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What to do With Dead Varmints?

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Swifty Morgan, May 20, 2020.

  1. total recoil

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    My father used to pop off a raccoon every so often. They seemed to find our farm animals food spills. He would skin the animal, boil it with corn meal and that made a huge pot of dog food. The cooking odor was not very pleasant for me, but the dog loved the hell out of the home made Alpo.
     
  2. FL-NC

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    A friend of mine shoots squirrels and puts them in a plastic container full of holes, which hangs from a tree. When the maggots fall out of the container, his chickens line up to eat them like its Golden Corral.
     
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  3. Rule3

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    Practical but extremely GROSS!:what:
     
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  4. Olon

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    Leave em lie or use em for fertilizer (not mutually exclusive). Some critter will find its lunch.
     
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  5. alsaqr

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    We don't eat varmints. Most varmints are left where they fall. Hogs are dragged to a central dump where coyotes and buzzards make them go away.
     
  6. Meeks36

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    Can do the same thing for fish. Hang over a pond or River. Feed the small ones and the big ones will follow.
     
  7. Howland937

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    Used to be an old man down the road from me...he wanted all the squirrels and rabbits I could bring him. He cooked them in the pressure cooker in some kinda gravy. Delicious...then he asked if I ever shot any coon or groundhog, said they were just as good. I gave him a couple but I never ate with him again. Most small varmints, deer carcasses, etc become a bait pile for coyotes.
     
  8. Obturation
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    I "removed" 9 skunks last year from my 1 acre suburban lot. Catch them and toss those nasty buggers in my burn barrel. That was until I realized the all come from my neighbors yard who is a junk hoarder and these things were living and breeding in his piles of junk hidden behind every bit of foliage he has- now when I get a poo poo kitty down I just throw it in his yard - he really needs to get rid of the junk, I thought dead skunks in his yard might clue him into that , but he hasn't noticed.
    Anyone man enough to eat skunk meat is tougher than me.
    I don't eat possum or coon either , I've tried it and it's just not for me. I don't feel bad for removing them but around here coons are uncommon and I leave possums alone unless they start getting brave.
     
  9. .308 Norma

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    We have no possums, and rarely see raccoons around here. This time of year there's a lot of rockchucks (Yellow Bellied Marmots) out and about though - they graze on green stuff.
    We used to hunt rockchucks in the spring, and just left the dead ones for coyotes and vultures, but anymore we don't shoot them unless they're in the vegetable garden. In that case, they get buried, deep, so the dog(s) don't dig the smelly things up.
    I've always just left coyotes and ground squirrels lay where they dropped. There used to be a guy in town that would pay for a dead coyote though - at least that's what I heard. I guess he skinned them out and re-sold the pelts.
    A .22-250 vaporizes voles (field mice). So, there's not much left of those little "varmints" to worry about one way or the other.:D
     
  10. splattergun

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    coyote bait. Catfish bait.
     
  11. whm1974

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    Either dog or a coyote. I'm thinking coyote. Is that supposed to be A Work of Art or did some City slicker didn't have the sense to leave the dead thing where they found it?
     
  12. Howland937

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    And here I just thought it got stuck and died trying to get to the other half of the gas station burrito...
     
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  13. whm1974

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    Reminds me of the dead cat my stepbrother and I stuffed down a Mailbox once...
     
  14. entropy

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    My son makes coon stew. (Shoots/Traps them for pelts.)
    I tried coyote once-greasy and gave me the trots. I give them to my son for the pelts, if he's eating them, I don't want to know. (I doubt he does-he works at a butcher shop. He's been eating a lot of pork lately.)
    When I was about 12 and hadn't shot a duck yet, my Dad let me shoot some coots. We made stew. I haven't shot a coot since.
     
  15. whm1974

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    Well in Hell will anyone eat a Coyote for? Or any Carnivore Species for that matter anyway?
     
  16. Olon

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    Or died after it ate half of that gas station burrito...
     
  17. entropy

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    I ate a round steak off of a coyote that kept coming in to my bear bait. (in retrospect, I'd have been better off eating the bear bait, old donuts and such...) I was up at a friend's cabin for the week while they went home after we hunted the weekend. and they came back up that Friday night. By Tuesday night, I'd eaten the food I'd brought with for that week (A small cooler with some ham, and summer sausage, a can of beans, and a couple MRE's- I was walking 8 miles a day out and back to the stand (2 miles out, back for lunch, and back out til dusk) , ate more than I anticipated! I caught some crappies Wed. morning instead of hunting, held me until lunch Thu. , and when that coyote showed up Thu. evening, I dropped him. Cut a leg off to carry home, and left him on the bait pile. Fried it in butter,piled on the ketchup, and still, :barf:. An hour later, I was running to the outhouse. I don't hunt bear anymore either after eating it. It tastes better than coyote, but still greasy.
     
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  18. jmorris

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    I’m not going to eat a number of the varmints but do eat swine, just not everything but the squeal. The more I have down the more picky my back is about what cuts I take before I let the scavengers eat too.

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  19. Obturation
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    this gave me a good laugh this morning
     
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    Buzzards.

    There's a lot of stuff I shoot but would never eat. Possums, coons, foxes, coyotes, skunks, armadillos, rats, mice, ground hogs, beavers, etc., etc..
     
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  21. Armored farmer

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    I have been known to make a gut pile about 300yds from my shooting table out back.
     
  22. Speedo66

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    We had an outbreak of rabies going on for a while in the '80's when I lived in Westchester Co. NY. Had a racoon that kept opening my garbage cans and spreading it all out into a 10' circle every so often. I had to put on disposable latex gloves every time to clean up his mess and I got a little tired of the mess, and him.

    Saw him one night doing it and popped him with my .38Spl. service gun. He jumped in the air and then took off, didn't give me much faith in the gun. lol

    Anyway, next morning found he had made it to the back yard and died. I grabbed him in a thick inside out black garbage bag, tied it off, and in the garbage to the landfill it went. There was blood on the ground there, I spilled bleach on it, had a bald spot on the lawn for years.

    Anyone thinking of dining on armadillos, think again. They carry, and been known to transfer, leprosy to people who've eaten them.
     
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  23. alfsauve

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    I live in an urban county which has some thoughts about animal disposal. I don't think it is a rule, but just a suggestion (like the Pirate Code) and that is a 3' burial. Since some of my land is undeveloped, I just throw it in the back 40 (forty square yards) and let nature take it's course. Every now and then some teenager will "explore" my back yard and gets all excited finding a skull.
     
  24. Swifty Morgan

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    Don't be insensitive. My uncle went that way.
     
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  25. Howland937

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    So sorry for your loss. Did he get there before or after the coyote?
     
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