imaduckin up north wrote:
wait till you get your first skunk, your enthusiasm will be tested
I used the 40/14 method on skunks when I first started out.
Shoot them with a rifle from 40 yards and come back in 14 days to get your trap.
They make one of the best fox and bobcats bait there is... along with beaver.
I have a pole syringe..... looks a lot like a tagging stick, but it has a 12cc metal syringe at the end that screws onto a broom handle. Hit them behind the shoulder with 12cc of acetone and its lights out fast. Almost never spray. Extract the essence for lure making (outside). Take the skunk and bury him in the ground, put the set around the skunk... don't take long.
If you shoot them in the head.... they will almost certainly spray. Body shoot them and about half of them spray. For whatever reason when you stick em with that syringe they don't.
If you have never been around FRESH skunk spray... it is 100 times worse than dead skunk on the side of the road smell. It permeates your clothes and lingers for weeks. Just gotta learn how to handle them... cause it is a fact of trapping in most places.
Tell your wife you love her, wrestle in the yard with your kids, shake your best friend's hand, let your dog sleep on the bed, and thank God for all the blessings in your life.