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How To KILL A Raccoon That's Raiding Your Garden
« on: August 24, 2011, 06:48:20 PM »
Lots of articles talk about how to "control" raccoons and how to "divert" raccoons and how to "live-trap" raccoons. I have a different perspective. After losing roughly 60 two-ear corn stalks to raiding raccoons this year, I'm ready to pull the trigger. It's time to deal some death...

Get thee to Tractor Supply and ask for Golden MalrinTM. It comes in small 1-lb. cans and in larger 5-lb. cans. Expect to pay $5-6/lb. for this stuff. (I recently bought 5 lb. for just under $25 plus tax.) Mix a small handful of this fly bait with a can or two of your favorite sugar-based soda pop, such as Coke or Pepsi or Mt. Dew. Put it in a pan in the general approach path the 'coon is using... and prepare to scoop up dead bodies.

Cats and dogs don't like it. It stinks bad enough that kids won't come around it. Flies love it, but that's what it's designed to attract, and along with dead flies come birds, so be prepared for a dead robin or two. I've had luck against raccoons using a shallow metal pan filled with the GM mix placed in the close vicinity of the sweet corn they're stealing. And once I've placed the stuff right, and the coon takes the bait, it's all over, lights out.

Get this, because I'm NOT making it up. I've killed three adult coons in the past week with this stuff, and the toughest one -- about 25 lbs. -- made it 20 feet from the pan before he died. The other two didn't get ten feet.

THIS SHIT WORKS.

I am NOT making this up.

And whatever you do, PROTECT YOURSELF, WEAR GLOVES!! This stuff is POISON!

For the benefit of one and all, and in an effort to protect my precious ass, I offer the Material Safety Data Sheet for Golden Malrin. For those of you who are not familiar with MSDS's, they are useful guidelines that describe the safety issues associated with a substance you may come into contact with. Any time a substance that may be harmful to humans goes to market, OSHA and other agencies require that an MSDS be issued at the same time.

The MSDS for Golden Malrin is here in PDF form.

Golden Malrin is not designed to kill raccoons; it is designed to kill flies. My recommendation of the product for killing raccoons is not illegal, any more than my use of unleaded gasoline to help me start a fire is illegal. But it goes against the product label's recommendations, and may get your local fish & wildlife contingent motivated to get better acquainted with you.

As always, you use the information presented here at your own risk. It tickles the living shit out of me that folks are seeing benefits from GM in their own lives. But this stuff is DEADLY POISON, as deadly to humans as it was to my idiot raccoon of the month who died with his tail in the dish. BE CAREFUL!!!! Use caution! THINK!!!
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Re: How To KILL A Raccoon That's Raiding Your Garden
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2011, 10:38:43 PM »
It will kill other critters, but is more effective if you mix it with peanut butter or milk to do so.
I have not heard or found out if the meat will be tainted from it though. If not for human consumption, can the Racoon meat be fed to dogs to supplement their feeding in a survival situation? ( If the coon was killed with Golden Malrin? )
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Re: How To KILL A Raccoon That's Raiding Your Garden
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2011, 07:17:42 AM »
 It must be that time of year when the young have been raised to where they can run and forage with momma coon now. The coon had been climbing over my hog panels, getting in my pig feeder and eating which is bad because they don’t just eat the feed they dig through it, throw it on the ground and then the pigs won’t eat it. At $22 per hundred that gets a little expensive. I mix GM with Grape Soda because that’s what my farming buddy told me worked best for him. I must mix mine a little stronger, they don’t get more than 5 ft. and I have even found them with their head still in the pan!
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Re: How To KILL A Raccoon That's Raiding Your Garden
« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2011, 12:53:37 PM »
I can't bear the thought of killing one of God's creatures. Therefore I always expect some attrition in my garden.

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Re: How To KILL A Raccoon That's Raiding Your Garden
« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2011, 12:57:03 PM »
I can't bear the thought of killing one of God's creatures. Therefore I always expect some attrition in my garden.
Same here, if I think I'm going to have issues, I plant twice as much with easier access for the forest critters.
It isn't like I'm running a business, it's food for two, and there is always too much to consume at harvest time.
I wind up giving two thirds away.
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Re: How To KILL A Raccoon That's Raiding Your Garden
« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2011, 01:43:27 PM »
Same here, if I think I'm going to have issues, I plant twice as much with easier access for the forest critters.
It isn't like I'm running a business, it's food for two, and there is always too much to consume at harvest time.
I wind up giving two thirds away.

Same here, what I don't consume, can, or feed to the goats and chickens, I give away.

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Re: How To KILL A Raccoon That's Raiding Your Garden
« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2011, 05:41:56 PM »
I can't bear the thought of killing one of God's creatures. Therefore I always expect some attrition in my garden.

The coons that have been raiding my garden hike nightly through 70 acres of field corn to get here. Their method of obtaining an ear is to try to climb the stalk, which of course breaks off the stalk, thereby killing it outright and denying me any future corn. In previous years, they've been kind enough to clean the ears, eating every bite. This year, it's all about maxing out the destruction and leaving nearly perfect ears on the ground stripped of husks and missing two or three coon-sized mouthfuls of corn. The last time they visited, I lost 25 stalks, each bearing 2 ears. That's four dozen ears, kids, in just one night, and I ain't puttin' up with that for long.

For whatever reasons, I've heard it said far and wide in these parts of rural Ohio that this is a BUMPER CROP year for -- not corn -- COONS. I know I've seen dozens splattered on the roads and dozens more scampering across my headlights. LOTS more than in a normal year.

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Re: How To KILL A Raccoon That's Raiding Your Garden
« Reply #7 on: August 25, 2011, 06:04:54 PM »
The coons that have been raiding my garden hike nightly through 70 acres of field corn to get here. Their method of obtaining an ear is to try to climb the stalk, which of course breaks off the stalk, thereby killing it outright and denying me any future corn. In previous years, they've been kind enough to clean the ears, eating every bite. This year, it's all about maxing out the destruction and leaving nearly perfect ears on the ground stripped of husks and missing two or three coon-sized mouthfuls of corn. The last time they visited, I lost 25 stalks, each bearing 2 ears. That's four dozen ears, kids, in just one night, and I ain't puttin' up with that for long.
For whatever reasons, I've heard it said far and wide in these parts of rural Ohio that this is a BUMPER CROP year for -- not corn -- COONS. I know I've seen dozens splattered on the roads and dozens more scampering across my headlights. LOTS more than in a normal year.

When that happens here, it's usually followed up with a bumper crop of lions.
Nature is funny that way, she seems to have some weird plan in mind.

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Re: How To KILL A Raccoon That's Raiding Your Garden
« Reply #8 on: August 25, 2011, 06:13:03 PM »

When that happens here, it's usually followed up with a bumper crop of lions.
Nature is funny that way, she seems to have some weird plan in mind.

Every year it's something, this year, noseeums.


Well, see there? This year, the bumper crop of raccoons is being followed by a bumper crop of angry gardeners with GM and grape soda!  :P :P :P

What goes around, comes around...

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Re: How To KILL A Raccoon That's Raiding Your Garden
« Reply #9 on: August 25, 2011, 06:16:41 PM »
It will kill other critters, but is more effective if you mix it with peanut butter or milk to do so.
I have not heard or found out if the meat will be tainted from it though. If not for human consumption, can the Racoon meat be fed to dogs to supplement their feeding in a survival situation? ( If the coon was killed with Golden Malrin? )

You are correct, it will kill other critters, and that's why I don't recommend using those mixtures. If I did, my property would be littered with the bodies of my neighbors' cats and dogs. I use the soda pop mix because practically nothing will bother it EXCEPT a raccoon.

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Re: How To KILL A Raccoon That's Raiding Your Garden
« Reply #10 on: August 26, 2011, 06:28:08 AM »
The coons that have been raiding my garden hike nightly through 70 acres of field corn to get here. Their method of obtaining an ear is to try to climb the stalk, which of course breaks off the stalk, thereby killing it outright and denying me any future corn. In previous years, they've been kind enough to clean the ears, eating every bite. This year, it's all about maxing out the destruction and leaving nearly perfect ears on the ground stripped of husks and missing two or three coon-sized mouthfuls of corn. The last time they visited, I lost 25 stalks, each bearing 2 ears. That's four dozen ears, kids, in just one night, and I ain't puttin' up with that for long.

For whatever reasons, I've heard it said far and wide in these parts of rural Ohio that this is a BUMPER CROP year for -- not corn -- COONS. I know I've seen dozens splattered on the roads and dozens more scampering across my headlights. LOTS more than in a normal year.

I lose more crop from weather than anything else. I wasn't criticizing you, but poison is particularly inhumane.

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« Reply #11 on: August 26, 2011, 08:40:17 AM »

I lose more crop from weather than anything else. I wasn't criticizing you, but poison is particularly inhumane.
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  Not GM, it kills the coon with in a few seconds. The last one I got was laying ON the pan.
 
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Re: How To KILL A Raccoon That's Raiding Your Garden
« Reply #12 on: August 26, 2011, 08:52:25 AM »

 
Yeah, I'm mostly a vegetarian. The last time I ate meat was about
2 months ago. And before that was last year.
But I can see where you're going with this, so I'm done. I said what I wanted to say.

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Re: How To KILL A Raccoon That's Raiding Your Garden
« Reply #13 on: August 26, 2011, 03:44:50 PM »

I lose more crop from weather than anything else. I wasn't criticizing you, but poison is particularly inhumane.

Funny you mention that. I lost MORE crop after the latest coon raid from storm damage that occurred BECAUSE of the thinning of my stand of corn. The stalks left in the open snapped off in the wind, and the result was the same -- coons more, me less.

Poison is never my first choice for controlling pests. I prefer engineered solutions, such as my electric fence to ward off the coons. But when those solutions fail, I still want an end to the raids. I'm not the gay philanthropist that plants extra corn just to accommodate hungry raccoons. Screw them. I'll be DAMNED and arrested before I plant an extra acre for the friggin' coons to just take. That sort of welfare mentality makes me ill.

The word "humane" has lots of definitions, and all of them are based on the application of human-to-human consideration to other species, which makes no sense. Don't you think it's kinda bizarre that relationships between people need to be "human," but relationships between humans and animals have to be "humane?" What's the difference? Does that 'e' on the end mean something wonderful? Does that extra 'e' mean that we have to be more considerate of animals than we are of our fellow humans?

The poison I set out has killed three raccoons so far. It is my fond wish that other raccoons come to visit. I can accommodate them ad infinitum. Not one of those killed traveled more than 25 feet from the poison; two died within ten feet of the pan. I consider that "humane."

I get "humane points" because my poison is positioned carefully in the path of the invading "poisonees."

I get "humane points" because I selected a poison mixture that attracts my desired victims and does NOT attract my selected non-victims.

I get "humane points" because every raccoon I've killed with this poison has died -- face down, very fast -- within 20 feet of his exposure point. I have tried the .22-with-a-flashlight approach, but the coons are WAY too smart for that. And in any case, once bullets strike home, I'm gonna be subjected to the same cruelty accusations that I'm working off now.

When was the last time YOU, mighty wu,  faced this sort of problem? What was YOUR solution then? Why don't you tell me how to fix MY problem, instead of offering blanket condemnation of my methods as "inhumane?"

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Re: How To KILL A Raccoon That's Raiding Your Garden
« Reply #14 on: August 26, 2011, 04:43:41 PM »
Two words, Claymore mines, they do wonders. :D

If I was facing this problem, I'd put up an electrified fence.

I was raised to believe anything you kill you must consume, but Raccoon?
I doubt I'd garner a taste for rats with masks.

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