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trapping skunks

Postby mulesNdawgs » Fri Jan 17, 2014 6:20 pm

Is there anyway to keep skunks out of traps I'm new to trapping and have 1 1/2 foot hold traps so far I have managed to catch one striped skunk lol iam going to skin it when I figure out a good way with out the smell any ideas?
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Re: trapping skunks

Postby Henefer-hound-hunter » Sun Jan 19, 2014 3:52 am

Don't skin a skunk I did when I was a kid and it was a miserable experience! If your trapping coons use dog proof traps that will keep you from getting skunks. With foot traps I do ground sets and set the pan at a higher tension that way when Fox and coyotes dig them up they go off but a skunk will dig them up but usually won't set them off. Hope that helps

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Re: trapping skunks

Postby silentnight » Sun Jan 19, 2014 4:16 am

For the smell inject them with acetone, if your going for coons I use dog food with jam. I have also had plenty of skunks in coon cuffs.
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Re: trapping skunks

Postby mulesNdawgs » Sun Jan 19, 2014 9:27 pm

Thanks for the info I will remember setting the pan tension a little tighter I did catch my first coon and it was a big boar have it on a stretcher now going to try another area Monday thanks for everyone's help
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Re: trapping skunks

Postby Unreal_tk » Mon Jan 20, 2014 12:31 am

Set it off the ground some.
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Re: trapping skunks

Postby CouesHunter » Sat Oct 11, 2014 10:22 pm

I am a kid and I got mad at one because I walked up on it and was then determined to skin it and dearly regretted it later... don't recommend it
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Re: trapping skunks

Postby brantpalmer » Mon Oct 13, 2014 2:12 am

If you tie it to something and throw it in a creek with good moving water for a day or more It'll take a lot if the smell away.
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Re: trapping skunks

Postby Machias » Tue Dec 30, 2014 3:15 pm

Trapping and dispatching skunks is no big deal. Get you a syringe pole and inject it behind the front shoulder into the lungs with Acetone and it'll die with no smell. Then use a couple of hemostats to clamp off the nipples on the scent sacs. Carefully skin around the sacs which are located on either side of the vent hole. Great looking fur and the skunk essence can be sold for $15 to $20 an ounce. You just stick a needle in the sacs and withdraw the essence, no mess, no fuss, no smell. Do it a couple of times and you'll look forward to catching them. $25 a skunk is not bad in today's fur market. Lots of videos on YouTube show you exactly how to do it.
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Re: trapping skunks

Postby twilli » Wed Dec 31, 2014 6:44 am

No way of keeping skunks out of your traps. It's just one of the hazards. Taking a few out helps the bird population and as stated by previous post reply nice fur and you can harvest the glands. Make sure you do it outside!! Once you get rid of the skunks you can target your money fur. I dispatch mine by drowning if I am near water and am using my cage traps. Skunk won't spray unless he can lift his tail.
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Re: trapping skunks

Postby icehole » Wed Dec 31, 2014 10:22 pm

Dog proof coon traps will catch plenty of skunks and house cats.
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Re: trapping skunks

Postby Henefer-hound-hunter » Wed Dec 31, 2014 10:55 pm

icehole wrote:Dog proof coon traps will catch plenty of skunks and house cats.


That's crazy I've been using dog proof traps for coon for six years now, and have never caught a skunk or cat in one, and we have tons of skunks, and feral cats around. I catch a lot of skunks and cats with foot traps, snares, and live traps, but never a coon cuff. Guess I've been lucky. I did catch a porky pine in a coon cuff last year:) but that's the only thing other than coons.

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