Raccoons really aren’t that smart. They could easily avoid getting shot if they would only take the apples that are already infested with bugs.
Hey, they may not be smart but they’ve figured out the birds and bees. Shoot one and six more show up.
Leave them the windfalls here it usually works out.
They tore up my trees this year climbing in them for the fruit. I had a nice crop of pears until the coons showed up. They took 80-90%.