How to Cut Up a Squirrel for Cooking - Squirrel season is upon us here in California, so I reckon it’s time to offer up to you how I cut up a squirrel for eating. As with any sort of butchery, different people do it different ways... If you've never done it, skinning a squirrel is harder than you might think. Squirrels have a thick, dense hide, whereas rabbits, their woodland colleagues, have more of a light pelt. Skinning a rabbit takes seconds. Skinning a squirrel takes minutes.