Bagged my first eastern gray squirrel today

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  1. WA-Fly

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    I shot an eastern gray squirrel today to skin and cure its pelt for tying material and to cook up. I saw an awesome recipe in field and stream called Braised squirrel and bacon pinot noir couldn't resist.
     
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    orangeradish Bobo approved

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    Funny, I've been thinking about going after them. Squirrel stew is good, and I haven't had it in years.
     
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    Killed and ate a half-jillion of those varmints growing up in the south.

    Take a few more and make yourself some genuine Brunswick Stew.
     
  4. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    I always enjoyed picking out the shotgun pellets as a kid.
     
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    .22LR headshots as they peek around the trunk. Shooting squirrels with a Browning SA-22 off my dad's shoulder is one of my earliest memories. He and my grandfather taught me to clean them by telling me "it's just taking off their pajamas".

    Memory road...
     
  6. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    I didn't get to switch to a .22 until around age 14. If I had to give up all hunting but one type it would be squirrel hunting with a .22.
     
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    There must be a gazillion grey squirrels around our house in Everett. I could just see the neighbors freaking out if I bagged a few and dragged them home...:eek:
    East of the mountains we have large brown squirrels, not sure what variety or name they have. Squirrel paprikash sounds good...
     
  8. Scott Salzer

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    Kill the little bushy tailed rats. I have harvested my share from then yard. They are considered an invasive.
     
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    We're overrun by Fox Squirrels here . . . lawn-digging, limb-killing, dog-teasing tree rats. A lady in the neighborhood feeds them & I'm forever launching walnut hulls when I mow. Hank considers them great sport, however, but I think he has eliminated all of the dumb & inattentive ones.
     
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    the thing is you can only kill eastern gray squirrels the western gray squirrel is endangered and all of the other squirrels are protected in Washington
     
  11. zen leecher aka bill w

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    Their big brother better be standing right behind them when they chew holes in backpacks...:mad: Somebody may be up for a whuppin'.

    Fox squirrels aren't protected either as a heads up.
     
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    Squirrel in the crockpot with some cut mushrooms, carrots red potatoes a cup of white wine and cream of mushroom is so good.

    I miss hunting the stands of oaks on a crisp October day as a kid in NW WI.
     
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    Hey Jason,I have a recipe in one of my books for "armadillo sauce piquante" if you're interested. let the good times roll!
     
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    I think that the wind last night blew all of the Fox Squirrels out of the trees. Reckon I missed a wing-shooting/missing opportunity . . .
     
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    WA-Fly:

    You are correct to point out the eastern gray is fair game but not the western gray. I have only seen one westen gray in all my time in the woods, they are not what I would call common. WDFW does like to keep track of the western gray so if you happen to see one, let their bio's know about it.
     
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    no problem
     
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    So which one has the reddish brown coat with dark tufts of hair in the tops of it's ears. (east side of mts)
     
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    I find that the taste alot better if you feed them sunflower seeds for a few weeks before you harvest them. Its like sending them to the feed lot before slaughter & the neighbors think your so nice to feed the little roof rats ....
     
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    Likely a Douglas or perhaps a Red:
    http://wdfw.wa.gov/conservation/gray_squirrel/

    Interesting history in the above article on the California ground squirrel's northern range historically limited by the Columbia river until bridges were built.
     
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    I can't find the page on these squirrels any more I want to know what the daily limit is. Thanks
     

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