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Re: Favorite Small game [Re: TradHunter89] #14734913 04/01/20
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Used to love hunting the ruffed grouse in Western PA. Went out to some old hunting areas last fall but nothing there now.


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Re: Favorite Small game [Re: maddog] #14736085 04/02/20
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Squirrel, except I don't call em tree rats, I call em "Organic Free Rang Limb Chickens", Limb Chickens for short. grin


Lotsa good recipes. Fried with cornbread and gravy, limb chicken chowder, BBQ'd or teriyaki from pressure cooked, deboned limb chickens.


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Re: Favorite Small game [Re: TradHunter89] #14736722 04/02/20
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Re: Favorite Small game [Re: FyrepowrX] #14741378 04/03/20
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FyrepowrX that fried squirrel looks awesome!

Re: Favorite Small game [Re: TradHunter89] #14741627 04/03/20
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Nice pic polecat. I haven't hunted rabbits with beagles since I was a teenager. My Grandfather use to raise and train Beagles. Those were some fun times. Grandma use to brown em up in a skillet and put them in a pot of home made spagetti sauce made with tomatoes from the garden. let it slow cook for hours. That was the best pasta and sauce ever. Now I'm a granddad. Got 4 grad kids. just started them shooting a 22. Cant wait till they get big enough to take hunting.

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Re: Favorite Small game [Re: TradHunter89] #14742466 04/04/20
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Simply can't beat squirrel hunting however nothing beats fried cottontail!

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Except fried snapping turtle that is...

Re: Favorite Small game [Re: TradHunter89] #14742635 04/04/20
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When we were raising beef and owned our own farm I kept a patch of alfalfa going and provided cover for cottontails.....and kept a pack of beagles. We also had about 30 acres of timber, backed up to....maybe 100 acres of a couple neighbors timber lots. Between rabbits and squirrel I'd hate to have had to choose back then. Now that choice has been made for me. In these rocky, Ozark hills I now own there's maybe 2 bunnies....and 5,000 squirrels right now. Just breaks my heart.


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Re: Favorite Small game [Re: TradHunter89] #14742895 04/04/20
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Imported barbecued vampire Bats.


Re: Favorite Small game [Re: TradHunter89] #14790787 04/16/20
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Squirrels, grey or fox. Rabbits seem to be getting more scarce.[Linked Image from i.postimg.cc]


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Woops! I like them fried.


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Re: Favorite Small game [Re: TradHunter89] #14804274 04/20/20
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This thread makes me jealous. Here in Oz, you're pretty much limited to rabbits or Hares. Both are good fun, and tasty. I'd love to get over to the USA to have a go at squirrels. Interested to see how they compare to rabbit. Ultimate trip would also see me try my luck on a pheasant or two with my 20ga, and some small stream fishing for smallmouth and brookies.


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Aussie, rabbit and squirrel are different but I don't know how I'd describe the difference. They're both delicious. Only thing about squirrels is if you get an old one, and you'll know, they don't fry up tender like the young gray's do. Slow cooked with any of a hundred recipes is the way to cook the oldsters.

Pheasant are both fun and delicious.

I've never taken the opportunity to fish skinny water brookies...or any other kind of water for brookies. Well...I did catch a few in some high lakes in Wyoming but they were incidental. Smallies….where I live is pretty darn good smallie water!! I don't remember who said it other than it ws an outdoor writer a century or more ago who said, "inch for inch and pound for pound they're the fightinist' fish around". From my experience I have to agree with him. They have the attitude of a street bully.


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Re: Favorite Small game [Re: TradHunter89] #14810916 04/22/20
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Squirrels. I like the fox squirrel the best.

Re: Favorite Small game [Re: TradHunter89] #14816877 04/24/20
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Chipmunks.... you just gut them (I am civilized) and roast them over an open fire.. no need to skin them you would waste half the meat..


Re: Favorite Small game [Re: TradHunter89] #14817788 04/24/20
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My favorite is woodcock and pats, if that qualifies for small game.

Re: Favorite Small game [Re: TradHunter89] #14825301 04/27/20
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Pheasant. Fried or smoked with jalapeno and bacon.

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Re: Favorite Small game [Re: TradHunter89] #14833182 04/29/20
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Either you guys' teeth are better than mine, or I don't know how to fry a squirrel. Last one I tried to impress the kids with was so tough it couldn't be chewed. Look good all fried up golden brown though..

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