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Offline ray40cal

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Removing scent glands
« on: October 27, 2009, 10:53:05 AM »
I did not know squirrels had little scent glands that can game up the meat. I hear they are under the armpits and small, but is it both pairs of legs or are htey just under the front legs?  Any pics to show what they look like?
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Re: Removing scent glands
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2009, 02:20:27 PM »
I havn't heard of these but next time I bag a squirrel I will look and would love to see a picture of it.
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Re: Removing scent glands
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2009, 05:25:21 PM »
If I'm thinking right, on the inside side of a front leg quarter, there's some grayish material.  That may be what you're talking about.  I always cut it off when I'm cleaning them up in the sink.

I'll have to do a little research and see if I can figure out exactly what/where they are.
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Re: Removing scent glands
« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2009, 05:28:37 PM »
Bout all animals have scent glands. Some are worse than others though. O0
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Re: Removing scent glands
« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2009, 05:33:08 PM »
If I'm thinking right, on the inside side of a front leg quarter, there's some grayish material.  That may be what you're talking about.  I always cut it off when I'm cleaning them up in the sink.

I'll have to do a little research and see if I can figure out exactly what/where they are.

I think I have seen the little grey parts but didn't pay any attention to them
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Re: Removing scent glands
« Reply #5 on: October 28, 2009, 11:16:08 AM »
Yep, those little gray kernels you see after you skin the squirrel. Sometimes I remove them, but no problem if they aren't removed. The squirrel is still good eating with the kernels left in them.
I usually see the kernels in older buck squirrels.
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Re: Removing scent glands
« Reply #6 on: October 28, 2009, 11:21:47 AM »
so removing them doesn't make them less gamey?
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Re: Removing scent glands
« Reply #7 on: October 28, 2009, 11:24:25 AM »
so removing them doesn't make them less gamey?
To me, the meat is still just fine if the kernels are not removed. If you do want to remove the kernels, the kernels can just be finger pinched and easily pulled out.
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Re: Removing scent glands
« Reply #8 on: October 28, 2009, 11:28:37 AM »
ok I will do this on my next squirrel killin expedition
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Re: Removing scent glands
« Reply #9 on: November 30, 2009, 09:53:44 PM »
We remove the scent glands from our squirrels. The few times we didnt they really smelled while cooking and had a strong taste. Theres one under each front arm/armpit. The little tuft of hair on each front ankle we remove too as gramps said it was a gland. I dunno if he was right but we've always cut it off. We remove all fat tissue etc off the rear end too.
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