Those squirrels are huge compared to the ones where I grew up. I havent seen any here in southern nevada.The ones back home are about the size of a chipmunk and I doubt if you could get one full bite of meat off one if you boiled it down.hehehe But they are mean little buggers. You will be creeping along tracking totaly quiet except for a breeze and a few trees sqeaking etc.
Then all the sudden you will hear chit chit chit chit chit like a early warning system.Agravating little buggers.Or you stop and take a break and sit down and lean up against a tree and your likely to get a green cone dropped on your head. Lots of fur trees where I come from and the cones are like the steel ones you see on cookoo clocks.
That is the slickest way of skinning something I ever seen though. I wonder how it would work with a larger critter. My dad was telling me one time some of my relatives in virginia skin deer buy making some cuts and tying the hide to a pickup truck and snatching it off. I never seen it done but would be interesting.
Onenut is correct about how mean squirrels can be! The ones in this video are common grey squirrels - called "Cat" squirrels in south Texas. The reddish ones in the other squirrel thread are much larger fox squirrels. One of the batch I shot in my attic was really huge. My experience has been that the smaller grey squirrels are much tastier and I have generally refrained from eating the big fox squirrels. Diet, perhaps?
The other thing is that the big fox squirrels are very, very mean and somewhat dangerous when wounded and cornered - smart dogs know this and will quickly shred one into several pieces if given the chance. I once watched my grandad walk over to dispatch a big one that he had knocked out of one of our pecan trees with the .22. It was still squirming and the dog wasn't around, so he propped up the rifle and pulled out his knife to dispatch it. As he stepped on the body to stop the squirming, the little pecan thief twisted around and bit into the capped toe of his heavy work boots, through the nail of his big toe, and deep into the flesh beyond! Oooh the Pain!! I heard lots of non-presbyterian words, too. It also happened that the bugger had bitten off a fragment of the bone - which caused him to have to have a surgery later. I recall him limping around for months and months before and after the toe surgery.
That is real interesting about those squirells.I was gonna ask if they were mean like the little midgit ones I have been around.I bet if you grabbed one that was healthy he would tear you up. Be like getting ahold of a bobcat I would think.From that story about your grandpa if I ever find myself hunting any of those big squirells in my meanderings. I will definately keep that story in mind and make sure its dead before I grab it.
With every body in here from all over the usa there are some interesting stories in here about hunting stuff I have never had the chance to hunt.When I retire I would like to go and hunt some of the critters I have always wanted to hunt like squirells and hogs and turkeys.I have heard some realy hair raising tales about hog hunting from friends and aquaintances over the years. I worked with a guy from Texas a while back out at the nevada test site that says the hogs in the area he came from will track and eat you.I dont know if he was pulling my legg but I know they will eat any thing and I tend to believe him.
Here is a funny story that happened to me when i was a kid. I shot a squirrel with my wrist rocket, hit him right between the eyes. He went flying right over the 6ft. wall he was on. I couldn't get to him so I went to get a ladder. About a half hour latter I climbed over the wall and he was gone.
Fast forward to about 3 hours later. I was walking to the store and I saw 2 squirrels chasing each other around a tree. One of them stopped when I was about 10 feet away and stared at me and started barking like mad. When I looked at him, he had blood all over his face. It was the one I shot a few hours before!! He started coming down the tree barking and hissing like mad, he scared the heck out of me. I ran all the home and locked the door.