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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.