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Al rodente: Could squirrel meat come back into vogue?

Al rodente: Could squirrel meat come back into vogue?

There are people around who remember the days when squirrel was a more commonly served meat on the American table than chicken. The Kentucky Long Rifle , with its long barrel and small caliber, was designed for squirrel hunting (the smaller the caliber, the more squirrel left to take home after shooting one.) The ideal shot was aimed not at the squirrel, but at the tree branch directly below it, so that the animal would be killed by the concussion of the bullet instead of the bullet itself. Historians say that this is what won the Revolutionary war ; even the most highly trained British soldiers were no match for squirrel killers trained by hunger. Until recent decades, Americans ate squirrel meat because it was cheap, plentiful, and there, according to Hank Shaw , author of Hunt, Gather, Cook: Finding the Forgotten Feast . Domesticated animals may have been easier to catc...

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