DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES star Eva Longoria has unveiled a hidden skill - she's highly experienced at shooting and skinning animals.

The dainty beauty, who grew up in San Antonio, Texas, often went out on the range with her family at the end of each school week for lessons on how to live off the land.

She says, "(I was) hunting with my dad since I was six. I still go with him to this day.

"I can handle a gun. Hello? Yes. I could skin a deer, I could skin a pig. I can pluck a quail-you name it, I've done it. A pioneer woman."