and the free lunches came to an end.

(Putting this post behind a split, because it contains images of small, dead rodent-type animals.  If the sight of deceased small, dead rodent-type animals bothers you, or you do not like to read about killing small, dead rodent-type animals, do not proceed.)

Notice to neighborhood squirrels:  The bird feeder is now BIRDS ONLY.  Climb up onto the feeder and chase off the birds at your own risk.  Health warning: eating out of the feeders while being a squirrel may cause permanent brain damage.

Squirrel Hunt 005


44 thoughts on “and the free lunches came to an end.

  1. JohnO says:

    So what tool did you finally decide to use? looks like pellet gun damage to my (severely) untrained eye.

  2. Tam says:

    Nice shootin’, Tex. 🙂

  3. Jumblerant says:

    I’m guessing you’ll be having the furry dudes as your free lunch?

    If not, they’ll make a nice pair of winter slippers for one of the kids. (No nightmares there I’m sure…)


    • Marko Kloos says:

      They’re too small for slipperization, but I’ve never had squirrel, so they’re going to be lunch. Also, it’s good form not to waste your kills, and all that.

      • Kristopher says:

        Very good. I never understood trophy hunting anyway. If you can eat your kill … you should.

        • Tam says:

          If I shoot a chipmunk in the garden, it ain’t cause I’m looking to mount the head, except maybe on a pike as a warning to other chipmunks to stay the hell out of my garden.

        • Kristopher says:

          Ain’t enough meat on a chipmunk to bother.

  4. Rey B says:

    Young squirrels are most tasty breaded and fried. The older ones get cooked down, deboned, and mixed with barbecue sauce.

  5. chris says:

    Seriously,they might not make kiddie slippers,but are great for little kiddie hand puppets.


  6. Squirrel is some good eatin’.

    The squirrels down here in Florida are so skinny you’d have to whack a half dozen to make a decent meal. I miss those plump northern squirrels.

    Enjoy! Post your recipe!

  7. Liz Ditz says:

    Nice shooting. Would you like to come out to California and attend to the raccoon that has discovered my pool and birdfeeder? He (or she) had discovered how to knock the feeder over and how to get at the suet feeders. Most of the urban coons are too smart for the Havahart traps.

    The critter leaves big, muddy footprints.

    • ErnestThing says:

      Unfortunately, pest removal in incorporated (city) areas of California is severely limited. Since you can’t use any gas powered projectile launcher (gun, air gun, pellet gun, paintball gun) within city limits.

      Hunting bows and crossbows, are legal to discharge in a safe fashion (ie, out of sight of anyone who would freak out and call the police). But using one to dispatch a pest animal would be poaching, animal cruelty, and several other nasty charges if caught.

      I’m sure there are many places that would be happy to charge you a few hundred dollars to remove your pest. But if you’re not so inclined, the three S’s are your friend.

  8. Evan Price says:

    After you skin them and eat them, mount their heads on those little plastic spears that cocktail drinks are served with, and put them up by the bird feeders, pour encourage les autres….

  9. Heath J says:


    I believe Evan Price wins this thread. Rodent heads on pikes is totally the way to go…

  10. Gerry N. says:

    You realize, of course, that these two were merely the vanguard. The ravening horde will be along shortly. Squirrels breed like, well, squirrels and their numbers are legion. If one knows a food source, they all know it.

    You are in like flynn if it turns out you and your family like squirrel. If you don’t, craigslist is as good a place as any to begin looking for that back hoe you’ll be needing.

    Gerry N.

    • Rick R. says:

      According to Exiern, squirrels are all cyborgs that share a collective hive mind.

      As Ahnold would say, “They’ll be back.”

  11. Jay G. says:

    Backhoe nothing. Marko needs a trebuchet…

  12. Isaiah Kellogg says:

    Squirrel can be very, very tough. First time I fried one up, I bit in and my canines squeaked off the meat. I couldn’t get my teeth into the meat.

    The only way I found to tenderize them was to use a cultured brine. Mix up some milk, salt and sugar. Add a spoon of unflavored yogurt and a bit of kefir, mix it up well and let it sit at room temperature with the meat in it. The bacteria will eat the connective tissue and keep the meat from spoiling, while the calcium in the milk does something with chemicals and the end result is squirrel that’s as tender as butter.

    I usually let it soak in the brine for 2 days at room temperature.

  13. Caleb says:

    25 yards with CB .22 Shorts and a pair of headshots? That is some damned fine shooting.

    • Jay G. says:

      Caleb, I’ve seen Marko shoot. This is barely scratching the surface of the man’s prowess with a rifle.

      I’ll bet $20 the squirrels saw him pick up the rifle and offed themselves first, just because…

  14. Fred2 says:

    Eat Them?

    I think Tam’s idea of “heads on pikes” has merit.

    Though for the full metal jacket Roman version, soak them in tar, impale them, and light them on fire at twilight to encourage their brethren to stay away.

    After all nothing says “we disapprove” like flaming squirrel.

    It might attract coyote and the like though, which is not necessarily an improvement.

  15. lenf says:

    You see how it starts. A week ago they didn’t need killin’. Today all that has changed. They crossed the line. This is only the beginning. They are territorial and these two (and there may be two more) found and claimed this territory. When they are gone, more will follow. “Nature abhors a vacuum”. If you shoot they grey ones shown in your first photo. DO NOT POST THE PICTURES. They greys are to be taken in season only from Sep 1 to Dec 31, limit 5 per day. There is no season and no limit on red squirrels, though you do not need a license for either (or anything else) if you are hunting on your own property, where you live.

  16. Kevin S says:

    Phew! When I read the title of this post, my first thought was that you were going to stop blogging… Never been more relieved to see pics of dead squirrels…

  17. Justthisguy says:

    Concur on the scrawnyness of the FL squirrels. I think it’s due to the developers having scraped away all the sand oaks, and to the FL palm rats getting all that free food from the introduced palm trees, making them big and strong enough to terrorize the squirrels.

    Back before my roommate retired, he’d turn up his nose at squirrels, but would usually leave a partially eaten rat corpse on the doorstep every morning. Now all he kills is Purina Senior Formula.

    @Liz: Fancy meeting you here! I mostly remember you from autie blogs.

  18. Miss Em says:

    If I could shoot like you then the “Gray furry-butt tree-rats” in my location would have an ongoing program of Tree-rat extinction.
    So with my inability, I’m going to paint-ball the little F****ers so the haws and falcons can see them easier.

    Any better ideas are greatfully welcomed.
    Miss Em

  19. Freaking awesome.

    Best comment EvAr! “nothing says “we disapprove” like flaming squirrel”

  20. Kevin says:

    Heh…dead tree rats…..
    Well you could tie the tails onto the antenna on your VeHICle and drive around causing liberals and PETA idjits heads to explode.
    Now that would be funny!!!

  21. Justthisguy says:

    The first time I ever saw the term “tree rats” was in a Clarke story in “Tales from the White Hart”, I believe it was. Sir Arthur had one of the characters say that he called them tree rats because that didn’t upset people as much as his talking about shooting the cute little squirrels.

    • Justthisguy says:

      P.s. I, like Tam, spent many years in the Atlanta, GA, area. That place is all infested and pestiferified and polluted and plagued and just plain overrrun with zillions of big fat smartass arrogant rude squirrels. They’ll eat yer house.
      Or at least chew lotsa big holes in it, and then move in and set up housekeeping.

  22. Carteach0 says:

    Squirrel Chili.

    Just sayin…..

    Oh, nice shootin there Tex!

  23. og says:

    Squirrel is excellent. Fried like chicken or crock potted by the brace, it’s a good meal.

    Squirrel fur is easy to treat, and keeps salted in the freezer for literally years until you want to tan it. And no better glove liner was ever made, in my opinion. Takes about six small squirrels to line a glove.

  24. jimbob86 says:

    Nice shootin’.

    Their tails look oddly short ….. guess you don’t call it “Castle Frostbite” for nothin’ …….

    • Marko Kloos says:

      The bottom one’s tail is all there, but the top one lost the rear half when I picked up its owner by said tail to move him indoors from the frozen front step where he had been temporarily deposited. Just an hour in this weather was enough to make Mr. Squirrel’s noggin freeze to the wood.

  25. Marja says:

    I think the skins were once used for money in this part of the world, so presumably the fur is good for something. You’ll need to shoot a few more before you have enough fur for anything but pom poms, though.

  26. jimbob86 says:

    Seen at Cowboy Blob’s.

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