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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-17-2012, 07:31 PM Thread Starter
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What to do with this catch?

Caught this skunk in a fox set today. Just curious what some of you fellow trappers do in this situation. Do you skin them? or just dispose of them? [img][/img]
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-17-2012, 08:11 PM
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Re: What to do with this catch?

skin him and then get the essence out.would make a great lure.and have fun while learning something new
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skin him and then get the essence out.would make a great lure.and have fun while learning something new
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Re: What to do with this catch?

make a hat.

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post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-17-2012, 08:40 PM
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Re: What to do with this catch?

I will let you in on a little secret.....skunks are a pretty valuable furbearer! Skin him...hide is worth a buck to a few bucks..then, like was said, extract the essence...when collected properly, you can sell it for 15$ an ounce or so....and a good skunk that didn't spray during dispatch often yields over an ounce!


Or, like was said, you can make your own lure from the essence...

Its actually fairly easy to do once you learn where the "pods" are...
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Re: What to do with this catch?

Bury it shallow. put two flat sets within 15 feet of it.. Got me my biggest yote of the season... Took a week and a half. But it worked...

It is time to manage avian predators!
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Live skunks seem to attract the yotes even quicker...

It is time to manage avian predators!
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Re: What to do with this catch?

Put a bucket over him and turn him loose. Or tan him. Next one I catch with nice stripes is getting tanned.
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Re: What to do with this catch?

They are pretty animals and look nice as a tanned hide hanging on the wall. Get 3 matching ones of average size and they make a nice hat.

If it's stinky, you can get alot of the smell out with the peroxide/baking soda/dishsoap mix, then if you send the dried pelts to Moyles to be tanned, they seem to get the stink totally out.

I was bummed that my last skunk had rubbed fur right down the middle of the back, plus it had sprayed a little. I took the head and front legs off of it. I needed some front legs for repairs, and the head has a good skull. My middle skunk was in perfect conditon but small, and I skinned it to be mountable. Skunk #1 had rubbed the fur off a good bit of the leg that was in the trap, so the spare left front leg of skunk 3 will repair it, making skunk 1 mountable. I have another skunk from another season in the freezer somewhere that needs a spare front leg.

Someone caught a HUGE skunk doing some nuisance work this season, and bought it to me for tanning. I skinned and prepped it to be mountable ( maybe- has the feet- but I'll send it to Moyles for garment tan so who knows what they do to the face). It was 12 or 13 pounds, a fat as anything male. It is likely big enough to make a hat with all by itself.
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Re: What to do with this catch?

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They are pretty animals and look nice as a tanned hide hanging on the wall.
Very true, we don't catch a lot but keep all that we do catch. Have quite a few tanned. Took us years to get five nice big ones in the old stripe grades one through five but finally did it and they look cool hanging together.

I'd like to get one mounted sometime.

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