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Question by big buck hunter7. Uploaded on December 15, 2011
As I skin I roll the skinned part back so the hair gets rolled under. Another trick I have used is to dunk the squirrel in water before skinning it. Both ways I have used helped a little but still not %100.
use a pair of game shears. cut off the head and the legs at the first joint down. now hold the squirrel or rabbit in the middle of the back by the fur only, let the body hang down. now make a cut in the fur insert both thumbs and pull for and aft. the skinned critter will fall right out. cut breastbone and gut. rinse and your all done.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKeFHZwleNE&list=FL1NlbTbISPgnY5SdN_wXCZA... heres how I skin my squirrels and it works really well. You still get some hair on the carcass (as with any skinning method) but its not terrible. You can buy a mini kitchen torch and burn off all the little hairs off. I just saw one for 25 bucks, so not that bad.
Since I save the heads my method is a little different. Water is the key. Make sure your squirrel is soaking wet. I cut my squirrels under the tail and put the tail on a board and set my foot on the tail and pull upward. As the skin comes off I cut the feet off as they come up and then skin the head out as it comes out of the skin. My Dad taught me well, we hardly ever had any hair at all on the squirrel.
About the only method for NOT getting hair on a squirrel while skinning it, is DO NOT skin it!!!
I've never wet a squirrel before skinning, but that sounds as if it might help somewhat. Other than just not skinning them, (Not suggested! Makes the gravy fuzzy!) we just picked off what little hair was left by hand.
Thanks this will help
Just give it a wash in the sink after, don't bother doing any fancy preventatives.
By exercising extreme caution.
if you don't cut off the legs at the knuckles, the head and the tail, it will be difficult. once you do that, cut a slit in the back and pull away from each other. when you gut it, cut shallow! i have tried sarge's method and agree it is better, but have just not been very good at it. if you can, that is the way to go.
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