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Skunk trapping advice
« on: January 26, 2017, 03:21:25 PM »
So it seems I have some skunks and last thing I want us my dog tangling with them.  If a person were gonna tackle eradicating them how would you go about it? I have a couple live traps.  I have an aversion to getting sprayed so specific advice on avoiding that would be great.

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Re: Skunk trapping advice
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2017, 03:22:58 PM »
Live trap and a .22 to the back of the head.
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Re: Skunk trapping advice
« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2017, 03:23:29 PM »
Step 1: Have a friend with a camera hold your beer...
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Re: Skunk trapping advice
« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2017, 03:26:59 PM »
Set the live trap inside a burlap sack, pillowcase or other porous cover.  They won't spray if enclosed.  I'm confident enough in that, I've transported numerous live-trapped skunks in the trap inside the sack in the backseat of my car (I did my early control work out of a 1980 VW Rabbit).  Take them somewhere quiet, open the trap and let them wander out on their own time.  Once they are 20 yards or so hit them with a load of fours.
As long as we have the habitat, we can argue forever about who gets to kill what and when.  No habitat = no game.

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Re: Skunk trapping advice
« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2017, 03:29:37 PM »
Live trap and a .22 to the back of the head.

Umm the back of a skunks head aligns kinda directly with its but and where the stink comes from.
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Re: Skunk trapping advice
« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2017, 03:31:15 PM »
Step 1: Have a friend with a camera hold your beer...

Volunteering for the job there Commodore?
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Skunk trapping advice
« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2017, 03:34:03 PM »
Step 1: Have a friend with a camera hold your beer...

Volunteering for the job there Commodore?

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Re: Skunk trapping advice
« Reply #7 on: January 26, 2017, 03:42:11 PM »
Step 1: Have a friend with a camera hold your beer...

Volunteering for the job there Commodore?


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Re: Skunk trapping advice
« Reply #8 on: January 26, 2017, 03:45:35 PM »
Set the live trap inside a burlap sack, pillowcase or other porous cover.  They won't spray if enclosed.  I'm confident enough in that, I've transported numerous live-trapped skunks in the trap inside the sack in the backseat of my car (I did my early control work out of a 1980 VW Rabbit).  Take them somewhere quiet, open the trap and let them wander out on their own time.  Once they are 20 yards or so hit them with a load of fours.

I have a rather abundant water situation thought swimming might be more convienent.
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Re: Skunk trapping advice
« Reply #9 on: January 26, 2017, 03:53:22 PM »
totally enclose the live trap with carboard or something. if they cant see out they wont spray.(would work the same as the burlap sack idea)This sounds cruel and you can let em out and shoot them if you want but best thing is to put the cage in a horse trough or something and drown them. FYI I got sprayed and my truck stunk for a week after shooting one in the head in the live cage. Works sometimes but that method is definitely not fool proof 

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Re: Skunk trapping advice
« Reply #10 on: January 26, 2017, 04:01:30 PM »
I have always been told set the trap, leave it, when you come back to trap throw a cover over it and they will not spray, just like a sheet or something.  Let me know if it works??
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Re: Skunk trapping advice
« Reply #11 on: January 26, 2017, 04:03:32 PM »
Any reason a black trash bag wouldn't work?  Have lots of those. 

OK so best bait options?  I can't run to the store so kinda need to find something I have here.
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Re: Skunk trapping advice
« Reply #12 on: January 26, 2017, 04:15:33 PM »
I have had issues trying to cover a live trap after the fact. I have done it but a lot of times a person coming at them with  a big sack or something gets them spraying. I like sardines for bait because they send a lot of stink out!

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Re: Skunk trapping advice
« Reply #13 on: January 26, 2017, 04:21:06 PM »
Any reason a black trash bag wouldn't work?  Have lots of those. 

OK so best bait options?  I can't run to the store so kinda need to find something I have here.
I don't know that a trash bag won't work, give it a try.  Canned catfood, sardines, tuna, bacon, scrambled eggs, peanut butter all work - my go-to was sardines.
As long as we have the habitat, we can argue forever about who gets to kill what and when.  No habitat = no game.

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Re: Skunk trapping advice
« Reply #14 on: January 26, 2017, 04:21:59 PM »
I have had issues trying to cover a live trap after the fact. I have done it but a lot of times a person coming at them with  a big sack or something gets them spraying. I like sardines for bait because they send a lot of stink out!
Yeah no desire to create more stress to the animal or risk to me.
I have wet dog food, chicken bones, cans of skipjack tuna.

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Re: Skunk trapping advice
« Reply #15 on: January 26, 2017, 04:29:01 PM »
I have trapped about 400 skunks.  Best bait in town if you just want to catch skunks and not the neighborhood cats etc.. is Vanilla Wafers.  Every once in a while you'll still catch a cat but they don't return after the first time.  Drowning works, BUT you have to lower the trap in slowly.  If you plop it in, there will be an oil slick and it will stink and so will you.  99% if you slowly lower the trap in they drown without any smell.  If you shoot them about 75%+ of the time when they die they will release their musk.  I have driven them around and as long as you are gentle you can put the trap in your vehicle and drive around, just don't take any corners too fast and have your cage roll around and don't get into a fender bender!  Reason you DON'T want to use a black trash bag is most of the bag will be in pieces, inside the trap when you come back.  Reason you don't want to cover the trap AFTER you catch them is about 75% of the time they will get nervous and spray as the blanket is put over the trap.  Cardboard or a heavier tarp taped around the trap is best, or even better is to use a solid side trap, such as the PVC pipe traps.

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Re: Skunk trapping advice
« Reply #16 on: January 26, 2017, 04:32:43 PM »
Thank you that helps a bunch.  House cats are not an issue not even a tiny bit.  The only other things I might get are opossum, coon, squirrel, bobcat, cougar.  I live miles and miles from any other people.
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Re: Skunk trapping advice
« Reply #17 on: January 26, 2017, 05:30:14 PM »
Live trap and a .22 to the back of the head.

Umm the back of a skunks head aligns kinda directly with its but and where the stink comes from.
Boss has killed easily 100 skunks this way over the years. Never been sprayed.  :dunno:
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Re: Skunk trapping advice
« Reply #18 on: January 26, 2017, 06:50:56 PM »
the bait you have on hand will work great. I am pretty sure anything will work on a skunk!Some definitely better than others  but that stuff will work good.  I agree the plastic bag will be shredded. 

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Re: Skunk trapping advice
« Reply #19 on: January 26, 2017, 07:00:12 PM »
Chicken eggs are great bait too. They love eggs!
And if you decide you really want to shoot one, aim for heart/lung. A head shot will just get a lot of flopping and spraying and OMG stink!  :bdid:
With a heart/lung shot, they spray much less.
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Re: Skunk trapping advice
« Reply #20 on: January 26, 2017, 07:08:24 PM »
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Re: Skunk trapping advice
« Reply #21 on: January 26, 2017, 07:46:57 PM »
Drown as Machias says.  I  have never shot one in a trap in the head that did not spray..  I use a plastic trap now that is built for drowning.  Good Luck
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Re: Skunk trapping advice
« Reply #22 on: January 27, 2017, 11:00:08 AM »
One more question where to set the trap.  I know where they are going under one bldg. As for regularly used trails these things run around like they are drunk. I have never seen so many tracks everywhere.  They don't seem to have a regular path.
How about this trap ?
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Re: Skunk trapping advice
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When winter breaks try spreading moth balls where you don't want them

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Re: Skunk trapping advice
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When winter breaks try spreading moth balls where you don't want them
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