Intro and first skunk

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    jdh2550
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    I have been a lurker for a few weeks now.  I recently purchased a Benjamin Titan NP and have shot about 1k pellets through it so far.  Skunks have been a problem at my residence and I want to eliminate them.  My neighbor doesn't own a trash can and they love her garbage.  So much so that they drag it into my yard to eat.  Then they stick around long enough to spray my dogs.  Today i eliminated my first one.  Side shot scope mount was used for footage.  I hope the video link works.  

    The shot angle was not the best, but another 20 feet and I wouldn't have had a safe shot.  I hit vitals and he fell over dead.  The Titan 22 had enough power to enter the boiler room!

     

     

     

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    Bob_O
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    Excellent!!  Looked like a big one.  

    To get rid of the wandering reticle, try to disable stabilization in your video settings. 

    Thanks for sharing!!

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    jdh2550
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    Bob_O thanks for the tip!  I disabled stabilization now so I am ready for the next one.

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    Bob_O
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    Looking forward to it!!!

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    orion
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    Thanks for sharing. I can imagine what it’s to shot a skunk and being sprayed, tricky shot.

    I don’t know if you have seen EdGun Leshiy videos, he said that with a heart lung shot they won’t spray, I don’t know for sure, I’ve never shot a skunk before but if the tip is good maybe you can have more time filming the next one instead of stat running after the shot

     

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    jdh2550
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    I've been told different things by different people.  Some say first shot to the abdomen and they can't constrict the muscles to spray.  Then a head shot.  Others say head shots and they dont ever spray.

    In all honesty, I knew I needed to get a shot off quick and was shooting for the heart and lungs by passing through whatever was in my way body wise.

    Looked to me like I shot through the back leg into the chest cavity and out the front left shoulder.  I would have taken more time to look but he sprayed and it was getting hard to breath.😭

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    Bob_O
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    I shot about 50 skunks last year.  Head shots and vitals shots, it didn't matter, they all sprayed.   

    Except for one, an upper spine shot.  Makes sense as it must have paralyzed everything below that point.

     

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    BlackICE
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    Bob_O

    I shot about 50 skunks last year.  Head shots and vitals shots, it didn't matter, they all sprayed.   

    Except for one, an upper spine shot.  Makes sense as it must have paralyzed everything below that point.

     

    Bob great information. Nice to know. I will refrain from shooting any skunks. I only shot one in the Boiler Room and video review showed it sprayed for one or two frames at 30 frames a second. I've seen other videos where a skunk shot unloaded for about 5 seconds that would be a disaster.

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    Papy_Yosh
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    nice shot, I am sure running then shooting in apnea must be an art…

    thanks for the tips all

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    MScottLeeman
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    I've only ever bagged one skunk. It was at about 30 yds with a Diana 34 in .177

    Head shot just behind the eye and luckily he dropped like a rock and didn't spray. He was just walkin through the front yard in the middle of the day and I thought that maybe he was sick. (?)

    Good Shootin Man!

    Mike

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    Queequeg
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    I had one lift it's tail at me from about 30 feet which a little to far unless they've got the wind on their side. So I shot and I hit it right at the base of the tail and immediately it dropped without spraying and the skunk dragged itself off with it's front legs to die somewhere else. Getting rid of them is a PITA so I only kill those I see during the day which is indicative of something wrong with it.

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    Bob_O
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    Not necessarily.

    Of the 50 I shot, maybe 5 of them were during the day and they appeared healthy with normal behavior.

    I've seen more than those 5 during the day but couldn't get shots on all of them.

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    profsrgary
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    When the skunks start to cause issues I set up for kills on plastic. I lay down a large piece of plastic and use peanut butter for bait. All my shots are at night. I place a Harbor Freight motion sensor near, and yes it still stinks. I sleep on the recliner in the family room and have a kitchen window up and a piece of cardboard with a drop door cut in it. The tripod is set up and ready to go. When the sensor wakes me it is time for action. Step 1 is a pellet through the brain. Step 2 is head for the kill with nitrile gloves and old shoes. Step 3 pull the plastic together from the corners and drop it in a trash can that already has a heavy contractor plastic bag in it. The bag gets sealed with a zip tie and stuffed into a large cat litter can. Next, drop the clothes and hit the shower because even though you got no spray on you the stink will be in your clothes and hair. I take head shots only even though it is almost a certainty he will spray. If you take a body shot you better hope he drops before he gets under your deck of your neighbors shed. Cause iffin he gets away you better hope he gets far far far away or you are a gonna hear about it. If by chance you happen to get some on you it can be neutralized with 3% hydrogen peroxide. When dealing with skunk spray you need to move quickly. 

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    jdh2550
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    Great info for everyone.  Thanks for taking the time to put so much good info in one place.  You are exactly right about using old shoes.  The soles of my boots needed special attention to take care of the smell.  

    Now I'm off to get the garbage can and plastic ready!

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    john5519
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    The few that I have shot all sprayed, whether it was a head or heart shot.  I have since started using the Havahart traps with peanut butter. Once they are caught I walk up to them hiding behind a large black towel (as advised by my local Fish & Game) and slowly put the towel over the cage.  Then onto the roof of my SUV and a few mile drive out to the woods for release.  I caught 13 last year and none have sprayed through the Havahart method… yet anyway:)

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    john5519

    The few that I have shot all sprayed, whether it was a head or heart shot.  I have since started using the Havahart traps with peanut butter. Once they are caught I walk up to them hiding behind a large black towel (as advised by my local Fish & Game) and slowly put the towel over the cage.  Then onto the roof of my SUV and a few mile drive out to the woods for release.  I caught 13 last year and none have sprayed through the Havahart method… yet anyway:)

    That works very well John. The problem is in the state I live in they do not want them relocated. In Pa. there is a list of animals the Gams Com. does not want relocated because of the chance of disease spreading. Coons, possums, skunks, groundhogs head the list.

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    john5519
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    Ya the Game Officer did also say too that unfortunately relocating an animal cuts down its chances for them surviving dramatically.  He didn't go into specifics why, but interestingly hinted that they might be better off killed on the property than trapped and let go somewhere else.  He also said for relocating them, it seemed to be a bit extreme, but he said they need to be taken at least a couple of miles away and there needs to be a body of water in between so they don't cross it to come back.  I didn't think the buggers were that bright!? :)

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