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Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by 1985 4Runner, Jan 15, 2010.

  1. 1985 4Runner

    1985 4Runner Agitator

    May 27, 2006
    Gulf Coast MS
    Post your favorite stories, trips, advice & photos of Raccoon hunting here.

    I have taken 7 or 8 so far this season but I got this big ol boy last night...

    Marlin model 981T 22lr with a BSA 4x32 scope, shooting a 40gr CCI Segmented subsonic HP at a range of 40yds. Improvised 125 lumen LED light attached to rifle via recycled bicycle inner tube.



  2. nice job. Do yuo hunt at night with light & dog or no dog?

  3. Dalton Wayne

    Dalton Wayne Epic mustache Millennium Member

    Apr 5, 1999
    Central Florida
    I went on a coon hunt once, some of the best fun I ever had.
  4. jtull7

    jtull7 Pistolero CLM

    Jan 27, 2006
    Santa Fe, New Mexico
    Don't be shooting the coons. They do no harm.
  5. 1985 4Runner

    1985 4Runner Agitator

    May 27, 2006
    Gulf Coast MS
    Actually a coon is one of the dirtiest, disease ridden animals there is.

    I usually hunt without a dog, giving them a fair chance.
  6. Any proof of that? I find them clean and unless rabid, free of dieases. Would you call a Bear the same ?

    Both raccoon and bear are very similar in nature and habits.
  7. Davegrave

    Davegrave Dapper Dan

    Sep 1, 2005
    NW IN
    Oh no! You shot Rocky. :crying:
  8. 1985 4Runner

    1985 4Runner Agitator

    May 27, 2006
    Gulf Coast MS

    Just one of plenty of examples out there:

    Common Infectious Diseases of Raccoons

    Raccoons are susceptible to a large number of different infectious agents including bacteria, viruses, and parasites. Several of these infectious diseases are zoonotic. Veterinarians are faced with the diagnosis and treatment of wildlife including raccoons and need to be able to make the correct diagnosis as well as educate clients on the potential hazards associated with exposure to raccoons.

    Leptospirosis is a common bacterial disease in raccoons caused by a number of different species of Leptospira. Trans-mission is thought to occur via urine contamination of feed and water. Antemortem diagnosis is based upon serology and dark field examination of urine. Histopathologic examination and fluorescent antibody testing of liver and kidney are two postmortem procedures that can be done to help further aid the diagnosis of leptospirosis. Other natural bacterial infections reported in raccoons are listeriosis,yersiniosis,pasteurellosis, and tularemia.

    Viral diseases of raccoons include rabies, canine distemper, raccoon parvoviralenteritis, infectious canine hepatitis, and pseudorabies. Rabies is a zoonotic disease that is endemic in raccoon populations in Pennsylvania and New England. In recent years, there has been a shift of rabies infected raccoons westward into Ohio (see Diagnostic Forum Vol. 8, No 2, 1997).

    Canine distemper virus infection is probably the most common viral disease in raccoons. The clinical signs, and gross and histopathologic lesions in raccoons are similar to distemper in dogs. Neurologic signs due to distemper virus infection in raccoons are virtually indistinguishable from rabies induced neurologic disease. Diagnosis is based upon histopathologic lesions in brain, lung, spleen, and small intestine. Intranuclear and intracytoplasmicinclusion bodies can be visualized in many cells including epithelial cells in the respiratory epithelium, gastric mucosa, and transitional epithelium lining the renal pelvis and urinary bladder. The best tissues for fluorescent antibody testing and virus isolation of canine distemper virus are lung, brain, stomach, small intestine, kidney, and urinary bladder.

    Parvoviral enteritis in raccoons is due to a unique raccoon parvovirus that is most antigenically similar to feline parvovirus. Clinical signs include bloody diarrhea, lethargy, inappetance, and loss of fear of humans. Raccoons do not develop clinical disease when exposed to canine parvovirus. Diagnosis is based upon histopathologic lesions of necrotizing enteritis and identification of the virus by fluorescent antibody testing. The most common method in which raccoons acquire pseudorabies virus infection is via the ingestion of virus-infected pig carcasses.

    An important parasitic disease of raccoons is toxoplasmosis, which is a protozoal disease caused by Toxoplasmagondii.Felids are the definitive host for T. gondii, and they excrete potentially infective oocysts in their feces. Toxoplasmosis in raccoons is commonly associated with immunosuppression from canine distemper virus infection. Necrotizing encephalitis and pneumonitis are frequent lesions associated with toxoplasmosis.

    Another parasite of importance in raccoons is Baylisascarisprocyonis, which is an intestinal roundworm of raccoons. Baylisascaris is a known cause of cerebral nematodiasis and ocular and visceral larval migrans in domestic and non-domestic animals, and humans. Transmission com-monly occurs through the ingestion of infective eggs, which results in aberrant migration in hosts other than raccoons.

    - by Jim Raymond, DVM

    - edited by M. Randy White, DVM, PhD

    They're walking, climbing targets as far as I'm concerned.
  9. shootindave


    Feb 15, 2007
    Looks like old Chester will be missing the family reunion.

    You skin em out?

    - Dave
  10. 1985 4Runner

    1985 4Runner Agitator

    May 27, 2006
    Gulf Coast MS
    Yes, I do not flesh them myself though. They are usually traded along with the meat.
  11. Usingmyrights

    Usingmyrights Jr Member

    Jul 4, 2005
    Jacksonville, FL
    A trapper friend of mine was getting $22 plus a coon last year. $15 a hide, $5+ for the meat, $1 a skull and a $1 a TN toothpick.
  12. 1985 4Runner

    1985 4Runner Agitator

    May 27, 2006
    Gulf Coast MS
    I always heard it called an Arkansas toothpick, but anyone who knows coon, knows what it is. :thumbsup: