How To Quarter A Squirrel
To quarter a squirrel, you need to first remove the skin and feet. Then, cut the back strap and remove the head. Now, you are ready to skin and process the meat. The next step is to remove the tail and eyes. If you’re harvesting the animal for food, the meat can be frozen or boiled. Depending on the species, this can take some time. However, the process is relatively simple.
Steps In Quartering A Squirrel
The first step in quartering a squirrel is to get a skinning knife or a good pocket knife. To skin, a squirrel, pinch the fur in the middle of its back and pull the fur out. Make sure to cut the fur away from the meat, as well as the muscle on either side of the tail. Then, use the tail to leverage the animal and cut out the meat.
When quartering a squirrel, begin by holding the animal by its upper body and pulling the back part of its hide. The back legs should be covered. You can use your index finger to pull the fur from the base of the thighs. Once you’ve cut through the skin, you’re ready to start dissecting the carcass. When you’re finished, you’ll have a tasty piece of meat to share with friends and family.
Now, you’re ready to start making your delicious meal. To do this, you’ll need a good pocket knife and a skinning knife. Start by pulling the skin off the squirrel’s back. The skin should slip off easily. Then, use your fingers to scrape out the guts. If the meat is tender, you can use it for broth or stock. After removing the skin, you should slice the meat into quarters.
When skinning the squirrel, ensure to remove the fur. Using a knife, cut the skin of the squirrel. Carefully cut the fur on the backstrap to avoid cutting the digestive tract and meat. Then, rinse the meat under water to remove any blood and stains. When you’re done, you’ll have a tasty and healthy squirrel meal in no time. If you’re in a hurry, you can cut the legs in half and then skin them.
Once the stomach is open, you can start gutting the squirrel. To gut the animal, you’ll need to remove the pelt. If you’re not confident about the process, you can use a shear to cut the tail and the front legs. Then, you can gut the squirrel. To remove the stomach, make a shallow cut along the center of the abdomen. Separate the intestines and the head from the spine, using a sharp knife.
After the stomach is opened, you’ll need to remove the hide. Once the hide is out, you’ll need to gut the animal. If you’re going to quarter a squirrel for meat, make sure to pull it from the chest by its tailbone and remove the pelt. This way, it will be easier to cut the pelt if the hide is attached to the neck.
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After removing the pelt, cut the tail and feet. Then, cut the head and the feet. You can save the heart and the kidneys. Now, you’re ready to quarter a squirrel. Using a sharp knife, cut the intestines and the legs of the animal. Once they’re separated, pull the head and the front feet and then pull the hide upward.
Whenever a squirrel is being quartered, make sure you remove the pelt before gutting it. Then, split the pelvis and remove the organs. Then, cut the intestines, leaving the head and legs attached. When you’ve gotten to this point, you’re ready to remove the tail and the head. Just remember to keep the stomach intact as this is the most important part of the process.
After you have removed the tail, remove the hair at the base of the tail. Then, cut the tailbone. Then, you’ll need to remove the back legs of the squirrel. Then, you’ll need to make angled cuts on the hind legs and the back of the body. After this, you can place the meat in a food processor and purée it. You can also put it into a stew.
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.