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OR-Wa county skunks?

Discussion in 'Northwest Hunting' started by Decidion, Aug 29, 2010.

  1. Decidion

    Decidion Washington county, Oregon Member

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    Is it legal to shoot a skunk in unincorporated Washington county?

    Twice now, in as many days, we've had skunks in the yard and tonight they nailed the dog. What a mess it's going to be to clean that up.

    Anyway, can I just shoot the dang things? With a pistol? Or a shotgun?

    Is there a better way to just keep them out? I have a chain link fence, but because we live on a hillside, its practically impossible to prevent them from digging under.
     
  2. darkminstrel

    darkminstrel PDX Well-Known Member

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    Tomato soup/juice gets rid of the smell quite fast.

    Aguila Super Colibri .22s drill a nice, air rifle volume hole in squirrels. Can't say as to legality.


     
  3. Ben Beckerich

    Ben Beckerich NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    skunk is varmint. you're gonna have to check with the sheriff's office to see if YOUR part of unincorporated WASHCO is considered outside of urban boundaries. they have maps they can easily access to tell you.

    i should add, however, that shooting skunk is generally not recommended. they tend to let loose everything they have in 'em, saturating the AO with evilness that doesn't go away for days. maybe its worth it to you, though.
     
  4. Decidion

    Decidion Washington county, Oregon Member

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    Yep, I called the Sheriff and I am about 1/2 block inside the urban growth boundary... no discharging of firearms allowed.

    Wife suggested I throw rocks at it until it chases me that half block.... :thumbup:
     
  5. matt_w

    matt_w Hillsboro, OR Active Member

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    In my experience, the smell goes away after a week or so, tomato juice or not (or maybe I just got used to it

    If I were you I would rent a catch-em alive trap and set it outside of the boundry (and away from anything else). Once you catch a skunk, stay away by about 50 yards and shoot it, then clear the trap a day later and repeat.

    That may be a horrible idea though.
     
  6. nwwoodsman

    nwwoodsman Vernonia Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer

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    Skunks have been horrible this year. Shoot 'em and they'll spray. I'd recommend bringing the dog in at night and putting out a few chocolate bars wherever the skunks are entering your yard. Chocolate is just as poisonous to skunks as it is to dogs.
     
  7. The Cheese

    The Cheese somewhere special Member

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    CB longs man, that is all you need. if you want a few I have some. Just shootem out of rifle. In a pistol they are loud as crap. in a rifle they are quieter than my bb gun.

    Or a wrist rocket with some 1/4" ball bearings.
     
  8. phathom

    phathom Vancouver, WA Member

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    +1 on the wrist rocket, or you could do something like a well placed blow gun dart shot, crossbow, bow and arrow, etc. that is not a firearm, maybe a throwing knife if you happen to be good with it. Lots of options that don't require discharging firearms that can rid you of your varmint problem.

    You could also try baiting and trapping them and just relocating them, however moving the cage without getting sprayed would be an interesting challenge.

    Skunks can be something fierce when they get mad. I've ran into one while under a crawl space before, that was not a pleasant experience, and I learned I could army crawl at about 5 miles a hour in a pinch lol.

    Whatever method you choose, make it humane and discreet as neighbors or others might call you in for animal cruelty without knowing the situation. Good luck my friend.
     
  9. The Cheese

    The Cheese somewhere special Member

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    tannerite it is then.
     
  10. PDXGS

    PDXGS Aloha... yes, Aloha, Oregon Member

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    Try a product called Nature's Miracle- available at PetsSmart and Petco. It kills the odor quickly.
    What are the skunks coming into your yard for? Water, fruit?
     
  11. raisersedge

    raisersedge backwoods Member

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    First of all tecnu the poison oak soap is the only thing that will get rid of skunk smell tomato juice and all these other remedies DONT WORK. Second if you shoot a skunk in the lungs behind the shoulder they DO NOT SPRAY. head shoot one and they spray everywhere. Traps work great get one small enough he cant raise his tail. He will have a harder time spraying if he cant get his tail up. They can still spray with their tail down. Throw an old raincoat or tarp over the trap and a trip to the kiddie pool that is deeper than the trap and problem solved. I am always amazed at the responses I get from people who dont even know proper protocal to dispatching skunks let alone trying to "survive in the wild wild west.
     
  12. snew

    snew Hillsboro, OR Active Member

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    It's true. The trap, cover, trashcan full of water works really well. It's just not as fun as the suppressed .22 through the ear sounds. Damn things are varmints and nuisances. That's why I drop all mine over my The Cheese's house.
     
  13. Greg_M

    Greg_M Poulsbo, WA New Member

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    Use a 22
    Blast'em

    Just don't make a big show of it to your neighbors
     
  14. OR_VARMINT_HUNTER

    OR_VARMINT_HUNTER Banks,OREGON Member

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    Use some of the sub sonic rounds there quite and will get the job done its wat I use for the raccoons here in hillsboro bimart always has them
     
  15. snew

    snew Hillsboro, OR Active Member

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    Depending on where I choose to apply punctuation I can make this say a number of different things.
     
  16. quaintance

    quaintance beaverton New Member

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    Will punctuation help some of my questions?

    1) If you buy in quantity, can you get a price break on skunks at BiMart?

    2) Why would you want to purchase skunks from BiMart if you find they are already a pest when they are in the wild?
     
  17. mhadix

    mhadix Tacoma,WA Member

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    compound bow or crossbow if you have one around. it's not a firearm and might be fine to shoot where you are at.