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#3329821 - 08/20/13 09:05 PM Carrying Squirrels in the Field
tnhunter002
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How do you guys care for your squirrels in the field when you are far from home? Cut them up there? Or ice them till you get home? Is it legal to skin them while on a WMA?
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#3330107 - 08/21/13 07:04 AM Re: Carrying Squirrels in the Field [Re: tnhunter002]
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Mud Dauber
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I skin and gut them immediately upon killing them and put them in a game bag. Squirrels skin much easier when they are still warm.
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#3330946 - 08/21/13 07:45 PM Re: Carrying Squirrels in the Field [Re: Poser]
redblood
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i sharpen a rigid straight stick and run them through a back foot. needs to be around 6-8" long to accomodate 10 squirrels
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#3331247 - 08/22/13 04:08 AM Re: Carrying Squirrels in the Field [Re: redblood]
stik
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a cord fish stringer through the back legs.
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#3332333 - 08/22/13 07:22 PM Re: Carrying Squirrels in the Field [Re: redblood]
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 Originally Posted By: redblood
i sharpen a rigid straight stick and run them through a back foot. needs to be around 6-8" long to accomodate 10 squirrels
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#3332399 - 08/22/13 08:07 PM Re: Carrying Squirrels in the Field [Re: tailchaser]
encore06
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Back in the day when I squirrel hunted, I would get me some stiff wire and make me a "squirrel pin." The shape was similar to a Baby Pin and I would use the sharp point to push through the squirrel feet and then close it up.
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#3332400 - 08/22/13 08:08 PM Re: Carrying Squirrels in the Field [Re: tailchaser]
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I throw them in the pouch in the back of my vest until I'm done hunting, then skin them and throw them on ice back at the truck. I thinks it's legal to skin them while still on a WMA or else I've been breaking the law.
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#3332778 - 08/23/13 07:17 AM Re: Carrying Squirrels in the Field [Re: Zulu]
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 Originally Posted By: Zulu
I throw them in the pouch in the back of my vest until I'm done hunting, then skin them and throw them on ice back at the truck. I thinks it's legal to skin them while still on a WMA or else I've been breaking the law.


Its legal. Though open to interpretation, a wildlife officer would have a very difficult time showing that hides, gut piles and feet are indeed "wanton waste" in a court of law. The word wanton implies a degree of intentional negligence. If leaving a squirrel hide in the woods were indeed considered wanton waste, then hunters would need to pack out the gut piles of their deer as well. I've been checked at a WMA with a game bag full of skinned squirrels. The fact that they were skinned was not even brought up. This is not to say that you should skin and leave the hides/gut piles stacked up together in or immediately near to a WMA parking area.

FYI: I have tried a variety of different approaches to skinning squirrels: Bringing them home and dunking them in water, skinning them in the parking lot, skinning them down the spine, doing the 2 way stretch method etc. All empirical evidence leads me to conclude that skinning squirrels immediately upon killing, using the "step on the tail" method is the quickest, most efficient, and easiest method, Especially when it is cold out. The longer you wait to skin them, the more difficult the job, more likely to get hair on the hide and/or damage the meat from stretching/pulling/cutting.
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#3332971 - 08/23/13 10:07 AM Re: Carrying Squirrels in the Field [Re: Poser]
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If I am far away from home, I throw them in a cooler full of ice water until I get home. Skinning is much cleaner when they are soaking wet. It is much easier to me to keep the hair off the meat. Skinning in the field is too distracting for me, plus the blood attracts more skeeters. \:\)
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