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Will an Air Pistol Kill Skunks?

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by The Expert, Sep 24, 2010.

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  1. The Expert

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    There is a hive of skunks living down the road from me. They come out at night.

    I'd like to take a stroll over there and shoot them, but there is a house close by and I don't want to discharge a round but would like to take them out with an air pistol.

    Only question is.... will it be effective or am I going to enrage the buggers and get chased down and anointed?
     
  2. HighExpert

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    You might want to check the local game laws first. I live in VA and was surprised that there were controls on skunks unless they were on your property and causing damage. Mr. Game Warden might take a dim view of your evening hunt. I have my doubts about an air pistol, unless it is really good one, killing them. You may have to get really close which will probably be fun. Good luck.
     
  3. mbt2001

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    That would be the absolute limit of the equipment, but I suppose that it COULD. Not the same as should. Depends on the make and model. I think some of the Benjamin ones I have run across might, if the shot was good enough.

    The perfume is released when they die... BTW.
     
  4. Grumulkin

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    Pray tell, what are the skunks doing to offend you?

    Or perhaps you want to eat them?
     
  5. 375shooter

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    I seriously doubt that they would chase you down and spray you. Have you thought about using an air rifle as apposed to an air pistol. There are rifles available that should have enough power to dispatch a skunk.
     
  6. Art Eatman

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    If they're not getting into your henhouse, what are they hurting? :)
     
  7. desidog

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    Have you knocked on the neighbor's door and asked them about it? That's a good first step.

    Not knowing your equipment, I'd generally say that using an air pistol would be unethical.
     
  8. Onward Allusion

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    The proper air pistol will kill a person when shot at an appropriate place.

    With that said, why would you want to take out skunks down the road from you? Are they bothering you in any way?

     
  9. W.E.G.

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    Back in '81 there was a skunk that liked to hide under my trailer.

    One summer night, I caught him eating a pile of somebody else's dog's crap in the front yard of my trailer.

    Perfect, instant-death, head-shot did not stop him from spraying a full load.

    Note to self:
    Close all windows in the trailer before shooting skunk in front yard.
     
  10. Justin Holder

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    Hint, the air pistols they sell at Wal-mart aren't powerful enough. :neener:

    You can buy magnum class air pistols that would be suitable, but they ain't cheap.
     
  11. Gadzooks Mike

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    Skunks eat mice, rats, snakes, insects... I wish I had some around my house. What are they doing that's so bad they deserve to die?
     
  12. Grumulkin

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    Around my place I have opossums, skunks, deer, rabbits, squirrels, raccoons, fox, coyotes, groundhogs, deer and maybe stuff I've never seen. Most of them do something bad like chewing on trees, eating garden plants, etc. This far, skunks, opossums and fox are the only animals that have gotten into no trouble and that I see no reason to eliminate.
     
  13. stsimons

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    I once surprised a skunk... he was minding his own business and I was minding mine.

    He was just as angry and surprised as I was... he started posturing...

    and I backed away as absolutely as fast as I could, remembering that I once had a dog that got sprayed by a skunk and I had to wash him in a solution of soapy water and tomato paste about 6 times before he was tolerable to pet again... I remember stripe (the dog) rolling in the grass maniacally for hours and hours just trying to get the stink off... only time in his life he did not snarl at a bath that I can recall...

    skunks are not varmints... leave the skunks alone if they are not bothering you.
     
  14. AhHeck

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    It depends on how heavy the pistol is and what it is made out of.
     
  15. hardluk1

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    Place a baddly aimed shot on a skunk and you will have one mucked up smelling house for some time. He will move along. unless there some easy pick'ns.
     
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    Another thing to rember is that beyond a foul smell the 'green mist' is quite the irratant. I got a full dose from what I can only guess to be a rabbid skunk once. He was out durring the noon-day and chased me in reverse. Fortunately I was wearing sunglasses so I didnt get any in the eyes but it burns the face.

    An hour later I'm standing in line at the grocery store with my arms full of tomato products...the line shortened quickly.
    ~z
     
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    It's actually a surfeit of skunks.

    One of those stupid things I had rattlin' around up there waiting to be used...
     
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    This made my day after finding out someone tried to steal my boat motor!! (put me in a bad mood all day)
     
  20. czarjl

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    Yes, but you have to hold it by the barrel and hit it on top of the head in the first swing (pistol whip)….
    If they are not bothering you (other than there existence) leave them alone. It is not a good idea to mess with a skunk just because. If the house is not yours and you get the skunk mad enough to spray… I would be more worried about the homeowner at that point.

    Here in New York they added air gun to the legal hunting implement list for small game this year, but it must “propel a single projectile that is .17 caliber or larger and produces a muzzle velocity of at least 600 feet per second.”
     
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    SKUNKS

    From: http://www.pleasebekind.com/skunk.html

    Skunk Facts

    There are four different kinds of skunks found in the United States. The spotted and striped skunks are the most widely distributed and therefore more likely to come into contact with people. The hooded and hog-nosed skunks are rarer and found mostly in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. The spotted skunk prefers the country and spends most of its life near farms. The striped skunk is more adaptable and lives in a variety of habitats.

    Skunks are placid, retiring and non-aggressive. They try very hard not to get in harm’s way. They have a home range of a few hundred acres at most. They are primarily nocturnal and usually solitary – except when mothers are raising their babies. They are active throughout the year, but in northern areas, they spend the coldest parts of the winter in their dens.

    Skunks eat mostly insects, many of which are pests to humans. They are therefore very beneficial to have around. They also eat some plant material, including wild fruits, apples and corn. In winter and spring they may eat mice and the eggs of ground-nesting birds.



    The skunk’s main defense is a complex chemical substance that includes sulfuric acid that can be fired from either one of two independently targetable anal glands. Because of this ability, skunks will stand and face a threat rather than run away. This works well with people and animals but is useless against cars. As a result, many skunks die on roadways -- to the point of being wiped out entirely from areas with a lot of traffic.

    Skunks can carry rabies, but it is important to remember that not every skunk is rabid. Only if an adult skunk seen in the daytime is showing abnormal behaviors such as paralysis, unprovoked aggression, moving in circles, self-mutilation should you call your local animal control officer or police department.



    Problems and Solutions

    Occasional skunk sightings in a neighborhood doesn’t necessarily mean there is a problem. Measures can be taken to discourage skunks from sticking around. These include removing garbage and pet food left out at night and eliminating convenient denning sites such as wood and rock piles, elevated sheds, openings under concrete slabs and porches and access to crawl spaces under houses.
     
  22. oldbanjo

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    A GAMO air rifle will kill them, it's 1200fps.
     
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  24. Art Eatman

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    Since this thread isn't really going anywhere, I'll tell a skunk story.

    Hondo Crouch was a story teller as well as a goat rancher, up near Fredericksburg, Texas. The Smithsonian heard of him and flew him to D.C. to record some of his efforts. I met Hondo at a folk music club in Austin, and took to hanging out at the little ghost village he bought, Luckenbach. Yeah, same as the Willie/Waylon song.

    Hondo was driving through Fredericksburg one day and saw a baby skunk in the middle of the main street. He carefully picked it up and took it home to raise as a pet.

    So the wife and I are up at Luckenbach for a few beers and lots of BSing with folks, and here comes Hondo and Friend. The wife is a total animal freak, and animals love her. Even vicious dogs roll over for her to scratch their tummies. Evil horse won't bite or buck. So, naturally, she wants to play with the skunk. Little Friend promptly buries his head into the shadow of her elbow and ribs, since skunks don't really like daylight. This leaves the heavy artillery pointed toward any and all hostile Indians which might approach.

    So various guys spot a good-looking gal and figure to check her out and maybe hit on her. The response from her was along the lines of, "Hi! Isn't this a neat pet?"

    Ever watch an NFL defensive back run backwards as a play develops? Those guys aren't even in the game compared to those dudes at Luckenbach that day. I've sorta been appreciative of skunks, ever since.
     
  25. ~z

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    Art you have just moved up a notch in my book. I have been told Hondo stories since I can remember.
    ~z
     
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