Skinning Squirrels

Skinning Squirrels is a very easy process, which requires little time and is highly rewarding.  The following pictures and instructions are for skinning a squirrel for a mount.  The first step is to cut a slit on the stomach side from the base of the tail to base of the neck.  While leaving the tail intact work your way around the back until you can grab the squirrel all the way around.  Then skin the two hind legs and continue down the squirrel towards the head.  By the time you get halfway down the squirrel, you should have plenty of loose skin to be able to skin the tail.  With normal skinning methods, you should be able to skin at least 2/3 of the tail.  Then  you must hold onto the tailbone with one hand and pull on the skin with the other.  The skin should just slide right off.  After completing the tail, work your way down the squirrel until you reach the base of the head.  Skinning the head is the hardest part and requires patience and concentration.  Begin by carefully skinning until you reach the ears.  In order to not cut the ears, you must watch for the ear canals.  When you reach the ear canal(s), go back to the base of the ear canal and sever it there.  This will ensure that your ears stay intact.  Then continue carefully skinning until you reach the eyeballs.  The eyeballs will appear as dark gray or black circles beneath the skin.  Make sure you catch the skin at the front edge of the eyeball so it does not rip or tear.  Continue to skin normally until finishing at the nose. Now you should have a complete squirrel skin ready for mounting.  If you would rather have your squirrel skinned and/or mounted by a professional, contact us by one of the methods on the contact page.

4 Dead Squirrels

4 Dead Squirrels

Caleb with 4 Dead Squirrels

Caleb with 4 Dead Squirrels

Slit Cut from Tail to Base of Head

Slit Cut from Tail to Base of Head

Skinning a Squirrel

Skinning a Squirrel

Skinning a Squirrel

Skinning a Squirrel

Skinning a Squirrel

Skinning a Squirrel


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