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Discussion in 'Hunting' started by svtruth, Sep 17, 2010.

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  1. svtruth

    svtruth Member

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    Just discovered we have skunk(s) under the shed.
    Live in town so powder and lead are out.
    Pellet gun?
    All advice appreciated.
    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. ccsniper

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    You could put flood lights on motion censors up at the base of the shed. Skunks are nocturnal and light drives em nuts. I wouldn't suggest taking a spotlight and shining it up under there unless you enjoy that smell. You could also lay down a bunch of hot peppers on the ground around the shed. the skunk might eat it once, but only once and might decide to leave the area if you put enough down.
     
  3. writerinmo

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    How to get rid of a skunk that's moved in

    Be cautious when around skunks - they could have rabies. If you see one acting strangely, disoriented, foaming at the mouth or overly aggressive - get away from it and call animal control. If someone gets bitten by a skunk, do your absolute best to capture it so it can be tested for rabies. It's brain is required for the test, so keep the head intact.
    Forcing skunks out

    Skunk removal isn't hard. The trick is to do most of the work while the skunk is out foraging so you don't risk getting sprayed. Sprinkle a light layer of flour, chalk, or other white powder around it's den and wait until nightfall. After dark, return and look for tracks leading away to indicate that the skunk has left in search of food and then get to work sealing up all of the entrances (barriers were covered in the previous section). If you do this right the skunk will not be able to get back in. If he does, wait until the next evening and try again.
    Skunk traps

    If you can't seem to coerce your skunky buddy to leave willingly, you may need to trap him. First, check with your local authorities to make sure you're within the law to do so and then invest in a box skunk trap that is small enough to keep the skunk from raising it's tail all the way up.

    Release skunks far from peopleWhen you set the trap, secure a few old towels or blankets to the outside to make it safer to approach once it catches a skunk. Bait the trap with anything that has a strong odor; sardines, tuna, giblets, and canned cat food are all good choices. Check it often, you're just as likely to catch a stray cat or raccoon as you are a skunk so don't depend on your nose.

    Once you've got your skunk, cover up the trap so it cannot see outside (don't smother it) and secure it in the back seat (or open trunk) for a nice long ride out of town. When you've located a suitable secluded area, place the trap on the ground, open it up and wait for the skunk to leave. Skunks will often be confused and scared so it might take it a while to work up the courage - be patient. Sometimes you can coax it out by sitting the trap so it's floor is angled towards the door.

    If that doesn't work, consider leaving it for a few hours and returning later to retrieve the empty trap.
     
  4. ccsniper

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    lol, same website I went to
     
  5. doubleh

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    Take a trouble light like mechanics use and stuff it under the shed and leave it turned on. Skunks don't really like light at night. Got a skunk in the yard at night? Just shine a bright flashlight on him and you can drive him anywhere you want with that light.
     
  6. btg3

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    In another thread, .410 is suggested as a good load to shoot trapped skunks without damaging the trap. Only takes a few minutes compared to all that transporting and releasing rigmarole. Further, I'd never place a live skunk in my truck bed, much less inside a vehicle... uhm unless, can I borrow yours?
     
  7. Ashcons

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    Try the phonebook (or Google) for a pest control company to deal with your unwanted guest. I had enough interesting contact events with skunks as a kid to now consider it well worth paying someone else to do the dirty work of their trapping and disposal. A .22 pellet gun might do the trick (and would be a fun, new toy for you), but if you don't get a clean shot off, you can expect the skunk to do its best to hose down your shed/yard with that lovely skunk scent! Heck, it might not even be legal to fire an airgun in your yard; you would have to look up local ordinances on that.

    My dad used to use those bigger Hav-a-hart traps covered in burlap to keep them calm enough to move. I can't remember how successful that was, though. He was a wildlife area manager, so I would like to think he knew what he was doing.
     
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  8. doc2rn

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    Beyond bright light and covering up the hole you need to get a bag of dried lion dung from the zoo and sprinkle it around the boundry of your property it keeps all manner of critters out of your yard.
     
  9. THe Dove

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    Trap it, then drown it. or get a pest control dude to do it for you. That's just my opinion....

    The Dove
     
  10. zoom6zoom

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    Chuck a politician in there. The skunks will get disgusted and leave.
     
  11. THe Dove

    THe Dove BOOMER SOONER!!!

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    ^^^^^^ BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

    The Dove
     
  12. nathan

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    12 G 00 buck !
     
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    one of those chinese large-bore pellet rifles will do the trick.

    200gr 560fps sound adequate? ShinSung makes a .50cal air rifle that does just that using a compressed air canister.
     
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    A Dog can usually scare them off and they will not come back.

    Might be sprinkling Dog Urine ( ideally from some large Breed ) would work also, since it would be read as a Territorial marker.


    Playing old Ethyl Merman Records, from a Speaker, set under the Shed would probably do it...
    they would not come back.
     
  15. M2 Carbine

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    The only trouble I've had with Skunks is the dog would go after them and get sprayed. My dogs have all died so I don't worry about the Skunks now. Once in a while they will come around at night and eat bugs under the lights.
    If they bother me I just shoo them a couple nights and they don't come back.

    Years ago I made the mistake of shooting one, then I found she had four babies in the barn.
    Raising the little buggers turned out to be a lot of fun.:) When they got old enough they left home.
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    Please keepem' South of the Red M2!!!! HAHA

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    Ha! Look at that, baby skunks are cute little buggers. Not every solution to an animal control problem has to end in shooting, drowning, etc. Live and let live. I like the seal the shed or trap ideas.

    Good luck!
     
  18. hardworker

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    I'd try to run them off before I shot it. After shooting it, you're gonna have a pile of dead skunks that reek.
     
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    A pellet gun does a good job of killing them. I use a .177 cal. took out 4 in 2 days.:p
     
  20. The Lone Haranguer

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    You could trap them, then call your animal control agency to come and get them. Since skunks can carry rabies, they might even lend you a trap. A problem with shooting them is that they may only be wounded, then go off into some corner of your house to expire. I shudder to think of what a decomposing skunk would smell like. :uhoh:

    And for a little levity ...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UejelYnVI3U :neener:
     
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    +1 to Ashcons about trapping the skunks. I've caught plenty of them in a Havahart trap 7"x7"x30". They never spray while being moved in this trap. Definitely cover with a towel while moving.

    Drowning is the best way to kill 'em scent-free. Tie a rope to the trap handle and drop the whole thing into the river.
     
  22. cambeul41

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    I have heard that a bunch of moth balls will do the trick. They are relatively cheap, and I can't think of any negative consequences if they don't work.
     
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    cayanne pepper.... lots of it
     
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    Smart animal control solutions include live traps that are shrouded to keep from getting sprayed and sealing the access areas up so they can't get back in once removed from the property.
     
  25. Stevie-Ray

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    Yeah, they work for a bunch of critters. They even keep deer from eating your hostas.;)
     
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