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Silly skunk question
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Greg F.    Posted 10-28-2003 at 10:52:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
I am pretty sure I know the answer to this question but I am going to ask anyway. If your shot is done just right can you shoot a skunk without it stinking up the place?
I have been told by a couple of people that if you shoot a skunk it will not stink. I donít think they are speaking from experience.
We have a bumper crop of them this year and I have been shooting one about every other night. I get good clean headshots and each time WOW. It brings tears to your eyes and it is not because you are feeling sorry for the animal.
They seem to like the chicken house. I am trying to keep them from getting to the chickens and eggs before I do. So far they have all been pretty small (Probably last springs litter) and they do not seem bothered by me when I walk up on them and donít challenge like a bigger one will. I use a little cat food to bait them out of the chicken house and then induce a sudden case of lead poisoning.
Is there a better way to exterminate them other than poking a hole in them? I would sure like to find one if there is.
I really want to get rid of these things before my wife or daughter gets it while collecting eggs. If that happens I will be in the doghouse for as long as it takes for the smell to wear off of them.
I wonder where mamma stink cat is.

DKirk    Posted 11-01-2003 at 01:33:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
Used to be gravedigger, shot plenty in the grave. best to hit them in the back of the head. had only four sprayed out of twenty. Had to do dummy set up, no questions asked as to why tent was set away from grave.

Darren in TN    Posted 10-29-2003 at 07:40:19       [Reply]  [No Email]

I've heard a lot of those stories, too. You can probably keep them from smelling up the place if you use a covered live trap (like with a feed sack) and just toss it in the creek when you get one. (Not here to talk ethics, just to tell how it's done.) I've shot a good number of the varmints and never had one NOT spray. Heard stories about buckshot, shotgun slugs, and various places to shoot, but none that we tried ever kept the skunk from spraying. I've heard that a loud radio in a barn or under a house will drive them out and I believe it because they are pretty timid creatures, but I haven't actually given it a try yet.

Good luck, and make sure they're pointed the other way when you shoot!

deadcarp    Posted 10-29-2003 at 06:12:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
yup they like chickens and eggs and heat and shelter just like us - be wary of pet doors too - skunks and coons figure them out pretty quick and you don't want to deal with a nervous skunk arguing with the pets in your living room. he'll want to retreat but not of he's getting nipped at :)

Red Dave    Posted 10-28-2003 at 12:45:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
An old-timer once told me that he would shine the car headlights on skunks which would cause them to freeze in the bright light, then he would club them across the back with a 2 X 4 to break their spine so they couldn't spray him. He swore that he never got sprayed doing it that way.
He seemed sincere, but I never tested the technique myself so I don't know if it really works.

Experiment with that theory at your own risk :)

Hal/WA    Posted 10-29-2003 at 22:51:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
I think it would be hard to swing a 40 foot 2x4 accurately! And that's about as close as I would ever want to be to a skunk that I was trying to club to death. I once got sprayed real good from at least 30 feet when I had the bad judgment to throw a garden rake at what I thought was a raccoon..... No, I think I would pass on this suggestion!

I have shot a few skunks with .22's, a 30.06, a shotgun with heavy birdshot and even a .357 magnum revolver. Every skunk sprayed, at least to some degree.

One thing I have thought about is to make a trap that is fully enclosed that will catch the skunk alive. I think a fair sized Haveaheart trap inside a box with a closable door would work. I would make one side of the box out of plexiglass, so I could see what was in the trap from a distance. If the captured animal was a skunk and not one of my cats, then I would poison it or at least sedate it with a bunch of spray starting ether, sprayed through a long tube into the outer box. When the skunk was out cold or dead, I would dump the inner trap into a barrel of water to make sure the skunk was dead. Would this prevent the skunk from spraying? I don't know, but at least I think it would ruin its aim. I NEVER want to be sprayed by a skunk again!

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