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Old 05-13-2012, 03:23 AM   #11
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And a serious response- some animals are fur bearers. They are not taken for meat, but for fur. Some animals (rabbit and squirrel notably) can go both ways, but animals such as muskrat and mink would taste really, REALLY bad. Fox likewise. I leave skunks alone. Would not eat armadillo, nor handle a carcass. I have this thing about Hansen's Disease.......

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Prairie Dogs were considered a fine meat by early hunters on the High Plains. Lewis & Clarks men set hooks on fishing lines at night to catch the "Sod Puppies".

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Prairie Dogs were considered a fine meat by early hunters on the High Plains. Lewis & Clarks men set hooks on fishing lines at night to catch the "Sod Puppies".
I've never eaten them, but I would try them.
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I'll try anything once, but swamp rabbits are high on the list of won't eat unless I'm starving. I was raised that if you shoot it you eat it, my old man had a few exceptions for that rule, mostly crow and other birds but as far as coyote's and such we fed those damn things to dogs if they would eat it.

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I'll try anything once, but swamp rabbits are high on the list of won't eat unless I'm starving. I was raised that if you shoot it you eat it, my old man had a few exceptions for that rule, mostly crow and other birds but as far as coyote's and such we fed those damn things to dogs if they would eat it.
I was raised like you, as well.

I suppose that if hunger was great enough, people would learn to eat anything.

Mexican goat tastes awfully nasty, but they have a spicy sauce they put on it down there that makes it taste pretty good. I ate a lot of goat on my last trip down to LaPaz in Baja.

If you are growing crops or raising farm animals, I suppose killing foxes and coyotes is ok.

And if lions are killing the majority of your deer herd, it makes perfect sence to depredate them. I'm glad someone else wants to hunt the lions though, because it would just be work and not fun for me.

I only get excited about hunting or fishing for food.

Of course, if I were living on a ranch or farm, and predatory animals were taking my animals or crops, then sure, I would hunt down crows, foxes, coyotes, and lions and kill them, sure.
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I've never eaten them, but I would try them.
Theyre just bigger rodents. So are squirrels. I have eaten squirrel meat, and it tastes pretty good. Similar to rabbit, just a bit darker meat.

You need to bake it or simmer it for at least two hours to make it tender enough to eat. But with onions and carrots and potatoes in the pot, it makes a meal that would make even Yosemite Sam's mouth water.
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What do I shoot that I don't eat? Prairie dogs, groundhogs, crows, possums and raccoons (have eaten both, don't like them) venomous snakes too close to my domicile, and trespassers.

OK, was just kidding about the trespassers.

But you have to marinate them a long time. Or use the Crockpot.
There may someday come a time when trespassers are the only meat source available!?

So better to know how to field dress and marinade them also.
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I don`t just kill anything without a reason & I don`t hunt something just because I can.............

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I dont kill anything unless its going to hurt me or feed me

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Usually never kill anything I don't eat unless I know someone who will eat it. Used to dove hunt and I have never eaten one but gave the to someone that did. I have however killed venomous snakes around the house and will bust a coyote in a heart beat as they are getting too thick around here and will attack and kill anything they can. I would only kill anything else only if it became a threat to the safety of my family or pets.

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