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Are squirrels good quarry?
Yes
85%
 85%  [ 18 ]
No
14%
 14%  [ 3 ]
Total Votes : 21

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Wood child



Joined: 08 Jun 2010
Posts: 45

PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 10 6:30 pm    Post subject: Hunting squirrels  Reply with quote    

I have heard recently a lot about hunting squirrels, and having never done so myself, wonder what the point is? Squirrels are mainly fur, so not much meat, and small targets. Also v. fast, crafty blighters. Has anyone here hunted squirrel?

Wood child



Joined: 08 Jun 2010
Posts: 45

PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 10 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Hey, don't just vote! Tell me why! I still don't see how squirrels can be good quarry.

melbournedave



Joined: 06 Dec 2010
Posts: 1
Location: South Derbyshire
PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 10 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I believe that according to DEFRA they are classed as vermin , thats grey squirrels and NOT red ones

They are also edible although not a lot of meat on them

Cathryn



Joined: 16 Jul 2005
Posts: 19856
Location: Ceredigion
PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 10 6:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

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Marionb



Joined: 27 Aug 2006
Posts: 5263
Location: Mid-Wales
PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 10 6:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Yep.. they're vermin.

Damage the trees and eat my strawberrries...

chicken feed



Joined: 27 Aug 2009
Posts: 2677

PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 10 7:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

we shoot them if they come here, they cause too much damage.

they sell well at the local dead stock auction.

kirstyfern



Joined: 03 Jan 2010
Posts: 1574
Location: Great Dunmow, Essex
PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 10 11:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

They are pests and can be shot but tricky to get. Also a bugger to skin and not much meat so we stick to rabbits....

although there were 3 squirrels in my game casserole last week - proving we do shoot them sometimes

Shane



Joined: 31 Oct 2005
Posts: 3191
Location: Doha. Is hot.
PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 10 4:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I always found them fairly easy to hit if you set up a baited ambush. The trick is to wait until Mr Tufty has just taken a gob full, at which point he'll sit up to take a look around. That's when to whack him with a head shot from an air rifle (or obliterate him with a shotgun, if you prefer lead with your food).

They're worth hunting because a) they are very destructive and b) they are delicious (if a little fiddly to skin).

Rob R



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 31902
Location: York
PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 10 5:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

fiddly but tasty

cab



Joined: 01 Nov 2004
Posts: 32429

PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 10 8:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Its easy to make too much of how hard they are to skin. Harder than a rabbit, but it isn't like its THAT hard.

Rob R



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 31902
Location: York
PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 10 10:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Incidentally, I didn't find skinning fiddly, just picking the bones out, compared to my usual cow deboning

wildfoodie



Joined: 05 Apr 2005
Posts: 2169

PostPosted: Sat Dec 11, 10 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

OH spotted a crafty squirrel the other day in the garden: it had seen him walking down the garden armed and dangerous, and hid itself in the tree, by laying completely flat and outstretched along a branch. How clever is that - not only well camoflaged, but practically impossible to shoot as well.
Are all squirrels that crafty?

cab



Joined: 01 Nov 2004
Posts: 32429

PostPosted: Sat Dec 11, 10 11:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Does your bloke go out shooting squiggles and other assorted vermin then, Wildfoodie? Or is it just when they dare get too close to the house?

wildfoodie



Joined: 05 Apr 2005
Posts: 2169

PostPosted: Sat Dec 11, 10 7:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

no, just squirrels in the garden on the grounds that they terrorise garden birdlife.
we caught a rat in the conservatory last winter in a live trap, which he shot as well, the dog was going ape, two of her most potent stimulants at the same time you can imagine the noise!

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