When Do I Field Dress a Squirrel?
Before eating a squirrel, you should examine its liver. Next, you should skin the animal with a knife. After removing the skin, leave the innards in place. If you’ve field dressed a squirrel, the procedure is simple. Follow these steps:
Inspect the liver before eating a squirrel
The first step in field dressing a squirrel is to inspect the liver. A squirrel liver should be a deep red color. If it is not, this can be an indication that the animal is not healthy. The liver is also edible. The liver should not be spotted or off-color. A perfectly healthy squirrel should have a perfect liver. After removing the liver, cook the liver in a non-stick skillet. Before cooking the liver, mix the flour with some spices.
To prepare the meat for cooking, first gut and skin the squirrel. Then cut off the parts that won’t be cooked. These parts include the liver. Next, cut off any other non-cooking parts such as the intestines. Then, rub the skin with a tallow-based meat preserver. Afterwards, add a teaspoon of salt to each serving.
Parting a squirrel into five pieces
When field dressing a squirrel, the best way to prepare it is to part it into five parts. The most meat-rich parts of a squirrel are its front legs, hind legs, and backstraps. The stomach and rib cage are less meat-rich, so save these parts for stock or broth. The back and groin are less suitable for field dressing, so girdle the body around the waist before chopping it into pieces.
Pulling the hide from a squirrel is simple. Hold the animal by its upper body and slowly pull the hide upward until you reach the tail, neck, and back legs. Use your index finger to loosen the hide at the back. Once you reach the back feet of the animal, you are done. Parting a squirrel into five pieces makes cleaning easier and prevents spoilage. Make sure you have plenty of ice to put it in for preservation.
Using a knife to skin a squirrel
Skinning a squirrel is not rocket science, and it doesn’t require any complicated techniques. To start, you should hold the squirrel between your fingers. Cut along the tailbone, but don’t cut the skin above it. Then, skin up the back, keeping the two-inch flap attached to the tail. Cut underneath the back legs as well. To lift the skin up from the breastbone, cut small vertical cuts.
Once you’ve cut through the skin, you’ll need to remove the head and hind legs. Using your dominant hand, remove the rest of the skin. This way, you won’t have to worry about leaving a big mess. If the squirrel has any bones, snap them or break them with your knife. Avoid cutting the bones directly because they will dull the blade and leave small pieces of bone stuck to the meat.
Leaving the innards of gutted game where they are
While you’re in the field, you might be wondering when to leave the innards of guttied game where they are. There are some reasons why you should do so. For one, many people have allergies to the hormones in meat from rutting animals. Furthermore, the undigested meat is also likely to contain toxins and bacteria that could cause health issues later in life. Luckily, there are many methods of avoiding this issue.
Fortunately, there are plenty of methods to make the process easier, and most of them are easy to do. A good gutting technique will require some tools, including dedicated dressing knives, gut hooks, and a bone saw or bolt cutter. For those with no experience with gutting game, you might opt for surgical gutting, which involves cutting the organs out surgically. This method is messy and can be quite smelly. Regardless of which method you choose, you should follow state laws and regulations regarding the gutting process.
When do I field dress a squirrel?
After you have killed the squirrel you will want to field dress it as soon as possible.
What is the best way to kill a squirrel?
The best way to kill a squirrel is by severing the brain stem at the base of the skull.
How do I properly field dress a squirrel?
You will want to start by cutting through the skin at the base of the squirrel’s tail.
Then you will continue to cut down the squirrel’s belly being careful not to puncture any of its organs.
Once you have slit the squirrel open you can begin to remove its guts.
How do I remove the squirrel’s guts?
Start by reaching into the squirrel’s belly and breaking open the diaphragm.
This will allow you to pull out the intestines and other organs.
Next you will want to cut the guts free from the squirrel’s rectum.
Finally you can cut the esophagus and trachea free from the squirrel’s throat.
What do I do with the squirrel’s guts?
Once you have removed the guts from the squirrel you can either discard them or save them for later use.
How do I remove the squirrel’s fur?
The easiest way to remove the squirrel’s fur is by using a pair of pliers.
Simply grab a section of fur and pull it off of the squirrel’s skin.
What do I do with the squirrel’s skin?
The squirrel’s skin can be saved and used for later.
How do I remove the squirrel’s head?
The best way to remove the squirrel’s head is by decapitating it.
What do I do with the squirrel’s head?
The squirrel’s head can be discarded or saved for later use.
How do I remove the squirrel’s feet?
The easiest way to remove the squirrel’s feet is by cutting them off at the ankle.
What do I do with the squirrel’s feet?
The squirrel’s feet can be discarded or saved for later use.
How do I remove the squirrel’s tail?
The best way to remove the squirrel’s tail is by cutting it off at the base.
What do I do with the squirrel’s tail?
The squirrel’s tail can be used for later or discarded.
What do I do with the squirrel’s meat?
The squirrel’s meat can be cooked and eaten.
What are some of the best ways to cook squirrel meat?
Some of the best ways to cook squirrel meat include frying roasting or stewing it.
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.