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BulletFist 07-26-2007 04:29 PM

Nutrea aka Water Rat Hunting
 
Has anyone ever hunted (probably wouldn't be very difficult) Nutrea?

I am wondering; do they taste good?

A5Mag12 07-27-2007 06:10 AM

I've killed thousands but wouldn't have a clue what they taste like.

Gun Looney 08-27-2007 09:39 AM

I've hunted them a couple times and loved it.

I never even wondered what they'd taste like however.

MudHog 09-18-2007 03:46 AM

If you like chicken, you will like nutria. Nutria is a very very very clean white meat. They are vegetarians and suprisingly clean. Afterall, a chicken eats it's own poop.

Seriously though, nutria meat is very white and very clean. Worth the time to clean and cook it and yep, they are easy to kill. Here we can just ride down a bayou and pop them with a .22 or similar rifle.

eaglesnester 09-28-2007 11:46 PM

Hey Mudhog
 
Have always wanted to try nutra, I always figured that they would taste a little like squirrel. Is the meat dry or does it have a little fat in it? How do you cook them? I would think rolling em in flour and corn meal and fry up in bacon grease with a little white wine after they are nice and brown and simmered long enough for a good gravy, would be just the ticket.
Cheers and Happy Hunting from the great white north: Eaglesnester

rlc39 01-18-2008 08:35 PM

Nutrea
 
Have never tasted Nutrea, however, when I lived in Louisiana I hunted them from an airboat with a 22 semi auto. We did not shoot just for sport. They are used for their fur and the meat is processed into alligator feed for those who hatch alligator eggs and raise baby alligators for the purpose of re-populating the alligator population in marshes due to the alligator skin business. Otherwise the Nutrea is really a bother and causes a great deal of damage to the bayous, canals and the marshland. They are quite prolific and are will easily take over and overpopulate a marshland. They need to be harvested and the alligator skin business is a well thought out and great way to do so. It is amazing that outside of the south most people have never heard of the Nutrea. They look a little like a small beaver, but with a muskrat type tail. They are about the size of a ground hog. Evidently, they were transported to the U.S. from South America by accident. Hope this helps answer some questions.

Have a great day!

rcl39

sylkyone 01-26-2008 07:06 PM

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I live outside of Albany, Oregon. We have nutria everywhere. I shot one this morning and this one in the picture was from the day before. They were in my back yard. The Northwest is over run with them.

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BillM 01-27-2008 04:24 AM

Google for "nutria recipes" gets 20,400 hits. Used to hunt them along the
creek at night with a 22 and flashlight. Never thought of eating one---
always thought of them as a REALLY BIG rat!

deputy dow 03-02-2008 04:30 AM

We don't have 'em in Maine, but I'm sure there like a muskrat. We can't hunt muskrats or beaver, but we can trap them.

Ervins 04-29-2009 06:30 PM

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Originally Posted by sylkyone (Post 14958)
I live outside of Albany, Oregon. We have nutria everywhere. I shot one this morning and this one in the picture was from the day before. They were in my back yard. The Northwest is over run with them.

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Where do you go to hunt them in Oregon?


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