Just My Way of Sayin’


How to make Roasted Raccoon:

1 medium raccoon
salt and pepper
red pepper to taste
2 or 3 sliced onions

Clean coon. Soak in salted water or vinegar overnight or longer. Remove coon, wipe dry. Cover with a coating of red pepper and water made into a paste. Place in a 350-degree oven for three hours. When coon is tender, remove from oven and remove coating of red pepper. Salt and pepper to taste, cover with sliced onions, placing onions in cavity. Bake for an additional one hour or until tender. Be sure to place on rack with drip pan to catch all of the fat. Serve with sweet potatoes.

P.S. I did it myself. Between the eyes. For my little banty. I have never killed anything in my life before except a bug.

P.P.S. I thought about my little banty and her life’s dream and I didn’t feel bad about it at all.

P.P.P.S. I didn’t really eat it.


  1. Darrell from NC says:

    Seems like you took my advice…. :chicken:

  2. Sheila Z says:

    Good for you!

  3. Box Call says:

    Coons kill so many wild turkey poults that I have become their judge, jury and executioner also. The damage they do to corn and small livestock on the farm is justification for this mindset. I have had them take down all the middle of cornfield before in four or five nights. One cleaned out our water garden of every fish in a period of about three days. The also carry rabies.

    Right between the eyes…..good shot!

  4. Heidi says:

    GO SUE!!!! That was for itty bitty….thats what I was calling your little banty girl… Itty Bitty… good shot by the way!!! Box Call is right, they are a pest and need to be controlled. We used to hunt them, but the price of hides is in the tank and the lisence for them is to high….

  5. ML says:

    Way to go Suzanne! Yes good shot indeed! For the little Banty and her dream!!

  6. lisa says:

    good for you!!!! I have been getting rid of them for several years now … my neighboors hate me..told them they arent “disney” cartoons but destructive critters .

  7. Linda says:

    you done good! I really felt bad to know that little hen was ripped from her nest. Nice Shot!

  8. Jayme aka The Coop Keeper says:

    Hallelujah! Justice has been served. Good for you!

  9. Lynda Dunham-Watkins says:

    Good for you! Just be ready for his family to show up. I hope that rooster was watching!!!!

  10. Lisa says:

    Good for you! The husband got back last night w/ 36 new babies. Hopefully these will see a good long life.

  11. Christine says:

    Ah, revenge is sweet! I think you should make a coon skin cap. You know, like Daniel Boone.

  12. Lisa T. says:

    Wow, I’m impressed. Gotta love a girl with a gun.


  13. elizabeth says:

    Good shot! You did what you needed to do to protect your chickens.

  14. m says:

    Another Good Job here also! There’s bound to be more, so don’t let your guard down.

  15. Charlene says:

    Good for you!

  16. Beth says:

    Suzanne, You realize chickens eat ANYTHING, right? We took out a coon last week and DH wanted to give it to the chickens. I said “no” and we burned it like we always do. But in your case, I might have said yes.

    Keep your trap set.

    Damn good shot!!!

  17. Donna Mc says:

    Next project – learning to cure a ‘coon skin!

  18. Lynn says:

    Have only been lurking for a couple of months, but when I read your post about your little banty, it brought tears to my eyes…poor banty. Good for you…hope it never saw it coming and it’s kind stay far away from your home……

  19. Linda says:

    Way to protect your farm family. Some times those things just need done another part of learning to be a farmer. And Good Shot!

  20. Kathi says:

    Good job, Suzanne. I am so proud!

  21. Mary Kellogg says:

    When you live in the country, sometimes you have to kill varmits. Simple as that.

    When I had chickens, one of my favorite girls passed away. I buried her in a clean towel, with the last egg she laid. My husband thought I was nuts. But I loved her so.

    You did the right thing.

  22. Anita says:

    congrats – can I ask, what kind of gun did you use? I need a varmint gun – we only have a some kind of big deer rifle I can’t even hardly lift, but we have a raccoon problem (kitten massacre) also.

  23. Suzanne McMinn says:

    Anita, it was a .22. (It’s pretty light.)

  24. Beth says:

    Anita, we use a .22. Lighter weight and does the job. I know some people use pellet guns to take out coons as well.

  25. Joanna Wilcox says:

    You may want to read a Country Year by Sue Hubbell. For me, it’s not good for my soul to kill wildlife, just have to keep fortifying.

  26. MissyinWV says:

    You go girl!!! You are definately a real farmer now!!! Avenging little Banty :pawprint: …justice is served.!!!

  27. Kelleh says:

    Excellent! I hope Mean Rooster was watching!

  28. Claudia says:

    Atta Girl! Keep the trap out, more will come…. :shimmy:

  29. KentuckyFarmGirl says:

    Way to go Suzanne! If there was one there are bound to be more. We ended up killing 5 the first Summer we were here but we haven’t had a problem with them since.

  30. Claudia W. says:

    Yes! Yes! Yes!
    Thank you!
    Now I feel better, cause you done in the cousin of the coon that got my Rhoady! Let this be a notice to all you coons out there. Suzanne’s got a gun and she’s not afraid to use it!

  31. Suz in the Tules says:

    :duck: NOW! Let Mean Rooster see you wearing a coon skin cap! Make a BELIEVER out of his mean ol’ self!
    Suz in NV

  32. ahzoey says:

    Hey, they had fair warning that you’d take no prisoners. Let’s hope his buddies take heed.

  33. monica says:

    There are probably more of them in the woods. I hope ‘Mean Rooster’ watched the demise, because he may join the coon in the afterlife. You have gotten the nerve up now and he better not cross you.

    Our newest critter is Itty Bitty Kitty. She came from the Humane Society. The most lovey cat I have ever seen!

  34. Kacey says:

    Wow, I didn’t think you could do it! Now you have that mean old rooster to deal with…

  35. Carol says:

    The little banty is smiling down on you from heaven, with her baby chicks!

  36. Jo says:

    Hee hee! Terrific idea….I’d like to see a blog and pictures when you do. lol Well done, Suzanne! :hungry:

  37. Ms E says:

    Be it a .22 or a 12-guage, I’m glad to hear you dealt w/the problem. They’re a interesting animal to watch, but NOT once they cross into this type of feeding behavior.

  38. BuckeyeGirl says:

    Good on ya Suzanne. It needed doing.

  39. Amber says:

    way to go! we raised orphaned coons one year, and tame or not, they are a vicious animal. I wouldn’t care if it was a wild or tame animal, in season or not, it would die for killing one of my chickens, rabbits, cats, or whatever. very proud of ya! :yes: :shimmy: :snoopy: :duck:

  40. Robin G. says:

    An eye for an eye is totally appropriate here.

  41. Lisa says:

    I am SO PROUD of you!! You have avenged your pretty little banty!

    Man…I’m telling you…I couldn’t be any happier if I’d done this myself!

    Now, if you could just do something about that Mean Rooster….

  42. Beth C says:

    I’m SO GLAD YOU CLARIFIED that you didn’t really eat it. I just can’t imagine. Ew. That rascal got your banty, it’d be like…cannibalism or something :no:

  43. shirley says:

    One picture is worth a thousand words. nailing the tail up with your decorated hammer spoke volumes.
    I just went and looked at Banty sitting in her nesting box, and then the scene of the crime.
    That little girl thanks you.

  44. Cyndi L. says:

    Hat time! Hat time! Good For you!

  45. Alexandra says:

    I hope it made you feel better. You have to protect your animals, specially the defenceless ones. Just make sure you dont let your guard down and reinforce all your fences and nettings.

  46. Angie says:

    Oh yeah. Thats what Im talkin about.

  47. Melanie says:

    Woo Hoo!!!! So proud of you!

  48. Estella says:

    Wtg, Suzanne!

  49. j.netnpets says:

    :snoopy: Suzanne: I too have never killed more than a bug, but i believe, for the little banty, even I could….THIS IS WAR!!!

  50. Sheryl (Runningtrails) says:

    You did good! I think I need a pellet gun…(Can’t own real guns up here.)

    Will a free ranging guard dog will help prevent a reocurrence? Where was Coco? I guess the goats, sheep, pigs and chickens are a bit much for one young girl to guard all by herself. You need a few more big LGDs to help keep the critters away.

    Pocohantus might be a good guard when she grows up, too.

  51. Rys says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss.
    I’m afraid once an animal like a coon finds an easy source of food
    there really isn’t a better alternative. Relocating it would just make it somebody else’s problem

  52. RosieJo says:

    Good for you! You have to protect your own!! It’s the way things have been done since the beginning of time.

  53. Lola-Dawn says:

    Well done! It’s the only suitable solution for a coon (or weasel or skunk or dog or whatever critter) that gets a taste of fresh chicken. And a nice shot too!

  54. wvsky says:

    A friend of mine is the DHHR wildlife scientist and he says we’re having a pretty bad season for Raccoon rabies this year pretty much all over the state, but especially in Central WV.

    Good job! :shimmy:

  55. SarahKoski says:

    I hope your coon troubles are over soon. One down, maybe 4 to go, if they don’t take off on their own. :whip:

  56. B. Ruth says:

    Davy Crockett would’ve been proud of “attagirl” down here in TN…..

    Some ‘coons have to go to the other side! A good ole Blue tick hound would’ve had a ‘howl of a time’ when the five showed up last week! No sweeter sound than an old dog that’s treed a coon….plus they contribute to the natural selection…..

    PS…but without a coon dog, your ‘smoker'(gun) is the next best thing!

    PSS….stretch that hide of the next’un, keep the tail on. Hide buyers prefer it and it’s a lot easier to make the hat…

  57. Sheila Bergeron says:

    I’m glad she’s been avenged. Does Mean Old Rooster know he can be eaten too?

  58. Melanie says:

    This is the best post ever. In history. Of any blog. :yes:

  59. Helen says:

    Good for you, Suzanne. I know that ‘coons are only doing what is natural for them, but there is no sentiment in nature, either, so I am glad you killed the marauder. Actually, I guess you are doing what is natural for you, too, which is protecting your chickens. May your little chicken rest in peace…I am sorry she met such a horrible end.

    p.s. Good shooting, BTW!

  60. Cousin Sheryl says:

    :yes: As Georgia says, you “took care of it.” Good job!

  61. GingerB says:

    And hey…coons are actually really good! Parboil in water with a splash of lemon juice or vinegar for about 30 minutes before following that recipe and you’ll be surprised!

  62. PaulaA says:

    I have recently discovered your blog, and have enjoyed it.
    I know this is an older post but seeing all of the comments congratulating you on killing the raccoon have led me to register and leave a comment.
    Please take this in the spirit intended, one of offering another point of view in hopes that you and others might just think about it.
    All of us, humans, domestic animals, and wild animals are just trying to make a living.  We need shelter, food, and a safe place to raise our young.  Domestic chickens are “sitting ducks”.  EVERYthing wants to eat them.  If we keep them, it is entirely up to us to protect them from dogs, foxes, coyotes, bobcats, hawks,opossums, and raccoons, and whatever other predator or opportunist you can think of.  
    Killing the raccoon for being smarter than you seems especially cruel.  Have you fixed the coop?  Or are you intending to kill all the wildlife that shares your piece of the woods for doing what God made them to do, make a living for themselves? I can see you are a thoughtful person, and I just want you to think about this.

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