Traditional Archery Discussions on the Leatherwall


Favorite Squirrel?

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Catskills 15-Jun-22
CritterGitter62 15-Jun-22
MGF 15-Jun-22
Papadeerhtr 15-Jun-22
Rough Run 15-Jun-22
Kisatchie 15-Jun-22
Yellah Nocks 15-Jun-22
Wudstix 15-Jun-22
arlone 15-Jun-22
Jeff Durnell 15-Jun-22
Jeff Durnell 15-Jun-22
Rick Barbee 15-Jun-22
buckeye 15-Jun-22
2nocks 15-Jun-22
grizz 15-Jun-22
David McLendon 15-Jun-22
Joey Ward 15-Jun-22
Joey Ward 15-Jun-22
al snow 15-Jun-22
Corax_latrans 15-Jun-22
David McLendon 16-Jun-22
Jeff Durnell 16-Jun-22
sir misalots 16-Jun-22
Joey Ward 16-Jun-22
olddogrib 16-Jun-22
Therifleman 16-Jun-22
soldier 16-Jun-22
dm/wolfskin 16-Jun-22
dm/wolfskin 16-Jun-22
dm/wolfskin 16-Jun-22
dm/wolfskin 16-Jun-22
dm/wolfskin 16-Jun-22
dm/wolfskin 16-Jun-22
Supernaut 16-Jun-22
George D. Stout 16-Jun-22
Supernaut 16-Jun-22
Joey Ward 16-Jun-22
2Wild Bill 16-Jun-22
Joey Ward 16-Jun-22
Joey Ward 16-Jun-22
Joey Ward 16-Jun-22
Wayne Hess 16-Jun-22
Wayne Hess 16-Jun-22
Jeff Durnell 16-Jun-22
Popester 16-Jun-22
Joey Ward 16-Jun-22
Riverwolf 16-Jun-22
Riverwolf 16-Jun-22
Riverwolf 16-Jun-22
Riverwolf 16-Jun-22
Don T. Lewis 16-Jun-22
Riverwolf 16-Jun-22
Riverwolf 16-Jun-22
groundhunter50 16-Jun-22
two4hooking 16-Jun-22
Caughtandhobble 16-Jun-22
Yellah Nocks 16-Jun-22
Tiogacruiser 16-Jun-22
Joey Ward 16-Jun-22
Joey Ward 16-Jun-22
Joey Ward 16-Jun-22
Don T. Lewis 16-Jun-22
Catskills 16-Jun-22
Rick Barbee 16-Jun-22
bowhunt 16-Jun-22
Runner 17-Jun-22
Sasquatch73 17-Jun-22
Harleywriter 20-Jun-22
babysaph 20-Jun-22
babysaph 20-Jun-22
jaz5833 21-Jun-22
jaz5833 21-Jun-22
babysaph 21-Jun-22
jaz5833 21-Jun-22
Zbone 21-Jun-22
Brian M. 22-Jun-22
Michael Pfander 23-Jun-22
Nemophilist 23-Jun-22
From: Catskills
Date: 15-Jun-22




Eating-wise, Fox squirrels have the most meat, but I think gray squirrels tasted better. But personality-wise I think the little Red squirrel is the hands-down winner. Their antics used to entertain me when I was sitting in a blind, and still do when they do acrobatics trying to get to bird feeder.

From: CritterGitter62
Date: 15-Jun-22




My favorite game, hunting tree rats lol Honestly I have more fun try to sneak up on one than anything else. I'll vote Grey only because that is all we have in my wood lot

From: MGF
Date: 15-Jun-22




Greys are tender. Reds are tender but too small. Fox squirrels are tough unless they're very young...though my wife has ways of cooking them that makes them useable.

Give me the grey's any day.

From: Papadeerhtr
Date: 15-Jun-22




Grays my favorite

From: Rough Run
Date: 15-Jun-22




Very few little reds where I grew up, and only in the higher areas, living in the pine thickets. We knew them by the name fairydiddle, or mountain boomer. Killed 2 once, and they tasted like turpentine. I never bothered another. Grays, for me.

From: Kisatchie
Date: 15-Jun-22

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Gray squirrel, we call them cat squirrels in the south. The fox squirrels seem easier to hit, there not as quick, but eating wise the gray squirrel is better.

From: Yellah Nocks
Date: 15-Jun-22




We have all three here in Maine. Wife and I favor gray squirrel, tho I am not against sticking the others into a crockpot ...

From: Wudstix Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 15-Jun-22




A little red wine marinade does wonders for squirrel meat.

From: arlone Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 15-Jun-22




"Rocky"

From: Jeff Durnell
Date: 15-Jun-22




We have all three here and blacks up at camp, but I don't bother with the pine/red squirrels. They're too small. Either foxes or greys are fine by me.

From: Jeff Durnell
Date: 15-Jun-22

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Just don't try to eat a skunk squirrel, you'll never get the smell out of your house.

From: Rick Barbee
Date: 15-Jun-22




All we have around here are the fox squirrels, so nothing to compare to, but they are good eating.

We actually eat them often.

Rick

From: buckeye
Date: 15-Jun-22




A young grey is my favorite

From: 2nocks
Date: 15-Jun-22




Grey. Red squirrels give me the jitters just watching them.

From: grizz
Date: 15-Jun-22




Dead, skint and grilled.

From: David McLendon
Date: 15-Jun-22




Tree Climbing rats, things will be pretty tough when I get down to eating rat meat. Not that I can't do it, it's just not high on my list. That'll be a survival situation.

From: Joey Ward
Date: 15-Jun-22

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Fox and greys. Quartered up and ready for the pot.

From: Joey Ward
Date: 15-Jun-22

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Taste the same. After a few hours in the crockpot with a couple cans of cream o chicken and mushroom soup.

From: al snow
Date: 15-Jun-22




Cuz, you’re making my mouth water.

We probably have 100 gray squirrels for every 2 fox squirrels around here. We cook them the way Joey does, and sometimes make squirrel dumplings. I also like a young gray squirrel fried for breakfast with pan gravy and biscuits. My grandfather loved the brains.

From: Corax_latrans
Date: 15-Jun-22




Slow, dumb ones. The kind that are still there when the arrow shows up.

I’m sure there are other kinds out there, but I don’t believe that I’ve killed one yet.

The pine squirrels that I grew up with out west are just a color phase of the red squirrel, and my only complaint with eating those is that they are or a bit on the small side.

From: David McLendon
Date: 16-Jun-22




If you make a good enough gravy, then anything will eat I guess, but deer are not that hard to kill.

From: Jeff Durnell
Date: 16-Jun-22




They're also not as much fun to hunt.

From: sir misalots
Date: 16-Jun-22




pressure cooker solves any problem. You can season a boot and it will be fork tender. I like to par cook em in a pressure cooker. Then take em out and fry afterwards. Flour, season salt of your choice and tellicherry pepper (the pepper KFC uses)

I use the same recipe for wings.

I ate em for breakfast at grandpas when I was little. squirrel, fried eggs and fried pumpkin blossums. Meal fit for a king! Yum!

From: Joey Ward
Date: 16-Jun-22

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Some hot grease, a little cornmeal, and salt and pepper make them taste good too. ;-)

Good to see ya, Cuz.

Used to love breakfast when grandma would fry up some bobwhites, with cat head biscuits and tomato gravy. :-)

From: olddogrib
Date: 16-Jun-22




No fried squirrel thread is complete without tribute to Ron's annual batch at Shrewhaven. He'll be cooking "across the river" this year and his famous deer camp the lesser for it. RIP.

From: Therifleman
Date: 16-Jun-22

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Zip and my favorite squirrel are the big foxes. Our woods has a lot of hickory and we fill our freezer every year with these big squirrels. Cooked in a pressure cooker then fried or low and slow they always come out very tender.

From: soldier
Date: 16-Jun-22




Got a few Greys in the freezer waiting on my Wife to bring the crock pot to the new place so I can make squirrel dumplings.

From: dm/wolfskin
Date: 16-Jun-22

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Squirrels from 2021.

From: dm/wolfskin
Date: 16-Jun-22

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Squirrels from 2021.

From: dm/wolfskin
Date: 16-Jun-22

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Squirrels from 2021.

From: dm/wolfskin
Date: 16-Jun-22

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Squirrels from 2021.

From: dm/wolfskin
Date: 16-Jun-22

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Squirrels from 2021.

From: dm/wolfskin
Date: 16-Jun-22

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Squirrels from 2021.

From: Supernaut
Date: 16-Jun-22




We have Fox, Red and Grays in my neck of PA. I will kill Fox and Gray but not the Reds, too small to fool with IMO.

When I was a kid, myself, my buddy and his brother would go out squirrel hunting all day. We'd usually all limit out (6 each, 18 total). We'd clean and skin them and then their mom would cook them. Squirrel pot pie, squirrel and dumplings or fried squirrel. She was an amazing cook and those were the days! She'd cook our rabbits and pheasants too if we were out running the beagles.

I've tried over the year to replicate her dishes and I've gotten close but not quite.

From: George D. Stout
Date: 16-Jun-22




We have mostly grays and some fox squirrels, but the red squirrels are few and far between around here nowadays. I remember them being everywhere back in the 60's and 70's, we called them Pineys up here. I personally just like them parboiled and fried with some flour coating, salt and pepper. I'm a bigger fan of wild rabbit than squirrel, but both are just fine.

From: Supernaut
Date: 16-Jun-22




Also, great pics guys thanks for sharing them!

From: Joey Ward
Date: 16-Jun-22

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Some fried legs. I like to make a cut behind the joint. Opens them up for frying and easy eating. These are all from greys.

From: 2Wild Bill
Date: 16-Jun-22




Grays, chicken of the trees.

From: Joey Ward
Date: 16-Jun-22

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Crescent rolls, jalapeño cream cheese, squirrel meat, sliced jalapeños, salt and pepper. Roll them up and bake. Great snacks for half time.

From: Joey Ward
Date: 16-Jun-22

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Easy squirrel pot pie.

From: Joey Ward
Date: 16-Jun-22




Easy squirrel pot pie.

From: Wayne Hess
Date: 16-Jun-22




ROCKY,, looks good guys, I remember eating lots of Squirrels,

From: Wayne Hess
Date: 16-Jun-22




ROCKY,, looks good guys, I remember eating lots of Squirrels,

From: Jeff Durnell
Date: 16-Jun-22




Those spicy squirrel rolls sound good, Joey. I might have to try something like that... with some mushrooms too of course.

From: Popester
Date: 16-Jun-22




I'm with Jeff Durnell. I used to hunt them a lot when I was a kid. Probably haven't eaten a squirrel in 40 years. I'm trying to talk my uncle into letting me take a poke with my bow at one of his black squirrels when I'm hunting over there.

From: Joey Ward
Date: 16-Jun-22




That sounds good too, Jeff. I'm not a "paint by numbers" cook. Like to add what I like and have on hand. :-)

Got that basic recipe from Steve Rinella's MeatEater cook book. He's got some great recipes for lots of wild game and fish in it. Good for ideas.

From: Riverwolf
Date: 16-Jun-22

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favorite squirrel to see...flying.(NO HUNTING , and mostly Nocturnal . Cute little buggers;)

Favorite to bowhunt & eat= Fox !

From: Riverwolf
Date: 16-Jun-22

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From: Riverwolf
Date: 16-Jun-22

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...the entertainment has been immeasuarble ;)

From: Riverwolf
Date: 16-Jun-22

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.....one of "those days" ;) Took the fox before the Buck...what a morning and hunt it was...

From: Don T. Lewis
Date: 16-Jun-22

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We only have gray squirrels. But they are one of my favorite to eat.

From: Riverwolf
Date: 16-Jun-22

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...a BIG'IN ;)

From: Riverwolf
Date: 16-Jun-22




as for cooking...I like them done like snappers...good long boil & then slow/low bake like chicken. Make a good red hot sandwich also. Going to have to give that jalapeno & cream cheese a try !

A Fox squirrel is a "BALL OF MUSCLE WRAPPED IN A BUFFALO HIDE" ! RRW...

From: groundhunter50
Date: 16-Jun-22




I am all out for the year. My wife and I ate about 50 of them in different recipies. I like both, but favor the grays,,,, I live in top squirrel areas,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, As far as the "red" or little "pine" squirrel,,,, I have trapped them out for a few friends in the UP, where they can do heavy damage,,,,,,,,,,

Showed a guy last year, he said they are too touch to skin, and I get hair on them. I showed him how, and to make sure if the squirrel is stiff, to put them in a bucket of water, to soften them up, keep the hair off the meat.......

Now he is a serious squirrel hunter,,,,,,,,, Favorite small wild game, is simple,,,,,, brook trout, squirrels and grouse,,,,,,,,

From: two4hooking
Date: 16-Jun-22




I canned a bunch last year. Can't wait to debone them and make some pot pie.... need to do that soon now.

From: Caughtandhobble
Date: 16-Jun-22

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Petree is my favorite squirrel :)

From: Yellah Nocks
Date: 16-Jun-22




Caught, that is AWESOME! I couldn't shoot a tame one. Cute as a button.

From: Tiogacruiser
Date: 16-Jun-22




Hadn't ever tried squirrel until last season. Greys are great and I will make a point to get more going forward. I was expecting tough and stringy but it was exactly the opposite. The kids and wife liked them too.

From: Joey Ward
Date: 16-Jun-22

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He won’t let me touch him. Yet. :-) But he’s getting more used to me and my voice everyday. Likes to lounge around midday after a belly full of sunflower seeds.

From: Joey Ward
Date: 16-Jun-22




If you’ll notice the box feeder, I’ve got holes at each end so they can enter the box, and the jar I fill with seeds. Fun to watch them eat. I didn’t build it fior the greys or the fox but they will get inside it during the day. I built it for the flying squirrels that visit at night. We have a healthy population of owls. And they were coming in every night to pick off the flying squirrels. The box feeder some what protects them and they frequent the feeder most nights. Cool to watch. I can sit on my back porch and watch them with my binos. Beats what’s on the tv most times. :-)

From: Joey Ward
Date: 16-Jun-22




Sorry the picture is sideways. :-(

That is a sawtooth oak tree. I planted it from a nut right at 30 years ago. It started dropping nuts at 6-7 years old. I've planted many of it's seedlings throughout my property. Everything loves sawtooth nuts in the early fall.

From: Don T. Lewis
Date: 16-Jun-22

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One of my other favorites. Sometimes I keep them sometimes I let them go.;)

From: Catskills
Date: 16-Jun-22




Joey that is cool you planted that oak tree from a nut. I want to plant some oak trees and that is one thing I’d best not procrastinate

From: Rick Barbee
Date: 16-Jun-22

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From: bowhunt
Date: 16-Jun-22




The little red squirrel in my favorite as well.So hyperactive and fidgity.

From: Runner
Date: 17-Jun-22




Groundhog is a squirrel too.

From: Sasquatch73
Date: 17-Jun-22

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Too dangerous to hunt here in Bama...........

From: Harleywriter
Date: 20-Jun-22




Had a gramma who was dirt poor: she always had set lines in ponds and river. We ate a lot of fish, and in the cold months raggybutts and big red squirrels. That woman could make quite a meal out of nothing.

“You go out and get me three or four nice big ones,” she would say.

That was in Iowa.

Here in Montana mountains only found little gray or black. Too small. I shot a few with my bow but nothin to em.

Here on the sunrise side of the Rockies lots of big red ones it only in town. Been tempted but no.

From: babysaph Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member
Date: 20-Jun-22




We called em Pineys too. I love to squirrel hunt with a .22. Great fun

From: babysaph Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member
Date: 20-Jun-22




Ok. I can't wait until squirrel season now thanks to you Joey

From: jaz5833
Date: 21-Jun-22

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This guy

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Date: 21-Jun-22

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From: babysaph Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member
Date: 21-Jun-22




Great pics Jaz.

From: jaz5833
Date: 21-Jun-22




Thank you Jack.

From: Zbone
Date: 21-Jun-22




Hi Rick... How'd you cook that split squirrel, that's pretty neat, never seen one done like that...

From: Brian M.
Date: 22-Jun-22




Rick, what's the green slimy looking stuff? Grays here, don't bother with the reds. No Fox here.

From: Michael Pfander
Date: 23-Jun-22




Where I live (Tucson) we have Rock squirrels in the desert, Aberts and reds on the mountains. The reds are protected the Rock squirrels and Aberts are as good as what I grew up with in Mo. Squirrels taught me to hunt. MAP

From: Nemophilist
Date: 23-Jun-22

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This fox squirrel is my favorite one I guess since I dished out the money to get it mounted.





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