How to Kill a Squirrel For Meat
Once you’ve determined that you want to kill a squirrel for its meat, the next step is to remove the pelt and gut it. This can be done by cutting off the hind legs and head. Cutting off the head and feet at the same time can make the process much smoother. Next, you’ll need to gut the animal. Make a shallow knife cut down the center of the stomach to prevent it from being punctured.
Cooking a squirrel
If you’ve never cooked a squirrel for meat before, there are a few things you should know before starting. First, remember that older squirrels will take longer to tenderize than younger ones. You can fry squirrel pieces on one side only, or you can place several pieces on a skewer and cook them over an open fire. Either way, remember to avoid touching the entrails, as they can be dangerous.
If you are not experienced with cooking game meat, this method may not be for you, but it’s an easy way to get started. Prepare your pan by heating it to 350°F. Add sliced onion and potato. Mix the meat and vegetables together. Add cream of mushroom soup, cheese, and bacon bits. Cook for one hour, or until the squirrel is cooked through. Serve with mashed potatoes, green beans, or corn. Make sure to keep an eye on it while eating it, as there are many tiny bones.
Getting a permit
Getting a permit to kill a wild squirrel for its meat is legal in many states. However, you must first get permission from the DNR department in your state. The laws about hunting squirrels vary by state, but in general, you can shoot red and flying squirrels year-round. You can also shoot gray squirrels, which are native to eastern North America. Some states consider gray squirrels to be nuisance wildlife and don’t allow hunting of these animals. It is important to have a permit if you are going to hunt this wild animal because you must prove that the squirrel caused damage.
Getting a permit to kill a wild squirrel is also important if you plan to trap it. If you don’t want to kill the animal, you can use traps. They are difficult to catch but will kill the animal quickly. If you don’t have a permit, you can kill the squirrel yourself, but that will take a lot of time and care. You should also chase the squirrel in the right place, such as a bird feeder.
Cleaning a squirrel
There are several important steps in cleaning a squirrel after it has been killed for its meat. The first step is to skin the animal, separating the skin from the muscle and organs. Make sure to wear gloves and dispose of any inedible soft tissue or skin. If the squirrel has fleas, soak them in water to kill them. You can also use ice to prevent the meat from spoiling.
Next, separate the body and skin of the squirrel from the head to the rump. It is easiest to do this immediately after the animal has died, since the skin can become tough and difficult to remove later. You can also put the carcass in a refrigerator overnight or several hours to ensure that it is still palatable. However, if you have the time, clean the animal before it goes into a cooler.
Getting the guts out
Getting the guts out of a large squirrel for dinner is easier than you may think. The squirrel’s stomach has an indentation at the center. You’ll want to cut this out with a knife. Next, you’ll need to remove the tail. You may also want to trim the penis and gonads. If you’re using a male squirrel, this step may be a little bit more challenging.
First, you need to cut the tailbone, leaving a two-inch flap of skin attached to the tail. Cut the remaining intestines and bowels with the knife, but avoid cutting the bladder and bowels as these will taint the meat. Then, use shears to slice through the pelvic bone, freeing the lower intestines and exiting point of the digestive tract.
Precautions to take
There are certain precautions you need to take when killing squirrels for their meat. Squirrels can sense human presence and can easily be shot in your house, window, or tree. It’s best to shoot them from a safe distance. If you do happen to shoot a squirrel in the head, it will be a brain shot, which will reduce its pain and damage to the meat.
Before killing the squirrels, ensure you have everything needed for the skinning process. Put on gloves, wear a mask, and use sharp knives. When skinning a squirrel, cut it from the tail to the head. Like with chickens, you’ll need to pull off the skin. Make sure to remove any dead skin before you eat it. Then, wash the skin off the squirrel with clean water.
Diseases associated with squirrel meat
Squirrels are known to carry several diseases, parasites, and bacteria. Some of these are dangerous, including the deadly Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and mad-cow disease. In addition, eating squirrel meat can result in prion contamination, which is a type of bacteria that eats holes in the brain. If you are curious about whether squirrel meat is safe to eat, take a look at the facts below.
Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, or CJD, is a brain disorder caused by the misfolding of certain proteins in the brain. The proteins in the brain cause a variety of symptoms, including loss of memory, dementia, psychosis, and even death. It is possible to get CJD from squirrel meat, but there is no solid evidence to support this association. But a recent case of the disease has prompted further study.
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.