Discussion in 'Hunting USA & Canada' started by Rick Cox, Jan 27, 2019.
Nasty little bastards and they are too damn smart. They can get into most anything and tear it up.
Yes and what they don't eat they will sh*t all over
I know you mean well, but please do not do this. You have just made your problem, somebody else’s. In addition, you are breaking the law in every jurisdiction I am aware of.
Dump the trap in a barrel of water.
Inside “city limits” we use .22 with “cb” bullets. Quiet as a BB gun but enough energy to kill a coon or those stray cats that do every bit as much damage as a raccoon does. I’ve dispatched them in live traps in my garage before so the neighbors wouldn’t know what I was up to
Out of curiosity what do you think they weighed??
I have a friend that hunted them up in Ohio a few years ago and he said they're an entirely different animal up there. +20 pounds was the norm up there.
Here in the deep south ours are small by comparison. I've heard many stories of the 20 or even 30 pound specimen being taken here in GA but I'm forced to dismiss them as exaggeration. I once had a local fur buyer tell me that in the tens of thousands he'd inspected the largest he ever weighed was just under 20.
I grew up in Ontario. We had some pretty large ones up there but I think 30 pounds would be a stretch.
LOVE the cb’s and now what the call the quiet 22, here in new york you can get a 50,000 fine and three years for taking out a feral cat.
I'd say they were about 20lbs. each. But they were not as big as they get. There are some real big ones out there. I'm having the hides tanned for wall hangings, and using the meat to try and attract some coyotes... no luck yet.
I rue the day I have to move into town.
Check out the photo. My Winchester .22 laying across their mid section gives it some scale.
Almost all in the south are rather small.
There are exceptions though, and it seems that the huge ones are huge. I used to have trail cam pics of this raccoon that was 2x the size of the other adult raccoons. It was about a foot shorter than the 6 month old deer next to it.
That’s precisely what prompted my question.
The friend I mentioned hunts coon hounds competitively all over the US. He says he’s seen several that exceeded 30 pounds in the midwestern states. An entirely different animal than these scrawny southern coons. I’d love to have a “toothpick” from one of those bruisers.
Raccoons have penis bones that some people collect and use as toothpicks. Notice I said some people.
His penis is made of “ivory”. And no I don’t actually use it as a toothpick but it is quite a conversation piece
My brother has killed several coons that exceeded #30 here in eastern Idaho!
We have big ones up here in Saskatchewan. I remember back in the 70s when I was a kid, my Dad did quite a bit of trapping. One winter day he had my younger brother and me out checking his fox/coyote traps with him. There was an old unoccupied farm yard with a two-storey 1940ish house that he thought we should check out. When we got in there, he quickly saw that the house was crawling with raccoons and we made a hasty retreat. We went back home and he called a couple of friends to bring some guns and meet us out there. This time my brother and I had to wait back in the truck. Pretty soon we could hear yelling and then the shooting started. There were raccoons coming out of the windows, door and holes in the roof and they still ended up killing 27! Of course back in those days Dad hardly ever took hunting photos, so none of this coon massacre! He shot a boatload of beautiful whitetail bucks back then that we have to photos of as well.
Another raccoon story that comes to mind took place in 2011. My ex-wife and I took a holiday to Mexico in the Mayan Riviera region by Playa del Carmen. At the resort where we stayed, the raccoons would come out in the evenings by the dozens. They would wander among the tourists and beg for food scraps all night long and my ex thought that they were too cute to ignore. She got so confident with them that she sat down on the ground with a plateful of hamburger patties while the raccoons ate out of her hand and pretty much climbed on her. People were gathered around and taking pics of her with these coons climbing all around her and she was loving it (not the brightest crayon in the box). I told her to cut it out as the raccoons were getting a little too aggressive for my liking and I she was going to get bitten. She said it was fine and about 15 seconds after that, CHOMP!!! I decided not to say "I told you so", but she divorced me two years later anyway, lol!!!
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