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#1 croat

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Posted 14 September 2006 - 06:30 AM

I went the other day to my Step-Dad's house and he has a small vine of Lambrusco grapes growing. He had about 10 lbs of fruit growing on th vines, but when I check to see how they were doing I was very shocked! There were only a few grapes on the entire vines, picked clean! I didnt think at first but I looked down and on the ground were alot of grape skins. His theory was that since it has been very dry out as of lately that the squirrel's may have ventured into them since only the inside appeared to be missing. Need I mind his house is ajacent to an acre of black walnut trees. So, you think this could be the case?

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Posted 14 September 2006 - 06:37 AM

My father has Concords and had the exact same problem this year. I assumed it was the birds.
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Posted 14 September 2006 - 07:54 AM

That could be a possibility as well!
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Posted 14 September 2006 - 08:33 AM

Yes, squirrels eat grapes, and almost anything else, they are rodents.
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Posted 14 September 2006 - 08:43 AM

I suppose it could be squirrels but with the skins laying on the ground I'd bet on possums. That's been my experience. See if there are any whole grapes on the ground and if so, are there two tiny puncher marks on the skin. If there are then it's probably squirrels.

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Posted 14 September 2006 - 09:37 AM

Noppers, looks like someone squezed the pulp out and put the skins in a pile below. The bird theory is a good one as well, no possoms round these parts.
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Posted 14 September 2006 - 09:42 AM

QUOTE (croat @ Sep 14 2006, 12:09 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Noppers, looks like someone squezed the pulp out and put the skins in a pile below. The bird theory is a good one as well, no possoms round these parts.


I've seen this with my Highbush Blueberries. The birds are the only ones that get to them.

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Posted 14 September 2006 - 10:28 AM

Damn squirrels! I have a small apple tree that was very productive this year. For the past month a squirrel has been climbing the tree and testing to see if the apples are ripe. Each week I find a couple of apples that have had bites taken out of them. I can actually see the teeth marks in the apples.

Squirrels do indeed eat anything. Believe it or not, they also eat baby chicks they take from nests. That's why they're always being dive bombed by adult birds.

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Posted 14 September 2006 - 10:46 AM

I know they are tree rats, thats why I make me some tree rat stew every December when I go out in the woods for a few days and collect a pot of squiiels wink.gif Its a nice warm soup based off of V8, very hearty with beans and potatoes .... perfect for the end of a good small game hunt!
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Posted 14 September 2006 - 02:03 PM

QUOTE (croat @ Sep 14 2006, 12:18 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I know they are tree rats, thats why I make me some tree rat stew every December when I go out in the woods for a few days and collect a pot of squiiels wink.gif Its a nice warm soup based off of V8, very hearty with beans and potatoes .... perfect for the end of a good small game hunt!


Now I've got the craving to go squirrel hunting. I haven't been since last Fall.


Yeah those little buggers eat anything. I watched a few demolish a persimmon tree while I was deer hunting one morning. I swear they picked it clean.

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Posted 14 September 2006 - 02:20 PM

Yep. They are wonderful also smoked up with some leftover oak cubes from any wine. Don't throw your spent oak away. Lay it out to dry then put in a ziplock in the freezer until use. Adds killer flavor to any meat.

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Posted 14 September 2006 - 02:34 PM

Cool! I'll try that on the next rabbit I shoot! We are inundated with them in this area this year...
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Posted 14 September 2006 - 03:39 PM

Use a varmint rifle with a scope to pop them dead in the head. Saves the meat. I love me some young rodent fried, with dumplings, smoked, any which way!
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Posted 14 September 2006 - 04:28 PM

QUOTE (Hippie @ Sep 14 2006, 06:11 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Use a varmint rifle with a scope to pop them dead in the head. Saves the meat. I love me some young rodent fried, with dumplings, smoked, any which way!


Now what wine is appropriate to go with smoked rodent?

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Posted 14 September 2006 - 06:08 PM

I don't know about wine, but a German Rauschbier kicks butt with anything from the smoker!

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