Roast Squirrel

Squirrel improperly cooked can be quite unpalatable. Slow roasting works really well, and with the right seasonings, can produce terrific tasting meals. Look at how nice they turn out:

Slow roasted squirrel - the savory meat just falls off the bone!
Slow roasted squirrel – the savory meat just falls off the bone!

Here’s how I prepare them. First, skin, gut, and remove the head and tail. Preheat your oven to 250 F. Clean the carcass with cool clean water. Blot excess water. Season the meat inside and out with salt and pepper. Set aside.

Next, take a small onion and quarter it. I find that two quarters fills the length of the cavity well, one quarter in the rib cage, the other in the stomach.

Place the squirrel on heavy duty foil. Be sure you have enough to completely wrap it. Spray everything with some cooking oil (a Misto is what I use). Wrap the squirrel in foil and place in the oven on a cookie sheet for a couple of hours.

Serve with your favorite side dishes – dressing, rice, potatoes, vegetables, or what ever you like! Give it a try, you might be surprised at how good a tree rat can taste.

Umarex Fuel .177 Review

I’ve been shooting the Umarex Fuel .177 for six months now. In that time, I have really grown to love this fine air rifle. It is great for target practice, plinking, and hunting.

My airgun of choice - the Umarex Fuel in .177
My airgun of choice – the Umarex Fuel in .177

Here’s my initial video impression of the air rifle:

So, the biggest disappointment with this setup was the scope. I replaced it with a Centerpoint 4-16×40 AO scope with an illuminated Mil-Dot reticle. Needless to say, this is more than enough scope and it has really made the air rifle shine.

With the negative aside, let’s talk the positives. It has a rock solid scope rail that keeps you on target tin after tin of pellets. The suppressor makes shooting as quiet as you can with a spring piston airgun. Speaking of spring pistons, the gas ram is consistent and hard hitting.

That brings me to another interesting thing about this air rifle. It shoots well from the built in bipod. While better accuracy can be had from the artillery hold, this air rifle shoots well in the hands of less experienced airgunners. I think it is due to the sheer mass of the air rifle combined with the fast lock time of the gas piston.

It is a fine squirrel hunting air rifle, I’ve taken a lot of game with it:

My cat admires my hunting success.
My cat admires my hunting success.

I highly recommend that you look at the Umarex Fuel .177 as a potential airgun purchase if you are in the market for a powerful air rifle and want to give springers a try.

DIY Smartphone to Scope Mount

Ever want to shoot video through your scope? It can be a challenge to attach a camera, get everything in focus, and shoot all at the same time. With a smartphone and some plumbing parts, it can be very simple. Here’s how I’ve figured out a way to make it as simple as possible:

If you have a decent enough smartphone, you can tweak your settings and get some really decent low light shooting in:

With the right camera settings, you can shoot with very little light.
With the right camera settings, you can shoot with very little light.

That’s me lining up a shot on a empty 12 gauge shotshell from 15 yards at 5:10 P.M. on the first day of winter. Its not true night vision, but I think you can see the utility of such a device.

I have parts coming in from overseas to make an active night vision sighting system. I’ll be documenting that as soon as everything comes in.