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Small game season opens in MA./ 18th. century squirrel hunt.
« on: October 20, 2017, 09:22:12 PM »
  Mid Oct. is the start of the small game and upland bird season in my state,  the weather is cooling off a bit, but the season is a bit late,  the leaves are mostly still green in my area and haven't started to shed yet,  my state is split into zones,  the eastern zone is shotgun only for all hunting,  I live in the central zone I can use either shotgun or .22RF or muzzle loading rifle to hunt squirrel and rabbit.
  I usually start out using a shotgun for squirrel then switch to a rifle when the leaves fall off the trees,  I was all set to use my sweet little SKB 20ga. side x side but something drew my attention to my 20ga. French Fusil de Chasse flintlock fowler in the rack,  so it looks like it's going to be a 18th. century squirrel hunt next week.

  Any one else thinking of using a smoke pole for small game this season ?
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Re: Small game season opens in MA./ 18th. century squirrel hunt.
« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2017, 07:18:41 AM »
I used to love small game hunting in IL when I was young.  I don't go nearly as much here in FL.
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Re: Small game season opens in MA./ 18th. century squirrel hunt.
« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2017, 08:28:11 AM »
I used to love small game hunting in IL when I was young.  I don't go nearly as much here in FL.

  Max, I'm not familiar enough with the game or laws in FL. to comment, but I'll bet there are some great opportunities for small game hunting at your place in the Carolina's. 
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Re: Small game season opens in MA./ 18th. century squirrel hunt.
« Reply #3 on: October 21, 2017, 12:10:55 PM »
   We have a healthy population of turkey and squirrels on the 17 acres.  Coon hunters occasionally chase their dogs to our land.  That is a time honored traditional hunt up there.  I think there's a family of fox in the blackberry patch.  We're surrounded by National Forest.  So yeah, primo hunting.

    It's not that FL doesn't have good hunting;  I think it's more I grew up hunting on our private land.  Spoiled.

    Then there's the meat.  Kelly will eat deer, bear sausage,  and oddly rattlesnake (?!?!?) but makes a face at any wild game taste.  She will NOT eat tree rats, cute little bunnies, or that "nasty" dark meat of wild turkey.  So I kill paper Zombies and Terrorists nowadays.

     Oh.  I have plans for the NC range next summer (Or maybe as soon as Thanksgiving) .  Gongs and a dueling post.  That looks like fun.
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Re: Small game season opens in MA./ 18th. century squirrel hunt.
« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2017, 12:45:43 PM »
I don't eat squirrel or rabbit either, but they do make awesome dog food.

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Re: Small game season opens in MA./ 18th. century squirrel hunt.
« Reply #5 on: October 21, 2017, 04:06:38 PM »

  You guys don't know what you're missing,  I can eat rabbit or not, no matter how you cook it it still tastes like chicken,  but squirrel done right is really good eats,  mostly they eat vegetation and nuts, they can taste on the piney side if they are eating pinecones,  but soaked in butter milk for a few hours usually takes that away.
  I usually make a stew with mine,  sometimes I braise s few in the slow cooker on low for about eight hours with chopped onions and a can of prunes undrained, debone it when done and serve it over rice with mashed sweet potatoes on the side.
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« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2017, 07:44:23 AM »
   We have a guy who raises rabbits.  He brings rabbit to some camps.  Takes me back.  Yum.

   Squirrel is a little different.  Mom didn't want any part of them in the house.  Dead or alive.  My dutch oven skills were minimal and it was hit or miss on the squirrel stew.  Kelly walked through the room one day and saw Andrew Zimmern (Bizarre Foods) on the TV.  She asked what that weirdo was eating now.  Fried squirrel brains.  I think she would have been less grossed out if I had been watching Mexican porn. 

   I love dove breast and quail.  That's fun hunting.
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