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Posted on 02/16/2013 4:57:39 AM PST by SMGFanEdited on 02/16/2013 5:02:02 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]
A squirrel-shooting contest planned in upstate New York this weekend is drawing criticism from local officials and animal-rights groups, who are making a push to cancel the event.
The 7th annual "Hazzard County Squirrel Slam" is a sell-out, with all 1,000 tickets spoken for, organizers said. The event will raise money for the volunteer Holley Fire Department, the event sponsor.
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Lets remember that squirrel is just a rat with better PR. AND - Mother Nature has always been kind enough to provide an endless supply of them for us to harvest. They make a great stew.
Put em in a locked room. Release the squirrels on em. They will be begging for something to kill the squirrels with.
Squirrel meat is very lean, so it must be cooked “low and slow” to produce tender meat.
SQUIRREL POT PIE
2 to 3 cups cooked squirrel, chopped
Dice 1 cup each:
1/2 tsp homemade garlic powder
1/2 tsp homemade onion powder
1/2 tsp homemade poultry seasoning
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup flour
2-1/2 cups chicken broth
1 cup half-and-half
1/4 cup white wine
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup frozen peas
two 9” homemade pie crusts, recipe below
Place the diced vegetables in a skillet with the butter and season with garlic and onion powder. Saute until tender.
Sprinkle flour over the cooked vegetables and mix well for one minute. Combine the chicken broth with half-and-half and wine.
Pour over the sauteed vegetables; stirring until it thickens and is bubbly. Season with salt and pepper and add the frozen peas and squirrel meat. Heat through, and pour into prepared pie plate. Cover with the other pie crust and put a slit in the top crust.
Bake for 40-50 minutes or until pastry is golden brown and filling is bubbly and cooked through.
No-Fail Pie Crust - makes two 9 inch crusts
3 cups flour
1 cup Crisco shortening
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg, beaten
5 TBS cold water
1 tsp vinegar
In a bowl, cut together the flour, shortening and salt until it resembles small peas. In another bowl, whisk the egg, water and vinegar together and then gradually add to the flour mixture. Stir until it is just moistened (over-stir and it’s tough). Wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Roll out and place one crust in a pie plate. Use the other crust to place over the filling.
When going for long walks (with spouse) on wooded trails, I remind the spouse to listen to the squirrels. I always say they are barking to one another to gather in mass to attack.
I thought that was squab, aka rats with wings...
When I was married, I used to do battle against squirrels, them raiding the bird feeders. The then-wife got me a book, something like "101 Ways to Fight Squirrels".
While the book was peppered with squirrel history and lore, I don't think any of the passive ways could beat a shooting contest, imho.
I'll continue to pass on even considering to consume them.
FWIW, pre-WWII editions of "The Joy of Cooking" have detailed instructions for skinning/cleaning fresh squirrel for cooking.
The syrup swilling squirrel worshipers need to get out in the woods and make some noise.
Just don’t tell them that noise tends to attract squirrels. That’s why you can sit in one spot and kill several squirrels as they come to investigate the crack of a rifle.
Them there is Yankee squirrel creek. Down here in Rebel country if one makes noise the squirrels run to the other side of the tree.
Just like he does with deer, my German Shepherd keeps squirrels off my property. But unlike deer, when the little buggers cross the path of my moving motor vehicle, I just keep driving.
I've heard they taste like game-y chicken, but I'd pretty much have to be in a survival situation to try them. I consider them rats.
And only deploy red squirrels. No mercy. ;)
This is one thing that i will side with the nutty liberals on,, The Bible tells us not to kill with out cause, we
shoot prairie dogs hear because they ruin the pastures but if it was just for sport i would be against it.
We also have people who will kill a buck just for the horns, same difference.
Actually, if you cook them slow as to the recipe posted above, it makes a very good pie (maybe a little tangy).
skin ‘em... gut ‘em... then throw the whole thing into a smoker...
just like eating a chicken wing....
Just put the squirrels in the Brunswick Stew pot! Then they will have died for a very tasty cause.
Heh, turns out the spastic freaks are good for something after all. Maybe feed our little red friends some bath salts first (the squirrels, that is), just to liven things up a bit.
OMG, that sounds GOOD!
Squirrel: It’s What’s For Dinner!
I’m attending the SW Wisconsin Raccoon Hunters Club dinner tonight. It’s THE social event of the season in these here parts.
So excited to be invited! Got my jeans, boots, pink flannel cammo shirt and tiara all ready to go!
They are the most destructive little creatures we have. The amount of damage they can do is unbelievable. I declared war on them years ago after they chewed the tops off of all the flowers in our newly planted flower boxes and destroyed wool shirts that were hung out to air. Since that day I've shot hundreds here on the property. The ravens, magpies and Bald Eagles seem appreciative of the free meals.
Camp Gitmo Squirrel is heavily guarded...
yea, but that would be torture for those in the room. Would have to make certain the room is fully secure. If those squirrels escaped, Annie having her gun might not be enough.
All those d@mn squirrels need to DIE! They'll steal your wife, steal your car and kill your dog!
We used to visit Cleveland where my parents lived for a while. We had our standard dachshund - a full 35 pounds. He would chase those big red squirrels up the tree and then turn to leave and the squirrel would come down and start stalking him, then he chase it up there again etc etc. That dog would still be there if we hadn’t rescued him. Same thing happened once with cows.
Carry pine cones (or something similar) and throw it on the other side of the tree.
A perfect silhouette shot when they move to the side of the tree.
Here is a link to a downstater activist protesting (love to throw a couple of squirrels in her hair and see how she reacts!
Inches before impact, the squirrel flipped to his feet. He was standing on his hind legs and facing the oncoming Valkyrie with steadfast resolve in his little beady eyes. His mouth opened, and at the last possible second, he screamed and leapt! I am pretty sure the scream was squirrel for, Banzai! or maybe, Die you gravy-sucking, heathen scum! as the leap was spectacular and he flew over the windshield and impacted me squarely in the chest.
Personally, I totally hate squirrels. That is because one of them varmits ate through the air bag systems in my mini-van, causing it to get rejected at inspection time. (That and some other issues made it impossibly expensive to repair the 1993 Dodge Caravan.) Do squirrels serve a purpose at all? However, don’t like the idea of just shooting them.
or trick em and send the dog to that side of the tree the squirrel is hide on.
True, if you have a dog. If you don't...
That’s not a squirrel! That’s a Prairie Dog/Gopher. If you’re ‘substituting’ in your recipe, I’d suggest guinea pig. :)
Me and the dog had to come inside. That last squirrel started to pray and the weather turned north as in colder and snowing, and just couldn’t shoot a praying squirrel. I’ve been tricked by a squirrel. AAAggggghhhh! Dang squirrel. Or maybe God said leave my praying squirrels alone. So am inside now. I quit for the day. When the squirrels start to pray, me and the moss have harvested enough for the day, me think.
I remember an Internet hoax of some years ago.
It was based on the idea that rich, decadent people were holding a secret event in a very isolated part of western Australia each year. Only the snootiest of the Illuminati were allowed to attend this sporting event.
That is, hundreds or even thousands of stray cats were being rounded up, then used to demonstrate the skill of sheepdogs that would herd them in gambling competitions.
It gets worse. The rules were strict that cats could not be reused in competition, so they would be put down and their meat used for bar-be-que.
In any event, the hoaxer was surprised at the lack of outrage, apparently most people taking the hoax at face value. But he was convinced that if just *one* PETA activist sucker could be fooled into traveling to isolated western Australia, it would be worth it.
Sounds like it. That squirrel probably had a nut in its furry paws and was feasting, not praying.
You'll get it next time.
Did they ban the pic of the squirrel with stones?
Paint ‘em orange and call ‘em “skeets”; problem solved.
When I was I Jr. High School the term “squirrel shot” had a totally different meaning.
Ask any telco lineman or repair man about the damage they do to outside plant (aka cable)
All we have are red squirrels here and nothing short of a plate steel enclosure is safe. They chew right through the siding on houses, chew up wiring in vehicles, destroy attic insulation, house wiring, etc.
I’m guessing that those ‘squirrels’ grew into ‘beavers’ in senior high. :=)
Wonder how many they get to arrest for those using semi-auto .22’s that can hold more than 7 rounds?
It should be a field day for the police state.
Since the recent move from plush pile carpeting to hardwood flooring, I am not sure what high schoolers call it now.
I have three large cats that are allowed outdoors. There are always multiple UFOs (unidentified furry objects) spread across our driveways most days.
We have no problem with squirrel-caused vandalism though I notice the critters everywhere else in our neighborhood.
Just put the squirrels in the Brunswick Stew pot! Then they will have died for a very tasty cause.