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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 12-15-2019, 11:01 AM Thread Starter
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Idaho just opened a season on Red Squirrels. Who knows anything about them? Are they good eating like the squirrels I read about back east? I have seen them most of my life around here in the woods. There was never a hunting season on them so about all I know about them is they holler at you when your trying to be quiet. Anyone hunt them? Anyone eat them? What say you?
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Been hunting for squirrels all my life. My grandfather said they were the best meat in the woods.
The way we cook them is; boil them till done, then season and roll them in flour and fry'em.
Save some of the boiling water to make gravey.
If you don't, they have no fat, and dry out like jerky when you just fry.
Another way is "squirrel and dumplings".
Purty good eating.

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The red squirrels here in New England are mostly found around conifer trees. They are quite small and taste like turpentine because they eat mostly the seeds from spruce and pine trees.
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Cook them in a pressure cooker for about 20 minutes and the meat will be tender and falling off the bone. Biscuits and squirrel gravy is about as good as it gets.



Yes, they do not like to have their woods invaded and will let you know it. I usually hunt them by taking a bag chair out in the woods and sitting in open view. Doesn't take long for one to show up and start fussing and swishing its tail.
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Wish I had a nickle for every red Tree Rat that woke up and started his day long after I was on the deer stand, and then just HAD to go ballistic when he saw me.
Please shoot them. I have even used milk to take the taste out of pork liver, might work for strong taste in other stuff, as does tomato juice.
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The red squirrels here in New England are mostly found around conifer trees. They are quite small and taste like turpentine because they eat mostly the seeds from spruce and pine trees.
Thats the same in the south , My grandfather used to say Fox squirrels werent fit to eat taste like turpintine . They like mature pine forest and a large part of their diet are pine cones .

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Not sure what your red squirrels are out there in Idaho. There's often some confusion when people from different parts of the country start talking about fox squirrels and red squirrels. In some places what we call Fox squirrels here in the midwest are called red squirrels elsewhere.

In Michigan we have Fox, gray, black, and red squirrels (and a species of flying squirrel that I've never seen). The fox is the largest and prefers woodlots adjacent to farm fields for habitat and feeds mostly on corn and nuts. The gray and black (which is merely a color phase of the gray) prefer larger forests (especially oaks) and spend more time up in the trees than fox squirrels do. All three are good eating. Our red squirrels are scrawny little b******s and love to go ballistic at you when you're trying to sit on a deer stand! They thrive in pine, spruce, and hemlock stands and taste like their environment!

They are challenging to hunt with a .22 because they're a small target and always moving.
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Hadn't thought of that. Around here its "fox squirrels, and their diet is, acorns, native, and paper shell pecans, and horse apples.
No odd tastes, cause pines are few and far between.

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plenty of pines where i hunt, but these pines in this region
don't have "nuts" like the far western and northern pines do.
just loblolly and longleaf pine.

most of these squirrels here eat acorns and hickory nuts and
persimmons, about like the rest of the edible game around here.
most all the deer were gone when my folks were growing up,
and most all their wild game meals were squirrel and coons and
such.
ate many a squirrel and bunny myself.
i'll agree with the ^ ^ ^ squirrel and dumplings, and i've
started put squirrel meat with ramens. not too awful bad
for a fuzzy tail rat. or make squirrel gravy as in sausage
gravy with biscuits.

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After watching and getting the hang of some of the sugar cure ham videos i thing squirrel might turn out pretty interesting.

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