I just smelled and thought I caught a glimpse of a skunk in the yard. By the time I grabbed ear protection and my 12 gauge he was gone but I reckon I'll probably be able to get the jump on him later if he comes back. The question is, how bad am I going to get hit with stink if I give a skunk 2 barrels full of 3" buckshot? Do they "go off" when you shoot them or do they need to be alive? Ditto if I put out some traps, can I dispatch him quick before he squirts? What's a safe distance from one of these little monsters for applying the finishing touch? I have a dozen laying hens that I'd just as soon keep and 4 turkeys that at this point I have a lot of money in feed invested into.