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Re: How To Skin and Clean a G-hog
« Reply #20 on: August 20, 2010, 01:18:35 AM »
Outstanding post Jeff. In this day and age it's awesome to pass along this field craft knowledge to all of our hunters many of which are new to the sport and don't have a handy mentor. You certainly know how to pay it forward. Big kudo's.

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Re: How To Skin and Clean a G-hog
« Reply #21 on: August 20, 2010, 02:21:59 AM »
That was /is great!! Thank you for sharing with us. I do have a question. How would someone [me  ::)] know if a certain animal has glands or something that should be removed during the process? I heard that squirrels have glands on their legs that have to be removed. Someone should do a " skinning and preparing small game for dummies" book.
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Re: How To Skin and Clean a G-hog
« Reply #22 on: August 20, 2010, 11:46:05 AM »
Thanks Progun, I'm glad some members are finding it useful.  :)

Vinny, that's a good question.  The glands are usually located in the arm pit area of the animal.  This is the case on g-hogs, squirrels, rabbits, raccoons and most if not all other small game animals.  After you skin the animal just lift up the arms and take a look.  The glands will usually be a darker shade of brown and will be easily visible.  Best way I can put it is that they will look like a miniature liver, you'll know it when you see it.  Using your knife cut the glands out cleanly and discard.  As for a small game cleaning tutorial, I watched several on "YouTube" that were very good. 

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Re: How To Skin and Clean a G-hog
« Reply #23 on: August 20, 2010, 09:00:07 PM »
Now if you could make your own you tube instructional series, it'd be a hit!  Kinda like that guy dressing a nutter from Canada.  Either way, thanks for taking the time to help us "harvest challenged" individuals out!
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Re: How To Skin and Clean a G-hog
« Reply #24 on: August 24, 2010, 12:46:15 AM »
Wow, I had no idea that they would have that much fat on one.

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Re: How To Skin and Clean a G-hog
« Reply #25 on: August 24, 2010, 01:23:13 AM »
Yeah, if they're well fed they can pack on the fat real quick.  The one in the pictorial had a good layer of fat but I've had many g-hogs that had even more than that. 

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Re: How To Skin and Clean a G-hog
« Reply #26 on: August 31, 2010, 05:47:02 PM »
Don't forget the Groundhog is the only animal in North America that truly hybernates.  So naturally they have to build up a lot of fat so their body can burn it off (slowly) during the winter while they sleep. Most of them hybernate for a full 6 months or more.

I know you 'll ask.. but what about bears?  A bear does not truly hybernate, and they actually don't have to.  In the South many of them don't.  There have been bears in the Northern colder states that can go well into the winter before bedding down for a couple of months.  The Groundhog will stay under from October to the middle-end of March and even into April,  depending when and how much the weather warms up.  There 's been times when it snowed here in early April and I didn't see them until the middle of April when the snow melted and the temps were 50 or above.  They need to get to the grass and will not dig through the snow or come out to feed.  My grass doesn't really get green or start growing until the end of April, so they sometimes stay under for 7 whole months!  So you can see why they build up so much fat.
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Re: How To Skin and Clean a G-hog
« Reply #27 on: May 24, 2011, 03:32:26 PM »
Nice job I like shooting ghogs now i can clean them and have my wife serve them to her family when they come to visit
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Re: How To Skin and Clean a G-hog
« Reply #28 on: September 21, 2011, 11:35:59 PM »
As a newbie to airguns and hunting, this city boy really appreciates the shared knowledge of you good hunters and cooks.  Thanks for the entertaining as well as informative instructions.   8)

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Re: How To Skin and Clean a G-hog
« Reply #29 on: September 24, 2011, 11:44:51 PM »
Thanks this is cool... You should make others for this gate on Rabbits, Squirrels, Turkey, Doves, Iguanas, and boars.... 
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Re: How To Skin and Clean a G-hog
« Reply #30 on: March 21, 2012, 03:53:50 PM »
Thanks for i nthe info! I actually have a few g-hogs that I need to get rid of!
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Re: How To Skin and Clean a G-hog
« Reply #31 on: August 25, 2015, 10:02:02 PM »
Nice Job,
I haven't eaten "Woodchuck" since  high school.
Maybe I will try cleaning one this way if they come around.
This is the first year I haven't been bothered.(Yet, knock on wood)("chuck")

I found I could highlight and copy and paste your whole presentation to word for easy reference.
I was sort of surprised how well it worked.

Thank you for the effort.

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Re: How To Skin and Clean a G-hog
« Reply #32 on: August 25, 2015, 10:28:17 PM »
Glad you found it useful :)

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Re: How To Skin and Clean a G-hog
« Reply #33 on: August 25, 2015, 11:18:09 PM »
I suppose that if we had some of those down in Louisiana, we would eat them too.  But I guess I am stuck with squirrels and rabbits.  Aww, shucks!   ;) ;D
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Re: How To Skin and Clean a G-hog
« Reply #34 on: November 13, 2015, 12:23:34 AM »
   Very interesting guys, I use the tube method and cut the feet and hands off last. I hang by one foot and work it that way. Pulling and skinning as I go. If the critter is nice and warm it goes very quick. In my part of the world we don't have ground hogs or rock chucks. Coons and opossum we have plenty, which are very tasty. Bobcat is very very good too. Grilled, chicken fried or made with red or green chili sauce it's very tasty. I'm new to GTA and I am enjoying these great posts wish I had become a member a long time ago. I love airgun hunting. Here in West Tx. We can't take game animals with an airgun yet! But, we take a lot of predators and ring neck dove, cotton tail rabbits, jacks, pests but........we have exotics here!!!!! Which I have an Orxy, White Fallow and Axis hunt lined up between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I'll be using my Extreme.457 and Extreme .308 for these hunts.  I'll post pics and recipes if we have a successful hunt.
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Re: How To Skin and Clean a G-hog
« Reply #35 on: November 15, 2015, 10:34:32 AM »
Hanging by a foot and working down works well also, I've done it a few times.  As you said, no matter what method you use if you can do it while the animal is still warm then the skin does in fact come off the carcass much easier. 

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Re: How To Skin and Clean a G-hog
« Reply #36 on: November 15, 2015, 02:38:46 PM »
Great tutorial!  Thanks for this!
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Re: How To Skin and Clean a G-hog
« Reply #37 on: November 16, 2015, 01:04:15 AM »
I'm thinking that recycling my old Gorgonzola recipe (now archived on the old site) will work well with groundhog:

Gorgonzola Bunny
(takes 1/2 hour to prep, and 2-2 1/2 hours to cook.)

For 4 people:

2 large rabbits
2 Tbls Tarragon, divided
1 cup flour
ample salt and pepper to taste
2 tsp olive oil

2 cloves garlic, peeled and whole
2 bay leaves
3-4 springs of thyme
2-3 onions (based upon taste and size/room)
2 large turnips
3/4 lb carrots (less or more to taste)
2 cups Chicken broth (enough to cover--best quality made with feet*)
1 cup of dry white wine.
1/3 lb Gorgonzola (Italian is better, if it's not really sharp, try Maytag instead)
Fresh Tarragon for garnish or to add to sauce (optional)


First, bone the rabbit. I separate the back legs and then simply cut the meat off each in as large pieces as possible. Then I cut the meat from the front legs, and slice the saddle off both sides. I then cut the loins off by running a sharp blade down either side of the back bone. This is tricky and a bit like filleting fish, pulling the meat out with your thumb and scraping along the spine and ribs with the knife. It's worth the effort however. If you don't feel comfortable doing this, you can cut the whole loin section apart from the ribs and worry about pulling the meat once it's cooked. If you REALLY don't want to bone the rabbit at all, you can have the butcher cut it into pieces, but your guests will have to eat the meat from the bone and some may be squeamish.

Once boned, dredge the rabbit pieces in flour seasoned with 1/2 of the tarragon and ample salt and pepper. lightly brown in a non-stick pan and place in your dutch oven or covered pan. De-glaze pan with wine and pour in with the rabbit pieces.

Peel and coarsely chop the carrot, onion, and turnips. Add to the pot with the rabbit. Add remaining tarragon, thyme, garlic, and bay leaves. Cover with best quality chicken stock, bring to a simmer, and then place in a 350' oven for 1 1/2 hours. Add about 1/3 of the Gorgonzola to the pot, in small pieces. Return the pot to the oven for another 10 minutes or so.

Serve on plates or wide bowls. Arrange the rabbit and vegetables so that you can place small pieces of gorgonzola on each. Pour hot broth from the pot over the pieces of rabbit so that it melts the Gorgonzola into a glaze. Serve with a nice pinot noir and a salad of bitter greens.

Note, if your broth/sauce isn't thick enough, feel free to make a little roux and add into the pot (but not too much!). Bring the sauce to a simmer (not a bad idea anyway, as it will help the Gorgonzola melt when you pour it over the rabbit.
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Re: How To Skin and Clean a G-hog
« Reply #38 on: November 16, 2015, 01:05:16 AM »
   Tasty!!!! Gotta try it!!
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Re: How To Skin and Clean a G-hog
« Reply #39 on: November 16, 2015, 11:45:07 AM »
While the chance of me ever seeing a groundhog is very low and the odds I would skin it even lower, thank you for the presentation with photos.   Who knows, someday I may see one, shoot it AND want to eat it and this will be of great help.
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