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Old 03-02-2013, 12:57 AM
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Re: skin a squirrel

I use to do the cut in the back and pull apart i went to tenn and learned a new way this year i allways start with a bucket of warm or hot water soak one for a min this way they are flexable and it helps to keep the hair from getting all over the meat but lets see if i can explain this the way i was taught this was done on a brick "sinder block" side cuts and a good sharp knife dip them in water cut there front feet off with side cuts cutt here tail on the bottom side rite by there butt hole cut it twist the tail cut down each side from tail about a inch twards there ribs put tail on the block step on it pull up on back feet it will pull skin off to head grab the rear of the skin and pull the other way cut rear feet off at the last joint and cut head off and gut them cut em open and pull guts out and you are done thats the best way ive found those old fox "red" squirrels can be tuff to skin thats the best way for me but the old cut there feet and tail off dip them in warm water make a inch cut on there back stick fingers in cut and pull till she gives allways works to
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Old 03-03-2013, 11:05 AM
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Re: skin a squirrel

Yea pretty close to how we skin squrrels. We skinn them as soon as they drop out of the tree while the dogs head to tree another. We wear brush chaps and do it all over the knee.
First using a pair of sidecutters cut the front and rear feet off. Then lay the squirrel belly up on your knee, grab the tail and put your thumb up close to the butt hole and cut just on the tail side strait through the tail bone. Don't cut into the meat, but just under the hide.
Next make an angled cut on each side of the tail about an inch long going towards the end of their ribs on the center of their belly. Now lay the squirrel on the ground belly up and put your foot close to the butt on the tail and grab a rear leg in each hand. Pull back and forth strait up until you can feel the hide ripping and then pull both evenly till the squirrel is skinned down to the neck. Keep your foot on the tail and now there should look like a V of fur on the belly heading towards the rear legs, peel it up and pull.
That will leave the squirrel all skinned, now all there is to do is to cut the neck off and gut it out. We cut the pelvic bone and then cut the rib cage up to the neck and pull everything out. It sounds harder on paper but it only takes about a minute and a half once you've done it a couple times. Finally all there is to do is wash it off in the creek and throw it in a ziplock bag. Now we're ready for the next one.

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Old 03-03-2013, 05:42 PM
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Re: skin a squirrel

Yes it sounds confusing on paper but once u get the hang of it it is the fastest way ive seen he explained it very good a little better then me haha but good luck all
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