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#41 chimp

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Posted 16 October 2008 - 02:46 PM

hehe

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#42 S.LOVE

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Posted 16 October 2008 - 03:37 PM

I love to bake them in the oven with wild rice and a can of cream of mushroom soup. As far as taste goes they can be pretty gamey (sp?) much like wild pheasant or rabbits. My preferred method of hunting is a .22 long which requires a decent amount of stalking to get a clear shot. My buddy and I used to get 10 or so every Saturday and bake them or crock pot them for a large Sunday dinner. I haven't had any for about 7 or eight years though. Love the recipes though Hip they reminded me of my days on the farm.

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Posted 17 October 2008 - 12:19 PM

Please elaborate on this trick . . .



Go out before daylight, and sit within easy range of a nut tree- preferably on the east side.

Sit a bit, then shake a small box of stick matches- just a quick shake. Wait a minute- repeat.

The squirrels think someone is cutting their nuts, so they pop their heads out.

I used to use .22 shorts (hard to find now). In the dense morning air, they are no louder than a handclap... and don't scare the squirrels.

Shoot all you need, then pick them up and go fishing.

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Posted 17 October 2008 - 04:51 PM

yep
got a few good spots around here-
a thicket of hickory and walnut trees
makes for some easy pickings.

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Posted 17 October 2008 - 09:03 PM

Ever seen one of those squealer whistles? About the size of a nickel I think.

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Posted 17 October 2008 - 11:00 PM

i wanna go rabbit hunting in the morning. i watched a video on how to clean them but i have never cleaned any type of animal besides fish

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Posted 18 October 2008 - 12:32 AM

same thing basically, cept you got fur instead of scales, and legs instead of fins. still got guts and meat in the middle, head on one end, butt on the other.

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Posted 18 October 2008 - 01:03 AM

Had an awesome Southern recipe for Jack Rabbit stew...
Will have to find it and post.


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Posted 18 October 2008 - 02:38 AM

everyone i talked to said jackrabbit meat sucks, but ive never tried it. im gonna look for cottontail but jacks are much more stupid. if cottontails see you they book it. jacks sit there and let you shoot them all. ive gotten five in a row that were all sitting next to one another and not one of them ran off. i even had to reload halfway through lol. we will see how it goes in the morning. i will post pics if i get any. maybe i will snag a coyote. ive always wanted to get one. ive seen them and heard them around out there but they seem to know when you have a rifle with you lol

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Posted 18 October 2008 - 12:02 PM

I could see most people not liking the meat. it's Gamey and tuff.
They just sat there? what type of 'Weeds' was they eating? lol

But they are good in Stew, hell what isn't?
Thank the Irish for inventing the crock pot!

Jackrabbit Stew

1 jackrabbit

3/4 cup cooking oil

2 cups corn hominy

2 sweet peppers, cut

2 medium onions

6 carrots, cut up

1 large onion, chopped

1/2 tablespoon chili powder

1 1/2 cups flour

4 teaspoons salt


Cut jackrabbit up into serving size pieces.
Pour the oil into a large kettle or Dutch oven and heat until the oil is smoking slightly.
Put in the jackrabbit pieces and brown on all sides.
Now drain off the extra oil.
Add a little water to the kettle and simmer for two hours

Serves 3-4


Coyotes are crazy smart, we had farmers willing to pay good money
for use to get them off their land and away from their sheep.

Never got one.... Took a pop shot @ 150 yards once at one
thats about it...


#51 Beast

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Posted 18 October 2008 - 12:14 PM

What's coyote taste like?

#52 Jigalow

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Posted 18 October 2008 - 12:23 PM

I've never heard of any one eating them....
Where I am from they are the devil for Livestock ranchers.


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Posted 18 October 2008 - 04:09 PM

I've killed numerous squirrels with just a high powered pellet rifle. My best friend's family raises and trains champion treeing Feists. There for a while it was a daily routine of training dogs and whacking squirrels. They're pretty good to eat actually! Smoking them with oak or hickory for a few hours @ 250 degrees is the best squirrel i've ever had. Smoke them until the thigh meat has slightly firmed. Only smoke for half the time and then use plain charcoal to continue heating the smoker until the squirrels are done.

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Posted 18 October 2008 - 04:12 PM

Now thats sounds good hickory smoked!
I wounder how they would do as a Jerky...


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Posted 18 October 2008 - 04:23 PM

It's good. Don't forget to brush them down with oil, along with a salting a peppering prior to smoking. Can't beat it!

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Posted 18 October 2008 - 08:15 PM

well, i could have literally killed dozens of jacks today. i took one and now im in the damn dog house. my GF is pissed that i killed a rabbit and she's pissed that im tryong to prepare it here. im losing the battle lol.

but on a light note. i had a clear 50yard shot at a huge coyote today and i froze. it was so big i thought it was someones dog. it looked like a very skinny short haired husky mix. huge. it just kinda stared at me and then walked off.

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Posted 18 October 2008 - 08:25 PM

Nice, have to let us know how you are going cook and how bad
you hate it lol

Sorry about your GF...
I must be lucky almost every girl I dated liked to shoot,
and hunt. Hell one even slept with a little 380 under her pillow.
We never went to bed angry!

Crap forgot to tell you there is a disease that turns their livers blue.
Check the liver if it looks funky don't eat. I forgot the name of the disease
might have to google


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Posted 19 October 2008 - 06:43 PM

been a long time since i ate squirrels dont they have a musk/scent gland in the back legs they you should take out?

#59 Hippie3

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Posted 19 October 2008 - 10:02 PM

no.

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Posted 29 October 2008 - 04:31 PM

I wanted to reiterate on the smoking thing.

I talked to my buddy's father the other night and he said an hour is too long and will leave the squirrels with too rich of a smoke flavor. 20-30 minutes of smoke, then the rest the final wood burn down. He said you can catch the wood right before all of it has turned on a glow (you'll be able to see a few spots of unburnt wood in the glowing coals that are releasing a fine smoke), put the squirrels on then, maintaining 250 degrees for an hour or a little more. Then check to see when done the way I said earlier. Don't forget the oil, with a nice salt and peppering. Or whatever spices you like.

Smokers are easy to make out of an old gas grill by the way. The rectangular shaped ones.




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