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Apparently tastes like chicken! Some advice from an article in Backwoods Home Sept/Oct 2009: remove the glands from under males’ arms, as they add a gamey taste. Soaking the animal overnight in salt water helps with the taste, and, since they are such muscled scurriers, tis best to slow cook them.
 
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certianly does not taste like chicken
flavor is strong best in my opinion for soups
 
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More like duck than chicken, but not a bad taste at all.  Had a hunter friend who kept a 5 gal bucket of smoked squirrels in his kitchen.  Anytime you wanted a snack, just grab one by a limb and start chewing. 
 
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As this article says:  "Give squirrel a whirl:.

http://eatocracy.cnn.com/2011/05/20/give-squirrel-a-whirl/#comments?hpt=C2

"Chicken of the trees."
 
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The squirrel I have eaten was decidedly un-chickenlike.

Dark meat, very lean. Good eatin' but not even remotely like chicken.

It's an interesting cultural phenomenon that so many exotic meats are described as tasting like chicken. Maybe it's because most Americans have only beef, chicken and pork as their taste experience for meats.

The American classic recipe for squirrel is arguably Brunswick stew.
 
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In a world of deer hunters, I stand out as the lone nut gunman. Not because of killing JFK, but because of not following the pack into the woods in pursuit of wild goat. Some people call'em deer, I calls em goats.

And I don't eat goat.

Squirrels and rabbits on the other foot, I both enjoy hunting and eating. When eating either of these tasty lil morsels, you will be well served by being able to recognize a young animal from an older one. After we return from a successful hunting trip, all of the younguns are separated out and ultimately fried. The older ones typically go into a pot of dumplings.

Except for this one caveat and the assertion that it tastes like chicken, the information from Backwoods Home is accurate.

 
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Watch the video at the MD squirrel melts thread which shows not only how to prepare squirrel melts, but also a snippet on teaching a young boy how to hunt them!
 
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