[NAFEX] Easy way to clean squirrel

hans brinkmann hans-brinkmann at t-online.de
Mon Aug 11 06:45:13 EDT 2008

Hallo Bill,

your good comment has been a very special pleasure for me and definitely 
for many others!
Thank you!

You know, at Europe and many other countries of the world it is not 
allowed to hunt with poison (except mice and rats),
to hunt with snares (snares are e.g. used only at Africa from poachers 
and criminals ...), with blowpipes... and generally it is not allowed to 
torture any animal WITHOUT a special reason. All laws at EU for private 
men or hunters (they need at Germany a one years education, a written, 
an oral and a shooting examination with different weapons and they have 
to pass all with success) are in this direction only.


William C. Garthright schrieb:
>> Bill,
>>     The easy way to clean squirrel is to make a perpendicular cut half-way down the back, just wide enough to get two fingers in.  Insert the fore-fingers from each hand and pull.  It takes about 10 seconds to "undress" a squirrel.  The same method doesn't work as well with rabbits because rabbit skin doesn't always tear where you want it to.
> Well, my squirrel-hunting days are long past (about 40 years past, I 
> guess). But as a kid, I hated to clean them (and that's pretty much the 
> method we used). The skin was just very hard to pull off. Rabbits, on 
> the other hand, were a piece of cake.
> I like all that stuff, and I never wanted to shoot anything I wouldn't 
> eat. But I haven't shot anything at all in decades, and I'm not much of 
> a cook. And I'm way too tenderhearted to kill the neighborhood 
> squirrels, as maddening as they can be (not to mention that my neighbors 
> - and the police - would frown on it). Besides, in my neighborhood, that 
> would just open up the territory for other squirrels. There's no 
> shortage around here.
> And you know, fruit-growing is just a hobby with me. Yes, I want to get 
> fruit from all my hard labor. But if I can't live with the local 
> wildlife in these circumstances, how can I expect people whose 
> livelihoods depend on it to do so? We complain about other people 
> killing off tigers and wolves, but we can't even live with squirrels in 
> our backyards? Heh, heh. There's something wrong about that.
> Not that I'll let them eat ALL of my fruit, of course. :-)
> Bill
> Lincoln, NE (zone 5)

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