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    Default North Slope ground squirrels

    So I did the drive up to the north slope a month ago and along most of the road there was these little ground squirrel things everywhere. Anyone know exactly what they are? Thanks!
    I'm prolly out using my bow or 30-30

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    Native's call them, Sic'Sic Puck (aka Parka Squirrel) or Arctic Ground Squirrel

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    I believe they are marmots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AGL4now View Post
    Native's call them, Sic'Sic Puck (aka Parka Squirrel) or Arctic Ground Squirrel
    ^^^
    What he said.
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    Hide or meat must be salvaged
    Loved telling that to clients when I was guiding. We'd be sitting waiting quietly and they would see a parky squirrel and want to shoot it with their big-azz rifle. "You need to salvage either the meat or hide... shoot it with that and there's nothing left, I'll have to turn you in"
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    Quote Originally Posted by homerdave View Post
    Hide or meat must be salvaged
    Loved telling that to clients when I was guiding. We'd be sitting waiting quietly and they would see a parky squirrel and want to shoot it with their big-azz rifle. "You need to salvage either the meat or hide... shoot it with that and there's nothing left, I'll have to turn you in"
    That's awesome! I was trying to shoot one up there this spring to skin and couldn't find any, when I was up there last fall they were all over the place!

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    How do they taste? Like a normal squirrel?
    I'm prolly out using my bow or 30-30

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    Never eaten a normal squirrel, but ground squirrels are fine. Ate one mixed in with soy sauce and rice, and recall it being mild. The thing was a pain to clean, though - more fat than meat come fall.

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    I've never met a squirrel I would describe as "normal"...
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