Squirrel hunters

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    Gene L

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    When you score, where do you carry the squirrels. I generally get four or five, and avoid leather bags because they get foul with blood. I break away from tradition which I do quite often and haul them around in a WW 2 gas mask case. Plenty of room and it's light-weight and washable, being made of denim.
     
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    squirrel
     
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    Carried on a string by the back leg - multiples can be easily accommodated. I also have a small knotted-hemp mesh game bag I made (in my gun bag) that can be used.
     
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    I prefer to dress and skin my squirrels soon after shooting them. Skinning a squirrel after the body has cooled down can be a tough job. I keep my dressed and skinned squirrels in a zip top bag with a cold pack in my day bag.
     
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    Lately I have carried them by their tails between the fingers of my left hand. I can still hold and shoot by doing it this way. I only get 2 or 3, just enough to go in the pot. My strolls around the fence rows generally don't get me far from the barn. If I head up on the mountain I have my orange game vest on and put them in the back pocket.
     
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    In PA you have to wear a fl orange vest and hat for small game hunting. :( I put mine in the game pouch in the vest. It would be nice to have a muzzleloader season for squirrels where safety orange wasn't required. :)
     
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    I made a game bag which has worked well for me.

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    I do exactly as Grimord does. I agree, a cold tree rat is one tough bugger to skin (and they ain't so easy right after the kill). Also it is my personal opinion that ALL game does better as table fare if dressed and skinned immediately after the kill. I even gut my fish and keep en on ice as soon as caught.
     
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    I've never had a problem skinning a cold or warm squirrel. Remove the feet and head, make a slit across the mid back and pull the skin to both ends - takes less than 30 seconds...
     
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    IMG_0008.jpeg I skin and gut them in the field, much much easier than when they cool down. I leave the head on and carry them on this.
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    I cut a slit in the hind foot and feed a green stick through the tendon like a stringer off fish.
     
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    Thats exactly how I do it too, carry a set of Gerber sportsmans shears. not "hard" but the toughest of any game I have skinned
     
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    I use my belt axe to skin, gut and portion squirrels. Hardly ever use a knife anymore...
     
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    Does the dangling, bleeding bodies cause a problem?
     
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    Not anymore than carrying them by the tail
     
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    I made this game bag from fishing net sold at an "Army/Navy Store" for use as decoration or base for a ghillie suit. The net let's game cool in our early squirrel season.
     
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    So I carry a single strap pack, a snapsack when hunting . Both ends cinch closed. At the bottom I have my drag rope for deer. So...
    I open the sack and pull out the end of the drag rope about 6", Leaving the rest tied up in a bundle, and then cinch up the bottom of the snapsack around this protruding piece of rope.

    THEN when I get a bushytail, I untwist part of the rope, which has a whipped end. I untwist it enough so that the squirrel's head fits through the rope with one strand around the neck, and then I allow the rope to retwist..., a voila, the squirrel is secure. The next squirrel gets the same setup, BUT I use a different piece of the rope to form the gap for the squirrel's head. Their mutual weight makes the rope want to twist and clamps the strands down well on their necks. So they hang as they would from straps on some styles of game bag, but I don't need a game bag.

    If I get really lucky and get more than a pair or so..., I pull out more rope, and tie the loose end around where the strap attaches on the pack at the other end. The rope is then parallel to the snapsack, coming out the bottom opening and attaching at the other end. Thus it's away from me, so dangling squirrels don't drip blood on anything but the forest floor, AND as they are behind me with the pack on my back...don't snag on brush.

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    Dave,
    Very interesting method.
    I've thought about making a purpose build haversack
    like Spence, but I have to admit, I like the idea of the net bag for more than one purpose of foraging if the weave is tight enough.

    The Sicilian
     
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    Does squirrel taste good? I’ve never tried it.
     
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    The many I've eaten tasted like a cross between beef & venison. They take some cooking to tenderize...
     

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