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Dead Skunk
« on: July 25, 2018, 07:06:23 AM »
I've been laying low for this critter for about three weeks. This morning at about 6 local time, the darn thing walked within 10 feet of me! A quick shot right behind the right shoulder nailed it! It did not squirt, thankfully. It was a female, and appeared to be nursing.


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Re: Dead Skunk
« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2018, 04:35:08 PM »
I've been laying low for this critter for about three weeks. This morning at about 6 local time, the darn thing walked within 10 feet of me! A quick shot right behind the right shoulder nailed it! It did not squirt, thankfully. It was a female, and appeared to be nursing.

I have a bunch of skunks out back. Used to bother the heck out of me. Now I see them as being more beneficial than not after I had a skunk remove one rat from a trap and offer it to his sibling, and then drag another dead rat to my back door and offer to the family.  The little dog has learned not to charge the skunks, and she hasn't gotten sprayed in a few years. The big galoot dog has avoided getting skunked, so maybe he's learned also. Maybe.

I've been in the back checking traps at night, and hoping to see a rat to shoot, and had a skunk not only come by, but run directly over my feet. As long as I'm not threatening, they don't stomp their feet or spray me. 

The skunks also eat mice, voles, grubs and bugs and slugs and snails. I don't like any of those things so, the skunks are for the time being given a pass.

Now you have some cute little babies perhaps starving... :(
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Re: Dead Skunk
« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2018, 04:42:11 PM »
The reason the land owner doesn't like skunks, is because they have a propensity to dig into the chicken enclosure with predictable results. This is the third skunk I've shot in the last few months.

By the way, they're considered vermin here in New Mexico, and there is no closed season. Fact is, you don't even need a license if you live here.
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Re: Dead Skunk
« Reply #3 on: July 26, 2018, 06:36:38 AM »
Shooting a skunk at close range...that takes guts. I think I'd rather take my chances bathing at Whitney Houston's house. It might be safer. I've been donated a couple of sets of clothes to the burn barrel over the years for coming out on the losing end of that one.
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Re: Dead Skunk
« Reply #4 on: July 26, 2018, 10:12:45 AM »
I pretty much leave them alone anymore as long as they stay out back away from the coop. I shot a young one a week or so ago as I caught him on camera heading into the coop. They are beneficial as Steve says, but once they learn a free meal........
Oprah got sprayed once real good and now she is pretty cautious on her outings, even warning me every so often when I'm out back at night. Though last duck season she run into one on the way out to the blind, didn't get hit real bad as it didn't bother me but the 2 city boys I was hunting with complained the whole time about the stink. By the time we left though she had done her job and all was forgiven.  ;D

Now possums, that is a different story, total war on those things and she knows it.
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Re: Dead Skunk
« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2018, 02:24:59 PM »
I have had one skunk show up in one of the chicken runs. It was trying to get to the chicken feed. Freaked the girls out, and I just went out, opened the gate, and chased it out. Don't know why I didn't get sprayed. I have had possums in the coop, and one time a possum killed the family's favorite chicken.  That really sucked.

Don't know if I'm just too tender hearted but I give most of the critters a pass these days. Last skunk I killed was one that was crippled, or had a bad disease. It had lost the use of it's back legs. When I went to it with Sumatra in hand, it looked up at me with mighty sad eyes. It stayed in place and waited for me to put it out of it's misery. It did not spray.

Only critters that don't get a pass are the mice and rats.
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