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Raccoon meat at South Carolina store must go, officials say
Rooters ^ | Wed Mar 30, 2011 4:45pm EDT | Harriet McLeod

Posted on 03/30/2011 3:46:22 PM PDT by Rebelbase

Tipped off by a complaint, inspectors recently found the cleaned raccoon meat in plastic bags inside one of the store's coolers, along with bagged ice.

The Lucky 7 store — located in Gadsden, near the state capital of Columbia — removed the meat upon request, Berry said. But when inspectors went back several days later, they found it outside the building near some trash.

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With the way things are going the USDA should probably consider an inspection for coon meat because a lot more folks are going to be eating it.
1 posted on 03/30/2011 3:46:25 PM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: Rebelbase

Aw, that’s just too much. Let people freeze their coon meat if they want to!


2 posted on 03/30/2011 3:47:51 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Nadie me ama como Jesus.)
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To: Rebelbase

I hear it tastes just like.... oh, nevermind.


3 posted on 03/30/2011 3:48:09 PM PDT by fwdude (The world is sleeping in the dark that the Church just can't fight, 'cause it's asleep in the light.)
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To: Rebelbase

Had it for Thanksgiving years ago. It was a bit stringy, good flavor,and very greasy.


4 posted on 03/30/2011 3:50:31 PM PDT by rsobin
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To: fwdude
We were raised in the country in N. Calif and when we were children my brother ran a trap line. He mostly got skunks and coons but once he got a big bobcat. We roasted one of the coons and ate it but, although it didn't taste bad, I didn't like it because it was too rich and sweet tasting. Never tried it again, although I've eaten Bear many times and would again if I could get some.
5 posted on 03/30/2011 4:02:47 PM PDT by fish hawk (R. Emmett Tyrrell: Liberalism is dead. What we see now is "soft Nazis-ism".)
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To: Rebelbase
You always have to be leery around small wild game. They can be infected with a gram negative rod named Francisella tularensis, which causes, oddly enough, a disease named tuleremia. It can infect squirrels, rabbits, beavers, raccoons and other small wild game. It is very contagious and highly virulent. Due to the high levels of contagion and virulence, it is considered a select agent, in other words, a potential agent of bioterror. I have worked with it a good bit and I am always extraordinarily careful around it.

If you are cleaning wild game, and you should always wear, at a minimum, full length kitchen gloves. When I work with it I always double glove. While cleaning the animal, inspect its liver (you may need a magnifying glass) for small, evenly distributed, white spots, some less than 0.5mm in diameter. If present, the animal is infected and should be destroyed, along with the kitchen gloves. Wash your hands thoroughly with anti-bacterial soap, followed by hand sanitizer. F. tularensis is something you don't want to screw around with!
6 posted on 03/30/2011 4:04:27 PM PDT by NWFLConservative
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To: Rebelbase

Raccoon.....the other white meat.


7 posted on 03/30/2011 4:05:39 PM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: Tax-chick

Had an opportunity to visit one of those rural convenience stores when my FIL lived in Virginia.
We had stopped to get a video tape and some snacks.
Another customer came in and asked for some night crawlers.
The clerk directed him to the cooler, where the worms were right next to the macaroni salad.


8 posted on 03/30/2011 4:08:52 PM PDT by Ed Condon (Give 'em a heading, an altitude, and a reason.)
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To: Rebelbase
Coons is clean little critters. They love to wash their little paws.

Clean Coons

9 posted on 03/30/2011 4:10:17 PM PDT by Bernard Marx
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To: Ed Condon

Here in Maryland they made the guy up the road from me stop selling Muskrat meat.


10 posted on 03/30/2011 4:10:43 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Rebelbase

Personally, I’d be real leary about coon.

Rabies is epidemic in raccoons these days.


11 posted on 03/30/2011 4:13:25 PM PDT by djf (Dems and liberals: Let's redefine "marriage". We already redefined "natural born citizen".)
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To: Rebelbase

Care for a gopher?
No thank you, Delmar.
One third of a gopher would only arouse my appetite without bedding it down.


12 posted on 03/30/2011 4:14:40 PM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: NWFLConservative
What if your dogs eat wild game? Can they get tularensis and if they get it can they pass it on to us, or would we have to eat our dogs to catch it?
13 posted on 03/30/2011 4:16:09 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: Tax-chick
I had some lynx last summer when in Canada. First Nations friend of mine gave me some frozen. Had a few too many hairs on it still for my taste. Guess I'm not too keen on cat.

Hope he gives me more bear this year.

14 posted on 03/30/2011 4:18:12 PM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: Rebelbase
Tipped off by a complaint

...From a prissy, uptight liberal woman, no doubt.

15 posted on 03/30/2011 4:19:36 PM PDT by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: billorites

I’d have to be pretty hungry to eat catz, but the history books say mountain men liked bobcat, lynx, cougar, and so on.

I haven’t had any game since my dad got too sick to hunt. We used to have deer for Christmas every year.


16 posted on 03/30/2011 4:21:43 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Nadie me ama como Jesus.)
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To: Ed Condon

It’s like that around here, too. Macaroni salad, pimento cheese, worms.


17 posted on 03/30/2011 4:22:58 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Nadie me ama como Jesus.)
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To: Rebelbase
My parents hunted and fished and I have eaten at a number of wild game dinners. So, I've probably sampled 'most every critter that walks, swims or flies.

But, I must admit that some of the best meat I ever tasted was barbecued young raccoon...

18 posted on 03/30/2011 4:23:44 PM PDT by TXnMA (Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad! REPEAT San Jacinto!!!)
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To: fwdude

“I hear it tastes just like.... oh, nevermind.”

It tastes a lot like pork...it is in the same family after all. It is quite tasty although, one has to be careful how it is prepared cause it has a lot of fat which does not taste very good...but, it is definitely one of the better meats to eat.


19 posted on 03/30/2011 4:24:13 PM PDT by Wpin ("I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny...")
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To: Tax-chick

It’s like that around here, too. Macaroni salad, pimento cheese, worms.

... and get your taxes done.


20 posted on 03/30/2011 4:24:49 PM PDT by OwenKellogg (Defund Elmo, TOTUS, and GOTUS)
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To: TXnMA

Ever had snapping turtle?


21 posted on 03/30/2011 4:26:17 PM PDT by tacticalogic
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To: OwenKellogg

And a Notary Public who will also cut your hair ;-).


22 posted on 03/30/2011 4:27:27 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Nadie me ama como Jesus.)
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To: Rebelbase

I know someone who grew up in Arkinsas and whatever her dad shot with his 22 rifle, was dinner on the table. When I told her I shot a robin with my B B gun, cleaned it and roasted it, she gave a twinkle in her eyes and said that the robins she had as a girl were some of the best eatings.

If these morans keep it up you won’t be able to buy rabbit, goose or frog legs.


23 posted on 03/30/2011 4:29:43 PM PDT by jonrick46 (2012 can't come soon enough.)
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To: fish hawk

One of my friends shot a bear several years ago. He had it processed into summer sausages. It was excellent! A little greasy but really good.


24 posted on 03/30/2011 4:30:46 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Hey buddy, did you just see a real bright light?)
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To: Venturer
"Here in Maryland they made the guy up the road from me stop selling Muskrat meat."

That's a shame. Seared and cooked for a couple of hours in a good roux, served over brown rice ... good eatin'.

25 posted on 03/30/2011 4:32:13 PM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: TXnMA
"But, I must admit that some of the best meat I ever tasted was barbecued young raccoon..."

Oven roasted in a pan of sweet potatoes is downright yummy.

26 posted on 03/30/2011 4:34:16 PM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: tacticalogic

***Ever had snapping turtle?***

Yep. One of my friends used to catch them all the time and cook them up. They taste like chicken but were tough. One of my working companions said he ate a piece, and the more he chewed the bigger it got in his mouth till he had to spit it out.

You ever had calf n..s, er that is , mountain oysters? Taste like chicken with a piece of gristle in the middle.


27 posted on 03/30/2011 4:35:09 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Hey buddy, did you just see a real bright light?)
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To: billorites
"Me and Pete found ourselves a .. whole .. gopher .. village".

The Baptismal scene that follows contains one of the prettiest Gospel hymns I've ever heard, but the film is so filled with great music, who can choose?

Back on topic, though, besides the rabies issue Raccoons would not be my game meat of choice. Too intelligent a creature to eat and too damned mean to want to mess with.

28 posted on 03/30/2011 4:36:05 PM PDT by katana
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To: Venturer
Here in Maryland they made the guy up the road from me stop selling Muskrat meat.

You must be down the shore, hon. I hear muskrat's good seasonal eats down'air.

29 posted on 03/30/2011 4:37:38 PM PDT by workerbee (We're not scared, Maobama -- we're pissed off!)
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To: Rebelbase
Some Folk'll Never Eat A Skunk
But Then Again Some, Folk'll
Like Cletus, The Slack-Jawed Yokel


30 posted on 03/30/2011 4:39:37 PM PDT by The KG9 Kid
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

Tell your friend it’s a lot better if you parboil it in a pressure cooker, and then deep fry it.


31 posted on 03/30/2011 4:40:51 PM PDT by tacticalogic
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To: NWFLConservative

You also have to be aware that fleas on small game can be carriers of Beubonic (sp?) plague- at least in the Southwest. Those that eat rabbits in these parts will not touch the ones with fleas. I think there are several issues to be aware of with some wild game- not sure how folks ate so much of it years ago, maybe some of them didn’t survive.


32 posted on 03/30/2011 4:42:47 PM PDT by Tammy8 (~Secure the border and deport all illegals- do it now! ~ Support our Troops!~)
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To: fish hawk

“...but once he got a big bobcat.”

I bet there were surprised faces all around with that, especially the bobact.


33 posted on 03/30/2011 4:44:59 PM PDT by PLMerite (Thanks for fixing the clock.)
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To: Rebelbase


34 posted on 03/30/2011 4:47:32 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

I never had turtle- but my dad talked about how good it was all the time. I have eaten mountain oysters all my life and if they are fixed right there should be no gristle down the middle- just soft meat with a crisp fried outside. Yummy! But I am surprised how many don’t know how to clean/fix them properly, and you can’t eat them from an older animal either.


35 posted on 03/30/2011 4:49:45 PM PDT by Tammy8 (~Secure the border and deport all illegals- do it now! ~ Support our Troops!~)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar
We did the same thing. Took it to a sausage meat packing co. and they mixed about 30% pork in with it and made summer sausage and those little thin hot sticks. Also made a roast of some of the meat but did not try steaks. We got lots of bear because on our Reservation when ever their was a marauding bear, they called my brother to come over and kill it. Needless to say I have bear skulls, bear claw necklaces and bear fang necklaces that I have made. Our Indians do not like killing bears but some times they get brave enough to try to enter you kitchen, then, something has to be done about it. Some will not eat bear as they are considered sacred and in fact, we call them Auntie, as they brought us medicine. However I feel they are just as sacred in my tummy as they are rotting somewhere.
36 posted on 03/30/2011 4:52:11 PM PDT by fish hawk (R. Emmett Tyrrell: Liberalism is dead. What we see now is "soft Nazis-ism".)
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To: Bernard Marx; NWFLConservative

Last one I trapped and killed, around 1995, was loaded with heart worm. It had been breaking into the feed bins, stealing feed, so should have been good meat

Needless to say, it was not eaten.

We have long since moved out of that are, and have never seen a coon (or possum, either) in this area...and don’t miss them.


37 posted on 03/30/2011 4:52:42 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Made in America, by proud American citizens, in 1946.)
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To: workerbee

Got a place on St. Clement’s Bay.

Muskrat is good eating.


38 posted on 03/30/2011 4:52:42 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Tax-chick; katana
I shot my first deer when I was 14. It was in southern Maine, farmland mixed with woods.

Anyway, that winter I was fatigued, having muscle pain, etc. Turns out I had trichinosis. We still had deer meat in the freezer and the lab at the hospital said, "Yep, trichina!"

I thought it amusing to share the story at the time with the cautionary warning that anyone who ate me would thus get trichinosis.

I tell the story now to explain the long dry spell I suffered during my adolescence so far as my dating history was concerned.

39 posted on 03/30/2011 4:56:28 PM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: Tax-chick

I’ve been there!


40 posted on 03/30/2011 5:01:42 PM PDT by OwenKellogg (Defund Elmo, TOTUS, and GOTUS)
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To: fish hawk

***Some will not eat bear as they are considered sacred and in fact, we call them Auntie, as they brought us medicine.****

Another man I worked with shot a bear in California. After skinning it out he refused to eat any of it because, after the skin is off, it looks too much like a skinned man.


41 posted on 03/30/2011 5:08:51 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Hey buddy, did you just see a real bright light?)
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To: billorites

Ick! Worst thing that happened to us was turkey with shot in it.


42 posted on 03/30/2011 5:09:39 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Nadie me ama como Jesus.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar
"After skinning it out he refused to eat any of it because, after the skin is off, it looks too much like a skinned man."

I've always wondered how many skinned men the people that say that have seen.

43 posted on 03/30/2011 5:33:18 PM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: fish hawk
It was some of your people that showed me how to take care of a 6’ sturgeon (1964, summer) that I caught between the mouth of the Klamath & Klamath Glen. I tried to give them a large chunk, but “all” they wanted was the 15’ or so of cartilage that they pulled out, attached to the tail.

They said it was really the best part.

As for the bears ‘getting brave enough to enter the kitchen, my oldest brother, at Shasta Lake, got a desperate call from an anti-gun neighbor. A bear had tried to crawl through his doggie door, and ended up inside, wearing the door like a necklace, and he was asking “what should I do!?!”

My brother still has the rug, and the neighbor no longer has doggie doors...and bought a rifle.

44 posted on 03/30/2011 6:08:52 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Made in America, by proud American citizens, in 1946.)
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To: ApplegateRanch
That sturgeon cartilage (sturgeons have no bones but the skull) is boiled and very good to eat. Also the cartilage in the back of eels is good.
45 posted on 03/30/2011 6:23:08 PM PDT by fish hawk (R. Emmett Tyrrell: Liberalism is dead. What we see now is "soft Nazis-ism".)
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To: Ditter

The dz is not transmitted via close contact, but rather, through the consumption of infected meat (or organs like the liver).


46 posted on 03/30/2011 6:34:06 PM PDT by NWFLConservative
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To: tacticalogic

What else can you do with a snapper that chomps down on your hook when fishing — but make “turtle & dumplings”? In that dish, I actually prefer turtle to chicken.


47 posted on 03/30/2011 6:42:51 PM PDT by TXnMA (Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad! REPEAT San Jacinto!!!)
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To: Bernard Marx

The kit on the left is clearly a surgeon!


48 posted on 03/30/2011 6:45:36 PM PDT by Eaker (The problem with the internet, you're never sure of the accuracy of the quotes. Abraham Lincoln '65)
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To: Tammy8
The bug that causes bubonic plague, Yersinia pestis is also a gram negative rod, and indeed carried by the fleas. The fleas are what are known as "vectors". The bug is harbored in what are known as "resevior hosts", like rats and other small game, and the flea's bite is what transmits the bug. The resevior hosts are usually asymptomatic.

The reason Y. pestis killed so many people during the middle ages is that people really did not know how the dz was transmitted or how to treat it. What killed so many people with the bubonic plague was severe dehydration and septicemia (widespread infection throughout the body). It kills mainly by derailing a lot of our immune system, principally by defeating efforts by certain white blood cells to "phagocytize"(eat) them.

There were of course, no antibiotics at the time either. Aminoglycoside antibiotics like streptomycin, and IV hydration, will usually knock out the bugs fairly quickly. Untreated or delayed treatment, however, can push the mortality rate upwards of 90%.
49 posted on 03/30/2011 6:47:06 PM PDT by NWFLConservative
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To: fish hawk

Yeah, they explained about how to use it.

When you say eels, do you mean the thick, black salt water ones about 12-18” long caught with about a 10’ pole with a hook tied to the end it that is poked around the rocks in the tidal areas?


50 posted on 03/30/2011 6:51:52 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Made in America, by proud American citizens, in 1946.)
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