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Old Farmers Of...Raccoons?

November 6th, 2009 at 07:18 am

Sometimes trying to be frugal is confusing, or maybe it's just me,(being confused), read on and you tell me.
My Hubby loves the Farmers Almanac! When to plant, where to fish, it's kind of like the local entertainment guide for rural folk. I picked it up tonight, because I was going to be sitting for just a moment, and I hate idle hands. Anyway, inside the cover, on the title page is all of the usual info, and a lovely woodcut style print of sheep and...raccoons? I wasn't aware that coons (as we call them) had become a farm commodity! See what happens when you don't keep up with the local news? I am in the know on fish farming, and we do have several more exotic farms in my homestate, (elk, buffalo, deer), but somehow I missed the scoop on coon farming? Most farmers I know have dealt with their share of coons, mostly trying to get them to vacate the barn, and quit sponging a free meal. (boy can a coon make a huge mess in the feed room!) What frugal endeavor could a coon be involved in? Could they be trained to do something? although they are mostly nocturnal. (night shift workers?) They are good climbers. (linemen, tree trimmers?) Security? They can be sassy! (try chasing one out of the cat food dish!) I didn't read far enough to get the whole story, If I find out something interesting, I will let you all know. Although, I think that Daniel Boone did have some success in this field............ Coonskin cap anyone?

3 Responses to “Old Farmers Of...Raccoons?”

  1. dmontngrey Says:

    Please do let us know! I'm curious about the purpose as well.

  2. Jerry Says:

    If I had to guess, I would think that a coon farm would lead to raccoon coats and, you know it, coonskin hats. I am sure that there is a market for such things someplace, and it's a living... although I would hate to be the person in charge of killing the little guys. Pain in the neck or no, they are kind of cute... hmmm... and no insurance they won't bite you and give you rabies, actually. Yikers.
    Jerry

  3. cptacek Says:

    target practice?

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