Originally posted by thisguyrighthere
Any experiences eating squirrel, raccoon, wild ducks, hunted and prepared your own small game meats?
Ihave experience with deer, bear, elk, caribou and other larger game but Ive never gotten into eating the smaller game.
Ducks, turkeys, doves and whatnot are good all the time, if you don't care much about the hunting seasons. Other birds you might catch are ok but can
taste like motor oil. Coots come to mind.
Rabbits and squirrels will have "bots" or "wolves" in warm months. It doesn't hurt the meat but they're nasty looking and mess up the pelt.
Squirrel needs a lot of cooking to be tender, if you had power, a crockpot or pressure cooker makes fast work of them. You could use a pressure cooker
over a campfire if you're careful.
You have a better chance of getting tularemia from rabbits in warm months too, so if you're hunting out of season you need to be careful not to cut
yourself or get blood into cuts before you cook it.
'Coons need special care for several reasons. First and foremost, a small percentage will carry rabies in warm months. You might not want to eat a
rabid coon. I'm not sure how you know without a microscope, but generally people pen them up and see if they act normally for a while. Next, a lot of
'coons are infested with trichinosis, and you really don't want that. You'll want to cook them thoroughly, like pork, until there's no pink.
Finally, you have to dress them out like a sushi cook does fugu. There's scent glands under the skin in several places, if you cut one open the meat
will taste godawfully gamey. It doesn't really damage it in terms of food value but it will be as nasty as you could imagine. Coon meat is really
greasy. I know people that swear by it but I don't care for it.
Possums generally have to be penned and fed something non-carrion for several weeks. Their normal diet makes their meat really funky. You can eat it,
but it's nasty.
Armadillo is not bad but takes a lot of cooking as well. In the South they can carry Hansen's disease, although it's not likely. So you won't want
any rare armadillo.
Wild hogs are not unheard of down here, you have to cook them very thoroughly due to trichinosis.
I think you're overlooking a significant source of dietary protein in the post-SHTF period, and that's roast Fido. Dogs will be everywhere, you will
want to keep the numbers down so they don't eat the deer (or your kids). Also coyotes can be caught by hanging a treble hook on a steel leader, about
six feet off the ground, baited with rancid bacon. Dog is a lot better than possum.