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Old 12-24-2003, 07:53 PM
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I need some help. I have recently started hunting squirrels. Living in a shotgun only state, I use my 12 ga with#6 shot. No problem finding them or shooting them, it's skinning them. About half the time when I am skinning the squirrel I have to hold it so tight to skin that I end up squeezing some of it's guts through the pellet holes. Unless it's head shot or shot in the shoulder area, they don't make it through skinning and I literally tear them apart. Sorry for being graphic but I was wondering if this is just normal. I had to toss out 3 of em this week b.c I couldn't get them skinned without their guts falling out all over them. I am skinning this way:

Using poultry scissors
cut across the mid back just through the skin
begin to roll the skin off the back and front until at the head and rear legs
cut off head, front and rear legs and tail
gut from anus to breastbone

Any help from you experienced guys would be appreciated. I hate to take an animal and waste it.
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Old 12-25-2003, 09:06 AM
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Here's a couple of sights with tip's, sounds like your going about it in the right way. I've read that there easier to skin when there still warm, as in freshly killed.

http://www.silverstreaksports.com/squirrel_cleaning.htm
http://www.conservation.state.mo.us/...game/squirrel/

I hope these methods work, I'm going to give squirrel hunting some effort this year and hope to be able to skin them quickly like I've read others do.

Good Luck
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Old 12-27-2003, 12:40 AM
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Make a round cut around the back feet, then a cut from these, back to right underneath the tail.

Now you should have one single cut running from foot to foot (the two cuts meet right between the anus and the tail).

Now, bend over and step on the tail, and pull up on the hind feet. The skin should come off like a T-shirt all the way down to the ears. Then you can cut off the feet and head, and then gut the skinned squirrel.

This is easy and you avoid all the hair that can cling to the meat.
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Old 12-29-2003, 07:24 PM
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Check this out.

How do you clean a squirrel? On page 2.
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Old 12-29-2003, 09:17 PM
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Bgood,

Not sure this will work for you, but the method I've used recently is:

> pull the skin away from the belly and cut a hole large enough to get a few fingers through (not breaking the under skin/guts sack of the belly).

> once I get one finger from each hand in the hole I pull on each side of the hole until it is large enough to get about three fingers of one hand in.

> than I work my fingers along the inner portion of the skin (separating the skin from the meat) until you reach the spine. Do this on both sides.

> once both fingers meet, cut the skin in two sections within the hole (skin/meant gap) you just created.

> now pull the top(head) section and bottom(tail) sections in opposite directions. The bottom portion should be the easier of the two to pull and should skin past the back leg joint. The top portion needs some detail, but once you work the skin off the front legs you should be good to go.

> cut the head and feet off and you should have a skinned squirrel

> now poke your knife into the bottom of the ribs and split the chest cavity up to the neck. Than work down using your fingers to pull the meat/skin up as you cut to the pelvis.

> once your neck to pelvis cut is complete, grab the wind pipe and pull it down to the pelvis. The majority of your squirrel should be gutted.

> than I cut the front legs off and split the squirrel in two just behind the rib cage. Rib section is discarded and the front legs/rear area are soaked in salt water for 24hrs before frozen (supposed to pull the blood out).

Words never seem to capture your intent, but I hope this helps at least some what.

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Old 12-30-2003, 03:18 PM
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I use a 12 gauge alot myself on squirrels but I think the 20 gauge break action single shot is the best for you have more fun and action.
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Old 12-31-2003, 02:38 PM
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Looks like a perfect small game weekend warming up!

Rabbits, and Squirrels, and Coons==oh my!
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