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havanagranite
Re: Getting rid of a skunk...
goldhiller wrote:

12 gauge with #6 or #4 shot from 30' or so.

But...make sure the critter is facing you dead on and you hit the head. They'll drop like a rock and 9 times out of 10...with no release of the stinky stuff.

Don't ask how I know this. ;)

my luck I would hit the tenth one. a neighbor last year was shooting under his trailer at a rattle snake and blew out his main water line. so make sure its clear behind the skunk

goldhiller
Re: Getting rid of a skunk...
havanagranite wrote:

my luck I would hit the tenth one. a neighbor last year was shooting under his trailer at a rattle snake and blew out his main water line. so make sure its clear behind the skunk

Good advice.

Rattlers. Ugh. Glad we don't have those around here. If we did, I'd likely carry everyday.

.22 revolver with birdshot.

djohns
Re: Getting rid of a skunk...
goldhiller wrote:

Good advice.

Rattlers. Ugh. Glad we don't have those around here. If we did, I'd likely carry everyday.

.22 revolver with birdshot.

I tried the .22 shotshells on a snake . Not very effective .
.38 or larger is much better .

goldhiller
Re: Getting rid of a skunk...
djohns wrote:

I tried the .22 shotshells on a snake . Not very effective .
.38 or larger is much better .

Hmmmmm. Interesting. Skin must be a bit too tough.

.357 loaded up with snake shot should fill the need then...if I ever move back to rattler country. Would probably buy a separate unit for that cause I'm sure it would ream out the rifling to some degree...*if* a guy shot that load alot. Sure did a number on the .22 revolver I had when a kid.

Sherry
Re: Getting rid of a skunk...

You guys are missing a golden opportunity here. Catch the skunk humanely in one of those no-kill traps. Then take it over to your neighbor who lets his pesky cat come over into your yard and leave little mementoes in your garden. (I advise doing this when no one will see you.) Feed the skunk in your neighbors’ yard. Encourage him to take up residence there. Then let your neighbor deal with the skunk.

A. Spruce
Re: Getting rid of a skunk...
SherryH wrote:

You guys are missing a golden opportunity here. Catch the skunk humanely in one of those no-kill traps. Then take it over to your neighbor who lets his pesky cat come over into your yard and leave little mementoes in your garden. (I advise doing this when no one will see you.) Feed the skunk in your neighbors’ yard. Encourage him to take up residence there. Then let your neighbor deal with the skunk.

  1. Why limit it to cat owners? Dog owners aren't much better when it comes to letting their progeny do their duty in your yard.
  2. It would be hard to keep said skunk in containment, yet still unleash its unholiness on the neighbors at will. - Cure! pick up said neighbor's progeny duty and return to said neighbor's welcome mat. A few of those treats and the neighbor generally gets the hint that their animals are not welcome in surrounding yards (been there, done that ).
  3. Humanely catching skunk and carefully placing it into said neighbors yard is a GREAT idea. Once clear, then proceed to harass the skunk with all means possible so as to unleash its unholiness throughout the neighbors yard.

Note: No critters were harmed in the posting of this message :p;):D

Sherry
Re: Getting rid of a skunk...

How about catching the skunk and the neighbor's cat (or dog) and putting them together in the same cage? Then when the neighbor's pet is adequately perfumed then let it return home to its owner. The neighbor might decide it is not a good idea to let their pet wander around the neighborhood.

A. Spruce
Re: Getting rid of a skunk...

I knew we could figure this out. ;)

havanagranite
Re: Getting rid of a skunk...

some people are up waaaay to late. their minds and going to the dark side:D

havanagranite
Re: Getting rid of a skunk...
YukYuk wrote:

Interesting discussion.

Tempted to propose lots of silicone caulk, pneumatic staple gun and a few hundred staples, and a foot-stomping temper tantrum demanding intelligent discourse from the skunk as you shoot!:D

The local animal control officer (if you have one) or the services of a licensed trapper might be your safest choice, followed up with a closure method which will deter future opportunitstic occupation, also aking sure the garbage is contained as well (close down the local skunk buffet). Skunks, especially in the late summer, are sometimes found to be rabid; they can also carry other diseases and parasites.

but do you need to tool the caulk for 15 minutes? see that would put you in a dangerous location

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