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Purging snapping turtles #7600288
06/07/22 08:10 PM
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Ok gang,,, how many guys here purge their snapping turtles?? Iíve never noticed any difference between purging them a few days before butchering as compared to same day catch. Only thing you accomplish,, imo. Is clean out the digestive tract,,, and I certainly ainít eating that.


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Re: Purging snapping turtles [Re: foxkidd44] #7600292
06/07/22 08:16 PM
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I agree 44

Re: Purging snapping turtles [Re: foxkidd44] #7600301
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No need to purge. Your not gonna change the taste of the meat in a week or so. I do them the same day.


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Re: Purging snapping turtles [Re: foxkidd44] #7600305
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The only thing I've ever noticed from purging, clean water changed out regularly, is they are a little bit easier to clean if the river muck is washed off of them.

Re: Purging snapping turtles [Re: foxkidd44] #7600311
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I just lop off the head and hang by the tail to bleed out.


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Re: Purging snapping turtles [Re: warrior] #7600319
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Originally Posted by warrior
The only thing I've ever noticed from purging, clean water changed out regularly, is they are a little bit easier to clean if the river muck is washed off of them.

Yep. I think that's why some say they taste bad because when cutting them up the knife gets some of the muck in the meat. I pressure wash mine and they are clean!

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Re: Purging snapping turtles [Re: foxkidd44] #7600361
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Only reason I ever leave one in the tank is so I can catch more and make it worth dirtying the cleaning table. I like to have 5 or 6 to clean at one time.

Re: Purging snapping turtles [Re: foxkidd44] #7600411
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I've only had snapping turtle once. Was with a group out camping that got a turtle. They simply cut the neck area to bleed it out & laid it on the hot campfire upside down (belly up). when the shell started coming loose it was ready. It tasted great

Re: Purging snapping turtles [Re: foxkidd44] #7600443
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I have never purged a snapper.


Re: Purging snapping turtles [Re: foxkidd44] #7600446
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only good it does if you're trying to confirm if they ate some ducklings

Re: Purging snapping turtles [Re: foxkidd44] #7600496
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Only had snapper once. Didnít purge him. Wasnt bad but it donít hold a candle to the taste of softshell.

Re: Purging snapping turtles [Re: foxkidd44] #7600500
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Never purged one. Have eaten hundreds


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Re: Purging snapping turtles [Re: foxkidd44] #7600507
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I never purged them until that one that was so full of snails.......

Re: Purging snapping turtles [Re: T-REV] #7600864
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Originally Posted by T-REV
Only had snapper once. Didnít purge him. Wasnt bad but it donít hold a candle to the taste of softshell.

Agree that softshells are good eats,,,, I dunno why they arenít as popular as snappers areÖ


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Re: Purging snapping turtles [Re: Andrew Eastwood] #7600880
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Originally Posted by Andrew Eastwood
Only reason I ever leave one in the tank is so I can catch more and make it worth dirtying the cleaning table. I like to have 5 or 6 to clean at one time.

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Re: Purging snapping turtles [Re: foxkidd44] #7600882
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Originally Posted by foxkidd44
Originally Posted by T-REV
Only had snapper once. Didnít purge him. Wasnt bad but it donít hold a candle to the taste of softshell.

Agree that softshells are good eats,,,, I dunno why they arenít as popular as snappers areÖ

Softshell or rubberbacks as we call them around here are just as good as snappers to eat. Around here they aren't as popular because they are a little harder to butcher and don't have as much meat as a snapper.


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Re: Purging snapping turtles [Re: patrapperbuster] #7600891
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Originally Posted by patrapperbuster
I've only had snapping turtle once. Was with a group out camping that got a turtle. They simply cut the neck area to bleed it out & laid it on the hot campfire upside down (belly up). when the shell started coming loose it was ready. It tasted great



That is pretty interesting. I have never heard of that before.


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