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Old 09-26-2022, 08:55 AM   #1
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Default Limb Rats....

With deer season right around the corner always remember.....

Limb rats also need some luv'n. Nothing makes a good gravy like a limb rat!


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Old 09-26-2022, 08:58 AM   #2
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Killed, cleaned and ate a bunch of them growing up. I do miss it as I haven't done it in a long time. Got my bolt action 410 just itching to go. Maybe one of these days soon.
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Old 09-26-2022, 09:00 AM   #3
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I’ve skinned & eat many of them. I can remember as a kid hunting them on our place we used to see & kill mainly the fox squirrel but over the years now we mainly see cat squirrels & rarely see fox squirrels any more. Used to be one of my most enjoyable hunts back in the day.

I’ve got flying squirrels in my place where I live now. My neighbor watches them suckers play & gluide from tree to tree with his thermal early mornings
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Fry the young ones. The older ones go in with dumplings
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Old 09-26-2022, 09:08 AM   #5
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AC gets it.
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Old 09-26-2022, 09:10 AM   #6
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With deer season right around the corner always remember.....

Limb rats also need some luv'n. Nothing makes a good gravy like a limb rat!

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My bet is many on here have never cleaned or eaten squirrel.
They do make excellent gravy.
Iím going to get my grandsons to go out with me and get a mess for a good meal.
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Old 09-26-2022, 09:12 AM   #7
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AC gets it.
My mother n law always made dumplings.
My mother always fried and or smothered them.
I liked them both ways.
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Old 09-26-2022, 09:16 AM   #8
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Iíve skinned & eat many of them. I can remember as a kid hunting them on our place we used to see & kill mainly the fox squirrel but over the years now we mainly see cat squirrels & rarely see fox squirrels any more. Used to be one of my most enjoyable hunts back in the day.

Iíve got flying squirrels in my place where I live now. My neighbor watches them suckers play & gluide from tree to tree with his thermal early mornings
same at our place in houston county. During deer season my dad and I hunted squirrels every other weekend or so. We even hunted the spring seasons now and then.

100% fox growing up and its almost all cats now. I try not to shoot the fox squirrels. Our latest jack russell marks them very well at the house. Im gonna try her out when it cools down and see what happens.
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Old 09-26-2022, 09:18 AM   #9
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With deer season right around the corner always remember.....

Limb rats also need some luv'n. Nothing makes a good gravy like a limb rat!
Nothing says October like biscuits and gravy with fried squirrel!
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Old 09-26-2022, 09:18 AM   #10
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My first hunting memories. Crack barrel .410 with my dad and grandpa. Squirrel and dumplings is still a favorite!
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Old 09-26-2022, 09:21 AM   #11
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Mom would get mad if you head shot one. She loved some squirrel heads.
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Old 09-26-2022, 09:32 AM   #12
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They make a pretty durn good tamale too.
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Old 09-26-2022, 09:50 AM   #13
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Back in the day if you didn’t squirrel hunt, you didn’t hunt much. There were very, very few deer in East Texas around where I lived. You had to go to DCNF to see one, then to a novice it was mostly tails and heels going through the trees. Didn’t have a clue how to hunt deer but I could always get a mess of squirrels. Ducks and squirrels were my mainstay with a few doves and quail for variety.
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Old 09-26-2022, 09:52 AM   #14
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Put on an archery stalk yesterday on a fatty that eventually eluded me.
Num num. Lots of meat on such a smaller critter.
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Old 09-26-2022, 09:54 AM   #15
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Grew up in a pecan orchard. Ate hundreds. Favorite way was with dumplings...
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Old 09-26-2022, 10:08 AM   #16
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Yup. Camping/squirrel hunting next weekend. GF has never been exposed but her and the dog are excited. Taking all the fixin's for dinner so hope i'm not counting my chickens...
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Old 09-26-2022, 10:14 AM   #17
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Yup. Camping/squirrel hunting next weekend. GF has never been exposed but her and the dog are excited. Taking all the fixin's for dinner so hope i'm not counting my chickens...
I took my wife squirrel hunting on our first date.
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Old 09-26-2022, 10:15 AM   #18
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I looked forward to opening morning of squirrel season way more than deer season growing up! I left the fox squirrels alone. Too hard to skin and tough. Give me a vest full of cat squirrels! I made dumplins out of the legs and fried up the backs. Fried cat squirrel back is hard to beat. I never got into cracking the skulls and eating the brains but my friends family would fight over em! Always like hearing the boom, and seeing limbs and leaves fly everywhere and seeing a tree rat cartwheel outta that mess!
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Old 09-26-2022, 10:34 AM   #19
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This thread gives me a stiff neck. Put me in the killed, cleaned and cooked group.
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Old 09-26-2022, 11:31 AM   #20
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Grandpa would get mad if we shot em in the head with our 22's. They would put them in the gumbo, and to them eating the brain was a delicacy. Cleaned and ate many squirrels.
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Old 09-26-2022, 11:48 AM   #21
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They getting ready!!!

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Old 09-26-2022, 12:01 PM   #22
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If it weren’t so dry in my neck of the woods I would be out there in the near future.
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Old 09-26-2022, 12:17 PM   #23
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I'm gonna have to collect me a sa ck full for the freezer this fall. Been a good while since I fried some up.

The fish are biting and there's hogs to be kill-t. Gotta go!
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Old 09-26-2022, 01:25 PM   #24
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I'm going to have to look up a good traditional Squirrel dumpling recipe. I have never had them that way.
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Old 09-26-2022, 01:42 PM   #25
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I'm an avid squirrel killer. Deer hunts often go astray when the squirrels get to moving. I've been known to climb down from a tree just to chase them around!

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Old 09-26-2022, 02:14 PM   #26
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We used to get out of school on opening day

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Old 09-26-2022, 02:20 PM   #27
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Still have a squirrel camp with some buddies every year and we fry them up for dinner.

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Old 09-26-2022, 02:32 PM   #28
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I prefer the nickname "lawn grizzly" to "limb rat", but either way they do taste good!
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Old 09-26-2022, 02:51 PM   #29
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I cooked squirrel and gravy a couple of weeks ago. It was great. I still love to chase squirrels.
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Old 09-26-2022, 04:02 PM   #30
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I'm undecided on what I want to do this weekend.....chase limb rats down the river or take the bow and climber. Might do both.
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Old 09-26-2022, 04:11 PM   #31
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Always opened on a Saturday in La.. We had off Friday due to so many kids missing school to go to the hunting camp. Including teachers
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Old 09-26-2022, 04:30 PM   #32
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Old 09-26-2022, 04:34 PM   #33
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One of my buddies has a couple of good squirrel dogs and it is a blast hunting over them.

Before last year I hadn't squirell hunted in years, used to go as a kid nearly every day after school behind the house.
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Old 09-26-2022, 04:37 PM   #34
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1st Saturday in October. I'll be leavin thurs afternoon headed for skirl camp. Cant wait

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Old 09-26-2022, 05:23 PM   #35
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Great memories from childhood. We would load up and head to Louisiana to my uncle's place for opening day. My aunt Edith would always make squirrel, and dumplings for Sunday dinner.
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Old 09-26-2022, 05:35 PM   #36
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22 shorts and a limit of squirrels!
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Old 09-26-2022, 05:51 PM   #37
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I'm undecided on what I want to do this weekend.....chase limb rats down the river or take the bow and climber. Might do both.
I floated down a river and squirrel hunted once in my life.
That was the best squirrel hunt I have ever been on.
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Old 10-05-2022, 06:56 PM   #38
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I cut my teeth squirrel hunting last year. I just shoot off my back porch mostly. My last batch of squirrel was given away by my wife to our neighbor because she thought it was our left over raw dog food after our dog died. I sure wish I coulda eatin it before she purged my spoils. I hope to go out and squirrel hunt some this year after deer season.


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Old 10-05-2022, 07:35 PM   #39
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I love the cold weather. Those road kill squirrels stay fresh for a long time.
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Old 10-05-2022, 08:05 PM   #40
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I saw something today that I've never seen before. Sitting in Houston on the phone in the hood fixing to walk a job. And all of a sudden I saw something rolling on the ground. A Damm house cat grab this fox squirrel and killed it. And this cat wasn't much bigger than the squirrel. Freaking hood rats

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Old 10-05-2022, 09:55 PM   #41
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Cat squirrels with a .22 is sport. Makes fox squirrels seem easy.
Our Leon country place was mostly fox. The last year is was more 60/40 cats.
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Old 10-05-2022, 10:25 PM   #42
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Hunted squirrel last year for the first time in a long time. My favorite is to float the river. I'm gonna have to do that this year.

When I was about half to a grape Nehi, I hunted with a shotgun. The old man let me but didn't really like it. Too many pellets he'd say.
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Old 10-06-2022, 09:19 AM   #43
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Made some squirrel tacos recently. Not a bad way to eat some if you only shoot a couple.


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Old 10-06-2022, 10:07 AM   #44
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Had a good opening weekend at my camp in Louisiana. Lots of fox squirrels along the Red River bottoms.
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Old 10-06-2022, 10:20 AM   #45
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Shucked many a tree rat when I was a kid. My grandpa taught me the art of squirrel shucking. My Grandma taught me the art of frying them up. I pretty much made squirrels extinct in north Fannin county back in the good ol days.
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I clean swamp rabbit the same way.
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Old 10-06-2022, 10:51 AM   #47
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One of my buddies has a couple of good squirrel dogs and it is a blast hunting over them.

Before last year I hadn't squirell hunted in years, used to go as a kid nearly every day after school behind the house.
We had squirrel dogs for years, and it was lots of fun. My best little dog was a Mtn Feist I got out of Kentucky. We would ride horses or mules and hunt for hours.

Everything has changed so much around here and not many folks will allow any coon or squirrel hunting with tree dogs anymore. Only takes one bad dog to chase a deer and ruin it for all.
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Old 10-06-2022, 11:44 AM   #48
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Had a good opening weekend at my camp in Louisiana. Lots of fox squirrels along the Red River bottoms.

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Old 10-06-2022, 02:03 PM   #50
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