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#3683047 - 06/03/14 07:17 PM Re: Turtle soup [Re: BamaProud]
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 Originally Posted By: BamaProud
 Originally Posted By: Poser
 Originally Posted By: Crosshairy
How much trouble is cleaning a turtle?

I got it in my head that I was going to catch one and cook it once after throwing several decent ones back, but then I never caught another one that was kitchen-worthy. Haven't attempted it again in over a decade.

I assume both snappers and leatherbacks would be good for this, right?


supposedly, the key to great turtle is to keep them alive in a kitty pool, flushing them with fresh water daily for about a week. However, that practice is not legal in TN.



Is that because of the Pet law? Could the purging process be looked at as part of the meat preparation process? Unless it could be proven that you kept it for an extended period of time I don't the State could prove you intended to keep it as a pet.


I think SCN chimed in on the subject once and stated that it would not legal to keep a turtle alive, but I could be wrong. If there is grey area, could it be a holding tank on your boat possibly?
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#3683106 - 06/03/14 08:43 PM Re: Turtle soup [Re: Poser]
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I wouldn't eat one if I was starving, stinking slimy things are disgusting!
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#3683108 - 06/03/14 08:47 PM Re: Turtle soup [Re: Carlos Viagra]
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 Originally Posted By: Carlos Viagra
I wouldn't eat one if I was starving, stinking slimy things are disgusting!


Do you eat Chickens? ...jest sayin'
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#3683110 - 06/03/14 08:49 PM Re: Turtle soup [Re: BamaProud]
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Good turtle soup is delicious and I know it.
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#3683128 - 06/03/14 09:01 PM Re: Turtle soup [Re: diamond hunter]
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Alligator snappers are protected in some states, but TN is not one of them last i heard. Common snapping turtles are more frequently caught everywhere I've been. I'm pretty sure leatherbacks are still legal here, too.
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#3683139 - 06/03/14 09:16 PM Re: Turtle soup [Re: diamond hunter]
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 Originally Posted By: diamond hunter
Good turtle soup is delicious and I know it.


Yep, I love it. Last time I was in New Orleans, I had a bowl for breakfast every morning!
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#3683188 - 06/03/14 11:13 PM Re: Turtle soup [Re: Crosshairy]
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 Originally Posted By: Crosshairy
Plus, totally not worth it. I will be selective about the type of water that I take one from, but if I have to make one a pet for a week to make it desirable to eat, then it's not really desirable to eat.

Imagine if people started saying "deer taste great if you keep them in a pen with a bag of oats hung around their neck for a week before you shoot them". Same thing, in my opinion.


Yeah, but deer don't taste like swampy sewer water either \:D
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#3683279 - 06/04/14 07:37 AM Re: Turtle soup [Re: TAFKAP]
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 Originally Posted By: TAFKAP
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Plus, totally not worth it. I will be selective about the type of water that I take one from, but if I have to make one a pet for a week to make it desirable to eat, then it's not really desirable to eat.

Imagine if people started saying "deer taste great if you keep them in a pen with a bag of oats hung around their neck for a week before you shoot them". Same thing, in my opinion.


Yeah, but deer don't taste like swampy sewer water either \:D


In Rinella's book, he talks about his first (and failed attempt) with turtle. The steam coming out of the pot was green and the smell ran everyone out of the house. His second attempt, used the flushing method.
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#3683365 - 06/04/14 09:08 AM Re: Turtle soup [Re: TAFKAP]
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 Originally Posted By: TAFKAP
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Plus, totally not worth it. I will be selective about the type of water that I take one from, but if I have to make one a pet for a week to make it desirable to eat, then it's not really desirable to eat.

Imagine if people started saying "deer taste great if you keep them in a pen with a bag of oats hung around their neck for a week before you shoot them". Same thing, in my opinion.


Yeah, but deer don't taste like swampy sewer water either \:D


Agreed, but my point is that, if they really taste like that, then they aren't "really" palatable. Basically, if you have to subject the animal to an unnatural environment to make it edible, then it's not really edible.

I think that I would focus my turtle-catching efforts on cleaner streams, like trout rivers in Arkansas. Obviously, the colder water slows their growth cycle, but I bet you could eat those straight out of the water without all the flushing business.

I saw an alligator snapping turtle that probably hit the 150-lb mark on the Spring River about 8 years ago. So there's been one of them in there... \:\)
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#3683453 - 06/04/14 10:49 AM Re: Turtle soup [Re: Crosshairy]
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SCN's response: http://www.tndeer.com/tndeertalk/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=3683299&page=1&gonew=1#UNREAD

Clear water turtles would be the way to go. Only thing is, in West TN, you won't find any water like that between the TN River and the MS. Hatchie is the best you are going to get.
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