Small Game Huntin'

Discussion in 'Hunting Forum' started by SHOOTER13, Sep 30, 2012.

  1. SHOOTER13

    SHOOTER13 RETIRED MODERATOR Lifetime Supporting

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    Been into small game huntin' ( squirrels & chipmunks ) in my backyard with my break action pellet rifle...a GAMO Whisper in .177 caliber...1000+fps

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  3. duster066

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    If I understand the regs correctly we are not allowed to shoot any squirrel in this state.:mad: Not allowed to shoot tweety birds either.:mad::mad: If I had grown up here I'd have been locked up by the time I turned 10. I did see a couple of rabbits last time out bear hunting. I'm gonna start hauling a 22 pistol with me.
     
  4. SHOOTER13

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    Here's a few fresh kills from the last two days...

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  5. Bucky

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    Shooter
    I seen some stuff on YouTube, shooting Praree Dogs with Varmit grenades, from a 22-250
    They vaporized

    Awesome
     
  6. SHOOTER13

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    Yea...seen that commercial too Bucky !!

    .22-250 is a good caliber for varmints...
     
  7. Bucky

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    With balistic tips, they really do a nice job.

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    Cheers Bucky
     
  8. Shooter

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    I would be locked up myself. Thankfully that's not the case down here.
     
  9. Windy

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    Do they say why? I have never heard of not being able to shoot squirrels.

    Do you guys eat the squirrels you shoot or is it just varmint control?
     
  10. SHOOTER13

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    For me...varmint control !

    They are very destructive on my home and shed...

    Did anyone here ever have a squirrel move in with them...?

    Well, I did. Very unhealthy, noisey, troublesome and expensive to rid

    yourself of these critters once they decide to move in. I've made it my

    priority never to have to go through that hassle again...and I've shot and

    killed at least 2 squirrels / chipmunks just about everyday this year. It's the

    third thing I do after I wake up...you can guess the first two...:p
     
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  11. SHOOTER13

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    Matter of fact...got a few today...after I saw them digging up my backyard to bury their acorns for winter...

    This one actually died with the acorn in it's mouth...and when I
    picked it up to dispose of it...I had seen that when the pellet hit him
    he chomped down and his bottom teeth were sunk into the acorn.

    Pellet entered his ear...


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  12. 1894

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    Nice shot !!

    Here the red squirrels are always fair game , the greys have a season and killing the " striped squirrels " well , that needs to be more SSS :rolleyes:
     
  13. duster066

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    I don't think there are many here. I never see tree squirrels in the woods, and not many ground squirrels. There are squirrels that run around my property, but nothing like in Kansas. Not sure about the tweety bird thing, there are plenty of those here. My uncles used to bring squirrel home all the time. I really don't remember what they tasted liked, but I do remember I ate them. I can remember biting down on shot, and spitting it out, and taking another bite. I've shot a few squirrels, but can't remember harvesting them. Cotton tails on the other hand I will eat all day long. The Air Force fed us rabbit (likely farm raised) in England several times a month, usually roasted in gravy. Very good eating critters.
     
  14. hombre243

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    Squirrel meat is my friend...

    If you want to try them again, par boil some pieces until the meat falls off the bone. Set them aside to cool. Boil some other meaty pieces until tender and use them for frying. Roll the frying pieces in flour or fishfry or whatever coating you like. Then fry em up til they are crispy outside but still soft inside. Set aside. I always boil up the front and rear back parts and some legs and pick the meat off them for the main dish.I also always rinse all boiled parts in cold water to get off the cooked blood. It looks bad but has no taste.*

    Use a couple boxes of Uncle Bens Wild Rice and White Rice mix for the stuffing. I also get some sweet green bananna peppers, or different colored green peppers...orange, red, yellow, etc. I mix the meat pieces into the rice dinner and then add some stewed tomatoes...may need a small can or a large depending how much you like stewed maters.

    Stuff the peppers with the rice and squirrel, cap with the caps from the pepper, set peppers in a dutch oven or oven dish and bury the peppers in more rice dinner. Top the dish with the fried pieces and cover and oven cook at about 400 until the peppers are soft, then uncover and bake until
    the pieces start to dry and crisp up. Don't overcook or the rice will get hard again. Set out on the counter a few minutes to let some of the steam escape then dish me up summa that stuffed pepper dinner. Rabbits are good too. Just make sure there is ample juice in the rice to keep the squirrel/rabbit from getting dryed out. The juice from the stewed tomatoes should do it.

    *I have found that more of my friends will try wild game if it looks clean and doesn't have anything that "looks yucky". (And my inlaws asked for seconds when I made up a pot of coon and homemade noodles. Of course they said I would never be able to fool them into eating that "crap", but they thought it was beef.:))
     
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  15. SWO1

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    I LIKE that receipe Hombre........

    You can call me anything but......Dont call me late to SUPPER.........:D
     
  16. duster066

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    That sounds very tasty. I remember why I was so into small game hunting. When I was a kid in Kansas, as we understood the game laws, there were only about 1300 deer permits issued a year in eastern Kansas from a drawing. In other words we didn't even try. We hunted birds and little critters for the fun. I've had tunnel vision these last few years trying to shoot a bear, and have ignored the other opportunities. There are rabbits and forest grouse out there, and I'd have much more fun if I brought something home.
     
  17. hombre243

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    Good eats!

    I love to eat just about everything I shoot. I have had groundhog and beaver among other things. I have eaten a lot of crow too, but that's another story.

    My favorite of all time is Snapping Turtle, amd peppered turtle gravy on mashed potatoes. I have to stop now...I heard the dinner bell go off in my head.;)
     
  18. SHOOTER13

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    Thanks for the recipes hombre...!!
     
  19. hombre243

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    My pleasure...

    ...is tantalizing and pleasing the pallett of the unsuspecting. It works on people too.:D
     
  20. SHOOTER13

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    Here's a few I got today...they went running across the backyard as I was getting ready

    to check the sights on my pellet rifle...poor buggers ~

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