Raccoons and smelly traps.

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by lindseythefork, Aug 9, 2011.

  1. lindseythefork

    lindseythefork Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In my pursuit to trap the Lady Buffington-eating raccoon, I managed to nab a skunk. Needless to say, the trap REEKS. Will a raccoon still go in a stinky, skunky trap or will they stay away because of said smell? I've done just about as much hosing as one can do.. it's been a few days and the smell is still going strong.
     
  2. greymane

    greymane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ouch. That stinks (sorry for the pun). [​IMG]

    I was trying to get rid of our raccoon problem (three dispatched), and caught a young skunk. I couldn't convince my wife to get rid of it [​IMG] so I used a long pole to open the trap (quick set) and let it walk away into the woods. In hindsight, I should have got the gun and shot it after it was well clear of the trap, but it has been a week now and have not seen it since.
     
  3. eggboy

    eggboy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you boil the trap in a pot of boiling water, I was told by a trapper, it will not smell like skunk anymore.
     
  4. lindseythefork

    lindseythefork Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Well, that sounds logical, except that I would need a giant pot of water. Maybe pour boiling water on it?
     
  5. aprophet

    aprophet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:there is a skunk "recipe" floating around online involving peroxide baking soda and dish detergent that will work much better for you
     
  6. reptilepat

    reptilepat Out Of The Brooder

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    the peroxide mixture will work great, my dog got sprayed last night and used it and worked right away.
     
  7. moetrout

    moetrout Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:+1 saw it on mythbusters so it must work right?
     
  8. Ole and Lena

    Ole and Lena Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Raccoons will not avoid skunk odor. Coyotes will actually be attracted to it. Over years of trapping, I mix my skunky traps in with the rest and have never noticed a difference. The skunk might even mask some of the human scent making catching the targets easier. The best way to dispatch a skunk in a trap is to shoot it in the heart/lung area with a low vel. 22 such as a CB or subsonic. Head/spine shots will make them spray. The lung shot USUALLY will not.
     
  9. aprophet

    aprophet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:X2

    Love your siggy our state flag has it ( almost) [​IMG]
     
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