THis is an opossum , right?


December 6, 2008, 05:51 PM
I was deer hunting yesterday and saw no action. I scouted another spot that day this time close to some swamps . NOw I saw this opossum , it was definitely been shot by someone above the left eye and theres an exit wound on the top neck. It was still alive. THe thing is huge like double the size of a big cat. I took these pics and by the mercy of God I finish it off iwth one round of my Glock 23 .40 with Winchester 180 gr JHP (WWB brand) at close rangeof 4 ft. To my surprise it made a slight move after being shot, then it growled at me as if saying, what the hell are you doing. I must have hit it in the abdominal area. Finally it spit out more blood from the mouth and layed its head down. I didnt wait to see it die and left to do more stalking.

BTW i read before some folks know how to cook them. They have to remove the poison gland though. MOst of these carry rabies .

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December 6, 2008, 06:03 PM
Yeah, that's exactly what it was. Poor thing. You did the right thing.

December 6, 2008, 06:05 PM
Yep! That's a possum all right.

They have a really tiny brain and apparently an under-developed nervous system.

Shooting them in the head like that often doesn't kill them.

After you shot him again and left him for dead, he probably got up and shook it off sometime later!


December 6, 2008, 06:09 PM
That IS a possum.

They ARE edible.

They DON"T have a poison gland.

Most of them DON"T have rabies (in fact VERY VERY few do).

December 6, 2008, 06:11 PM
yes, that is an opossom. it may, or may not have had rabbies. i seriously hope that it did die from your shot quickly. i am not critisizing you, but i think i would have ginen him another pill or two just to be certain. you have to be carefull around anything with rabies. they can charge and attack you at any point. my dad had one actually stalk him when we were camping may, many moons ago. the dnr officer that my dad gave it to said it was rabid several days afterwards. one good reason to never leave home without your firearm!

December 6, 2008, 06:11 PM
I was gonna say:
Possum Poison Gland? :confused:

Been around them for 65 years and never heard of that before!


December 6, 2008, 06:23 PM
Wasnt it Lousiana Cajun s trapped them like raccoons and nutria ? They know to make some favorite delicacies with these critters. I bet they make stews with them .

December 6, 2008, 06:25 PM
a recipe for possum;


Sweet Potatoes
1 Opossum


Live catch a possum and pen him up.

Feed him good clean food (table scraps, dog food, etc.) and give him plenty clean fresh water for two weeks.

Butcher and skin the possum, wash him thoroughly with clean water, soak overnight in a glass bowl or crock in a solution of 1/4 cup salt to a gallon of water.

Remove from solution and drain possum.

Prepare sweet potatoes buy washing thoroughly and trimming bad spots out with a paring knife.

Salt and pepper the possum carcass to taste.

Place sweet potatoes in body cavity, put carcass on a large cookie sheet and surrond with remaining sweet potatoes.

Place in oven and bake for 3-4 hours or until sweet potatoes are done. (test with fork for tenderness.

Remove from oven and allow to cool for a few minutes.

Remove sweet potatoes from cavity, discard possum carcass and enjoy the sweet potatoes!

Never tried it, but it don't sound too bad:p

December 6, 2008, 06:33 PM
Another recipe for possum;

Put possum in sealed Zip-Lock bag in large bowl.

Pour Jack Daniels over the sealed Zip-Lock bag to cover.
Refrigerate overnight.

The next day, throw away the possum in the sealed Zip-Lock bag.
Mix the gravy with Coke & ice.
And drink it.


December 6, 2008, 06:39 PM
Raccoons need various glands removed before you eat them. They aren't poison though. They just make the meat taste bad.

I think you are getting the poss'ms confused with the coons.

December 6, 2008, 06:50 PM
Possum recipe

Place possum on 1x12 pine board.
Cover possum with potatoes, onions, carrots, celery.
Liberally season entire pile with salt and pepper with a touch of garlic.
Roast the possum and veggies for 5 hrs at 350 deg.
Remove the board and possum from oven and allow to cool.
Discard possum and veggies and eat the pine board.

I've actually eaten possum. Kinda like pork but very greasy. Some say catching them live and feeding them out for a few weeks on corn makes them less greasy. You can catch a bunch of them with a 55 gal drum with a board slanted up to the top. They'll climb up and hop in but can't get out.
They are pretty dumb critters.

CSA 357
December 6, 2008, 07:28 PM
I have seen them climb out of a dead cows a$$, thats one kritter i will never eat!:eek:

Cocked & Locked
December 6, 2008, 07:30 PM done good son. I'm glad you put it out of its obvious misery.

December 6, 2008, 08:28 PM
Every time I see one of those things, it reminds me of a prank my older brothers played on the little sister; my one brother caught a possum in a live catch trap, took said trap into my sisters room and let him go and closed the door behind him. Little sister came home from school and went up to her bedroom and opened the door, there sat Mr possum balled up in the corner hissing at her, little sister let out a blood curtling scream and flew down the steps ( i don't think she touched a single step) and out the front door! she still gets teased about that one. :evil: :D

December 6, 2008, 08:37 PM
If a possum had a "poison gland" there'd be many dead hillbillies.

December 6, 2008, 09:06 PM
Yeah that's an american oposum. Nocturnal marsupial found on the continent of north america, in case we have any international folks wondering. Yes they are edible, YES they CAN be hard to cook, Don't have a recipe. They very rarely get over 4 years old. From what I remember their internal organs grow slower than their body and can't keep up... so they can't survive.

December 6, 2008, 09:36 PM
My father can recount many opossum stories, during the Great Depression everything was table fare. He remembers sleeping with young ones and playing with them like house cats. They have extremely sharp teeth, ask me how I know, and will hiss like the dickens until they decide you aren't going to leave, them it's time to play dead.
The young ride in mom's pouch for awhile, then on her back until old enough. The tail is prehensile and can suspend the animal. Scavengers that will eat most anything dead or alive.

December 6, 2008, 09:41 PM
nasty and mean critters they are. if you see a dead one in the road, wait a bit. soon they will be two!

December 6, 2008, 11:15 PM
The harm they do is:

Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis

Horses probably eat the opossum sporocysts inadvertently while eating grass, hay or grain.

It's a serious disease and insidious because the symptoms appear in other maladies and some horses are never correctly diagnosed.

When we had horses, any opossum on the farm was treated with the .22 solution... by my wife.

December 6, 2008, 11:28 PM
At first I thought the tail was a dead snake. Upon closer inspection it does look like a rat's tail.

December 7, 2008, 12:09 AM
they are tuff critters. they ignore shots from a .22.

I caught one in a trap that looked like it had been run over sometime during its life, half its hide showing, one leg bent all out of shape and it's jaw looked broken.
Amazing that it survived with that broken jaw, fat too. I carried him off to the woods 2miles away and let him go.

December 7, 2008, 12:21 AM
They are tough. Dogs seem to have a hard time killing them. They chew on them for awhile till they think they're dead, then walk away and leave them layin. A little while later, the "dead" possum gets up and walks away.

December 7, 2008, 01:09 AM
God those things are ugly. They are the embodiment of sin. If sin had a body, this is what it would look like.

December 7, 2008, 01:13 AM
LOL it got more teeth than Lucifer , the devil.

Opossums are marsupial family like the kangaroo or Australia.

December 7, 2008, 02:17 AM
we have one that hangs around my home. eats out of our cat dish at night with the cats (and occasionally a fat old raccoon joins them.) we put out a bit extra food, and they all get along. if they ever mess with the cats, it'll be a quick shot to the noggin with a 22. So far though (2 years) everyone's been friendly. they don't even mind when we sit out in the garage and watch em all eat themselves silly.

December 7, 2008, 03:31 AM
I've killed so many possums around my house in the past several years. Also, in almost every way imaginable with the nearest object that I could grab sometimes (shovel, hammer, baseball bat). They are very tough to kill, but usually a couple thumps will do it.
A 7.62x39 HP will work very well, if handy at the moment. :evil:

Short joke for yah-

Why did the chicken cross the road?

To prove to the opossum that it could be done. :D

December 7, 2008, 08:18 AM
You now know why it is called playing possum, those things are tough to kill.

Marlin 45 carbine
December 7, 2008, 08:44 AM
I hate to see any animal suffer and commend the OP for his action - if me I would have given it a pill through the ear.
that said opposums are edible but they are 'eaters of opportunity' so eat only those taken in the fall near a source of mast or an orchard/farm.
I have eaten them, it's neccesary to remove the glands in the leg-pits.
some years back I was camped at the southern end of the Smokys with a couple fellas, there was a huge stand of persimmon trees there, the ground was covered and my Lab caught a young possum one morning.
after killing and cleaning (scalding with boiling water and scraping) into the D.O. he went with onion, hot pepper, sweet taters and such.
2 hours roasting and a cake of cornbread and we had supper - there was hardly a scrap left for the dog.
not my wild game of choice and I would not eat one that had been around carrion - but you can live on 'em as the 'Croc' would say!

December 7, 2008, 09:50 AM
My opossum tales:

When we lived in the Bentonville Arkansas area, I went to let my greyhounds out one morning and there was one sitting on my deck rail eating out of my bird feeder. I shooed the dogs back away from the door and went out to shoo the opossum away. The darned thing reared up and hissed at me so Back-Fisted him about half-way across the yard! I gave the stupid critter a few minutes to get and then turned the dogs loose. Dogs 1, opossum 0. I let them in after they did their business and grabbed a shovel and made darned sure the critter was indeed dead (it was) and flung the carcass over the fence to the field behind us.

Tale two:

MANY years ago down South Louisiana, my dog "Manfred" caught a opossum and chewed on it pretty good. The ol opossum did what opossums do and played dead when the dog spit him out. The darned dog then goes over to inspect "his kill" and sticks his snout right in that opossums belly. :eek: That thing latched on to his head and proceeded to bit and scratch that poor old dog `bout half to death! :what: After that, whenever Manfred found a opossum, he made darned sure it was quite dead the 1st time around! :D

December 7, 2008, 11:17 AM
best/quickest way to kill them is to break there neck. take a piece of rebar or some other strong stick etc. place it over the back of there neck, step on both sides of the rebar and pull up on the tail, you will here there neck snap and no bullet holes/blood to ruin the fur :D

December 7, 2008, 03:51 PM
They also tend to let loose a nice turd in self defense. If you get on that has been eating the right stuff, it'll stink quite a bit.

I've also come to the conclusion that Jack Russel Terriers are about the best opossum fighting dogs around. My grandpa's can kill one, bigger than he is, in one quick snap to the head. :uhoh:

December 7, 2008, 03:51 PM
to wanna punch the guy that just wounded the opossum like that...
But then I think the oppossum likely went down with that shot and the person didn't bother to ensure death due to ignorance. Oppossums have a defense mechanism that causes them to go "comatose" when highly frightened and injured. We see this "pass out" feature in goats too sometimes. Really a CNS shot is the only way to be sure (and it looks as if someone assumed a CNS hit). make sure entry and exit line up indicating CNS being destroyed/ severed. NOT because they are hard to kill, but because it is otherwise hard to tell because they ALWAYS drop "dead". Poor thing, I think every animal shot should be afforded the decency of a quick end. This particular animal just usually is better assisted with a follow up shot.

+1 to the shot in the ear, seems to be the magic pill on everything I've had that particular shot with, from piggy to deer.

December 7, 2008, 04:22 PM

December 7, 2008, 04:24 PM
those things are tough to kill.
Yeah, no kidding. Last week I saw one on my farm and decided I'd rather not have it in my tent with me, so I shot it. The bullet (from a .22 pistol) hit it on the left side of it's face, so I walked up and was suprised to see it still alive! So from about 5 feet, I shot it in the upper body.

30 minutes later I came back and it was sitting there, licking its hands:uhoh: At this point I almost start looking for my silver bullets and wooden stakes.... I shot it 5 more time and it was still breathing! So a few more later and he was dead but his tongue was still moving. I originally intended to skin and gut it and give it to an uncle who apparently like possum and coon, but he was little too shot up I would say. Needless to say, I won't be attempting this again or at least no with my .22 pistol


December 7, 2008, 04:42 PM
Ive shot a raccoon before eating the bait corn while deer hunting. I used a Rem 700 in .25 06 100 gr Ballistic tip at 25 yds away. It was standing and once hit it blew off the other half of the body as if someone had a grenade inside it. The guts were nowhere in one piece. Those BT are quite deadly. BTW they were handload and I swear those BTs work well on .varmints and little critters.

December 7, 2008, 05:03 PM

Lmfao :neener:

December 7, 2008, 05:11 PM
you will here there neck snap and no bullet holes/blood to ruin the fur

"Honey,look what I made you for Christmas! A opossum fur coat! You like it?"

December 7, 2008, 05:37 PM
Yes that is a possum (or opossum). I didn't know they were that tough to kill and I learned something from this thread.
There are possum and coons come up to my parents' house to eat the food they put out for "their" cat (along with some neighborhood cats). Possum are disgusting and evil-looking and I hate the sight of them. There's one coon I've seen on the porch about the sized of a Corgi dog, he's a big bubba coon. I wonder what a 200 gr. +P Gold Dot in .45 would do to him or the possum? I've been red-lighted on putting any bullet holes in any of the vermin that come around their house, though, with the exception of squirrels. The squirrels in my parents' neoghborhood come over and steal unripe fruit from the fruit trees. I don't have to put up with that junk around my house. Come to think of it, I haven't even seen a squirrel around my own neighborhood for the past three months.

December 7, 2008, 06:14 PM
Need to get a copy of Granny Clampet's possum stew recipe....

December 7, 2008, 08:01 PM
Very interesting animals. Beneficial, too. They eat almost anything, including carrion. We leave em be. I you do kill one, though: Check her pouch for babies, she may be nursing a bunch.

Tried to save one this weekend that was mangled by a dog. At least she was warm and confortable when she died the next day.

Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
December 7, 2008, 08:50 PM
Random tangent: Today looking for a doe my friend shot, I came upon an armadillo. It was windy and he had his head in the dirt of course, so he didn't see/hear me sneaking up on him. Got up to him and gave him a little boot upside the rear end - man it was comedy - he took off like a rocket! :evil:

December 10, 2008, 06:01 AM
that thing looks nasty.. everytime i see those, i think of them as garbage eaters.

December 13, 2008, 02:57 AM
Thats a possum alright, there is currently one living in/around my backyard. That tail leaves a very interesting track in the snow....

Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
December 13, 2008, 11:35 AM
Ya know, I may be the only one, but I am quite flabbergasted trying to figure out if that poster is real (from a very VERY stupid person), or a joke. It's so borderline it's hard to tell, but I'd love to know if their really is someone who took that thing into their home and tried to find the owner, because that would just make my month if true. :D :D

December 13, 2008, 11:59 AM
Raccoons need various glands removed before you eat them.

Also, completely false. Sounds like someone who has never eaten raccoons before. Raccoon meat is actually pretty good, just has more fat on them than most other animals. I've cooked dozens in the slow cooker with a cajun or teriyaki marinade. Really good, similar to a pulled pork sandwich when made this way.

I've eaten exactly three oppossums in my lifetime. It is in fact the worst meat I have ever tried to eat. One was eaten when camping while hunting for deer, it took 3 7.62x39 hp shots before it finally gave up. Blackened over a fire was probably the best way to eat it. I tried to cook the other 2 in a slow cooker and it was pretty bad. I decided if I wasn't starving or really hungry there was no point to eating them.

December 13, 2008, 12:04 PM
A couple of summers ago I do recall the neighbor girl sitting on her porch after having a few to many, and yelling here kitty kitty at a possum, it got a little closer to her, then I hear: thats an ugly kitty! :D

December 13, 2008, 12:25 PM
One of the little monsters froze to death in my dad's basement window well a few years ago. I took it out, carried it over toward the burn pile and it looked up at me! I about soiled myself. I had an experience similar to other posters. I think a large, healthy man would die six times from the number of .22 rounds I used to kill that one possum.

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