As a sponsor you get to run a contest from time-to-time. I thought it would be fun / interesting to run a contest asking members what were some of the odd things they've eaten over the years. The winner was randomly selected and received a 48" x 24" CARNIVORE Big Cutting Board. (Shameless plug warning: These are GREAT gifts for the hunter / outdoorsman in your life. Help out your spouse this year, ask for a BIG Cutting Board).
The give-away contest text read:
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This is a special giveaway for our members. Just answer the following questions:
- What is the weirdest animal you’ve killed and eaten?
- How did this particular critter meet its demise? (bullet, hook, ’78 Ford truck bumper,…)
- How was it prepared?
- Would you eat it again?
All who provide a reply will be entered into a drawing and one lucky winner will receive a 48” x 24” CARNIVORE Cutting Board. We will draw a winner on 09/30 (just in time for hunting season). Good luck!
The results were quite interesting and since I'm a geek, can drive a spreadsheet and have nothing else better to do than play with numbers, I thought it would be interesting to semi-analyze the results.
There were ~ 220 useful responses that seemed real. References to chupacabre, rhino and whooping cranes were ignored.
(Please note, A Man in the Woods does not condone the reckless killing of animals or the breaking of game laws. Many of the stories reported appear to be the result of youthful exuberance or just plain curiosity / stupidity. Do not judge)
Usually, comments on the quality of table fare for a given species were wide ranging. I'm not sure if the animals are truly that bad or if the participants are simply bad cooks. I honestly think protein, in the hands of a good cook, can be made not only edible but actually quite tasty. (Chris, your bobcat recipe was superb!)
Also, if the weirdest or strangest thing you've ever killed and eaten is a squirrel, you REALLY need to push your comfort zone a bit. Squirrels are some of the best free-range, antibiotic-free, wild game you can eat. They can be tough and you need to learn to cook them but they are excellent!!!
Reptiles and Amphibians
Means of Demise
Guns and Bullets
- Out of 16 armadillo responses, only 3 indicated they would eat it again. Most were exceedingly negative.
- Apparently, beef mammary tissue and beef testicles are in fact, good, in you believe the 2 folks who reported them.
- Of the 11 javelina comments, 3 were listed as "heck yes" with most including "never again" or "only if starving."
- Mountain lion apparently is pretty good.
- Nutria were shockingly negative. I thought they were good to eat but the overwhelming response was "never again".
- Both porcupine eaters said "never again".
- The best comments for possom were "just ok" but most claiming "never again". Ever since I heard a story of a possum family crawling out of the anus ("bung hole" if you are from East TX) of a swollen, bloated and very dead cow, I crossed them off my personal list.
- A single prairie dog eater said it was excellent. I was under the impression they were awful but am now curious. Not really interested though in contracting the bubonic plague.
- Cottontails and 4H rabbits were generally reported to be pretty good but it sounds like the same cannot be said for jack rabbits.
- Raccoons were all over the map with responses ranging wildly. Several were "never again" or "only if starving" but others were quite positive. Since they are major rabies reservoirs, I think I'll pass.
- 10 squirrel eaters reported "just ok" twice but "heck yes" the remaining 8 times. As I've noted, squirrels are generally excellent table fare and truly a blast to hunt.
- Two folks reported mystery meat, one from a Russian flea market vendor and one from a Vietnamese neighbor. BTW, you could not PAY me to eat flea market food, regardless of the country.
- Bullfrogs were generally quite popular as were rattlesnakes. Never tried rattler but will when given the opportunity.
- As noted above, softshell turtle had a high 80% approval rating.
Some of the more interesting tidbits from the contest were found in general commentary. The funniest comment of all was on the experience of eating a hardhead catfish:
Not exactly a ringing endorsement!
A Man in the Woods