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Title: carryin squirrels
Post by: hunter220 on December 19, 2005, 04:05:24 PM
     im just wonderin how u all carry the squirrels that u killed while your hunting. I ve seen alot of interesting ways to do  this and idk wut the best way is.




                     thanks guys. and good hunting  O0



                                       
Title: Re: carryin squirrels
Post by: Morax on December 19, 2005, 04:20:43 PM
well i used to use a old leather shoestring and do double loops on the neck and let 'em hang but then thinking about it i didnt think it would be too safe and end up gettin popped one.. so now i toss em into the game bag on the turkey vest i use.. but now this also opens the topic of gutting before or after transporting, i usually gut in the field and toss 'em into a gallon size zip lock "gumband" rubberband whatever the thing down to size and toss them that way...
Title: Re: carryin squirrels
Post by: Mad River on December 19, 2005, 04:33:21 PM
I stuff them in the game bag of my vest and gut and clean them at home. O0
Title: Re: carryin squirrels
Post by: MARLIN on December 19, 2005, 05:06:06 PM
I have a back-pack/game pack that I shove them in, then clean the rats at home.
Title: Re: carryin squirrels
Post by: Ks_Sniper on December 19, 2005, 05:35:12 PM
I also just use an old backpack. I just throw em in there and take care of business later. O0
Title: Re: carryin squirrels
Post by: hunter220 on December 19, 2005, 06:40:07 PM
sounds like thorwing 'em in some kind of pack is the way to go :wink:
               thaks guys
Title: Re: carryin squirrels
Post by: CZSQ on December 19, 2005, 06:41:08 PM
I use  a game bag/vest and sometimes an old day pack... depends on the conditions, temp., etc...
I always clean them before I stuff them in the vest/bag. Most of my kills will be head shots without any damage to the guts but I still like getting them out and letting the critter cool down.
Title: Re: carryin squirrels
Post by: Whitetail870 on December 19, 2005, 08:04:20 PM
Ok hunter220 this is for you. I took these pics of my game strap that is very nice i made it out of parashute cord. the pics are on next post, hopefully it was not letting me on this one.
Title: Re: carryin squirrels
Post by: APRock on December 19, 2005, 10:07:27 PM
I still have my old "Head Hanger" - hang it on your belt, stick the heads in, metal and canvas thing.  Problem with those is you get blood all over your pants and if you make a good headshot you got nothing to hang them from.  So now I usually take a vest along.  As far as gutting goes, it depends on the temp.  If it is a warmer day early in the season, I gut em and toss em in the bag.  Cold days, mid to late season, I let them sit for a while to cool off then in the bag they go till I get home.
Title: Re: carryin squirrels
Post by: john on December 20, 2005, 04:05:40 PM
throw them in my game vest.  have to wear it for the orange anyway.
Title: Re: carryin squirrels
Post by: olhippie on December 22, 2005, 09:30:28 PM
...Here in Georgia early squirrel season(opens mid August!) is WARM,so cleaning your kill promptly becomes the order of the day. I don't hunt much that early,to hot for me,to many bugs,and the fish are still filling the live wells anyway. As cooler weather comes I get the primal urge that drives me to the field and wood,wanting to savor that wonderful smell of burnt powder again!Once the leaves are down in NOvember I get really serious! A game pocket is all I need then.My hunting coat's game pocket will take the dozen GA daily limit with room to spare.I've never bagged that limit yet.Wish I had a squirrel spot that prime!So far as gutting the little fellows,I don't believe it's necessary in the 30-40 degree range temps common from November on.The biggest hassle in waiting till I get home is that the critters have cooled out stiff, and the hide is much tougher to peel when they've cooled out..
Title: Re: carryin squirrels
Post by: John Andrews on December 23, 2005, 08:53:30 AM
I have one of those gamebag belts will hold a few, and I also carry one of those wire neck carriers. The bag is hard pressed to carry 6 squirrels.
Title: Re: carryin squirrels
Post by: Meat Hunter on December 30, 2005, 09:56:02 AM
 ol'hippie, everyone knows that you hate to clean squirrels and will even eat them as they fall to avoid skinning them.  If you'd just quit shooting those junkey ol Kimbers you'd have less squirrels to clean.   O0
Title: Re: carryin squirrels
Post by: Big58cal on December 31, 2005, 12:04:00 AM
Figured that someone would already post this, but guess not.  'We Be Po' here in KY. :-[  I prefer to do it the "old" way, and it's still one of the best I've found yet.

Once you've got a squirrel, hold the thing by it's back legs, with the belly toward you and the tail away.  I usually grab the foot on the left, but it doesn't really matter.  Anyway, with the belly toward you, grab the very outside toe on one of the back feet and pull it diagonally inward.  This will strip all of the hide off of the foot, exposing the tendons in the foot.  I'll then find a likely looking bush/small tree.  Cut a stick, with a fork on one end.  Sharpen the other end.  Once you've got the hide pulled off the foot, stick the pointed end of the stick under the tendons on the foot.  You've not got yourself a "handy-dandy" squirrel carrier.  Any other squirrels you get, just repeat the steps of pulling on the toe to expose the tendons and then put them on the stick.

The great thing about this is that it doesn't weight you down like a game bag will, and you can drop them off at selective areas to come back and get later (if you've going to be coming back by the the area).  The other good thing about it is that you don't get anything bloody and have to wash it.  One of the main reasons that I do it this way though is because it keeps the squirrels stretched out.  After they've been dead for a while, if they're in a game bag/pouch, the squirrels tend to get all bunched up in a ball.  When it comes to cleaning them, I hate trying to straighten them out if they're stiff.  By putting them on the stick, they stay straight, and make cleaning a little easier.

As far as gutting them, I don't fool with it in the field.  Even when it's hot, you're only going to stay out there maybe a couple of hours.  The critters will keep and still taste fine.  I've hunted in June (our Spring squirrel season), as well as mid August when it's pretty warm, with no ill effects to the taste of the meat.
Title: Re: carryin squirrels
Post by: John Andrews on January 01, 2006, 12:08:14 PM
I have used the stick carry for years. It has many advantages. For years I stuck the stick through my pants belt and carried them that way, too. I think at times the dead squirrel tails attracted some unwanted attention from live squirrles, so I started carrying the dead squirrels concealed. BC probably has any live squirrels killed before they have time to spot any dead ones being carried by him, though. Of this, I really have no doubt. I am much older and slower, and undoubtly have to get much closer to take the shot than BC has to.  Hence, spooked squirrels when they spot swinging dead squirrels attatched to my belt. The squirrel tails are also set in motion when I arrive at the treed squirrel's tree, probably because of my heavy huffing and puffing when my old carcass finally arrives within range of a shot.  I used to always check the squirrel tails I was carrying on my belt, to try to have the light side of the tails not showing outwards. I figured the underneath light side of the squirrel tails would be spotted easily by intended victims that were still able to see. Especially while you are moving and the tails flopping around. Thinking of it, maybe it would actually attract the squirrels, too. Tree rats are really curious critters, and might actually move closer to check out the squirrel tails, I dunno.  Some squirrels die laughing while watching an old Indian huffing and puffing up a hill and stop behind a tree to catch his breath.  I trick them. Actually, I am there behind the tree, catching my breath. While they are still rolling with laughter, I have caught my wind and get a rifle rest on the tree, and send a .17HMR 17gr Vmax bullet in their direction.  You folks ever see a squirrel's laughing face in your crosshairs? Probably not, but I'm getting used to it.  :-[:wink: ;D
Title: Re: carryin squirrels
Post by: olhippie on January 01, 2006, 04:21:30 PM
....John makes a great point in partial jest,which a sober thinking squirrel hunter ought to pay a heavy ladle of savy to! Just think about it folks, to a squirrel there's little in his surrounding that he'll pay greater heed to, than the flaging from a fellow squirrel ! Why that little critter seems to have devised a signal system that rivals our semiphore(sp?) signal system. He'll twitch that tail in subtlely different ways to convey things from  CAUTION-CALM- HIT THE HIDEAWAY-to YIKES, RUN for your life!....Now with several dead critters dangling from a fellows belt,tails flapping in the breeze,there's just no telling what thats saying to those little rascals 'behind the bark', we'll maybe never see!..Just something to think about..Who says squirrel hunting is just for the beginning hunter? YES it's ideal as an entry point for young folks beginning a hunter's life,but it's also the 'lair' of many an advanced hunter,and surely the place where hunting's finest marksmen abide.... America's most fabled crack shots honed thier skill in the pursuit of the grey squirrel. Just check out early America's legendary marksmen, and you'll find the list repleat with squirrel hunters..I do love the challenge of whitetail hunting. Deer are amoung the wariest of quarry,but what the squirrel lacks in caution,what he gives up to turkey in eyesight, he makes up for with his forever figgeting mannerisms. Even when the little guy hasn't the foggiest idea you're within rifleshot of him, most often he's still scurrying about with only those fraction second stops here and there,presenting to the rifleman a very challenging stop and go target ,about the size of a silver dollar! I raise my cup to mr. squirrel,he's added so much to this hunter's life,i'll forever pray that his kind will flourish in our forrests,and generations of hunters yet to come will enjoy a hunter's stalk with him...By the way this is the best squirrel forum i've found on the web..Thanks Gutpile!
Title: Re: carryin squirrels
Post by: John Andrews on January 02, 2006, 11:02:17 AM
I like what olhippie says, and the way he wrapped it up. This is THE Forum to have fun and learn on. My hat is off to you, Sir Gutpiles! O0 O0 O0
Title: Re: carryin squirrels
Post by: Mad River on January 02, 2006, 12:37:56 PM
I like what olhippie says, and the way he wrapped it up. This is THE Forum to have fun and learn on. My hat is off to you, Sir Gutpiles! O0 O0 O0

I would whole heartedly agree.  O0
Title: Re: carryin squirrels
Post by: longfisher on January 04, 2006, 12:20:20 PM
I always put the rats in a gallon size ziplock plastic bag into which I've previously added a couple of teaspoons of Sevin Dust for the fleas.  It's amazing how many fleas I find dead in the bottom of the bag when I load it with three or more squirrels and then go to clean them at the end of the day.

Oh, of course, I put the bag into a pocket of my fanny pack.
Title: Re: carryin squirrels
Post by: Morax on January 04, 2006, 06:19:27 PM
I always put the rats in a gallon size ziplock plastic bag into which I've previously added a couple of teaspoons of Sevin Dust for the fleas.  It's amazing how many fleas I find dead in the bottom of the bag when I load it with three or more squirrels and then go to clean them at the end of the day.

Oh, of course, I put the bag into a pocket of my fanny pack.

i am assumeing ya dont gut them while in the field do you? and when ya get em home you wash em down before doing anything or no? i would be real scared of poisoning myself  :shock:
Title: Re: carryin squirrels
Post by: Meat Hunter on January 05, 2006, 01:23:38 PM
Get a TURKEY VEST. It has all the room you need for a day in the woods. Plenty of pockets, a drop down seat to keep your butt dry and comfortable. Big game bag for a heap of bushytails. I use one for turkey hunting , one for squirrels, one for deer. Just grab it and go.  Another useful contraption! :D :twisted:
Title: Re: carryin squirrels
Post by: Meat Hunter on January 05, 2006, 01:26:16 PM
longfisher, SEVEN DUST WILL KILL YOU! The fleas come off with the skin! :twisted:
Title: Re: carryin squirrels
Post by: olhippie on January 05, 2006, 08:09:31 PM
....FAR OUT! No fleas on my squirrels..Can you say pancreatic cancer?...Be careful Morax,kidding aside, Sevin dust is very toxic,and though it breaks down with time and sunlight,its a WHOLE LOT more dangerous to you than a few fleas..Fleas leave a dead animal pretty quickly anyway.Once the circulatory system stops,blood presure drops to ZERO, and the little buggers can't get the 'food' they want with thier bite they drop off looking for a  host with blood presure..Ticks do the same.
Title: Re: carryin squirrels
Post by: Morax on January 05, 2006, 09:11:43 PM
....FAR OUT! No fleas on my squirrels..Can you say pancreatic cancer?...Be careful Morax,kidding aside, Sevin dust is very toxic,and though it breaks down with time and sunlight,its a WHOLE LOT more dangerous to you than a few fleas..Fleas leave a dead animal pretty quickly anyway.Once the circulatory system stops,blood presure drops to ZERO, and the little buggers can't get the 'food' they want with thier bite they drop off looking for a  host with blood presure..Ticks do the same.

olhippie, that was longfisher that does the seven dusting! not me i would be the one afraid of poisoning myself there ^^^
Title: Re: carryin squirrels
Post by: longfisher on January 06, 2006, 10:32:43 AM
Hmmm...poisoning?  Never even considered it...dumb&ss that I am, I guess.  I suppose I've used so much of the stuff around the house and garden and gotten so much on and in myself that I've never considered it too much danger.  Thanks for the reminder and the sanity check.  I'll think better of it in the future...even in the garden.
Title: Re: carryin squirrels
Post by: CZSQ on January 06, 2006, 02:50:56 PM
Ran across this on the web... never hear of an endangered squirrel. Anyone out there heard of these critters?
Title: Re: carryin squirrels
Post by: Morax on January 06, 2006, 04:17:47 PM
maybe its a "area" reserve type o thing.. anything inside is safe..
Title: Re: carryin squirrels
Post by: olhippie on January 06, 2006, 07:05:25 PM
...Morax, Sorry for y\the ID confusion in my previous post..