They love spooning with them! Maybe I'll have to try coot again some day. I shot one quite a few years ago. But I threw it away, it about gagged me cleaning it!!!! Who knows, maybe it was a sick one. As far as spoonies go, I've probably shot 12-14 over 30 years. The first one I was just going to cook up for the dog, but it smelled so good frying I ate it. Excellent. Not sure shy they've gotten a bad rep? Maybe some areas some feed in?