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Skunks, are they edible?

Skunk issues in the garden this winter have led to murderous thoughts. Those thoughts, in turn, caused an intemperate Google search which turned up the following gem from the March 1959 issue of Boy’s Life:

Incidentally, skunks are edible. The Indians ate skunk and so has many a trapper. I tried it, rolling pieces of cleanly-skinned carcass in flour and browning and steaming them in a skillet. The meat is light in color and well flavored. It is better than raccoon or opossum, but a skunk is bony and not as well padded with meat as a rabbit.

Not that I’m considering this yet. Somehow the thought of a locally sourced Los Angeles skunk is particularly unappetizing. And a reader mentioned that they kept a skunk as a pet. But I am curious to hear if any of you have tried skunk, raccoon or possum. Will we see any of these locally harvested meats on the menus of hip local gastropubs?

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The first meat I ever allowed to pass through my lips was raccoon. Mama said I spit out meat, pushed it out, and learned to keep my lips tight when I was an infant. I was her only child who was anemic. So, she was frustrated.

My father and seven of his eleven brothers and sisters lived in Memphis, so we ate together often. One of my uncles had killed a raccoon and dressed it. When they barbequed it, I suppose I wanted to try it. That was my last walk on the wild side–when I was about four-years-old.

My father grew up during the Depression and knew no animal he would not eat. I refused to eat snake, turtle, squirrel, rabbit, frog legs, eel, crawdads. Well, those are the things I remember refusing to eat that he cooked. I heard they ate possum but do not remember a culinary encounter.

I dressed, cooked and ate a raccoon last year that someone else caught in a trap and killed with a pellet gun. It was very good. I made soup (like chicken soup, only with raccoon) and biscuits and gravy with some of the rendered stink fat.

A raccoon has a lot of fat on its back especially, and it has “stink” glands under its armpits that you have to remove. The fat, called “stink fat”, should be shaved off as best you can before cooking the raccoon because it’s just way too much fat and it tastes strong. I rendered this fat – it stays pretty liquid like chicken fat, so I put it in the fridge. A year later, I’m not sure if I would eat it, maybe I can make soap with it. But it was good when it was fresh, in a gravy. I’d say biscuits and ‘coon gravy is gamy but I like that. To cook the raccoon in all its fat would make it too greasy.

Now, I have a skunk living in my basement, if I can catch it, maybe I can eat it too.

Killing an animal for its meat is a mental hurdle, maybe farm kids get over it early in life but many people only see meat when it’s on a styrofoam package all cut up for them. I’ve killed mice before but nothing bigger so I expect this would pose a mental challenge for me. One guy I know uses live traps to catch raccoons and then drowns the varmints in a trash can full of water. That’s probably my only option since I live in a city, don’t have a pellet gun, and the noise from my using a bigger gun to shoot the thing would cause neighbors to call the police. (maybe I need a pellet gun)

I wish starlings were tasty but they allegedly taste horrible. We have altogether too many of the little buggers around here. I would like to try pigeon though.

Jesus Christs! Just because an animal is a nuisance doesn’t mean it’s right to torture it. Shooting a trapped animal with a pellet gun or drowning it etc is disturbed.

So you only eat meat from animals that died from natural causes?

In NC you must destroy any wild animal that is trapped. It’s the law due to rabbies. It is illegal to trap and relase. So you might think it’s disturbed to shoot one with a BB gun or drown one but it must be done to protect the other animals.

I wonder about other ‘black’ birds besides starlings. like red winged blackbirds etc. I remember Laura Ingalls Wilder writing about eating blackbirds that were destroying crops. She wrote that the whole family loved the meat.

What a great post! I am fairly snobbish about what I will eat – the conventional animals mainly,but I do eat the offal at least, which most Americans seem to find gross. I live in a fairly red neck area and I remember talking to my neighbor who mentioned he was trying to lose weight, and eating mostly fish. I said -so no raccoon huh?, and he said, oh no, it’s too fatty. Teehee!

Please note that it is illegal to kill most birds in the US. The exceptions are the non-natives (specific species include House Sparrow, European Starling, and Rock Dove – aka common pigeon) and game birds (hunting license required). Everything else is protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

I did a post a few years ago on eating pests, including links to old-time recipes for house sparrows (and insect pests). Didn’t include skunks, though.

A “BB Gun” is not meant to kill an animal. It’s a weak airgun(toy really) used for target practice. It a slow, painful and completely wrong way to kill an animal.

Skunk issues in the garden this winter have led to murderous thoughts. Those thoughts, in turn, caused an intemperate Google search which turned up the following gem from the March 1959 issue of Boy's Life: Incidentally, skunks are edible. The Indians ate skunk and so has many a trapper.