Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
stick

Squirrel??

14 posts in this topic

So I was watching a hunting show this weekend with my 8 year old daughter (Called Next Generation...it's young adults hunting and fishing). The young girl was hunting gray and fox squirrels in Missouri. It got me thinking...how many people in MN hunt squirrel and do you eat them? If so, can you comment on how good or bad they are and how you have prepared them. I'm always willing to try any new game at the table and was pleasantly surprised on a few animals and how good they are.

I've heard they tast like Loons. (kidding...kidding!)

Any comments?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My Uncle used to bring it to Xmas dinner once and a while and it was good. I think he dipped it in flour and browned it on the stove and baked it in the oven just like chicken...lol. I have thought about taking my 8 yr old out this year with the .22 and try getting a few for supper. I am sure you will get some good recipe's from here.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I always heard stories about my grandma making the ones my uncles shot when they were kids. She'd dip them in butter milk and pan fry them. My mom refused to comment on how they tasted.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I was born in the south and lived there for a few years. Still have relatives down there. Squirrel is good if you cook it right. Because it is a small animal and quite lean, the best way to do it is a quick hot fry. Buttermilk and seasoned flour, into the hot grease. I have consumed plenty of squirrel over the years and will continue to do so.

My late grandfather was absolutely crazy about squirrel, and nobody has ever made it taste better than he did.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

More importantly, it's a great sport to get youth interested in huntig. Teaches them patience and stealth and the importance of making a good first shot.

They are plentiful and relatively easy to hunt. A perfect game animal for kids, or for those of us who just want to have a little fun in a relaxed hunting atmosphere.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Great tasting, though some of the grays way up north can be a little bitter tasting.

The fox down in southern Minn are corn fed. Yummy.

We used to do an overnite brine soak to get out the blood clots I think...You can also spice soak them.

I don't remember having them fresh, we mostly froze them and ate them later.

Although, it's been a while as most of my family don't care for them, as it is mostly the thought, not the taste.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

[note from admin- please read forum policy before posting again.]

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I usually cook up a couple every year and make them into a squirrel fettucine and it tastes really good. As stated above cook them quick and I would bet you will eat them again.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Fried squirrel to me was always only so-so at best... But I always did enjoy the big pot of Brunswick stew... try that out, think you'll enjoy it.

Good Luck!

Ken

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I used to shoot them as a kid and mom used to cook them up, as other have said, dip in flour, brown them, and bake in liquid for quite awhile until they are tender.

Two other pieces of advice, shoot them with a rifle so they're not full of BB's and clean them while they're still warm, that hide comes off tough if they're cold!!

I've always meant to get out and shoot a few in the fall but seems like I always get too busy going after archery deer and pheasants. A woods next to a cornfield is an ideal spot to go after them!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

We eat a few Urban Squirrel that my son pegs with his air rifle - it's just OK, so far. I wasn't overly impressed - but it's not bad.

What is slick is a game shears - boy does that make the process much easier.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • Keep an eye on those trees. They tend to jump in the way when your not looking.    won't be the same without ya. 
    • Truth be told it was the outstate money that originally built the metro into what it is. Without that funding St Paul would be nothing more than St Peter is today. 
    • Can't argue with the last part
    • I wonder if a person gets an extended warranty if that will help?  I have a 2011 with 5.3 silverado and all is good today so I'm thinking og looking into that.
    • My last kayak adventure was less than stellar wound up in the drink. And it was a cold drink at that. A very memorable paddle up to that point. It was the first time I had ever been on the water with snow on everything. It was awesome.    Alas, my 'yaks are all put up for the season now. Waiting for next years adventures to begin. 
    • I am toying with the idea of doing a little calling this weekend. The moon is nice and dark, so the first and last few minutes  of daylight might make something happen. It all depends on what I stumble into for sign. The majority of the deer hunters have been done for a while, so the free meals are going to be getting harder to come by. 
    • The fans I was talking about are 12 volt and only 1" deep. Putting them under the heater might not do the job because the heat from heater rises. If you have room in the lower cabinet on your heater you could mount one fan inside and blow the heat out the grill on the front of the heater.
    • I thought last night's game was surprisingly entertaining considering how low scoring it was for most of it. Not sure if people outside of MN and TX would agree. Rudolph dropping that ball in the end zone was devastating - IMO it was a bigger play than the final one. As much as I hate to see us continue to lose, I honestly have never seen a team lose so many starters at key positions and still be competitive. Says a lot about our coaching, depth, and players buying in.   Will be interesting to see what we can do with our OL without having a 1st rd pick this off season. As others have said, it wouldn't be a bad strategy to use every draft pick we have on the linemen.      
    • Yes. Unlike you I have a job and a life.   I'll just say that whatever it's about you are right because that's the only thing I could ever say that you would possibly agree with me on. I won't get in the way of your libertarian fantasies.
  • Our Sponsors