I've never seen it done still on the animal. Probably alittle easier that way. The one hide I did I skinned it salted and froze it for a later date.i also got the brain and froze it to tan the hide. Got the meat from the deer and went back to the hide I think a month later after deer season. Fleshed the inside out with a scraper. Then soaked the hide in a wood ash water mix for a day. That really helped slop the hair easier. Still a lot of work though. Like I said, probably won't be doing one again. :). I may just buy my hides from now on.
As far as the squirrel, most of the time if I'm going to be out a couple days I have a small tin boiler. I will usually quarter the squirrel, rub some salt and pepper, then par boil it and make a kind of camp soup. Maybe some onion or a potato I bring along. I have cooked over an open camp fire but the get kind of chewy.
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Last edited by Fort fireman; 02-12-2013 at 11:03 AM.