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#12978 - 10/18/06 02:17 PM Skinning Skunks
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Registered: 10/02/06
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How many trappers out there utilize skunks that they have caught? And if so what do you do with them? I caught 2 of em this morning and just shot them in the lungs and left them lay trap and all. In the past couple years I've gone back after a few days and retrieved my trap. I know of some guys that actually skin skunks and sell them. I've thought about it very very hard but just can't get myself to skin a skunk.

(Edited for the Archives -- Hal)

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#12979 - 10/18/06 02:36 PM Re: Skinning Skunks
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I have skinned a many of them.

smile -- Hal
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#12980 - 10/18/06 02:52 PM Re: Skinning Skunks
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Hal, aren't you concerned about hitting the glands? eek

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#12981 - 10/18/06 03:36 PM Re: Skinning Skunks
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Just skin around the anal glands like porcupines make love!

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#12982 - 10/18/06 03:43 PM Re: Skinning Skunks
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Okay....when and if I do this I'll report back. Thanks.......Ten Shot smile

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#12983 - 10/18/06 04:57 PM Re: Skinning Skunks
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Registered: 10/29/03
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I have never tried this so I don't know if it would work, but it sounds like a good idea. If you catch a skunk dispatch it then dig a hole in the catch circle big enough for the skunk. Bury it with only a few inches of the tail sticking up and set your traps around it. The animal smell will already be there and the tail will add interest.

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#12984 - 10/18/06 05:06 PM Re: Skinning Skunks
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Loc: Mauston, Wisconsin
Sounds like a good idea, Coon Caller. Problem is in Wisconsin it could get you a ticket. Can't use exposed bait here. Traps need to be at least 25 ft from exposed bait.

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#12985 - 10/18/06 05:40 PM Re: Skinning Skunks
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Registered: 07/22/00
Posts: 119
Loc: wausau, wi, usa
Skunks are easy once you get some experience. I just did 4 skunks in 15 minutes, not fleshing or boarding, i do that later. Any questions fire away, be glad to help.

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#12986 - 10/18/06 09:15 PM Re: Skinning Skunks
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Wacky: Good advice....(chuckle)

Ten Shot: Skinning a skunk is no different than the other mustelids(sp). I am more worried about scent release during dispatch than skinning.

RO smile

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#12987 - 10/19/06 07:50 AM Re: Skinning Skunks
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If you're worried about stinking-up your shed/garage, try letting them soak in a bucket of water overnight, a flowing stream works even better. That will help remove some of the smell if they've already sprayed, most of them are so fat you should have plenty of room to avoid the "orange juice" bag while skinning. Skunks have a "heavy" pelt, if you've never skinned one, you'll have new respect for them, noticed in one of the magazines, someone was paying $15 per once for the juice. Just my opinion, the set where you caught your skunk is probably one of the best sets on the farm. Sometimes that "long range" lure will almost set a trap on fire, if it's laying there with a skunk in it, you're not going to catch anything! It's illegal here to leave anything in a trap more than 24 hours. Looks bad too. smile

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#12988 - 10/19/06 10:39 AM Re: Skinning Skunks
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thats kind of funny really. i know its all speculation of what you are going to get for selling what ever, but if you speculate....$5 to $7 for a skunk pelt and suppose on average you may get close to an ounce of essence per skunk. At $15 per ounce, thats about $21 per skunk speculating an average...and most are dissapointed to catch a $21 skunk but happy to catch a $12 coon???? confused

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#12989 - 10/19/06 11:37 AM Re: Skinning Skunks
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has anyone put a spray top on a bottle of 3% (Sams Club) hydrogen peroxide and misted the appropriate areas of a skunk? Do this to a dog that has been "skunked" and the smell goes away!

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#12990 - 10/19/06 01:27 PM Re: Skinning Skunks
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Loc: Michigan
Same thing I was thinking NEbowhunter. Get a Bob Wendt video, he shows the best way to retrieve essence. Sometimes you can get close to 2 oz. out of one.

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#12991 - 10/19/06 01:52 PM Re: Skinning Skunks
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Registered: 04/23/06
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Loc: Wausau, WI
I don't mind skunks, skinned 2 yesterday. Pelt and essence sure help pay for the gas. Now my wife on the other hand is certainly not a fan, very effective birth control though.

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#12992 - 10/19/06 03:11 PM Re: Skinning Skunks
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Registered: 10/02/06
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Thanks for all the info and advice! It is much appreciated. smile Knowing that so many trappers out there do put up skunks and considering that I caught 2 more this morning, I guess its time for me to skin a skunk.

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#12993 - 10/19/06 03:37 PM Re: Skinning Skunks
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One quick question - how far around the anal glands do you skin?

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#12994 - 10/19/06 09:38 PM Re: Skinning Skunks
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Loc: arkansas
As Dooger suggested, Bob Wendt's on The Cat Line shows in great detail how to extract the glands before skinning. I've never skinned a skunk in the past but, plan on it this year after watching his video. Do be careful around the mouth of the skunk they do tend to carry rabies.
Mark

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#12995 - 10/23/06 01:50 PM Re: Skinning Skunks
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Well, I bit the bullet and skinned out not one but 3 skunks on Sat. First one went off without a hitch. No problem. They actually skin quite easily. On the second skunk........I always pull the tail bone out before I hang the critter up. Well, as I was pulling the tail bone I inadvertantly applied some pressure, too much pressure, to the vent area, and.....PHEWEEEEEE!!!!! eek .......just glad I was wearing skinning gloves! The odor still went right through the gloves and onto my hands.

Needless to say I finished that skunk and then skinned the 3rd using extreme caution as I pulled the tail bone....LOL.......All windows and the door on my fur shed have been wide open since.

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#12996 - 10/23/06 03:05 PM Re: Skinning Skunks
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Very good.

Next time, even if you don't "milk" the skunk for the quill, go ahead and cut the glands out of the animal before you skin it. Once you have made the opening cuts in the pelt, the glands are easily removed. That will help you avoid any more mishaps.

smile -- Hal
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#12997 - 10/23/06 03:39 PM Re: Skinning Skunks
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Loc: Sherburne, New York (Central)
Is there any way to get the esence out before you skin them? Just wondering smile

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#12998 - 10/23/06 04:50 PM Re: Skinning Skunks
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Loc: Mauston, Wisconsin
Thanks for that advice Hal. Before I attempt to cut the glands from a skunk I do believe I will watch a video or watch someone else do it first!

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#12999 - 10/23/06 06:45 PM Re: Skinning Skunks
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Registered: 07/01/06
Posts: 96
Loc: Cologne, Minnesota
I'm a beginning trapper but I have retrieved the essence out of three sunks so far and saved it in a bottle for later sale.

If you want to find a way to dispatch skunks without them spraying buy Rob Erickson's book "Innovative Skunk Control."

Rob is from the Nussiance animal control sector which is kind of like pest control only with wild animals instead of bugs, mice and rats.

In his book he can tell you how to dispatch a skunk without it spraying almost every time.

And as a book, it isn't a bad read.

Hope this helps,
Scott
Cologne, MN

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#13000 - 10/23/06 09:22 PM Re: Skinning Skunks
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Loc: arkansas
Trapperscott, can you elaborate on how this is done? Dispatching without them spraying.
Mark

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#13001 - 10/23/06 09:52 PM Re: Skinning Skunks
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Registered: 07/01/06
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Loc: Cologne, Minnesota
Rob's method is to use a syringe pole. These are widely available. Just make sure if you are cage trapping to ensure it fits through the side of the cage you are using some poles are too wide. The part of the syringe that you use to get a grasp can be clipped off to help it fit.

You can use accetone in the syringe, both the syringe and accetone can be picked up at the local farm store.

Approach the skunk slowly, if it stomps it's feet stop but hold your position. Don't back off. The stamping of its front feet is a sign of irritation.

Slowly approach the skunk until it is reachable with the syringe pole loaded with accetone.

Push the syringe near the skunk. Let the skunk smell it or bite it. But be patient. Slowly touch the animal's chest and inject the accetone. This is not a stab but more like a shot you might get from a friendly nurse.

The skunk will die instantly without spraying.

The only trick to this is to be patient and hold your ground.

That's the short version. Rob Erickson goes into more detail in his book.

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#13002 - 10/23/06 10:37 PM Re: Skinning Skunks
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Loc: arkansas
Thanks Trapperscott.

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#13003 - 10/24/06 01:20 PM Re: Skinning Skunks
Ten Shot Offline
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Loc: Mauston, Wisconsin
Finger nail polish remover will work. It contains acetone.

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#13004 - 10/24/06 03:14 PM Re: Skinning Skunks
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I don't want to start something, but I guess I will. This periodic posting of injecting animals with solvents is not a good thing. Sure it kills them and fast. But, these are not approved methods and as such can and will be used against trapping and trappers. Nail polish remover, acetone, paint thinner; what next gasoline?

I think it important to realize that others in society have firm beliefs on euthanasia and these "others" vote.

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#13005 - 10/24/06 04:03 PM Re: Skinning Skunks
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whats approved?

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#13006 - 10/24/06 04:33 PM Re: Skinning Skunks
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Registered: 10/16/06
Posts: 14
Loc: Athens, Ohio
giveing a skunk an injection is about as humane as you can get, i think. i find thay are usually dead in less than 3 min. there are a lot of things that can be used,talk to a vet. mine told me to use acctone because it's cheep and easy to find..anyway, it works very well for me.

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#13007 - 10/24/06 08:56 PM Re: Skinning Skunks
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Registered: 10/17/06
Posts: 17
Loc: StParis, ohio
If you are cage trapping why not cover cage with a blanket while you are setting it? A skunk wont spray if it cant see you..

(Edit: You're new here, and I don't want to scare you off right away, but this makes no sense. The topic has turned to dispatching skunks. Granted skunks ordinarily won't spray when they are covered, but how does that aid in dispatching them? And I don't understand how covering the trap with a blanket when setting it, has any relevance at all. confused Nonetheless, welcome. smile -- Hal)

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#13008 - 10/25/06 07:00 PM Re: Skinning Skunks
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Registered: 10/17/06
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Loc: StParis, ohio
While setting the cage trap cover it with a blanket or anything to make it dark. After catching a skunk leave it covered and drown the darned thing.

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#25468 - 10/25/17 01:37 PM Re: Skinning Skunks [Re: Ten Shot]
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Dated for search.

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