Skip Nav
Food News
The Bestselling Target Snacks to Keep Stocked at all Times
Cooking Basics
Keep Bread Fresh (Practically) Forever With This Trick
Get the Dish
Make Your Own McDonald's Oreo Tiramisu and Experience the Magic

Would You Eat Raccoon Meat?

In Kansas City, some raccoon fur trappers are making a second killing off
raccoon meat
. One coon, which feeds four to five, goes for anywhere between $3 and $7. And while the game isn't USDA inspected, some scientists are saying it's one of the healthiest meats to eat.

Have you ever eaten raccoon meat? Do you think the practice of eating raccoons should be considered any differently from eating other game, like squab or elk?


Join The Conversation
remingmp remingmp 5 years
I've tried raccoon from the wild (Adirondack Mountains), and as to the taste, its similar to mild pork with a texture more like beef brisket. Regardless, I'd eat it again given the chance.
bossloper bossloper 6 years
Symphonee Symphonee 8 years
* sorry Wackdoodle
Symphonee Symphonee 8 years
Oh yeah.... Wackadoodle totally rocks!!!
Symphonee Symphonee 8 years
I would try it. I love venison, so as long as I knew it was rabies free bring it on. Like the commercial says "Go Meat!!"
CallMeBoiWonder CallMeBoiWonder 8 years
I was raised Amish, so eating raccoon was kind of a no-brainer for us. You have to kill them anyway, otherwise they kill poultry, and that poultry translates into food and money. And since raccoons average (at least in northern Minnesota) 15-20 lbs, that's a lot of meat to throw away. Chances are that if you didn't know what you were being served, you would love it. When its prepared right, it is sweet, moist has a rich but not gamey flavor. It's awesome in stews, or with a dry rub on a spit. And you'd get me to eat coon LONG before I'd eat fish/ seafood. Now that is just gross.
vinman vinman 8 years
I have had Raccoon meat before that a friend cooked and it was delicious. I would definitely eat it again. I feel god put all animals on earth for other animals to eat. Humans became prey to some animals. Humans are animals. I haven't yet but I intend to kill and eat some squirrels and doves as well. They are getting over populated near my home and they will make a great meal as I thin them out. Meat is good for us and I will enjoy it. There is no humane way to kill any animal that you want to eat. Lethal injection is the only humane way and that ruins the meat. So it doesn't matter whether I shoot it or I buy it butchered from the store. I feel I have accomplished something to eat an animal that I killed and butchered my self. I was fortunate enough to have a deer jump in to my fenced in yard yesterday. When the dogs went after it, it ran in to the fence and broke its neck. The police said I could eat it. It is getting butchered tonight. YUM!!
I'm in the process of fazing meat out of my diet, down to eating it once a week. I will most def not make my exception of the week be raccoon.
corcar86 corcar86 8 years
perhaps the stigma is scientifically wrong but I have always heard about how dirty raccoons are and how many diseases they can carry and farm raised or not it's just too gross for my unsophisticated-as-it-is pallett
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
not only would i not ever eat raccoon meat - since that's just a horrible thought - but i don't eat meat anyway. the thought that there are so many raccoons out there that have diseases i would just be too scared to even go down that road.
merie33 merie33 8 years
No problem!
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Hey, thanks!
merie33 merie33 8 years
Jude I'm not sure if you can buy it online, but there is a number that my Chef gave me in class the other day (I'm in culinary school) It's 1-888-EAT-GAME I'm not sure if you have to be a restaurant to order from them, but they're worth a shot!
bleached bleached 8 years
Raccoons carry rabies... No thanks
Who Will Nick Viall Pick on The Bachelor? Poll
Selena Gomez's Sexiest Moment of 2016 Poll
Who Is the Best Once Upon a Time Character of 2016?
Recession-Proof Jobs
From Our Partners
Latest Food
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds