Originally Posted by hunter Joe
Skunks and opossums are non-game animals. Yes I shoot them and no I don't eat them. Why should a pesky crow be any different?
As for game animals, if I'm not going to eat them, I don't hunt them. Varmints and pests fall under another catogory IMHO and crows are no better than rats with wings.
Hrm. Guess I was raised different, maybe? I've had skunk, and according to the guy who served it to me, as long as you don't puncture the scent glands during cleaning, most people can't tell it isn't squirrel. (I couldn't). However, if you puncture the scent gland, you have to throw it away.
I see no problem eating "non-game" animals. I mean, saying something is a "game" animal seems subjective.
I've had to eat rats in a simulated survival situation (I was challenged with a group of friends to survive). Rat tastes kinda like squirrel. I see no problem eating them (assuming I can kill them without destroying them).
Is it because of what they eat?
You ever have wild pig? Catfish? There are plenty of animals that eat less-than-savory things that taste reasonable. Example: Turtles. Ever had a freshwater turtle?
A significant portion of their diet is the feces of deer and other animals that crap near water sources.
I understand the assumption. But in my experience, even animals that subsist mostly on carrion don't really taste too radically different from other animals, and with the proper preparation can even be quite tasty.