View Poll Results: Eating a raccon

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  • I have eaten raccoon

    5 16.67%
  • I have eaten raccon and liked it

    4 13.33%
  • I have eaten racccoon and never will again

    0 0%
  • I wouldn't eat raccoon if you paid me.

    16 53.33%
  • They're too cute to eat.

    5 16.67%
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Thread: Raccoon for lunch

  1. #76
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Shenandoah Valley in Virginia
    In the late 70's I had 3 teenage sons...
    A friend came home from the army with a descented skunk...
    His wife said NO WAY...
    Bought it for $25 and took it home...

    It only took ONE day and it was house trained !!!
    It acted just like a big ole trained cat/dog..
    Definitely a lap dog... would follow kids everywhere...
    Was really a great pet...
    Only problem was every February it (he) wanted outside (mating season) and would get kind of unruly...
    Made harness for it and kids would take to when we went to Pennsylvania and they would walk around town with it.. (we lived in mountains, still do)...
    People would freak out when they saw it until they realized the could actually pet it, etc...

    Had it almost 5 years until one February it got outside and would not come to any of us... disappeared into woods.... never to be seen again

    Now in Virginia even descented skunks are illegal because they can carry rabies but not have rabies..

    In reality it was a very good pet, very loving, but up all night running in the house making noise....

    He would bend into a "U" shape to try to spray (but nothing came out) if startled... that is how they are so accurate when they spray, they are looking at the target...

    If legal, would consider another one... descented of course...

    At time, never thought to have it neutered... wish we had... it may never have disappeared looking for a mate... will never know...
    Last edited by Ed Aumiller; 03-18-2019 at 9:34 PM.

  2. #77
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Dad told me my Uncle had a pet raccoon when he was a lad. I guess it was a good pet until it dismantled by Grandmother's kitchen pantry looking for snacks. It was history at that point.

    I grew up in a rural setting and there were plenty of the little buggers around. They never bothered our poultry though. Mostly they'd get into trash.

    We did have issues with Opossums. They were indiscriminate killers. They'd kill half the chicken house and just drag one back to the nest. We'd follow the trail of feathers back to the tree and dispatch them with extreme prejudice. As primitive as their nervous system is they're tough to kill. Usually a 12 Gauge 3 inch mag with #4 shot would do the trick. Full choke barrel of course.
    It's wood dust. Saw dust would suggest a problem.

  3. #78
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Northern UT
    I had skunk problems about 12 years ago. The first two I shot about 10 p.m. at night, first with a 9 mm and the second with a .38 thinking it would be a little quieter. My neighbor called and asked if I had heard a gun shot the second time so it was likely louder. I lived in the Helena MT valley and my closest neighbor was about quarter mile away. I was shooting towards my barn with plenty of backstop and aiming down towards the ground so never an issue with safety. However after the second one, I borrowed a trap and caught the last one. I had the trap set with a tarp half over it and once I knew I had him, I covered the trap fully with the tarp. I backed my truck up to the tarp covered trap, put a hose from my tailpipe under the tarp. In about 15 mins, I had a peacefully sleeping skunk that took a long nap. Last I heard he still had not woken up. He never sprayed because he never felt threatened. The two I shot sprayed, so trapping is definitely the better way to go.
    I am in love with Montana. For other states I have admiration, respect, recognition, even some affection, but with Montana it is love.... It seems to me that Montana is a great splash of grandeur....the mountains are the kind I would create if mountains were ever put on my agenda. Montana seems to me to be what a small boy would think Texas is like from hearing Texans. Montana has a spell on me. It is grandeur and warmth. Of all the states it is my favorite and my love.

    John Steinbeck

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