Bar Room Banter: The Great Squirrel Stampede of 1822

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Bar Room Banter: The Great Squirrel Stampede of 1822

There’s a difference between book smart and bar smart. You may not be book smart, but this series can make you seem educated and interesting from a barstool. So, belly up, pour yourself a glass of something good, and take notes as we look at America’s most destructive stampede of squirrels this side...
Jordan Sillars Nov 9, 2022
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How to Hunt Late Winter Cottontails

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How to Hunt Late Winter Cottontails

Cottontail hunting is consistently underrated. The practice has declined in popularity over the years, and I can’t see why—it’s exciting, accessible, inexpensive, and offers some of the best table fare you can find in the woods. And while popular practice and opinion may say differently, one person...
Steve Schwartz Feb 24, 2022
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Skunting: The Ancient Art of Hunting on Skis

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Skunting: The Ancient Art of Hunting on Skis

Post-holing through knee-deep snow is the preferred method of winter hunting in America. On the other hand, skiing is generally embraced by those who lap groomed runs until the legs give out or the après booze starts flowing. There's nothing wrong with this contemporary version of skiing, but it's...
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Clay Newcomb's 8 Best Squirrel Hunting Tips

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Clay Newcomb's 8 Best Squirrel Hunting Tips

In Episode 5 of MeatEater Season 10, Steve, Janis, and Clay load up the mules and dogs for an Arkansas squirrel hunt. Here are some of Clay’s best tips and tricks to get squirrels from the woods, skinned, and into the crockpot, preferably served with dumplings. Find the Food, Find the Squirrels Clay...
Maggie Hudlow Oct 1, 2021
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'Every Chunk of Rabbit:' A Tribute to Ursula

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'Every Chunk of Rabbit:' A Tribute to Ursula

For as long as I knew her, she was ready to die. Damn her. No one treasured work, love, laughter, family, and devotion more than she did. But for her last 30-plus years, if the bucket were sitting there, you knew she would kick it without fear. Loved ones saw no bravado in her attitude. That was...
Patrick Durkin May 7, 2021
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Video: How to Make a Raccoon Baculum Toothpick

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Video: How to Make a Raccoon Baculum Toothpick

It seems like every southern state has adopted the raccoon baculum as their own. You may have heard it called the "Texas Toothpick," "Arkansas Toothpick," or "(insert your favorite state) Toothpick." Regardless of where it originated, the curved penis bone of the raccoon is one of the most unique...
Clay Newcomb Mar 23, 2021
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Porcupine Meat: Novelty Meal, Ultimate Survival Food

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Porcupine Meat: Novelty Meal, Ultimate Survival Food

During the survival adventure of a lifetime, I got to experience firsthand what it’s really like to live in the woods without outside help for as long as possible. Of the many things I learned in the Canadian sub-Arctic as a contestant on the History Channel show “Alone,” I found out that rabbit...
Callie Russell Feb 23, 2021
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How to Kill a Limit of Rabbits with a Bow

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How to Kill a Limit of Rabbits with a Bow

As big game seasons close across the country, it’s a good time to turn your focus to small game. Not only are rabbits great table fare, but they also offer an excellent opportunity to sharpen your archery skills. After all, this is probably the time of year when bows are neglected most. Lessons...
Dylan Tramp Jan 20, 2021
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Video: How to Skin a Raccoon

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Video: How to Skin a Raccoon

On a dark winter night in 1994, my best friend’s uncle taught me how to skin a raccoon using a short rope, two green sticks, and a knife. He emphasized getting green sticks just the right size and not cutting too shallow around the ears and eyes. He didn’t refer to it this way, but the method he...
Clay Newcomb Jan 18, 2021
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Video: How to Skin a Squirrel in 1 Minute

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Video: How to Skin a Squirrel in 1 Minute

In my experience, this is the best method for skinning squirrels, especially if they were killed with a shotgun or have a torn-up hide. I call it the “Batesville Method,” but a more descriptive name would be the dip-and-snip. First, dip the squirrel in water. This keeps most of the hair off the meat...
Clay Newcomb Jan 4, 2021
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Video: How to Make Squirrel Tail Christmas Ornaments

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Video: How to Make Squirrel Tail Christmas Ornaments

Looking to add some class to your Christmas tree? I can help you do it. Utilizing wild game for food is the primary reason we hunt, but for eons hunters have memorialized the chase by using non-edible parts of the animal for ornamentation. In this video, you’ll learn how to make two types of...
Clay Newcomb Dec 3, 2020
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