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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

If you harvest them, eat them

This was from last Fall. Two in the game bag what went quickly into the freezer bag. Gutting the squirrel within an hour makes separating the fir from the meat much easier. Once they stiffen up it becomes a real chore. Open them up while they're still warm and the fir will come off like a glove. If you have no choice but to wait, I recommend throwing a pair of pliers in your pack to make the work a little easier. Especially you older guys who might be suffering from arthritis. I recommend carrying a few freezer bags and an ice pack to keep the meat clean and fresh. And of course, don't shoot anything you don't intend to eat unless you are controlling a pest problem. Out of respect for nature and fellow hunters, leave the woods as clean as you found it. Throw any remains out of sight so animals can feed on it or bury them. Last year someone gutted a deer in the parking lot and left all the remains in a pile right in a parking spot! Families take their kids hiking through our hunting trails on Sundays. A few reports by non-hunters to the police about this type of event could end up shutting down a WMA forever. CT politicians are looking for any excuse to eliminate guns and hunting from the state. Don't give them the opportunity. Report any illegal activities to the DEEP emergency line (860-424-3333). The COs will take gladly care of the problem... and quickly.



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