How to Gut a Squirrel
There are three parts to the process of removing the guts of a dead squirrel. First, you need to remove the skin. Peel back the squirrel’s hair from its tail and cut between the joints of the tail bone. Next, twist and break the tail bone. After that, skin the rest of the animal, pulling the hide up from the back legs. It should have a tag attached to its belly. Now, you can remove the heart and kidneys.
Skinning a squirrel
If you’re a hunter, you may be interested in learning the process of skinning a squirrel. This is an excellent introduction to the sport of hunting, as it requires no special equipment and is an easy way to learn the basics. Skinning a squirrel is also an excellent way to enjoy your catch, as the process does not require a lot of tools or long waiting times. Here are a few tips to help you succeed.
First, make sure you have the right equipment for the task. Getting a good skinner is an important skill for any hunter. If you plan on skinning a squirrel for your own use, you can buy a skinner to help you out. You can find them at any sporting goods store. You can also check out videos online for more tips on skinning a squirrel. And remember: a good skinner should be prepared to work quickly and carefully.
Taking out the diaphragm
A squirrel’s chest cavity has a large, hollow interior and contains several organs including the heart and lungs. The diaphragm separates these organs, creating an internal chamber. The pubic bone is the next step to remove the diaphragm and the last bits of the intestine. The body of a squirrel is small, so taking out the diaphragm is not too difficult.
Taking out the kidneys
If you want to harvest the kidneys of a squirrel, you should first cut the squirrel into five pieces. These pieces are usually the front legs and hind legs. The rib cage and belly are less meaty but can be used for stock or broth. Next, you should bend the back legs so that they snap at the hip joint. Once this is done, simply cut away the remaining tissue to expose the intestines.
Interestingly, the kidneys of the 13-lined ground squirrel emerge relatively healthy after undergoing hibernation. During this time, they cycle between periods of torpor with low perfusion and arousal with rapid reperfusion. In addition, several lines of evidence indicate that the kidneys’ glomerular filtration ceases during torpor in small hibernators like ground squirrels and dormice. Bears, marmots, and other hibernators also exhibit a significant reduction in glomerular filtration. Hence, several methods have been developed to measure renal function during torpor in hibernating animals.
Taking out the heart
The first step in preparing a squirrel for the stove is to cut the animal into five pieces. The front legs and hind legs are rich in meat, while the backstraps and rib cage are less meaty. You can also use the back and belly for stock and broth. When cutting the squirrel, make an incision in the groin area, then make a straight cut up to the sternum. Remember to keep the tip of the knife pointed upward, or the blade could puncture the guts.
Once the abdomen of the squirrel is open, take your index finger and loosen the back portion of the hide. Now, grasp the head and arms together. Use your other hand to pull down the base of the thighs to release the back part of the hide. Then, remove the rest of the organs. Save the heart, liver, and kidneys if possible. Once you have removed the organs, you can move on to harvesting the heart.
Taking out the liver
The first thing to do when gutting a squirrel is to make sure the animal’s liver is in good condition. The liver should be richly colored, uniform, and free of discoloration. Make sure to keep the kidneys and heart. The heart and liver can be saved if the animal is healthy enough. Then, you should slice out the pelvis and split open the belly to free up the lower intestines.
To start the gutting process, prepare the squirrel by removing the gonads and penis. Run the knife between your fingers and into the upper portion of the skin, making sure to stay away from the digestive tract and the muscles on either side of the tail. If you do not remove these organs, the meat will taste very bad and will be damaged. Fortunately, you can easily wash the meat after gutting to get rid of any remaining toxins.
Jessica Watson is a PHD holder from the University of Washington. She studied behavior and interaction between squirrels and has presented her research in several wildlife conferences including TWS Annual Conference in Winnipeg.