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How To Get Squirrels

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by ShaneClark, Jun 6, 2020.

  1. ShaneClark

    ShaneClark New Member

    Hello I hope that this is the right place to put this post. I've found a squirrel on the side of the road that's in near perfect condition (from what I can tell by looking at it no idea what the Inside is like) but my guardians wont let me keep it in the house I'm going to tryhttps://trackeasy.fun/usps/ https://showbox.tools/ http://essaywriter.fun/ and convinced them to let me have it in the freezer downstairs but I'm not sure I can. Is there anyway to preserve it outside till I'm ready to skin it or is there a place I could buy squirrels as there argument for not wanting it inside is that it could have some king of disease and fleas since it was wild.
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2020
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  2. joeym

    joeym Old Murphey

    The chances of disease are practically nil if it's a roadkill. You must bag it and freeze. There are really no other practical options. If it makes them feel better, triple bag it before placing in the freezer. It will be OK.
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  3. whitetails and fish only

    whitetails and fish only Well-Known Member

    Check around on this site. There is usually somebody that is selling squirrels. Bottom of first page in the for sale section has some grey squirrels for sale.
    Last edited: Jun 6, 2020
  4. LostNewbie

    LostNewbie Member

    If you absolutely cannot keep it in the freezer if it isn't already too late, case skin it and then look up how to properly salt it. If it is salted it can last without refrigeration for a year, maybe even more time. I myself am new to taxidermy and I don't know too much, but you can reliably salt mammal pelts to make them last. I don't know the exact salting process but youtube videos help a lot, as well as past posts on this website. When you're ready to mount the squirrel or tan it, you just rehydrate it in salt water (there are specific ratios, again, look it up for proper measurements). My parents also would not let me keep squirrels in the freezer but I got my friend to store them instead. I also acquired a roadkill mallard duck which they allowed me to store only because I told them that if you salt birds, it's much harder to rehydrate them than it is mammals. Also, if it is roadkill and you plan to mount it, beware of skin slippage. Skin slippage is when hair falls out of the pelt due to bacterial growth and decomposition which happens frequently with less than fresh roadkill. If the roadkill smells like anything other than blood or if it smells like it's beginning to rot, it may be too late for it. Or, if you cut into it and notice that the meat is a sickly grey or has a greenish tinge it may also be too late.