Raccoon baculum bone

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Hmmm...I've always been more than satisfied with accessories made from wire, antler, feathers, wood and leather. And on the plus side those materials are a lot easier to obtain than, well, you know.
 
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I wanted a real big one for a blanket pin and decided to go a measuring, well let me tell you, that thar aint no easy job, them boar coons was a not having any of that. Read a story one time about a fella named Rufus who was a coon hunter, there was some interesting run ins there with Mr. ring tail.
 
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I got into coon hunting in High School, but never thought to save those bones then. They were often for sale or trade at Friendship or other places in later years but got to admit I never kindled any kind of desire to have one.

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I got into coon hunting in High School, but never thought to save those bones then. They were often for sale or trade at Friendship or other places in later years but got to admit I never kindled any kind of desire to have one.

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Back then a good coon would bring $30. Good spending money and night time entertainment.
 

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Coon hunted also and never kept one. Will admit when I see one in someone's hat it makes me wonder why.
 

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I have a1963 Dixie catalog that has them for sale. IIRC Dixie quit selling them around the 80s
 
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Jr. High friend told kids they were "Indian Love Whistles". To make them work, you had to blow really hard on the crooked end. Chuckle. Chuckle. 8th grade was so much fun, some repeated it.
Walruses also have a baculum. Couple Iñupiat guys I knew would carve fates and sell them to tourists as “Eskimo Love Flutes” just to watch the taniqs put a walrus thingie in their mouths. 🤣
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I do some trapping over the winter and recently had an unusual request by a relation. He asked me if I could supply him with some "raccoon pecker bones". To avoid admonishment by the moderators, I will henceforth use the proper term "baculum bone". I asked him what in the world he wanted them for and one of the reasons he gave was for muzzleloading. Now I have been an avid blackpowder enthusiast myself for over 15 years, but this is the first I have ever heard of that. So, what exactly is a baculum bone used for in muzzleloading?
at the coon hunters dinner every one had one beside his plate for a tooth pick. they were bleached & sharpened.
 
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I the 70's, I would collect al that I trapped/hunted, I would get $2.50 for every baculum that I sold with my pelts. Historically one of the main uses were "ivory" toothpicks. Multiple animals hav a bone, I believe almost all members of the weasel family do. I had a set of earrings made from some marten baculum's for my wife, very unique. She always enjoyed the shock of others when they asked her what they were. On a side note, I was always told that Indians considered the ones that were previously broken and fused/grown back together as good luck however I cannot prove such.
 

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