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Re: Skinning squirrels
« Reply #20 on: March 13, 2017, 11:11:19 AM »
Start to finish - ready for the pot:  Skinned, gutted, washed, and separated into six pieces!
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Re: Skinning squirrels
« Reply #21 on: March 14, 2017, 09:42:15 AM »
In my original post:  “How fast are you?  Time yourself next time and post the time.
I have not seen anyone answer this question yet!  Don’t be shy - give it a try.
some of us have to wait till next hunting season.i not try to be fast cause knife i use is very sharp and i aint got nowhere to go anyway.the grays skin out faster cause the skin peels off easy,the fox squirrels are tougher to do.
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Re: Skinning squirrels
« Reply #22 on: May 05, 2018, 04:37:04 PM »
I know it's an old thread, but anyway . . .  Just under 7 minutes from skinning to freezer. I only timed one, so I'm sure that time would come down some with multiple squirrels (assembly line process). However, I also cut out ribs, remove some of the fascia, and never get in a hurry cleaning.
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Re: Skinning squirrels
« Reply #23 on: May 05, 2018, 06:11:35 PM »
John, that is a decent time for the first try after a long break.  By all means, keep practicing.   ;)
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Re: Skinning squirrels
« Reply #24 on: May 05, 2018, 07:32:14 PM »
I'm not too worried about how long it takes...
I just watched several you tubes...
I like cutting the head, feet and tail off then doing the shirt and pants. Cut up each side of the genitals to the rib cage and pull the innards out. Then fry them in two halves. Some white peppered gravy and flaky biscuits.
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Re: Skinning squirrels
« Reply #25 on: May 05, 2018, 09:28:19 PM »
I'm not too worried about how long it takes...
I just watched several you tubes...
I like cutting the head, feet and tail off then doing the shirt and pants. Cut up each side of the genitals to the rib cage and pull the innards out. Then fry them in two halves. Some white peppered gravy and flaky biscuits.
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Re: Skinning squirrels
« Reply #26 on: May 06, 2018, 12:02:12 AM »
I not so good at skinning them,  have past many squirrels just because I wasnt up for skinning it that day.
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Re: Skinning squirrels
« Reply #27 on: May 06, 2018, 04:00:32 AM »
I don't hunt to eat them but I will eat squirrel on occasion. I come from a hunting family... Squirrel, rabbit, pheasant, turkey..... ect.
I have a pest problem here though so I shoot them to control.
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Re: Skinning squirrels
« Reply #28 on: March 12, 2021, 01:21:31 AM »
I know this is a really old thread, but an important piece of info seems to be missing:

No one mentioned removing the squirrel's scent glands. 
These are found in the animal's "armpits" so to speak. - Front legs only.   They look like little blobs of fat and are not hard to find or remove.
I've noticed that some squirrels have much larger ones than other squirrels. It might be an age thing, or maybe a male-female differerence.

Anyway,  they will surely taste better with these removed.
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Re: Skinning squirrels
« Reply #29 on: March 12, 2021, 03:14:30 AM »
I know this is a really old thread, but an important piece of info seems to be missing:

No one mentioned removing the squirrel's scent glands. 
These are found in the animal's "armpits" so to speak. - Front legs only.   They look like little blobs of fat and are not hard to find or remove.
I've noticed that some squirrels have much larger ones than other squirrels. It might be an age thing, or maybe a male-female differerence.

Anyway,  they will surely taste better with these removed.
I do that on all the squirrels that I get, it does make a big difference in my opinion.
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Re: Skinning squirrels
« Reply #30 on: March 12, 2021, 09:03:43 AM »
Allan, I should have mentioned that before now.  But it is such an automatic thing, I just forgot.  Thanks for pointing it out.  And yes, it does seem to result in a better tasting end product for those of us that enjoy our kill twice.
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Re: Skinning squirrels
« Reply #31 on: March 12, 2021, 06:48:30 PM »
I use the cut around the tail method however I have a fixture that holds the hind legs while I pull the hide off by inserting my fingers under the hide at the tail instead of pulling only on the tail. Time required is usually 2 to 3 minutes based on age of squirrel and temperature of animal. I do not cut the paws off until skinning is complete at which time I cut the head off. JMO but this method leaves the squirrel very clean.
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Re: Skinning squirrels
« Reply #32 on: March 12, 2021, 08:45:40 PM »
I know this is a really old thread, but an important piece of info seems to be missing:

No one mentioned removing the squirrel's scent glands. 
These are found in the animal's "armpits" so to speak. - Front legs only.   They look like little blobs of fat and are not hard to find or remove.
I've noticed that some squirrels have much larger ones than other squirrels. It might be an age thing, or maybe a male-female differerence.

Anyway,  they will surely taste better with these removed.
Never knew about the scent glands. However, I typically cook nutters in heavy curry, so I guess it doesn't make a difference.
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Re: Skinning squirrels
« Reply #33 on: March 12, 2021, 11:29:40 PM »
IMO not removing the glands makes the meat somewhat rank.  Especially with males.  Cooked squirrel has a very distinct aroma to me.  If the glands are not removed it is more pronounced.  If I am preparing squirrel for my dogs (which I often do) I don’t bother to remove them.  I use the tail cut method but I find it works best on a very fresh squirrel so I try to field dress squirrel quickly and I carry a big ziplock for the dressed critters.
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