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#2761613 - 02/19/12 04:11 PM Toughest squirrel I've ever skinned
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Mud Dauber
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Was out rabbit hunting this morning in some bottomland. We sat down to eat some lunch on the edge of this marsh:



As we were getting up, my buddy spotted this big Fox Squirrel on the edge of the tree line. I think this is the 2nd largest squirrel I have ever killed and definitely the toughest -took me 25 minutes to skin her down. I tried the step on the tail method and the hide just would not give, So, I went to work on her with my knife. Getting the front shoulders clear was rediculouosly tough. I put a note on the vacuum bag "x tough, stew only"

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#2761655 - 02/19/12 05:05 PM Re: Toughest squirrel I've ever skinned [Re: Poser]
Carlos Viagra
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That's why I never shoot them anymore, like skinning a steel toed boot.
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#2761659 - 02/19/12 05:07 PM Re: Toughest squirrel I've ever skinned [Re: Carlos Viagra]
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That marsh looks crazy familiar, where is that at
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#2761675 - 02/19/12 05:22 PM Re: Toughest squirrel I've ever skinned [Re: easy45]
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 Originally Posted By: easy45
That marsh looks crazy familiar, where is that at



Hatchie Refuge.
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#2761681 - 02/19/12 05:31 PM Re: Toughest squirrel I've ever skinned [Re: Carlos Viagra]
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 Originally Posted By: Carlos Viagra
That's why I never shoot them anymore, like skinning a steel toed boot.


I'm usually pretty good with the step-on-the-tail method, though, some squirrels are so tough that you'll rip their bodies apart before the hide comes off. It is helpful if you skin them in the field while they are still warm. When they get cool, they get tougher. Unfortunately, I waited until I got home with this one.
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#2761688 - 02/19/12 05:39 PM Re: Toughest squirrel I've ever skinned [Re: Poser]
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I killed a couple like that earlier this year. I left the squirrels whole after the 30 min skinning job put them in a big bowel coverd them with water and left them in the fridge 4 days. Then quarterd them and fried them like a young squirrel. That old squirrel cam out as tender as the young squirell.
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#2761704 - 02/19/12 05:51 PM Re: Toughest squirrel I've ever skinned [Re: timberjack86]
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 Originally Posted By: timberjack86
I killed a couple like that earlier this year. I left the squirrels whole after the 30 min skinning job put them in a big bowel coverd them with water and left them in the fridge 4 days. Then quarterd them and fried them like a young squirrel. That old squirrel cam out as tender as the young squirell.


My most common squirrel dish is to place a skewer through each set of legs to keep them butterflied and roast them whole on the grill. Before I do that, I brine them for a day and then marinade them for at least 8 hours. Regardless of what I do with a squirrel, I've found brining to be mandatory, though, I'm a little afraid of this tough ol' gal...
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#2761710 - 02/19/12 05:56 PM Re: Toughest squirrel I've ever skinned [Re: Poser]
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If you could have gotten 1 more you could have pair boiled it.. seriously, parboil it and then fry it.. good eatin!

Edited by pressfit (02/19/12 05:57 PM)
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#2761714 - 02/19/12 06:00 PM Re: Toughest squirrel I've ever skinned [Re: Poser]
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 Originally Posted By: Poser
 Originally Posted By: timberjack86
I killed a couple like that earlier this year. I left the squirrels whole after the 30 min skinning job put them in a big bowel coverd them with water and left them in the fridge 4 days. Then quarterd them and fried them like a young squirrel. That old squirrel cam out as tender as the young squirell.


My most common squirrel dish is to place a skewer through each set of legs to keep them butterflied and roast them whole on the grill. Before I do that, I brine them for a day and then marinade them for at least 8 hours. Regardless of what I do with a squirrel, I've found brining to be mandatory, though, I'm a little afraid of this tough ol' gal...
Have you ever tried the fridge trick? I have tried it with the toughest oldest small game it always worked for me. But I always brown my squirrel when I fry it the turn it to med low throw in an onion and put a lid on it and let it cook for an hour. Then make some gravy and bisquits \:D
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#2761735 - 02/19/12 06:12 PM Re: Toughest squirrel I've ever skinned [Re: timberjack86]
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Timberjack, I don't understand how that process would tenderize the meat. You could age it in cool air or brine it, but sitting in cool water would, to my knowledge, not substantially break the meat down. It would absorb some moisture, but not near as much as in a brining process.
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