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Year of the skunks... how to displace mass numbers
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Swamphandy    Posted 08-21-2003 at 06:56:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi all,

This year I have more skunks than I can ever remember having around. There are skunk digs all over the farm. I have encountered 3 different skunks within 100' of the house in the last couple weeks. I have lost well over half of my chicken flock to them.

This is a little beyond moth balls.

The best plan I have thought of so far is to use a live trap and some skunk bait. Once I catch the skunk, throw an old blanket or tarp over the trap (so the skunk won't spray) and loft it into the pond. Rinse repeat.

Does anybody have any other better ideas?

-Swamphandy


magpie    Posted 08-21-2003 at 21:15:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
What works well for me, is a trap that the skunk enters, and a door closes behind him. It is pretty small so that he cannot raise his tail once he is inside. One end is glass so that I can make sure it is not one of our cats. There is a water spigot that I can attach a hose to and fill the trap with water.


Skunk Tale    Posted 08-21-2003 at 20:05:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
We had a mild skunk problem one year. They decidede to take up residence in the garage. My dad decided to take the shotgun and "relocate" the little beast.

The only problem was he didn't want to shoot it in the garage and deal with the smell. So he somehow managed to grab it by the tail before it could spray. So there is my dad walking down the driveway with a cranky skunk in one hand and a 12 ga. in the other. He somehow managed to dispose of the skunk without coming back reeking of skunky cologne.


STEVEN H    Posted 08-21-2003 at 09:25:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
12G with 00 buck! get them sticky buggers evey time. and will work as far out as 200 yards too. but i have yet to hit anything that far 125-50 i had a crow eat a pelet once last time i hit something that far out too. but if you dont want to do that. than what you can do is get a 20lb tank of lp fill the holes that you find with the lp, and if you so want for good measure light the gas. we do this for rats and gophers the "gas only burns no big bang" but even if you dont light it, propane is heavyer than the air and will fill the hole and make the oxegen move out. no foul smell that way!!!!!!!!!


RayP(MI)    Posted 08-21-2003 at 18:29:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
Did one in with a 12ga at about 6feet a few years ago. Spread skunk and odor all over the garden! I'll stick to light caliber rifle!


TB    Posted 08-21-2003 at 08:47:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
I rigged my trap so I could release it from a distance but I also have to steak it to the ground. As mentioned below that if you can break there spinal coard thay wont be able to spray. This is very hard to do if not impossable with a 22. The most effective instriment for this task is the 12GA shot gun. Even if your not pinpoint accurate close many times is close enough. good luck.


Red Dave    Posted 08-21-2003 at 07:55:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
A .22 between the eyes is also good, but if that doesn't seem practical, trapping works too.
I use a little canned cat food for bait, they seem to love it. I've done the blanket over the trap thing before and it worked, but I still don't trust it. I trapped them at night then waited until about 10 or 11 am, when they were sound asleep to try the blanket.
I liked the .22 better than the blanket.


Swamphandy    Posted 08-21-2003 at 08:06:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have done this actually, a few months ago. Upon being rendored braindead the stink-sack lets loose and my yard smelled of skunk musk for over 6 weeks.

I don't want to go through that again. I have heard that if you shoot them in the spine they cannot release the musk... I have my doubts on this one.

-Swamphandy


Red Dave    Posted 08-21-2003 at 08:14:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
It might be true. I have been told by an old-timer when I was a kid that they used to hunt them at night with a spotlight and break their backs with a 2X4 while they were transfixed by the light.
I NEVER tried it myself though. Just didn't sound like a good idea to me.


Ron/PA    Posted 08-21-2003 at 07:09:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
Make sure the trap is weighted before it hits the pond, cause them smelly suckers can float a trap!!
Just don't ask OK??? trust me on this one,,,,,
Nuff said.
Later
Ron


JDK    Posted 08-21-2003 at 07:21:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
Skunks don't range far from "home".Chances are you have one or more dens nearby.Look around for them,under downed trees,old buildings,rock piles etc.A few yrs back,a friend had similar problem,there was an old wood shed floor on the back of the property about 16x20.When we flipped it over w/tractor the "shooters line" got 28 skunks and about 6-8 escaped into the woods/swamp.They had their own little skunk condo going.


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