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Offline lokidog

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First WA squirrel
« on: July 09, 2017, 11:09:15 PM »
Picked off this little bugger just as we were serving up dinner.  Usually, they just run around on the ground but this one ran up a tree and sat there on the side of it for... too long....  8)

They have slowly been expanding their range across the island and I really don't want them to establish around my place.

After it dropped in the brush, I sent Amber (my doggie) in to fetch it.  She did not see it fall, but knew something was there for her when I sent her into the brush.  After one false start and a redirect, she sniffed it out and fetched it to hand.

Time to skin it up for the slow cooker and serve as an hors d'ouvre tomorrow as no one else here has ever tried squirrel.

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Re: First WA squirrel
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2017, 12:42:57 AM »
Might get a couple bites.  :chuckle:

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Re: First WA squirrel
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2017, 06:16:54 AM »
 :tup: :tup: :tup:
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Re: First WA squirrel
« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2017, 07:37:04 AM »
I hunted (and ate) squirrels back in PA.

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Re: First WA squirrel
« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2017, 08:08:26 AM »
 Crock pot and buffalo wing sauce. Good eating!
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Re: First WA squirrel
« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2017, 08:15:32 AM »
Squirrel is really good battered and deep fried. Chicken of the Trees. Oh yeah, baby.
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Re: First WA squirrel
« Reply #6 on: July 10, 2017, 08:26:06 AM »
Yep.  We ate a lot of fried gray squirrel in my youth.  Fried chicken, pretty much.  Especially on the day hunts.  Big game hunt in the morning, then on the way home stop by an area that held plenty of squirrel, quail, and grouse to shoot dinner and pull out the shotguns and 22s. 


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Re: First WA squirrel
« Reply #7 on: July 10, 2017, 08:40:42 AM »
Nasty varmints.  You donít want them to get established if you can help it.  My neighborhood is infested with them.  Some of the neighbors feed them so the bury peanuts in my yard, gutters, flower pots etc.  They chew the deck rails, eat all my cherries and strawberries before they can ripen.  They eat the nesting birdís eggs and chicks.  Pretty much have displaced the indigenous squirrel population.

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Re: First WA squirrel
« Reply #8 on: July 10, 2017, 08:57:07 AM »
Grew up hunting squirrels on my Grandfather and uncle's farm in eastern Iowa as a kid.  Hunted them as a young man in South Carolina while stationed at Charleston AFB.  I always thought of squirrel hunting as the big game hunting of the small game world.

Best way I found, especially for older squirrels who are tougher, was to quarter, boil for a certain amount of time, put on rack with seasoning and or bbq sauce and finish in oven.  Literally falls off the bone.

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Re: First WA squirrel
« Reply #9 on: July 10, 2017, 09:13:38 AM »
The introduced gray squirrel and white-footed deer mouse are our only rodents on the island.  I'm mixed on the squirrels as another hunting opportunity is always nice, but these dang squirrels would be hard to hunt as they rarely seem to tree when they are spooked.  Plus, they've already eaten the foam out of the seat of one of my tree stands....

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Re: First WA squirrel
« Reply #10 on: July 10, 2017, 09:34:41 AM »
That's a dandy.  Kill them all.
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Re: First WA squirrel
« Reply #11 on: July 10, 2017, 09:40:36 AM »
Seems a pretty straightforward solution to me.

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Re: First WA squirrel
« Reply #12 on: July 10, 2017, 10:04:24 AM »
I say do a full body mount on that one..

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Re: First WA squirrel
« Reply #13 on: July 10, 2017, 12:33:10 PM »
Thick tail, punkin head, I'm guessing a fully mature boar.  Hopefully the B&C scorer can get a full score off the skull despite the head shot.  Congrats!
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Re: First WA squirrel
« Reply #14 on: July 10, 2017, 01:05:27 PM »
My father has been hammering the grey squirrels in his neighborhood in recent years. I think he is making a dent because we are seeing more and more of the native squirrels. Up until he started I am not sure if we saw one every 10 years, now you can see them most days.
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Re: First WA squirrel
« Reply #15 on: July 10, 2017, 03:01:28 PM »
Amber looks adorable by the way
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Re: First WA squirrel
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Re: First WA squirrel
« Reply #17 on: July 10, 2017, 04:27:47 PM »
Thick tail, punkin head, I'm guessing a fully mature boar.  Hopefully the B&C scorer can get a full score off the skull despite the head shot.  Congrats!

Yep, though the tail is actually kind of sparse compared to the ones in WI anyways.

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Re: First WA squirrel
« Reply #18 on: July 10, 2017, 04:42:37 PM »
I can see it now. "Quality Squirrel" ...
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Re: First WA squirrel
« Reply #19 on: July 10, 2017, 05:07:40 PM »
You might want to skin that tail out. There might be a market in the Seattle area. I have heard of mole skin thongs being popular with some folks.

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Re: First WA squirrel
« Reply #20 on: July 11, 2017, 12:54:02 AM »
I say do a full body mount on that one..
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Re: First WA squirrel
« Reply #21 on: July 17, 2017, 08:52:58 PM »
Shot one in my blueberries tonit but ran off before I could finish him off.

  Checked the regs to confirm ok to shoot and it's not in there anymore.  Pigeons, starlings and sparrows are still there but the eastern gray squirrel is gone.  Has it changed or did wdfw forget to add?
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Re: First WA squirrel
« Reply #22 on: July 17, 2017, 09:09:04 PM »
Not sure, maybe they are afraid people might shoot the Western Grays not knowing the difference?

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Re: First WA squirrel
« Reply #23 on: July 17, 2017, 09:15:45 PM »
That's what I thought too but then I checked the areas that the Western gray squirrel inhabit and it's only three distinct areas so not sure.
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Re: First WA squirrel
« Reply #24 on: July 17, 2017, 09:17:08 PM »
Who knows, I'll shoot them when I feel like it as there are no native squirrels on this island.

 

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