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I haven’t been doing any serious squirrel hunting in years not counting shooting some out of the pecan trees all along. So I scouted around some last week and picked out 3 spots to still hunt from. Yesterday sit at one and shot 2. Today at another spot got 4. Anybody do any squirrel hunting? 

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We hunt them in October before deer season gets cranking, then again in February after deer season closes. 

I love it.  It's funny the older I get, the more I enjoy small game hunting and pan fishing.  Maybe its something about reliving your youth... 🤔

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1 hour ago, Boudin said:

I love it.  It's funny the older I get, the more I enjoy small game hunting and pan fishing.  Maybe its something about reliving your youth... 🤔

I haven’t had squirrel and dumplins in a long, long time. I started out squirrel hunting and pan fishing. Looking like I’m ending up do the same, hopefully for a long time.

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A few weeks ago we took time out from black powder deer hunting to bag grandsons first squirrel. He couldn’t have been prouder! And of course Gram had to fry it up for supper that night.  

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I used to wear them out when I was a kid.  I haven't hunted them in a very long time and haven't even shot one out of the yard in a couple of years.  I last went on a squirrel elimination kick about 6 or 7 years ago and must have killed dang near 50 of them out of the yard.  It's about time for that again, plan on cooking them in the crock pot this year with bullion cubes.

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Well, we have ONE squirrel in the whole neighborhood...and if he does not quit rattling around in my gutters every now and then SO LOUDLY and giving me a heart failure, he will be fried, stewed, boiled, pickled, or whatever.  AND of course I will then be  jailed for discharging a gun in such a populated neighborhood. In all seriousness, tho, I have never eaten squirrel...just don't think I could pull myself to do so. I will bet if cooked right,tho, it is good....it is all in the cook's ability and the recipe I would think. 

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Dang Wade, I wish you hadn't a said that.  I'm starving and I"m sitting here picturing a pile of fried squirrel legs soaked in Frank's Red Hot.

RP - Squirrel meat is delicious. I think a lot of people don't eat them because of all the small bones, and some folks have a mental block about it because of folks calling them "tree rats" and whatnot, but the meat is really mild flavored and awesome.  It's about the least "gamey" tasting game meat there is.

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Yeap! Haven't tried it yet but plan to! You can add whistle pig, muskrat and beaver to the list. They are all fine meats! Some day I'd like to try nutrea. They got to be as good as rats or beaver 'cause they have the same food source!

Wade

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3 hours ago, 1shotwade said:

Squirrel and rabbit and the such are now being substuted for "Wings" in many parts of the country! Of course it's probably only done in the country!

Wade

I read an article a yr  ago saying fast food  chicken nuggets  were rat meat from china...wouldn't doubt it. I don't eat fast food anything anymore!

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Nutria is a light meat similar tame rabbit, it has a little gamy taste. Haven't had it for many years but it is a good tasting meat.

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Well.. I use to make a might good squirrel stew. If I did say so myself. 😉  Just browned the meat like chicken in hot oil. The meat  was  seasoned with salt, pepper and a true  tad of flour. After browned , Added some water to cover.. maybe some chicken bullion and a little onion and potatoes at the right time  and cook till tender. My little niece would even take the rib cage down to the bones. Ahhhh those were the days but we no longer eat squirrel after a friend died a slow death from a squirrel related wasting disease.  We make sure the deer are tested now too. Squirrels  take too long to test for being so small.

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1 hour ago, bordercollie said:

Ahhhh those were the days but we no longer eat squirrel after a friend died a slow death from a squirrel related wasting disease.  We make sure the deer are tested now too. Squirrels  take too long to test for being so small.

My wife never liked squirrel but she always was good at cooking them for me. She’s not liking the idea me bringing squirrels in the house now. When I tell her about this, I don’t think I will be bringing anymore in. Got me thinking to. Got a nephew a 1/4 mile from us ask me if I would bring him some. I’m pretty sure his mom ain’t gonna cook a squirrel but his grandmama knows how for sure. She may be fixing squirrel for both of us. 

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Now that we had a couple of freezes, I can get back to squirrel hunting. The ones I was shooting earlier had wolves in them. I remember that’s why I used to wait til after we had our first freeze to start hunting. 

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I saw a television show where a guy and his friend killed some squirrels and cooked them in a crock pot until the meat fell off the bone. After cleaning all the meat off the carcass, they made tacos with all the goodies and it made my mouth water. Man that looked good and I thought I had eaten it every way you could. 

When I was young, we hunted squirrels with a dog. Hearing that dog bay was as thrilling as anything. We still hunted too but the dog was surely more fun. We covered some ground back in the day. 

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On 11/12/2020 at 9:20 PM, ol hippie said:

My wife never liked squirrel but she always was good at cooking them for me. She’s not liking the idea me bringing squirrels in the house now. When I tell her about this, I don’t think I will be bringing anymore in. Got me thinking to. Got a nephew a 1/4 mile from us ask me if I would bring him some. I’m pretty sure his mom ain’t gonna cook a squirrel but his grandmama knows how for sure. She may be fixing squirrel for both of us. 

Just don't eat the organs or brains.

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Judy,

Is that what causes the chronic wasting type diseases in humans? I have heard of this with deer but not squirrels. We had a close friend die of the human equivalency of "mad cow" disease six years ago and it is extremely rare in humans. It was a terrible way to go. 

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Don’t have to worry about me eating the organs or brains for sure. Fried and in dumplins is only way I’ve eat them. Have heard of folks using crock pot. Haven’t squirrel hunted with a dog since I was a teenager. It was fun. Went yesterday afternoon and didn’t hear or see first one. 

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On 12/3/2020 at 9:25 PM, Double B said:

Judy,

Is that what causes the chronic wasting type diseases in humans? I have heard of this with deer but not squirrels. We had a close friend die of the human equivalency of "mad cow" disease six years ago and it is extremely rare in humans. It was a terrible way to go. 

I was told that there is a thing called a prilon (misspelled)  that causes it. This "organism" can live in temperatures up to 900 degrees and  was introduced into cows in England by feeding leftover ground and dried waste  from processed sheep . It was then  transferred to humans by the contaminated animal .  I don't know how it got into squirrels  but there is a way for it to be transmitted to cows from the deer ,and deer to the cows. It probably is something to do with droppings on the ground so squirrels could get it searching for  buried nuts maybe. I'm not sure though . Remember back when , the   airport agents were  making a big deal about the shoes  of people  coming into the country? Our vet made a trip out of the country for missionary work and he had to be extremely careful of his foot wear a few years ago.   I also wonder about the brain eating bacteria in certain lakes and  such.  I'll see what I can find on this and report back. 

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I’ve made up my mind. Between reading this and my wife wishing I wouldn’t bring any in the house, I’m not going to eat none. I haven’t eat any in years, so it’s not like I got to have it. I do need to thin them out behind house though. I haven’t found anyone yet that wants any I shoot. Most of the folks that used to would take every squirrel you took them are gone now. 

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57 minutes ago, bordercollie said:

I found this information but there is more out there   https://neurosciencenews.com/prion-disease-gut-brain-neurology-2354/      

Judy, I got so interested in prions when Mad Cow Disease was rearing it's ugly head again some yrs ago.  I have not eaten deer meat or even something ok like dove since leaving Ms  yrs ago, so I have not worried about the wild meat at all.  The Mad Cow however worries me still just a little.. waaaaay in the back of my mind....not enough to give up my beef eating,tho. 😁 I have 2 ribeyes marinating right now!!

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This is super interesting and I thank you for posting the link. As said earlier, we had a very close friend that died of this and she had been all over the country to the best specialist before finally being diagnosed in California. It was a terrible way to die. We initially thought she was getting demintia but it was ruled out easily. She completely lost all of her motor skills and couldn't feed herself. She was a brilliant woman, wife, mother and grandmother. 

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