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This is a discussion on Squirrel Season within the Hunting forums, part of the Firearm Forum category; Originally Posted by Freddo Hi Mad Dog - My son and I are new hunters and got some gray squirrels over Thanksgiving weekend (I got ...


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Old November 29th, 2015, 12:36 PM   #31
 
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Hi Mad Dog - My son and I are new hunters and got some gray squirrels over Thanksgiving weekend (I got my first two ever...very exciting). My son only talks of wanting to have his squirrel fried and yours looks great in that skillet! Any tips to get them prepared/cooked just right? I've never cooked or eaten squirrel yet but quite ready! Recipes welcome!

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I always par boil then fry em up in a skillet ... just long enough to put a good light crust on them ...



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Yes any cleaning & cooking tips would be appreciated. They would be fun to shoot with the kids but I have no idea how they taste and what the best way is to prepare them.
I clean em then let them soak overnight in some salt water ...
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We don't have a squirrel season in West Texas where I have my ranch. I normally don't see any at the ranch but last week I had two coming out to the feeder. I could have got them both however all I had with me was my 44mag ( I was pig hunting ). Squirrel is my favorite game to eat, I quarter them up and cook them like a pot roast with potatoes and carrots and then make a gravy for them.

Also this year we have good crop of quail; I'll get into them after deer season, our quail season runs till Feb.
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So finally after a lot of encounters I got this guy. He's been a tough one to get and always was hiding in a thick den tree. He's definitely old and was super fat. First kill with my new 10-22 I built.
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Going in the morning
Taking the RAR 22 lr with a simmons 8 point scope. Also, have a huge bag of old seeds our parrots never finished and peanut butter to put on some choice trees.

Packing along the socker mom chair to wait for the peanut butter lovers to come down.
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Damn, thoses squirrels are huge!

I didn't understood why you would like to eat'em untill I see those pics...
Here squirrels you find are very small, smaller than a fist ^^'
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Got one more this morning.
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We refer to the Squirrels we get here as Georgia Pig Squirrels. They're big. They give the dog some amusement but I really like watching the Cardinals and occasional Bluejay bully them away from the bird feeder.
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[QUOTE=ronlhodges;1823284. When we have problems with wild cats we set traps and take them to the country and let them go [/QUOTE]

And we that live in the country, would like to thank you for that....not.
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I'm not going squirrel hunting this year.
I got one last year. Dressed it out and put it in the freezer.
If you check my freezer in 10 years I imagine it will still be there.
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Season is open here from September 15th - Mar. 1st.
Daily bag limit is 5 for gray and fox squirrel. But red squirrel is open all year with no limit. It takes a lot for a good meal but if you never had reds you don't know what you are missing.
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Went today and never saw a tree rat. My buddy nailed one.
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And we that live in the country, would like to thank you for that....not.
Jeez, no kidding! I mean, part of me appreciates you providing a target-rich environment, but I'd rather that you cowboy up and deal with the problem yourself. Please for goodness sake, if you catch what is truly a wild/feral cat, kill the dang thing. There's nothing worse for the ecosystem (including a lot of pheasants, quail and other game birds we like to hunt) than a stupid housecat gone stray.

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Shooting is an efficient method to reduce populations of cats in specific areas. Use shotguns with No. 6 shot or larger, .22-caliber rifles, or air rifles capable of shooting 700 feet per second or faster (inside 20 yards and with pointed pellets). Aim shots between the eyes or in the heart/lung area to ensure a humane death.
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Here's a few pics.

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Wow thouse are huge, like twice the size of the squireels we have here!
I love cooking and trying new things so the next time I see one in the back yard might just shoot it and give it a try.
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Around the house I used to just use pellets fired from my old Crossman bb gun I had as a kid. A few shots with my 10/22 proved to be much more effective in getting them out of the tallest of trees though, vs. firing at them 15 times with the bb gun.
I would consider using a shotgun to be cheating.
I like to take a walk into my deer hunting woods to look for deer activity and I take the 10/22 along. Usually get 2-3 gray squirrels each time out. I just don't have the urge to fiddle with prepping such a small creature for eating. Besides I tried squirrel once as a kid and I hated it. But, sometimes my mother didn't cook certain things the best. It was just "eat what I cook or starve" and just getting it cooked was more important to her than how it tasted. Old farmers way!
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