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Skunk question, fast answer for preference.

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by AA Maple, Nov 2, 2015.

  1. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    Yeah I hear you on hand guns. If one fits just right (Like my Walther PPK) I can quick shoot really accurate but if I attempt to aim it's all over the place. Loving the .22 magnum air rifle though (just under 900ft/sec with 18 grain). It's not a challenge to get groups of 1" out to 50 yards. For fun I attempt 3" swing targets at 200ft, the amount of drop and compensation for wind that last 50ft is hard to imagine. It's probably like your 7mm magnum past 600yrds- **** hard shot.
     
  2. BBQJOE

    BBQJOE Chillin' With My Peeps

    Two barrels of 12 ga are gonna make a hell of a mess, but if you're going to go that way, it might be more fun to see if you can get him to sit on a half pound of tannerite.[​IMG]
     
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  3. AA Maple

    AA Maple Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The modern air rifles are amazingly powerful and accurate for sure. Downside is the really nice ones are the price of a regular rifle. Like I said, everybody around here shoots all the time and clipping a varmint any time day or night won't even raise an eyebrow. May be worth the money in the long haul for the cheap plinking though. Ammo is so expensive anymore.

    [​IMG] That would be the makings of a viral youtube video. My big issue is just if it comes out at night I probably wont be able to get a clean shot so I'll need that 10-12" margin of error with the scatter gun.

    How fool proof is that? What kind of an area would I need to treat? We have a lot of land here that my hens roam during the day, though even if its just night protection around their coops that might be worth a small investment.
     
  4. ChicksAre4Kids

    ChicksAre4Kids Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I suppose it'd depend upon what type of repellent you can find to use? I imagine you'd want it near the coop since they come out at night the most, yes?
    I'd search FOR you, but my speed is snail-snot-slow.
     
  5. AA Maple

    AA Maple Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I never even heard of that. Up here if we have nuisance animals you either get a big dog or shoot it.

    First skunk I've seen or smelled up here in years. Like I said, between dogs and gun owners we simply don't see many varmints around here. I'll ask at the Farmer's Union and see. I'm asking around folks I know today and seem to be getting mixed reviews on whether or not a skunk will go off if you shoot him.
     
  6. BBQJOE

    BBQJOE Chillin' With My Peeps

    Check this out: http://bfy.tw/2c2L
     
  7. AA Maple

    AA Maple Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, thanks. I actually wasn't even thinking in my excitement but I figured someone here would have tried it for sure.

    Seems like a mixed group of answers. So far no sign of his return so if I'm lucky he has moved on. I'll be carrying the over/under after dusk for a week just in case and will report back on the results if we have a showdown.
     
  8. AA Maple

    AA Maple Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So to update. The skunk made the mistake of slinking around my chicken food last night and got a dose of 3" magnum buckshot.

    He did not "go off" though his mere presence left some lingering aroma and moving him to a good place to decompose was pretty awful.

    Really I had to take the chance on it since I figure if he has settled in it's only a matter of time before he starts eating birds or I inadvertently startle him at night and get squirted.
     
  9. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Leaving your feed accessible...not a good idea.

    I use a shovel to move corpses, hold your breath and never touch them.

    Glad you got rid if it...watch for it's brethren.
     
  10. BBQJOE

    BBQJOE Chillin' With My Peeps

    2 points!
     

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