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Coon Hunting

The common raccoon is a member of the species "procyon" and are special, due to the fact that they have a thumb. Though it is not opposable like a human thumb, it makes it possible for a raccoon to get into places and containers that would be difficult, if not impossible for them to get into otherwise. Due to this talent they have, they have been portrayed in literature and folklore as clever and as a trickster. They are omnivorous, meaning they eat meat and vegetables, and are one of the few animal species that have been able to increase their territory regardless of human encroachment. They range in size from 50 to 100 cm and weigh upwards of 4.5 kilograms. They have a range from southern Canada to southern Mexico.

The raccoon, often called just a "coon," is hunted extensively in North America, and especially in the Southeastern parts of the country. Hunters often employ coonhounds, and hunt raccoons at night when they are most active. A raccoon hunter will often times set his hounds at night and slowly trail them, waiting to hear the distinctive baying bark of the dogs, which signifies that the coonhounds have treed a raccoon, meaning chased it into a tree and cornered it there. The hunter will then follow the sound of the dogs to the tree in question and shoot the raccoon.

At one time the raccoon was prized by hunters and trappers for it's fur. The coonskin cap was a was a popular piece of headgear for early pioneers and hunters. They were worn originally by Native Americans, and original models included the head and feet.