WILCOX STUDIO -- old hand-painted sign on brick building
I think they do...but what for??? Don't eat em...
turquoisemoon -- I have read historical accounts of raccoons being hunted for meals. Perhaps they still are???? thanks -- barbara
This is a wonderful sign and YES, people do still hunt raccoons. I hear them where I live - I don't know if they kill them or just let the dogs run.
Rocky Creek -- I visited your fine blog on gluten free eating. I noticed you live in VA. I wonder if raccoon hunting is more of a southern tradition?? I take it that they use dogs like I have seen in movies? thanks -- barbara
If they do - so they need special equipment?
Yes, if they do -- they need supplies. Or is this a sign left over from by gone times? -- thanks for the comment -- barbara
In our area, coon hunters sell the hides.
Nature Weaver -- Oh, I remember seeing stretching boards in an old outbuilding where we lived on a farm when my kids were younger. I remember seeing the poor raccoon's skins wrapped around old matrons necks when I was very young and being repulsed by them. Have no idea what the hides would be used for today? thanks -- barbara
I love the sign!
KJ Gifford -- I suppose since this appears to be old sign it would be a collectible. It does reflect a folkway of this area. thanks -- barbara
My cousins still 'coon hunt with dogs from my uncle's line. His prize-winning coonhounds sold for as much as a thousand dollars years ago. You figure. Most of the people who bought them didn't pay that much for a car back then.
Amazing. I do remember as a child, distant relatives from Ohio talking about coon hunting but thought its popularity had long past by. I am familiar with coon dogs as a neighbor had a Walker coon dog solely as a pet. I learn something everyday by bloggers. Thanks for the info -- barbara
Yes, for the hides, I'm sorry to say.
Teresa -- I am still not sure what they do with the hides? This is surely a whole industry that I was unaware of existing today. thanks -- barbara
If they're in my corn, I do. With a hav-a-hart trap of course.
Birdman -- I take it that a hav-a-hart trap is a catch and release one. I can understand trapping them if they are in your corn in this humane way -- thanks -- barbara
I had uncles who hunted coons long, long ago. I think it was mostly for the "sport" (if terrifying an innocent animal is really sport). I was waiting for others to respond to your question and am not surprised that people do still hunt coons. I supposed people used to eat them, I know they ate squirrels. There's the Davy Crockett tradition of coon skin hats, so I guess the pelts were used. Old habits die slowly in a country that has as many hidden pockets as this one has.
Yes, I guess it would be like deer hunting -- folks hunt them for food. I am still wondering what they do with the hides. I am getting off in an area I know hardly a thing about but thanks to all of you I am getting educated somewhat. Yes, I do remember the Davy Crockett coon skin caps. You are right, to quote you -- "old habits die slowly in a country that has as many hidden pockets as this one has." thanks for responding -- barbara
Yes, they do. My son used to go coon hunting with a few of his friends. I didn't really want him to, but it's like it was something he had to get out of his system, something he hadn't done before.
Janet -- I have a feeling that it is a southern thing. In the North where I am from deer hunting is popular. I am not for either but it seems to be a rite of passage for men (and I guess a few women too) -- thanks for the comment -- barbara