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    Draptomania.. Here are some squirrels for that baby's coat...

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    by , 01-29-2008 at 12:28 PM (1860 Views)

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    The Maple tree that is in front of my house that the rouge squirrels are trying to carve into oblivion

    As I prepared for the next upcoming winter storm this morning and trying not to bust my ass walking in the melted slush (it was 42 degrees this morning) I noticed that I had chipped wood all over the snow banks under my maple tree in front of my house.

    I had no clue of where all these wood chips were coming from until I looked up and saw a squirrel looking down directly at me out of a hole that was newly chewed into the tree.

    Now this is a very old 60-75 foot tall tree which has definietly see better days.

    This is what these little rats with fluffy tails have done to this particular branch;

    This is squirrel damage on two sides of the same branch.

    Now tonight we are going to have 30-40 mph wind gusts along with more snow along with a very nice 30 degree drop in temps this evening. My concern is that this branch may get taken out...

    I e-mailed my SO (for this week so far ) these pics this morning and he was more concerned with me killing them than the branch coming down. Just for that.. I'm going to name a squirrel after him.

    So Drapt...I just may have some fur for that baby's coat! Wish me luck!

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    1. Draptomania's Avatar

      Dang! Them varmints are destructive! You need so pellets for your BB gun? That baby needs that coat ASAP...haaaaaaa

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    2. Draptomania's Avatar
      so= some*

      I need a nap

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    3. Mamazen's Avatar
      Actually I was thinking of gassing them out....much cleaner and I'm not liable to shoot one of my neighbors in the process LOL

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    4. Draptomania's Avatar
      If your neighbors are anything like mine..well...I'll just leave it at that

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    5. Mamazen's Avatar
      Well... Let's just say I'm not trying to become the focus of the next action alert.....

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    6. Elisa Keisha's Avatar
      lol!! u better not!

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    7. Draptomania's Avatar
      @ "Mamazen needs our help...."

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    8. gaiamon's Avatar
      Hey I started an urban survival manual that teaches one the merits of selectively harvesting these tasty animals for a food source.And they are better than that store brought meat too! After all they only eat of the natural,and better viewed in all their range,and those things that they give,for "the problem is the solution".Steak or Snake its all one thing! And many in the urban areas should include these animals on their list of auxcillary foods.
      As to tree damage,something else is going on thats prehaps you are not observing;ie woodpeckers and other wood borers,for most animals donot destroy their base(land,water,food source etc,unlike humans do.
      I'm very familier with animal husbandry systems,and advise that there is a readied store house of really virable "wild" foods in the urban areas that could help our cause.For instance I laughed when there was a deer caught up between fences in the projects of Atlanta Georgia,and the people,many of them whom did not have much food in their larders was so afraid of this animal and wanted it to go away.Isnt there something missing when NO ONE,NONE OF THEM knew or realized that there in front of them was approximate 275 pounds of great meat(venison) that they could have harvested.Where were all those guns then when the community really needed them!
      I'm working with you sister and others that we see it in another way...selective harvesting is in order......(smile..... and Peace.....Gaiamon

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    9. Mamazen's Avatar
      I had some venison the week before was excellent!

      I was really surprised at the first I thought it was woodchucks...since I have seen them across the street from me. But I have seen the squirrels enter the tree from another established entry hole along that same branch line so I don't know.

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    10. Mamazen's Avatar
      Here are some squirrel recipes that I found for a friend last year Gaiamon....

      Squirrel and Dumplings

      In a large pot, place 6 skinned and cleaned squirrels, 1 chopped onion and a stalk of chopped celery. Cover with water; add 3 chicken bouillon cubes and 2 tablespoons butter; cover and boil until squirrels are tender--about two hours. Remove and de-bone squirrels. Strain broth and set aside.

      With a fork, mix 1 1/2 cups white flour, 1 egg and 1 cup broth, then continue adding flour until the dough no longer sticks to the bowl and is a consistency that can be rolled out. Roll dough out 1/4-inch thick on a floured surface, then with the tip of a sharp knife, cut dough into long, 2-inch wide strips. Cut the strips crossways every 3 inches to make 2- by 3-inch dumplings.

      Return broth to the large pot and place under high heat. Bring to a boil and add squirrel meat, 1 can cream-of-chicken soup and 1 can mushrooms or 1 cup of freshly sliced mushrooms. One by one, add dumplings. Reduce heat to low and cook until done. Add salt and pepper to taste.

      Barbecued Squirrel

      Place the squirrels you wish to cook in a large pot. Cover with water and add plenty of seasoned salt. Boil covered for two hours. Lay two large pieces of heavy duty tinfoil across each other on top of a large serving tray.

      Remove squirrels from pot and place them on the tinfoil and serving tray. Add 1 cup broth and cut into pads 2 tablespoons butter and distribute them evenly over the tinfoil. Fold edges of tinfoil over squirrels and place tinfoil and squirrels on grill over low charcoal fire. Cook for 45 minutes.

      Remove squirrels from tinfoil and place directly on grill. Brush on barbecue sauce and cook for another 15 minutes. Remove and serve.

      Squirrel Salad

      Boil 6 squirrels until tender. The last five minutes of cooking time, add 3 eggs still in their shells. Remove squirrels and eggs from pot and let cool. De-bone squirrels. Peel eggs. In a food processor, grind meat and eggs separately. Place in a large bowl and with a spoon or fork, mix in mayonnaise or sandwich spread and pickle relish to desired consistency and taste. Serve on toast or crackers with your favorite garnish.

      Squirrel Spaghetti

      In large pot, boil 6 to 8 squirrels until tender in water seasoned with 2 chicken bouillon cubes, 1 stalk chopped celery, 1 bay leaf and 1 teaspoon pepper. Strain and reserve 2 quarts broth. In a large roaster pot over medium high heat, brown 1 pound spaghetti in 2 tablespoons olive oil; stir often to avoid burning.

      With spaghetti browned, add 2 cans crushed stewed tomatoes, 1 can of a tomato-pepper mixture, 2 cans chopped mushrooms with juice, 1 clove garlic chopped fine, squirrel meat, 2 quarts broth, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.

      Bake covered in 350 degree oven for two hours. Stir often, uncover last 20 minutes of cooking time and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and leave uncovered. If you have no squirrels, this recipe works well with one large stewing chicken.

      Squirrel Italian

      Brown 2 butchered and floured young squirrels in 2 tablespoons oil. Add 1 chopped onion and 1 sliced green pepper. Sauté. Add 1/2 teaspoon oregano, 1/4 teaspoon mace, 1/4 teaspoon cloves and 1/2 cup dry white wine. Cover and simmer 20 minutes. In a separate pan, sauté 1/2 pound fresh mushrooms in butter. Add to 1/2 cup tomato sauce. When hot, pour over squirrels and serve.

      Pan-Fried Squirrel

      Cut and separate hind legs, front legs and backs of 4 young squirrels. Dredge pieces in flour mixed with pepper and plenty of your favorite seasoned salt. Pour enough vegetable oil in skillet to cover the bottom to a depth of about 1/3-inch and heat to medium-high. In hot oil, cook squirrel until well-browned on all sides. Turn, taking care to avoid knocking off coating. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover skillet and cook until pieces are fork-tender, about 25 minutes.

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