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How to get rid of a skunk?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by imas, Oct 1, 2005.

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  1. imas

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    Well I have an old garage and the doors are rusted in the up position and part of the floor is dirt. It seems a skunk has taken residence in the back corner. It seems to be somewhat more aggitated than those I have read about. I caught a glimpse of it and I think it may be the spotted variety which are supposed to be more difficult to deal with.

    A friend of mine gave me some of the Aguilla primer only (no powder) low velocity rounds to keep it quiet. Do you think these will work ok? I thought I would send two rounds out the window and then third when I got closer just to be sure.

    I have serious doubts about landing a perfect spinal shot at fifteen yards since I will have to guess the exact location of the spine. I think a head shot will do it but I really am not sure. I don't want to have it empty its stink bags after I shoot it. So to those of you with experience:

    Will a good head shot drop it without releasing the nastiness?

    Afterwards I thought I would bag it in three or four scented trash bags and go bury it somewhere.
     
  2. imas

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    I did read something that said if you mix plaster of paris and sugar half and half the skunk will eat it then have a drink of water and the problem will just go away. Would that even work? It seems like it might be a little cruel.

    What about rat poison? Do they still sell that anywhere? Can I just sprinkle some on a piece of bread with peanut butter on it?
     
  3. Kurush

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    DON'T shoot the skunk, he'll spray reflexively and it'll take a year to clean your garage out. I'd try setting a live animal trap just outside the garage baited with some stinky cat food. Then call animal control when it gets trapped.
     
  4. CletusFudd

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    Don't do what I did

    I was awakened one morning about 1 am to the sound of my dogs going berserk in the garage. We left the side door open so they could go in and out when they needed to. I went downstairs in my underwear to check out the commotion and noticed that they were all barking at an old cedar chest that I had against the wall. I figured snake, so I grabbed the chest and pulled it back to see what was going on. My lab jumped and grabbed something and started shaking it and then got the oddest expression on his face and started spitting. Ever seen a dog spit? Me either. It was a skunk!

    The darned thing sprayed all the dogs, the cars, and the basement. Worse yet, it wasn't dead, it's back was broken. I had to take a .22 and shoot the thing in the head to kill it. I had to wash the garage and we moved out of our upstairs bedroom and slept on the couch for several days.

    The worst thing of the whole episode was that the dogs started hunting skunks after that!
     
  5. imas

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    I was planning on luring it out of the garage with some food.

    I was trying to ignore the skunk but it seems to be acting more and more territorial. It sprayed out back last night and it stunk up my whole house. It keeps hiding under the cars and giving us warning scents when we go out there.

    I will call animal control to see if they will loan me a cage and deal with the skunk after its caught.
     
  6. brerrabbit

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    In most states spotted skunks are a protected species. :D . might wanna check in your state before you kill it
     
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    Skunks behaving wierdly/aggressively would raise my suspicions of rabies. Call animal control.
     
  8. Waitone

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    Some jobs are just meant for other people to do; sheetrock, roofing, AND GETTING A FREAKIN' SKUNK OUTTA BUILDING. Now is not the time for amateurs. Call a pro. The cost of your failure is high.
     
  9. imas

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    Well I'm not quite sure about what kind it is. I could only see a bit of a stripe on the head and neck. It didn't look like it went all down the back. So I'm wondering if maybe it is a spotted skunk.
     
  10. rhubarb

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    Whoo! Nasty!

    I had a skunk problem a few years back when I lived in a trailer and they took to staying under the trailer. I shot one about thirty feet from the back door in the head seven times with a .22 and although only the lower half of his head was left, he was still hissing at me and spraying. The stink! Golly! I would wash my clothes and take a shower before going to work and people still cut a wide swath around me. People told me to bath in tomato juice. I did. Then I smelt like skunk and rotten tomatos. Most of my clothes I eventually threw away.

    Whatever you do, don't shoot it unless you have to. If you can, get animal control to come round it up, but I bet they don't mess with them stinkers. Hey, I know! Call PETA. Maybe they'll save him. :p
     
  11. imas

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    PETA hehe they'll find it in a dumpster behind walmart. :D
     
  12. Warren

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    Ask it to come by tommorrow and help you move.

    You won't ever see it again.
     
  13. Technosavant

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    This is a 2 pronged problem.

    1) The Skunk. I like the idea of calling a pest control/animal control service. No point in doing it the hard way. If it is legal to shoot pests on your property, you can try it, but be prepared for it to shoot back.

    2) The Garage Door. I understand that it is rusted in the up position, but seeing as how this is what aided and abetted the skunk, I might suggest fixing it. You can remove this animal, but another might move right on in. Nip this problem in the bud for good.
     
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    I took a trapping course 10 years ago and was told that if caught in a trap and they spray, the trap will be scented for life, Basically worthless. The correct way to remove a skunk from a trap as told by the instructor is to cover the trap with a blanket/sheet and talk softly to it while picking it up (keeping it calm) and then slowley imerse in water deeper then the cage.
     
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    Definetly call a pro. A skunk is a worthy adversary.
     
  16. imas

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    I'll give animal control a call on monday and see if they want to take a crack at it. Some areas will and some will tell you you're on your own. If not then I will buy a cage and cover it with something then when I have trapped the skunk I'll either take it and release it or put it in some deep water. I guess in that case I'll see how calm it is.

    As for the two garage doors...they are never coming down. I spent an afternoon working on them and confirmed the are not budging. (these things look like they've been submerged for twenty years) They will be replaced eventually and the floor in the garage will be completely repaved. But that is low on my list of priorities in the stage of the renovations. The house comes first. I will deal with these critters if and when they come along.
     
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    don't mothballs work? I mean if the skunk is already spraying, the area stinks already so go buy a box and throw a ton in the garage and around your house to get rid of it. My neighbor did that when he has skunks under his deck and they left.
     
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    Shame on you guys.

    What a bunch of cowards!! :D :D
     
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    Leave a trail of food for it to follow. Preferably ending up with a BIG supply in a neighbors(one you don't like) yard. Increase the distance from your place, with the food, for a few days. Shoot it in your neighbors yard. Cat food works!!
     
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    I have 4 skunks that live around my house. I would never kill one. They don't spray unless provoked. When we go out in the morning we clap our hands and they move off. The wife and I enjoy sitting on the front porch and watching them dig in the yard. We've been here six years and haven't been sprayed yet. This property has been in the family for 4 generations and according to family history, skunks have always been here. The thing I like best about skunks is their willingness to dig up and destroy yellow jacket nests. For that they get free passage.

    And no I'm not some kind of tree hugging troll. I kill every racoon and possum that attempts to get to our bird feeders.
     
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    A true sportsman hunts skunk with a baseball bat and a feed sack.

    Pilgrim

    :D
     
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    Hey, there is good money in collecting skunk musk and putting it in little bottles, all you need to do now is train the skunk! :D
     
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    My friend "Stinky" O'Brien uses a hand held taser!
     
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    How to get rid of a skunk?
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    Forget it, Imas.

    I suggest just moving out. (How do you get this darn smilies to work??)


    matis
     
  25. MikeIsaj

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    Mothballs work. Wait until nighttime when it is out. Put lots where he's nesting and put some all around the garage. He won't come back. It worked for me in my 29 Palms days.

    Fix the door.

    Spotted skunks I've seen are smaller, have no stripe at all and are more brown than black. The need to do a hand stand to spray, it's fun to watch with binoculars.

    Funny this post should be here today. I was tearing down a tool shed today. Lifted the old wooden base and guess what I found living in the basement? Fortunatly he went one way and I went the other. You could not pay me enough to confront a skunk.
     
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