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Old August 25, 2011, 07:44 PM   #26
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Yep, there are slobs everywhere
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I was hunting antelope on public land out in Wyoming and we came across a lot of antelope that had been shot and left to rot. As we talked to the locals, some of them mentioned that they thought one of the other local boys was to blame. Fast forward a few days and we got to see the local Game Warden arrest what I can only assume was the shooter. That was a nice sight to see.
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Old August 25, 2011, 09:08 PM   #27
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Dad taught us the rule "If you kill it, you clean it, you eat it" - within reason. We did not eat gophers, raccoons, coyotes or foxes. All of these were hunted for population control. Even the fur bearing were hunted for population control. When their numbers were down, we would let them be - except for the coyotes.
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Old August 25, 2011, 09:17 PM   #28
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^ Raccoons are supposedly tasty and were a part of the American diet for decades and decades. It was even at one time a dish served at the Whitehouse.

Down South there is still a big raccoon BBQ that they do...

I've heard that squirell is not that much different from gophers.

Louisiana has such a problem with Nutria that they tried to convinve the Chiness to start eating them. The hope was to build an export market for the things - and people would hunt them for a bounty.

I guess it didn't work so well, Nutria are still destroying levys and undercutting roads.

Is the gator tail mostly white meat?
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Old August 25, 2011, 09:23 PM   #29
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I do not eat rodents. If you want the gophers, I will mail them to you COD. :-)

We would hunt the raccoons if they started going after our garden or damaging the buildings. Raccoons can do a lot of damage to building and equipment. What I have hear about raccoon meat is it can be greasy.

With home grown beef and hunted venison no need for gophers or raccoon meat.
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Old August 26, 2011, 12:40 AM   #30
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nutria - would like to find that racoon BBQ(never heard of it or tried it)

http://www.nighthawkpublications.com/images/181-09.JPG

http://photocompetition.upclive.com/...aale_zahne.jpg

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_3Anuws4NkI...278_nutria.jpg
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Old August 26, 2011, 07:24 AM   #31
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According to our state regs, that would fall under wanton waste which that would make it illegal. Tho we don't have many gators here.
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Old August 26, 2011, 07:46 AM   #32
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According to our state regs, that would fall under wanton waste which that would make it illegal. Tho we don't have many gators here.
Yes, Fl (where the crime happened) also has a wanton waste statute. However, the gator poaching penalties are far stricter. Penalty for wanton waste will get you a slap on the wrist. Penalty for gator poaching will get you thrown under the jail.
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Old August 26, 2011, 10:33 AM   #33
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What I have hear about raccoon meat is it can be greasy.
This first time you skin and flesh a 'coon hide, you'll KNOW it's greasy.
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Old August 26, 2011, 11:00 AM   #34
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I was imagining that raccoons tasted like corn, marshmallows with a hint of shredded V-max
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Old August 27, 2011, 01:19 PM   #35
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when I was a young buck(only 5 years ago but still makes me feel learned) me and my best friend decided we were sick of hunting in our usual stomping grounds(plus he had shot the only buck in that place the week before) so we went to a farm he knew had lots of bucks. when we got there we saw a fence that was lined with 7 beautiful all non typical deer racks. when we asked the farmer if he had a problem with us hunting on his land he pointed at the fence and told us that he had recovered all of those racks in the 2 weeks since season started from bucks who were shot and left to rot on his place and now he wont let anyone hunt on his place ever again.

way to ruin it for the rest of us slobs
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Old August 27, 2011, 01:39 PM   #36
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For most, gator hunting is a novelty. All they want is a trophy to say, "been there and done that." If they couldnt post pics or show off trophies, I wounder how many would actually hunt them?
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Old August 27, 2011, 03:07 PM   #37
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You'd be surprised at how many gators we clean ( We process them in the fish market during the season. ) for guys who are pumped about the meat.

Not saying that you are not mostly right but here in FL the meat is prized.
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Old August 28, 2011, 01:57 AM   #38
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from what I understand: absolutely none of a hunted gator is wasted(if you are hunting it for the correct reasons)
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Old August 28, 2011, 01:08 PM   #39
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Pukes, slobs...

True hunters don't do this to an animal. I've never hunted down south but isn't there a FL equivalent to Operation Game Thief?
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Old September 5, 2011, 10:40 PM   #40
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It's too easy to be ethical. I've got a brother-in-law who loves to hunt deer, but doesn't enjoy deer meat. When he shoots a deer, he asks if any of us want the meat. If not, he calls two or three other buddies to see if they want it. If not, he hauls it to the meat locker and tells the owner of the processing plant to give it to a poor family.

It's not hard to do the right thing.
This is what annoys me the most, if you want to hunt only for the trophy at least make a phone call there are plenty of people willing to take meat off a hunters hands. I could be wrong in assuming this is also true in Florida but where i live its very easy to give away meat with very little work.
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Old September 5, 2011, 11:31 PM   #41
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This is how campfire rumors get started. Maybe it was just scavengers. That is what we call guys that find dead trophies and cut parts off them. When I drive down to West Virginia on Thanksgiving week it is not unusual to see a large bodied deer laying in the median of the interstate with the head gone and caped down to the shoulders. On the Monday after Thanksgiving Pa. rifle season opens. You can bet who ever took the head isn't going to tell people it was a road kill.
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