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Coon skin hat makers
#1
We've had a plague of raccoons of late on the property, and a couple have become nuisances that have had to be dealt with. Anybody know of a Bucks area artisan who can turn a dead coon into a nice cap?
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#2
Not really, but you could see if this guy in MD could help you out.... http://feganstaxidermy.com/Coon_Skin_Caps.php


Saw this guy, http://www.eastcoastvisions.com/ probably doesn't do caps but he's an FFL and taxidermist and his website is a little of everything. *shrug*

Good luck! Maybe you should start your own coonskin hat business!
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#3
I find your usage of the word 'coon' to be racist. Smile

I can't remember her name, but there's a girl on PAFOA that I think might be able to help you out. Anyone here remember her? I think she lives near southern York county?
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streaker69;136228 Wrote:I find your usage of the word 'coon' to be racist. Smile

I can't remember her name, but there's a girl on PAFOA that I think might be able to help you out. Anyone here remember her? I think she lives near southern York county?

XD40coyote

Hasn't been logged on in quite a while, but you never know.
She was very much into trapping and taxidermy.
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#5
Why not do it yourself? Sounds like a fun project to me. I just tanned a rabbit for the second time, first time was a failure but this time it went pretty good. I wouldn't hesitate to try doing a raccoon. Once you have it properly tanned, I can't imagine it would be too difficult to sew it into a hat.
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#6
Just realized that we're outside of hunting season, so that keeping the pelt would be illegal. The only thing that can be done with a varmint raccoon after Feb 23rd apparently is to dispose of the carcass in a sanitary fashion.
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gascolator;136376 Wrote:Just realized that we're outside of hunting season, so that keeping the pelt would be illegal. The only thing that can be done with a varmint raccoon after Feb 23rd apparently is to dispose of the carcass in a sanitary fashion.

In that case, was it even killed legally? Either way, it's a shame to let the pelt go to waste. What's done is done, IMO it's better to honor the animal than throw it in the trash. Not that I'm condoning anything illegal. Just sayin'.
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bac0nfat;136377 Wrote:
gascolator;136376 Wrote:Just realized that we're outside of hunting season, so that keeping the pelt would be illegal. The only thing that can be done with a varmint raccoon after Feb 23rd apparently is to dispose of the carcass in a sanitary fashion.

In that case, was it even killed legally? Either way, it's a shame to let the pelt go to waste. What's done is done, IMO it's better to honor the animal than throw it in the trash. Not that I'm condoning anything illegal. Just sayin'.

Yep, you're allowed to trap and kill nuisance animals that threaten the safety of property and livestock, and these guys certainly do that, having trashed our horse-barn multiple times in the past month.

But by my reading it turns into "hunting" when you start utilizing the product.
gascolator, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Nov 2012.
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#9
I'm not a hunter and I'm not one typically for condoning breaking the law, but why would the game commission care about what happens on your personal land?

To me not being able to use any part of the raccoon is asinine. It was a pest, you took care of it. Is the government going to say we can't burn trees as firewood that prove problematic on our land?

If it were some sort of trophy animal, it would be a different story. Raccoons are entirely too well populated and frankly a public health issue.

I would personally lean toward doing whatever the hell you want with it, and simply not mentioning it in open forum on the internet.

Another case of not being free in the "land of the free."
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bluetrane2028;136399 Wrote:I'm not a hunter and I'm not one typically for condoning breaking the law, but why would the game commission care about what happens on your personal land?

To me not being able to use any part of the raccoon is asinine. It was a pest, you took care of it. Is the government going to say we can't burn trees as firewood that prove problematic on our land?

If it were some sort of trophy animal, it would be a different story. Raccoons are entirely too well populated and frankly a public health issue.

I would personally lean toward doing whatever the hell you want with it, and simply not mentioning it in open forum on the internet.

Another case of not being free in the "land of the free."

Because the king has declared dominion over all wildlife whether that wildlife is on the land which you effectively "lease" from the government or not.
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