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Old wives tales: eating animals edition #9066445 06/24/24 01:29 AM
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I’ve heard a lot, and I’ve found very few to be true. I think it’s ridiculous how so many people think that so many animals aren’t worth eating, especially when they’ve never tried them. I always have to find out for myself, when I can. I’ve eaten a lot of animals and animal parts outside of the normal spectrum, and I’ve only found two that I just can’t handle. One is sea urchin. That was prepared in a sushi restaurant. I have no idea why anyone eats that. The other was jackrabbit. I’m certain it can be cooked in a way to make it edible, and it wasn’t horrible the way I cooked it. But you can’t just toss that on a grill and expect anyone to finish it.

Here’s a list of animals I’ve eaten and liked, that I’ve heard weren’t worth eating. I don’t even consider any of this all that adventurous. That’s what baffles me. And I’d like to know what y’all would add to the list.

Carp
Gar
Drum
Large bass
Large catfish
Coons
Javelina
Mule deer
Large boars

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Squirrel. Love some brunswick stew.
Turtle
Armadillo. much better than I thought it would be.


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A big bull red.

My wife caught it on the 61st st pier in Galveston several years ago. By the time we got it up, got the hook out, snapped a couple pictures and threw it back, he was a floater. Fished it back out with a drop net and tagged it.

We had to put in a bit of extra time making sure to get all the dark stuff trimmed out but it fried up great!

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I am finishing up a book about the Comanches and how they lived - they not only ate just about any animal there is they also ate every single bit of them - including intestines, bowels, etc. No thanks!


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Soft shell turtle = awesome
Rattlesnake = pretty good
Javelina = decent
Frog legs = awesome
Jackrabbit = food for the dogs


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Haven't had it in years but never spit any out.


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Originally Posted by tlk
I am finishing up a book about the Comanches and how they lived - they not only ate just about any animal there is they also ate every single bit of them - including intestines, bowels, etc. No thanks!


Yeah, I don’t think anything was off limits to them.

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Originally Posted by tlk
I am finishing up a book about the Comanches and how they lived - they not only ate just about any animal there is they also ate every single bit of them - including intestines, bowels, etc. No thanks!


Was it The Comanche Empire by any chance? Pretty interesting book.

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I know lots of guys that can’t stand them. Mine was delicious. I think I just got lucky and shot a tasty bruin


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Originally Posted by Tactical Cowboy
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Pronghorn is close to the top of the list of great eating animals for me.

Had Javelina sausage a couple years ago and it was delicious.

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I've had bear and Pronghorn and both were delicious.


Originally Posted by bill oxner
Haven't had it in years but never spit any out.


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Large boar huh? My experience is you got lucky. Maybe one that wasn’t producing testosterone for some reason.

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I am finishing up a book about the Comanches and how they lived - they not only ate just about any animal there is they also ate every single bit of them - including intestines, bowels, etc. No thanks!


Was it The Comanche Empire by any chance? Pretty interesting book.


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Originally Posted by tlk
... they also ate every single bit of them - including intestines, bowels, etc. No thanks!


They still do this in southern Africa. They are starved for protein. My first trip to Zimbabwe in '99, the trackers wanted to roast liver, etc., directly on coals at the side of the road. Unfortunately, my hunting buddy was over pork for HEB at the time, and he simply couldn't stomach it. I've always regretted not forcing the issue. I have witnessed taking a government scout back to his quarters, via boat on the Zambezi, at the end of a hunt, and he was partially paid in meat, in our modern, plastic grocery sacks, and there were maggots crawling all over the meat and out onto the floor of the boat. 'Didn't bother that old man one bit. He actually helped on the hunt, which is rare.


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Cooked jackrabbit wasn’t a fan. Have shot cleaned and cooked some others off the list that were great and same animal same cooking/processing that were awful. Javalina and hogs, my take is they are either tasty or not.


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Wild buffalo = very good
Wild beaver = an acquired taste! chicken

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I’ve eaten armadillo and it was good.
Also many different birds when you get.
Fieldlark are very liver tasting and tough.
Robin taste just like dove.
Crow, yes I really are crow once. Was nasty
Possum it was ok.
Armadillo was white pork like meat that was tasty
Raccoon was tough but edible
Bobcat was tough and had a weird flavor.
Never got the nerve to try coyote or prairie dog.
Snapping turtle was good. Grilled like a steak

All were tried when we were youngsters. We would try to eat anything we killed.
Usually cooked over an open fire on a stick or a homemade grill.
Good times for sure



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Pronghorn


Pronghorn is close to the top of the list of great eating animals for me.

Had Javelina sausage a couple years ago and it was delicious.


I killed my Pronghorn outside Marfa, TX on a 70° day.

The meat was taken care of like any other meat is, and bled in the cooler for 10 days (I usually go 7 days).

Some of the best game meat I've ever eaten. And many said it wasn't fit to eat. That was false.


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Large boar huh? My experience is you got lucky. Maybe one that wasn’t producing testosterone for some reason.


I usually don’t mess with them because they’re so nasty, but I have pulled the back straps off a few. I was very careful to peel the hide back without contaminating the meat.

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Pronghorn


Pronghorn is close to the top of the list of great eating animals for me.

Had Javelina sausage a couple years ago and it was delicious.


I killed my Pronghorn outside Marfa, TX on a 70° day.

The meat was taken care of like any other meat is, and bled in the cooler for 10 days (I usually go 7 days).

Some of the best game meat I've ever eaten. And many said it wasn't fit to eat. That was false.


A lot of hunters don’t care for their meat properly. Pronghorn are usually shot in warm weather. I think this is why so many don’t like it.

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