the animals we hunt and eat.

Thanks for the info. Good luck and enjoy the outdoors. We start our Bear season here in a week or so. Then it's to the UP (Al you know where that is) for a week of Bear hunting up there. I drew a tag this year. Hoping to get one this year.                                                                                      Roger.


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Posted September 12, 2014 - 10:24 AM

I know of a couple I would like to skin.... they come into the barn under the open soffet then knock anything and everything off the shelves and then proceed to feast on my grain for the goats/chickens. They even eat all the mice poison pellets, but doesn't seem to phase them, they keep coming back for more.

This is when you need to use a good pellet gun or a .22 with snake shot. I had 6 in the attic one time. They made a heck of a racket and did a bunch of damage until I used the snake shot. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted September 12, 2014 - 11:01 AM

The way I skin squirrel is to very carefully slice down the belly making sure not to get into any meat and work my hand in between the skin and meat . once I am all the way round I pull the meat out of the skin like" butta" then wash off any stray hairs I may have gotten on the meat. This way will pull every minute bit off , tail, toes, even the ear hide and nose !! Perfectly. BUT MAKE SURE IT IS STILL WARM OR IT WILL BE MUCH MORE DIFFICULT.
Nothin' says lovin like shake- n- baked squirrel yumm yumm!!
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Posted September 12, 2014 - 12:10 PM

I had a heck of a time the first time I tried to skin a squirrel. I asked an old timer up the road if he had a better way to go about it. After explaining to him how I did it, he told me I was supposed to kill it first.
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Posted September 12, 2014 - 12:49 PM

Now that's funny Classic!                                                                                                                                                                             Roger.


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Posted September 12, 2014 - 02:25 PM

I've never skinned a squirrel. It sounds like you don't do them the same as rabbit.


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Posted September 12, 2014 - 03:11 PM

I had a heck of a time the first time I tried to skin a squirrel. I asked an old timer up the road if he had a better way to go about it. After explaining to him how I did it, he told me I was supposed to kill it first.

:bigrofl: That's good!


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Posted September 12, 2014 - 04:12 PM

I could never like eating squirrels....too much like a rat with a tail.

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Posted September 12, 2014 - 06:42 PM

Back in the day, Olde Deere #1 and I skinned every fall at two mink ranches. I'm sure the same method would apply. Drive two spikes through the edge of a board about four inches apart so the points come up through the top of the board. Board can be vertical or fixed to the edge of a workbench. Hang Mr. Squirrel upside down with a nail through each back paw, tail up, his back towards you. Make an angled cut past each side of the anus, and one more across and below the vent to make a triangle bikini. Then pull the skin away from the belly, back, and down beside both hind legs with your thumbs. Hang on to the tail bone and a quick pull will strip the skin off the bone.A slash around each paw and along the leg from the bikini to the slash, hang on to the skin and pull down towards the head, slash around each front paw and remove the paws, pull the skin off those legs and down to behind the head, remove the head, et voila, naked squirrel hanging by two back paws ready to be gutted, hide with head attached ready for tanning.




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