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#6543152 - 11/14/16 12:44 PM Coons - Shoot or not?
Murr Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 10/25/05
Posts: 44
Loc: Farmersville, Tx
So the hunter in me tells me not to shoot anything I'm not gonna eat. But I'm telling you I have at least 6 HEALTHY coons eating up my corn. I have a few deer on the cameras that still come in when the coons are there, but apparently they aren't getting much.

So, my question to you is, would you shoot the coons, or let them keep eating?

#6543154 - 11/14/16 12:45 PM Re: Coons - Shoot or not? [Re: Murr]
kdkane1971 Offline
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Registered: 01/30/14
Posts: 1957
Loc: Mesopotamia

#6543162 - 11/14/16 12:51 PM Re: Coons - Shoot or not? [Re: Murr]
LuckyVictim Offline
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Registered: 03/19/12
Posts: 33
I'd pull the trigger on them. Every year prior to deer season, and after the feeders have been spreading corn for a few weeks, I always have a buddy over for a NV coon and yote hunt.
"Sometimes hunting isn't about hunting at all"

#6543168 - 11/14/16 12:56 PM Re: Coons - Shoot or not? [Re: Murr]
flintknapper Offline

Registered: 02/18/15
Posts: 989
Loc: Deep East Texas
I don't mind having a 'few' coons around the feeder, but when they become too numerous or start climbing the feeder, they have to go.

Don't get hung up on 'eating' nuisance animals or predators, they have to be controlled.
Spartans ask many, but where!

#6543171 - 11/14/16 12:57 PM Re: Coons - Shoot or not? [Re: Murr]
Palehorse Online   content
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Registered: 10/22/07
Posts: 4193
Loc: Surfside Beach, TX
Originally Posted By: Murr
So the hunter in me tells me not to shoot anything I'm not gonna eat.

Then try eating them. It really isn't bad if it's cooked right. The hides make a cool wall decoration in a hunting cabin too.

#6543188 - 11/14/16 01:11 PM Re: Coons - Shoot or not? [Re: Murr]
swmays Online   content
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Registered: 01/06/10
Posts: 5941
Loc: Dallas / Hopkins Co.
At some point it becomes clear that the time has come to start reducing the numbers. That point varies by person. I did it this spring on my place when I had 6 or 8 coons in my feeders. I still have a coon on occasion but don't worry about it.

#6543197 - 11/14/16 01:19 PM Re: Coons - Shoot or not? [Re: Murr]
Texas Dan Online   content
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Registered: 07/28/08
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There was a time when corn feeders were a great place to drop the tailgate on a bunch of coonhounds. Most deer hunters don't know that deer are considered "trash" to any respectful coon hunter and despise with a passion, any hound that will run them. And there isn't a better place to verify a hound is truly "broke" from running them than a corn feeder. Most deer broke hounds will return immediately to their houndsman as soon as other dogs in the pack begin running trash. That is, unless they pick up the track of a raccoon, hog, cat, or other game they are broke to run.

Many years back when I ran coonhounds, I can remember often "removing" multiple raccoons from areas around corn feeders. But that was long before folks went deer crazy over antlers.

Yeah, it's rather funny, but you would likely offend any houndsman if you asked him to trail your wounded deer for you. You might just as well ask the man who owns an expensive racehorse if you can borrow it to plow your field.

Spring, Texas

#6543224 - 11/14/16 01:31 PM Re: Coons - Shoot or not? [Re: Murr]
BigBucky2014 Offline

Registered: 06/04/14
Posts: 234
Loc: Cypress, TX
Choot 'em!!

#6543233 - 11/14/16 01:34 PM Re: Coons - Shoot or not? [Re: Murr]
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Registered: 11/17/10
Posts: 18268
Loc: Killeen/Ft Hood, TX
Go buy 4 dukes dog proof traps and place them around the feeder toss in a little corn and maybe some small marshmallows and trap them it's much more effective than shooting one and educating the rest
US Army combat engineer retired

Originally Posted By: bill oxner
I could never repay you for the pleasure I've gotten out of your meat package.

#6543236 - 11/14/16 01:35 PM Re: Coons - Shoot or not? [Re: Murr]
titan2232 Offline
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Registered: 12/29/14
Posts: 3243
Loc: Conroe, TX
Eliminator plate AND coon guard. I have both and the coons have given up thankfully. My corn does build up a little directly under the feeder with the cage, but it's the lesser of two evils by a LONG shot.

#6543240 - 11/14/16 01:40 PM Re: Coons - Shoot or not? [Re: kdkane1971]
Stompy Offline
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Registered: 06/13/10
Posts: 3959
Loc: Breckenridge Tx
Originally Posted By: kdkane1971

Shoot, trap, kill them anyway you can. 6 can turn into 12 pretty fast.
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#6543295 - 11/14/16 02:15 PM Re: Coons - Shoot or not? [Re: Murr]
HoldPoint Offline

Registered: 07/06/09
Posts: 1778
Loc: Plano, TX
I'm on a raccoon killing mission - I've got every bit of 16 coons at each feeder having a party - I've managed to kill 5 so far with minimal effort since I'm focused on deer hunting. They will be exterminated by this spring or severely reduced unless I run out of beer between now and then...

#6543303 - 11/14/16 02:21 PM Re: Coons - Shoot or not? [Re: Murr]
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Loc: Surfside Beach, TX

#6543313 - 11/14/16 02:28 PM Re: Coons - Shoot or not? [Re: Murr]
SouthTXhunter07 Offline

Registered: 11/21/13
Posts: 176
Loc: South TX, Carrizo Springs
It's illegal and wrong so don't do it...but if you got yourself some "Golden Marlin" fly poison mixed 2 tables spoons with big red in a sturdy cup in the might wake up to 5-6 dead raccoons around each feeder within 20' of the feeder.

#6543327 - 11/14/16 02:38 PM Re: Coons - Shoot or not? [Re: Murr]
mikei Offline
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Registered: 11/16/14
Posts: 1479
I'm like a couple of others who've posted here: if they don't become a nuisance, I'll just take out the ones that get after my chickens and garbage cans. As soon as their population gets large enough that I start seeing 6-packs of them under my deer feeders and all over the property, I go to trapping. This year I went the trapping route for about 10 days and removed enough of them that they are no longer "messin' with my stuff." Seems like about every 2 years or so we experience a population explosion. I guess they don't have too many natural enemies. I've tried a couple of different recipes over the years, and have decided that eating raccoons must be an acquired taste that I'm unable to acquire. The buzzards and Mexican eagles love them and when I place the coons out in my boneyard, they are always the first to go, generally in less than 24 hours.

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