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Old 04-20-2012, 04:00 PM
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Smoked raccoon meat is quite tasty.

I don't know about coon but growing up back home my aunt had three chicken houses across the road that I helped in as a kid. We use to incinerate the dead chickens and it was a pretty putrid smell. The worst was when one of the houses caught on fire one year and burnt up thousands of birds. It smelled horrible there for a week or two. There was a small feral chicken population running around the neighborhood for a short time before the yotes got'em.
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Old 04-20-2012, 04:28 PM
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I had carpal tunnel release surgery on my left hand two weeks ago, and will have the stitches through next friday. As such, I'm not allowed to get the stitches wet. So I won't be skinning anything until fall. I'm hoping that by the next time I'm up north, there'll be enough alternate food sources that I can lay off the off season trapping and not lose any more trees.
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Old 04-20-2012, 06:57 PM
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Jim-Is it all coons or could skunks be doing some of the digging?
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Old 04-20-2012, 07:40 PM
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Nope, no skunks. My neighbor said they're even worse and will turn up a whole field when they find grubs. Fortunately, I've never encountered a skunk in the 6 years I've been at the lake. Someone dumped one at the gravel pit once, but I think the locals have the same "shoot on sight" policy so we don't get many around.

The claw marks and tracks make me positive it's coon doing the damage. I just hope the trees make it.
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Old 04-20-2012, 10:55 PM
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So this is a multi-purpose solution:



2x6' worm bed for kiddo. Once we get the population going, they should consume a carcass pretty quickly.

Still needs the sides, shelf, and leg braces, then I'll bring some metal roof panel up for a lid.
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Old 04-23-2012, 05:35 PM
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Do what the Indians did. Bury them, via post hole digger, beneath the trees they are digging up. Pretty soon, the trees will be the beneficiary of the fertilizer.
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Old 04-23-2012, 08:12 PM
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Blow them up. Just kidding.
Read in paper this morning where some free ranging, poor conditioned cattle out west made their way into an abandoned cabin, got disoriented, and died inside. Now frozen, farmer needs to do something before warmer weather. One answer was explosives. Strange predicament.

Green, we have a local game warden that used dynamite to blow up a moose carcass that was in a waterway...smelling to high heavens and causing an uproar with the stench...apparently it worked!! this is backwoods VT so I guess they used what they had on hand...not sure why a game warden needs dynamite but thats probably another story..

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Old 04-24-2012, 10:23 AM
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...not sure why a game warden needs dynamite...
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To blow up beaver dams?

I worked on Fort Drum back in the 80s when the 10th Mountain Division was waging war with the beaver. They used just about everything in the arsenal from HE to flyboys to git-er-done and all they had to show for it were damaged roads and frustrated colonels.

Ft Drum has some fantastic habitat and I suspect there are still lots of beaver more than a couple of back roads that are still impassable on account of being shot at and blowed up
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Old 04-24-2012, 11:30 AM
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A couple decent shooting privates on beaver detail would work much better.
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Old 04-25-2012, 09:23 AM
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Or just put a bounty on their heads, and let the local trappers do it.
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There was this one back road where the beavers built a dam about 50 feet downstream of the road and flooded it. The army kept blowing up the dam and the beavers kept rebuilding, each time a little more upstream. Eventually the army blew their way though the road (no kidding) and the beaver dam had a big "U" in it facing upstream.

The last time I drove that road was in a friends old 68' Ford Bronco, and we had to drive through flooded road, up and over the dam and down the backside.......where naturally we got stucker than pigs in a poke. We had to get back up over the dam on the other side and onto the flooded road on the other side, but before we could do that we had to tear the dam apart by hand and drain the pond. It took a few hours and a few beers and a whole lot of cussing.
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Old 04-25-2012, 11:21 AM
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I have to admit the post hole diggers are very efficient. They are the perfect size and they slide right down. Need to get them down about three feet. Other coons will dig them up and have their way with them.
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Old 04-25-2012, 02:32 PM
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So I finished the coon composter (still needs a lid), and the Mrs. says she doesn't want stinky rotting coons in her worm bed.

Maybe I'll make another one, or maybe I'll just leave her surprises.

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Old 05-05-2012, 01:06 AM
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Fire it is!

So I started smelling the rot way too much, and have now got 3 coons cooking off in the burn barrel: HUGE improvement.
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Old 05-07-2012, 05:39 AM
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The Indians used to put a fish under every hill of corn as fertilizer. I put a couple of coons and a possum under a 3 plant hill of Rhubarb last year. The plants were poor looking and of questionable survival. Made great fertilizer. Meat is full of N, bones are Ca and P. I am sure there is some K in there too. Plants did great. You got to get it deep enough and covered enough to keep the neighbor dogs from unearthing it and getting you back to square one. It could be the ultimate fruit tree slow release fertilizer. Good hunting. "D"
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