well, my story was from several decades ago. when i was in high schoo, and college, while deer hunting during the day, we'd coon hunt at night to make spending money. We'd sell the hides for about 18-20 each and the meat for 2-4 each...
Used to run trap lines when we were kids. Started out getting 12 for a coon hide. 45 for grey fox. Price got down to 2 for coon and 15 for fox and we quit doing it. We were getting about 5 for a coon carcass.
My grandad cooked them when I was young . He always used the sweet taters and baked tgen in the oven recipe . It wasn't bad at all . If anybody wants one I usually see about 5 per hunting trip . I can hook you up
If you do any research, coons are as clean as cats...in their mannerisms...before you cook it, you have to take out all the glands around the muscles,quite a few too, my grandpaw showed me how to do it...Baked coon is not bad.
i've had bear in Wyoming that was arrowed out of an apple orchard. was fried on a griddle with salt and pepper. tasted like coon. like anything else, cookin without the trinity and some Tonys leaves a lot to be desired. I take a lot of time prepping my coons. Then i marinate. don't care to bake with sweet potatos but love to smother with a gravy. the men at the camp open their mouths every time their elbows bend.