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  1. I am fairly new to this forum but have read a lot over a year so I know this question will be like asking if a Chevy or a Ford truck is best for a farm truck, so for that I apologize. However I am truly waffling each month on whether my first squirrel dog should be a Feist or Cur or some other breed. I have two boys who love hunting as do I they are young 12 and 8. For the past three years we have utilized the spot and stalk method and been successful, but I would like to take the next step and get into hunting with dogs. Because my boys are young I would like a closer working dog like a cut but we have big woods here and we like to hunt long days so wouldn’t want to wear out a smaller dog. (Not even sure that is a thing) We are a dog family. Have one now but not a hunter and I have always owned them. In addition to struggling to decide on breed our area (Central Western Illinois, right along the Mississippi) does not have many if any kennels that I can find or a hunt club nearby for squirrels. So I am also looking for advice on who to visit as I don’t have a lot of connections in this area for squirrel dogs. Our area of Illinois has tons of squirrel habitat and it is easy to get access to hunt squirrels because all anyone around here cares about is big white tails. Hope all that makes sense and any advice would be appreciated. Luke
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  2. Good luck it’s addictive. I don’t think it matters on the breed it’s more about the line of dog you choose. Both breeds have deep hunting/closer hunting dogs you just have to find the line of dogs that hunt the way you’d like. Take it from someone who’s started with puppies it is probably one of the most rewarding things but the flip side to that is it’s also the most frustrating. If all you want is to go out and kill squirrels with your boys I’d buy either a finished or well started dog. After you see how you guys like it maybe next season buy a pup. I hope this helped.
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  3. This was a really good way to cook em. I’ve done it twice now. For the most part mine fell off the bone. However I did have an old grey boar squirrel who’s meat was a different color than the rest when I cleaned em and he was tough as boot leather. In the future I know when I see one like that he can go straight to the dogs. Other than that it was great. I seasoned my flour with tony chachere’s and black pepper. Will be doing it this way from here on out. Do not try to pull this off late of an evening as it took me nearly 3 1/2 hours before they were done. Start about 2 if you want to eat at a decent hour.
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  4. This recipe will make even big fox squirrels very tender 4-5 squirrels cut up in pieces dry well, roll in buttermilk or egg wash Roll in flour seasoned with what you like (Cajun, cavenders, Mortons season all ect) Brown on both sides over medium heat, brown only, not until done!!! Put pieces on a plate that will fit inside of your crock pot. It ok to stack pieces if necessary. Put 1 inch water bottom of crock pot then find small saucer that will fit in bottom, place plate of squirrels on top of saucer. Idea is to steam the squirrels, not let come in contact with water. Put setting on high, leave for 2 hrs-. After 1 hr, batter will be gummy if touched, after 2 hrs it will be just like KFC original recipe. Serve with what ever you like.
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