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 Shooting a skunk, will it spray?
manowar669  [Team Member]
4/3/2011 2:12:52 PM EST
I might need to eliminate a skunk. Will it spray if I shoot it? I'd be using a suppressed .22 rifle with Subsonic HPs. What about an air rifle?
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bmslade  [Team Member]
4/3/2011 2:16:03 PM EST
I have only shot one. It sprayed.
Gingerbreadman  [Team Member]
4/3/2011 2:16:28 PM EST
It is my understanding that skunks can still spray when dead. Though not on command...

1903pa  [Team Member]
4/3/2011 2:17:51 PM EST
Head shoot them and hit them with the first shot dead center.
killingmachine123  [Team Member]
4/3/2011 2:18:17 PM EST
A shot to the brain for an instant kill is about the only way from what I've been told. I shot a little guy through the eye and he still tried to spray me.
USMC6177  [Team Member]
4/3/2011 2:18:22 PM EST
I have obliterated a skunks head at close range with a shotgun and still had it spray postmortem
VelveteenMole  [Team Member]
4/3/2011 2:18:54 PM EST

Originally Posted By Gingerbreadman:
It is my understanding that skunks can still spray when dead. Though not on command...


I LOL'd. So is it just a muscle relaxation thing, and what's the ratio of spray to no-spray with a head shot, I wonder.
SWIRE  [Team Member]
4/3/2011 2:19:19 PM EST
I heard that if you shoot a skunk in the head that it won't spray. That said, every single one that I shot in the head did spray.

Supposedly you can live trap them and then approach holding a sheet out in front of you so that it only sees the sheet and not a threat. Drape the sheet over the cage, move it to a new location, open the door on the trap, and get away.
Jeffreysox  [Team Member]
4/3/2011 2:19:29 PM EST
Originally Posted By bmslade:
I have only shot one. It sprayed.


Jeffreysox  [Team Member]
4/3/2011 2:20:27 PM EST
Originally Posted By SWIRE:
I heard that if you shoot a skunk in the head that it won't spray. That said, every single one that I shot in the head did spray.

Supposedly you can live trap them and then approach holding a sheet out in front of you so that it only sees the sheet and not a threat. Drape the sheet over the cage, move it to a new location, open the door on the trap, and get away.


You go first.
neilage66  [Member]
4/3/2011 2:20:56 PM EST
Well, I guess we pert near answered this one definitively.

I have killed exactly 1 skunk after it sprayed my yellow lab whilst grouse hunting.

I was mad, dog was in agony, one shot one kill...and it sprayed again.
yipykyah_mf  [Team Member]
4/3/2011 2:21:12 PM EST
Originally Posted By bmslade:
I have only shot one. It sprayed.


+1

Luckily, my little sister was the only one that got sprayed.

That was over 30 years ago, and she is still pissed at me.
turboscott  [Team Member]
4/3/2011 2:22:10 PM EST
the one I've shot do, maybe it has to do with them spraying involuntary when the die. Or it could be because they are just stinky fuckers. Try running it over with your car, and see if it sprays
dpmmn  [Team Member]
4/3/2011 2:27:51 PM EST
I've been sprayed once, shot that little stinky bastard right in the back of the head at close range

never again

cmjohnson  [Team Member]
4/3/2011 2:28:03 PM EST
You'll need a perfect CNS hit to shut down the sprayer before it goes off.

Brain stem shot or lower spinal cord. Not an easy shot on a fur-covered polecat. All that fur makes it hard to be sure of the spot to shoot at.


What you can do is first sneak up on him and dose him with Nair. When his hair falls off you'll be able to get better shot placement.
Badlatitude  [Team Member]
4/3/2011 2:29:22 PM EST
Most likely. In part because when they tense up then relax thay tend to leak. I think the real key is them being calm just prior to dispatch because I euthanise them all the time and they normally dont spray.
Keith_J  [Team Member]
4/3/2011 2:30:48 PM EST
They will leak. Either HTH or ordinary bleach will speed the decomposition of the spray. Hydrogen peroxide for your skin/hair and chlorine free bleach for clothing.

I'm Hawken50's Field Marshal on his Skunk Jihad. I've nailed them with a powerful air rifle and .22 using standard velocity target ammo (Winchester T22, accurate and barely sub-sonic. It will penetrate all skunks fully so watch backstop. I have had collateral damage but intended it that way...brick wall splatter.

With my air rifle (RWS 48, .177"), using Beeman Crow Magnums, it takes the top of the skull off with head shots. Not much leakage but since I saw the brain stem through the scope, I could complete the second and final Ss (shovel and shut up) before much leakage.

It is crucial you shoot and approach head on. They have to turn around to spray.

Obligatory dead (and rabid) skunk picture. 3 shots to the chest, .22 LR from a Remington Model 24.

Venkman  [Team Member]
4/3/2011 2:31:44 PM EST
I shot one. It tried to spray, so I shot it again.

There was no liquid release I could see, but the terrible smell lasted for a little more than a week.

If it is still moving after bullet #1, mag dump the son of a bitch.
paul463  [Member]
4/3/2011 2:32:12 PM EST
I don't think they spray so much as leak when shot. Kinda like Chef shitting his pants when he died on South Park.

I did have a baby skunk walk right up to me last summer. He came to within 2 feet of me and paid me no attention, just waddled on by. Cute little bastard.
583  [Team Member]
4/3/2011 2:34:23 PM EST
Last one I shot sprayed me.

Last skunk I came across while I was out with a gun got a pass. It's just not worth it.
AeroE  [Team Member]
4/3/2011 2:38:27 PM EST
Yes.

Type of firearm or air gun won't matter, and the smell is worse than the usual skunk smell; intense is one description.

Venkman  [Team Member]
4/3/2011 2:40:00 PM EST
This thread is making me want to go grab the GSG and go out on the back porch.

Then we play the waiting game.
lokltrkr  [Life Member]
4/3/2011 2:40:44 PM EST
lung shoot it with 22 shorts and it wont spray, I use this method on all the skunks I trap.
edb66  [Team Member]
4/3/2011 2:41:18 PM EST
Shoot him from far enough away and it won't matter.
Dave15  [Team Member]
4/3/2011 2:45:07 PM EST
Originally Posted By lokltrkr:
lung shoot it with 22 shorts and it wont spray, I use this method on all the skunks I trap.


Spot on!

I dispatch many every year, with a CB cap thru both lungs, and they rarely spray.
Just slowly nod off to sleep.

NMSight  [Team Member]
4/3/2011 2:46:19 PM EST
Originally Posted By bmslade:
I have only shot one. It sprayed.


This has been my experience as well, x3.

manowar669  [Team Member]
4/3/2011 2:49:41 PM EST
Well that sucks. How do you get rid of one? I could poison it, but I'm a bit worried the dogs might get into it.
jcncc  [Member]
4/3/2011 2:55:13 PM EST
Shoot him in the balls everything tightens up and he want spray. Imagine you took a full power nad shot and then tried to piss.
clamman  [Member]
4/3/2011 2:55:28 PM EST
Long distance shot or have the wife shoot it!
Molotov357  [Team Member]
4/3/2011 2:56:31 PM EST
I shot a skunk in the head and it didn't spray.
damcv62  [Life Member]
4/3/2011 2:56:34 PM EST
Unless you can kill it with out scaring it, and if you shoot it, kill it with out wounding it. Otherwise just expect it to spray.
thorshammerblow  [Member]
4/3/2011 2:59:18 PM EST
It is not so much that they spray, they just lose control over the glands that cause the stink. I have shot several skunks and they all sprayed.
rdl65  [Member]
4/3/2011 3:01:58 PM EST
Trap it in a live trap and walk up and shoot it in the head. If you are careful and do it slow you can walk up and put the gun right next to cage. I have killed em this way all my life.
Hrd2thecore  [Team Member]
4/3/2011 3:03:01 PM EST
One and only time I have shot a skunk it sprayed. It was on my front porch at the door, I thought I could open the door a crack, shoot it point blank in the head and be good to go. So I kneel down with pistol in the right hand and door knob in the left and dry run it in my head. So when I'm ready I yank the door open and pull the trigger and hit it COM. But as I was twisting open the door knob it twisted around and we both shot at the same time. Me, the door, the porch and the pistol all got sprayed. The skunk lived long enough to run into the crawl space under the house and died as far under the house as possible.

I spent the whole morning swearing up a storm as I crawled under the house with a hoe to drag that asshole out, and cleaned and cleaned everything. So at 15 I learned how not to shoot a skunk, my mom learned not to leave cat food out.
FordGuy  [Team Member]
4/3/2011 3:04:41 PM EST
Originally Posted By killingmachine123:
A shot to the brain for an instant kill is about the only way from what I've been told. I shot a little guy through the eye and he still tried to spray me.


I hear this often and it is flat wrong. As i understand, a lung shot may stop the spray sometimes but not all the time. Every time I shot a skunk in the head with a .22 he sprayed, sometimes he sprayed after a lungshot.

Molotov357  [Team Member]
4/3/2011 3:07:37 PM EST
Originally Posted By FordGuy:
Originally Posted By killingmachine123:
A shot to the brain for an instant kill is about the only way from what I've been told. I shot a little guy through the eye and he still tried to spray me.


I hear this often and it is flat wrong. As i understand, a lung shot may stop the spray sometimes but not all the time. Every time I shot a skunk in the head with a .22 he sprayed, sometimes he sprayed after a lungshot.



I've only shot one before and it was a .223 to the noggin. The head exploded and it didn't spray...

Seansworth  [Team Member]
4/3/2011 3:12:33 PM EST
I have shot 11 skunks in the past year. Every single one of them sprayed. Some weren't so bad, just a normal skunk stench. Others......that odor could awaken Cthulu. Oh dear god one was so horrible my partner in crime vomited before he could get back in the truck. I was dry heaving while putting the shotgun away.

ETA: If you don't hit the CNS those buggers will not die quickly. I passed a slug through the chest once and the bastard still ran 2 yards.
offctr  [Team Member]
4/3/2011 3:17:16 PM EST
its kind of like shooting a live grenade it may or may not explode almost every one I have shot let loose. That being said the best time to get them is after dark and to confront them head on ––they are not very bright but they are aggressive and will face you and stamp and "charge" I just shoot them right in the head and back off for a bit most times one shot does the trick. I have found they like to hide in pipes ––underground drainage pipes and the like so I took a ten foot stick of PVC 6" pipe capped one end and laid it out where they like to forage then when one was out popped out around the corner making lots of noise and shining a flashlight more often than not got them to run straight into the pipe then cap the open end. then do with skunk what you will ––mine had a valve threaded in it that I could hook a hose up to and fill the pipe with water. I also found that skunks breed prodigiously and run off every other ground creature in the area ––Deer, rabbits you name it. Use caution handling dead ones skunks are the typhoid Mary of the animal world I have killed them one night and found them crawling with maggots less than a day later. They also burrow around your house and can do a hell of a lot of damage in a short time. If you see/kill one there are more around each year I get about 5-6 once mom/pop move in it takes a few weeks to get all of them.
NE223  [Team Member]
4/3/2011 3:30:03 PM EST
Skunk shooting helpful hints:

Do not shoot them inside a building thinking that shooting them in the head will keep them from spraying, because you will have to remove said stinking little bastard from the building after he empties himself and then the building itself will stink well into the next century.

AND NEVER EVER SHOOT THEM UPWIND FROM THE HOUSE especially if your wife is in the house and previously ranted about the time you shot one in the head inside a building....

huaco  [Team Member]
4/3/2011 3:30:41 PM EST
Based on my only experience I'll say it is going to smell if you shoot it. When I was 12 my parents had a home built just outside Waco. It was a pier and beam foundation with concrete around the exterior foundation but two skunks got under the house the morning of the day we moved in. My old man went under the house with a 16 gauge shotgun and flashlight and got them both while in the act with one shot under my room. It stunk real bad. They were up against the exterior foundation so we dug under it and fished them out with a coathanger. This helped a lot but that end of the house was not too pleasant for the first three weeks we lived there.

My other close encounter showed how nasty the stuff they spray is. I barely avoided hitting one in my '56 Ford but it sprayed the rocker panel as I went by. The light blue paint was yellow where it was hit and of course it stunk. I washed it thoroughly with soap and water and lots of scrubbing. This got rid of most of the smell but the paint started peeling after a few days.

Some years later my wife and I were camping and had a herd of skunks just walk through our campground. We quickly got in the truck and waited until they left but I can honestly say I would not have been any more stressed if it had been a bunch of rattlesnakes.

I don't care for skunks.
mike12345  [Member]
4/3/2011 3:36:04 PM EST
12ga shotgun with birdshot

its going to stink whatever you do, make sure its dead
DDiggler  [Team Member]
4/3/2011 3:37:20 PM EST
Originally Posted By lokltrkr:
lung shoot it with 22 shorts and it wont spray, I use this method on all the skunks I trap.


This.

Without a doubt this.

Anyone who has head-shot ANY animal and seen the resulting convulsions would know that you shouldn't head-shoot a skunk.
DougR  [Team Member]
4/3/2011 3:37:47 PM EST
Originally Posted By bmslade:
I have only shot one. It sprayed.


Same here, Plus, every time it rained for the next several months it was as if he just died again.

DougR  [Team Member]
4/3/2011 3:40:31 PM EST
Originally Posted By SWIRE:
Supposedly you can live trap them and then approach holding a sheet out in front of you so that it only sees the sheet and not a threat. Drape the sheet over the cage, move it to a new location, open the door on the trap, and get away.



I have moved 9 that way. I used sardines as the bait, worked great. No problems at all. I just used an old blanket as the drape.
Shockergd  [Member]
4/3/2011 3:43:36 PM EST
I shot one with a 20ga with #6 shot, killed it without spraying.
manowar669  [Team Member]
4/3/2011 3:44:20 PM EST
Originally Posted By Dave15:
Originally Posted By lokltrkr:
lung shoot it with 22 shorts and it wont spray, I use this method on all the skunks I trap.


Spot on!

I dispatch many every year, with a CB cap thru both lungs, and they rarely spray.
Just slowly nod off to sleep.



This was kinda my strategy. Smack it, let it run away and die elswhere. Seriously, if I hit it with an airgun and it says "fuck, I'm not goin back there", then that's fine too. I just don't want a skunk stinkpile around. I could cut it in half with a 110gr varminter out of my LTR at 3100fps, but I'm worried about a hand-grenade of funk.
Imdelaw  [Team Member]
4/3/2011 3:56:16 PM EST
I've shot two. The first was at extreme close range. A 10 rd mag dump with a Marlin .22LR through the trashcan it had trapped itself in. It sprayed. In fact, it looked like a noxious yellow mushroom cloud erupting over the top of the trashcan. I was lucky not to be hit with it.

The second was at about 25-30 ft with a .45ACP, using a 185gr CorBon HP. Single shot right behind the shoulder. It left a hole I could just about put my fist through. That one did not spray and did not leak. Instant lights out. No smell at all.

The damage was too extensive to be sure, but I suspect the second one may have had its spinal cord disrupted.
Techboss  [Member]
4/3/2011 3:56:50 PM EST
I have shot one and seen several shot. All of them have "sprayed' upon death. They are also hard to hit because of all the fur.
Noname  [Team Member]
4/3/2011 4:10:35 PM EST



I must be incredibly lucky...



I have shot and killed two (2) rabid skunks at my place. Neither sprayed but both "dribbled" a bit.





Both were head shots in the ear within 10 ft.


Both instantly dropped with no writhing.


Both were shot with my old reliable Crossman 760 with steel BB's.






lokltrkr  [Life Member]
4/3/2011 4:27:52 PM EST
If you do get sprayed you can use a mixture of

1 quart of hydrogen peroxide
1 cup of baking sooda
1 tablespoon of dish soap

do not close the container once you get it mixed or it will explode.
thehellbringer  [Member]
4/3/2011 9:32:14 PM EST
Just take off your shirt and it will not spray you.
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