Author Topic: Need I say more?  (Read 601 times)

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Re: Need I say more?
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2019, 08:54:25 AM »
I use a cheap crummy Harbor Freight grabber that cost maybe $4. Works fine for picking up rats and mice.

For sure if we were ground squirrel hunting I’d just leave them be.

Plus, rattle snakes love ground squirrels. I saw three rattle snakes going in and out of ground squirrel holes a few weeks ago. No grabber is long enough to mess with a rattler as far as I’m concerned.

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Re: Need I say more?
« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2019, 09:46:59 AM »
I've seen in numerous videos depicting rodent control shooting with airguns (rats, grey squirrels, ground squirrels) where the hunter seemingly celebrates their results by picking up the dead quarry, sometimes doing what can fairly be described as fondling the animals, turning them over in their hands, stroking the fur etc. My only thought is horror at the potential for disease transmission. How can these people be so blissfully unaware of the dangers from bubonic plague, Lyme disease, Leptospirosis and all sorts of other very contagious and dangerous diseases? It's a mystery. For me it's always at minimum a large waxy ivy leaf if I'm near that plant, gripping the end of the squirrel's or rat's tail, but usually a 2' long grabber tool. Definitely don't want any contact with urine from these critters, and they usually pee while dying.
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Re: Need I say more?
« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2019, 09:48:13 AM »
Well spoken!
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Re: Need I say more?
« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2019, 02:00:16 PM »
So................I shouldn't eat ground squirrel stew? ;D
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Re: Need I say more?
« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2019, 02:06:18 PM »
I don't see a problem provided the meat is properly washed after skinning/gutting and is properly cooked through. The real problem is in avoiding contact with fluids and bugs in the fur while cleaning and handling generally. Wearing rubber gloves helps, probably enough if you're careful. Might want to go for dish washing gloves to cover up your arms a bit higher. These infectious agents aren't magical, unlikely to leap over a glove, same as how surgeons wear gloves and masks and goggles to prevent getting infections. Think about leprosy and armadillos. Most armadillos carry the bacterium which causes leprosy, and the most common way to get leprosy in North America is eating UNDERCOOKED armadillo. Cooked well it's not a problem.
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Re: Need I say more?
« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2019, 02:13:18 PM »
Ah Gerard, my question was in jest.  Ground squirrel is actually a member of the rat family. The immigrants from SE Asia won't even eat them. And I've seen them eat a lot of stuff I wouldn't touch.
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Re: Need I say more?
« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2019, 02:37:40 PM »
I see, sorry for being a bit slow on the uptake and missing that. Never had to deal with ground squirrels, but it's not much of a leap to grasp that they're just another member of the rats with fuzzy tails clan like grey squirrels. Personally I'll hold off trying squirrel until some truly desperate times. They go straight into the city compost bin. I know a lot of guys like squirrel stew or whatever, but I've seen too much mange, too many swollen ticks, big sores, just general awfulness for them to seem like food to me.
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Re: Need I say more?
« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2019, 02:58:27 PM »
Grey squirrel is good. Put in the smoker with pecan wood, of course after skinning and eviscerating.
The Asians actually put whole grey squirrel in a pot to stew it, and I mean whole, fur and all. Like I said, there are some things I can't believe they eat. :P
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