Originally Posted by jimogden1984
To clean I used to cut the bottom of the tail, through the meat and bone but not all the way through. Skin up the back an inch or 2. Then you can lay it on its back, stand on the base of the tail and pull up on the back of the legs. If done right it'll peal a strip a couple inches wide all the way to the neck. Then all you have to do is go around the stomach and pull the skin from around the legs down to the ankles. Break ankles and cut. Then cut the head off and the skin and head will all be one piece.
Still sounds complicated!
Spread squirrels' back legs wide, 1 cut from paw to anus, same on other side. Skin around base of tail & use thumbnail to strip tail. No more knife until ears & eyes (we sell the pelt, meat is bait).
29 seconds, while walking to next active feedpile.
On N trapline even used a Sheraden pellet gun, 40 squirrels was average day.