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THis is an opossum , right?

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by nathan, Dec 6, 2008.

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  1. nathan

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    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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  2. WardenWolf

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    Yeah, that's exactly what it was. Poor thing. You did the right thing.
     
  3. rcmodel

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    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!

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  4. moosehunt

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    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).
     
  5. moooose102

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    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!
     
  6. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    I was gonna say:
    Possum Poison Gland? :confused:

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

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  7. nathan

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    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 .
     
  8. monkyboy1975

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    a recipe for possum;


    Ingredients

    Sweet Potatoes
    Pepper
    Salt
    1 Opossum


    Directions

    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
     
  9. rcmodel

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    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.

    rcmodel
     
  10. Loomis

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    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.
     
  11. nitetrane98

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    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.
     
  12. CSA 357

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    I have seen them climb out of a dead cows a$$, thats one kritter i will never eat!:eek:
     
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    Nathan...you done good son. I'm glad you put it out of its obvious misery.
     
  14. monkyboy1975

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    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
     
  15. 2RCO

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    If a possum had a "poison gland" there'd be many dead hillbillies.
     
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    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.
     
  17. Kman

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    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.
     
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    nasty and mean critters they are. if you see a dead one in the road, wait a bit. soon they will be two!
     
  19. Furncliff

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    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.
     
  20. nathan

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    At first I thought the tail was a dead snake. Upon closer inspection it does look like a rat's tail.
     
  21. .66Cal.

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    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.
     
  22. Loomis

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    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.
     
  23. SwearNoAllegiance

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    God those things are ugly. They are the embodiment of sin. If sin had a body, this is what it would look like.
     
  24. nathan

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    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.
     
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