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Hi, new here.

I saw a video of a well known team of pro-shop archery hunters. They were hunting pigs, and one guy shot an armadillo.

I went to the Net to find out if those animals are of any use, and it came up positive, that they are very good eating. So the kill seemed ethical. But I also learned that they carry Hansen's Disease (leprosy), which is a skin disease that is virtually incurable and disfiguring, and humans do get it.

Can a person catch the disease by dressing and eating armadillos?

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welcome you might consider sticking with banjo playing at the local holiday inn if your hungry enough to eat an armadillo

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I dont know about dressing and eating them. The buzzards and the flies dont mind if they're whole.


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I'm not sure. You should try possum.


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I remember in the 70's just about every living room in Texas had a stuffed armadillo holding a Lone Star beer bottle. If I'm remembering correctly a few taxidermists ended up getting leprosy and eventually none would touch a dead armadillo.


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I eaten them and didn't like it enough to eat another one.

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First off welcome

Often referred to as "turkey on the halfshell", they were eaten by early white settlers to Texas. Don't remember any catching leprosy. What makes them valuable to medical research in leprosy is they bear their young as quadruples, all four identical.

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I would pass on eating them

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First off welcome Willie Nelson and Gary Busey ate one in "Barbarosa". food

rofl almost fell outa the tree. How ever on a hog hunt, pulled up ta sign in, still dark. Heard rustling in ditch, eased over ta see what it was & got attacted by an armadillo. flag



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I've seen some crazy flower baskets made out of an armadillo. A guy I knew years ago would kill em, stick their tail in their mouth and then bury em in a red ant pile. He'd go back several months later and dig em up. Usually they were picked clean with just the shell remaining. He'd varnish them and make a basket out of them! Me... I just seem to have a jihad against them for digging up my yard. Never wanted to eat one...

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they were eaten by early white settlers to Texas.


Not exactly. Armadillos were not reported in Texas until the late 19th century and then only in the Rio Grande Valley. It was largely after 1900 that they spread beyond the Rio Grande Valley.


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they were eaten by early white settlers to Texas.


Not exactly. Armadillos were not reported in Texas until the late 19th century and then only in the Rio Grande Valley. It was largely after 1900 that they spread beyond the Rio Grande Valley.



Guess we have different sources. This reports armadillos in the Rio Grande valley before 1850 which would be before mid 19th century. Heck, I wasn't there so I don't know. I thought they were in Austin about the time of the Civil War. texas

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Originally Posted By: banjoboy


I went to the Net to find out if those animals are of any use, and it came up positive, that they are very good eating. So the kill seemed ethical.

Peet


None of us have the same life experiences, values, and upbringing. Passing judgement on someone else's ethics is a slippery slope. Many on here won't care what you consider an "ethical" kill. But, a lot of folks would consider the armadillo a nuisance and that is their motivation to kill them.


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Always heard them called "Hoover hogs" by my parents and the neighbors their age that grew up during the great depression. I have killed lots of them over the years and had a neighbor who would cook anything we killed. As a kid I have eaten just about every animal in East Texas other than a skunk or domestic pet. Not saying I would try most of them again though.

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Yep, I'm with Old Rooster. My grandparents also called them Hoover Hogs, remembering those Great Depression years. I hear that the meat is pretty good if prepared well, though I don't think I've eaten any. But I've sure shot my fair share of them. And in my younger days, I could run them down and catch them - which really impressed my daughters when they were small.

Is anything uglier than an Armadillo's belly?


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My dog kills them and eats them. What are you talking about ethical in the same sentence with armafillo. There are plenty and they are destructive blind dumb animals


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approx 5% of the human population are capable of catching leprosy from armadillos is what they were saying on dead meat yesterday when they were cooking one.
since i make a habit of shooting them with the highest power firearm available at the moment cleaning much less eating one is rarely a option.

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We had a neighbor that relished killing everyone he could find. Old square head that grew up working horseback. Those holes will break a horse's leg.

First lesson I received about firearm safety involved an armadillo. Dad made me shoot one with a shotgun, made me look at it real close, and then firmly explained that that is what it would look like to accidentally shoot someone. The lesson stuck.

Haven't seen that many as I used to as a kid. Wonder if pigs have something to do with that.

I remember a small shop that had all kinds of stuff made out of the shells.


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About 15 years ago I was running some hog hunts with some hunters from up north(I don't remember what state). But they had never seen an armadillo. They shot six of them I think. They wanted to take each one to a taxidermist. I don't remember the name of the guy in San Antonio, but he wasn't too happy to get those for some reason.

Every now and then we get some people that have never seen one before. They all seem to act like its some kind of dinosaur or something really spectacular. To them I guess it is, being a first sighting of one. To me its a nuisance that leaves holes I have to fill.


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