Skunks in full rut.

Posted by: OKRattler

Skunks in full rut. - 03/09/19 01:49 PM

I've seen a total of 8 skunks in a week. Shot 3 yesterday,1 the day before and 1 the day before that. Four skunks were in the same field. My theory is they're breeding right now and they're traveling to areas that smell like skunk. Which would explain why I shot three in the same field yesterday. I'm heading back out this evening to see if I can't get some more killed.

I've been shooting the .223,might take the .17HMR out today. It's a smelly job but someone's gotta do it.
Posted by: OKRattler

Re: Skunks in full rut. - 03/09/19 01:57 PM

Tips to a successful skunk hunt.

1. Find an area with a considerable amount of skunk activity.

2. Stay upwind and wait.

3. Repeat until you run out of skunks.
Posted by: muskrat30

Re: Skunks in full rut. - 03/09/19 04:43 PM

I take the dog on an early morning walk, bike trail. It has snow on it now, but lots of skunk activity. I can smell them, then see tracks & at least one hole.

I donít want to see any skunk when out with the dog.
Posted by: OKRattler

Re: Skunks in full rut. - 03/09/19 05:37 PM

I've been quail huntin and had a dog sprayed right in front of me. I've also been sprayed myself. There ain't nothin fun about that.

No matter what I'm huntin,if I see a skunk I'm automatically skunk huntin. I exterminate them any chance I get by any means necessary.
Posted by: spotstalkshoot

Re: Skunks in full rut. - 03/10/19 12:51 PM

Saw my first woodchuck of the year yesterday. Out on top of 30" of snow,had a what is all this white stuff look. Not sure what the woodchuck would eat right now.
Posted by: OKRattler

Re: Skunks in full rut. - 03/10/19 10:25 PM

Originally Posted By: spotstalkshoot
Saw my first woodchuck of the year yesterday. Out on top of 30" of snow,had a what is all this white stuff look. Not sure what the woodchuck would eat right now.

"I thought cousin Phil saw his shadow. He's full of....."
Posted by: Hunt

Re: Skunks in full rut. - 03/12/19 07:41 AM

I like skunks for one reason; They dig out the yellow jacket nests in the ground and eat them. I'd rather deal with skunks than yellow jackets.
Posted by: OKRattler

Re: Skunks in full rut. - 03/13/19 03:04 PM

Originally Posted By: Hunt
I like skunks for one reason; They dig out the yellow jacket nests in the ground and eat them. I'd rather deal with skunks than yellow jackets.

I'll just stick to wasp spray. Skunks are a pain in the butt.
Posted by: OKRattler

Re: Skunks in full rut. - 03/14/19 07:17 PM

Shot another one today.
Posted by: Hunt

Re: Skunks in full rut. - 03/15/19 08:10 AM

Originally Posted By: OKRattler
Originally Posted By: Hunt
I like skunks for one reason; They dig out the yellow jacket nests in the ground and eat them. I'd rather deal with skunks than yellow jackets.

I'll just stick to wasp spray. Skunks are a pain in the butt.


You tend to accept skunks after being lit up by yellow jackets when on a tractor bushing hogging. Hard to use wasp spray when driving a tractor.
Posted by: OKRattler

Re: Skunks in full rut. - 03/17/19 01:30 AM

Originally Posted By: Hunt
Originally Posted By: OKRattler
Originally Posted By: Hunt
I like skunks for one reason; They dig out the yellow jacket nests in the ground and eat them. I'd rather deal with skunks than yellow jackets.

I'll just stick to wasp spray. Skunks are a pain in the butt.


You tend to accept skunks after being lit up by yellow jackets when on a tractor bushing hogging. Hard to use wasp spray when driving a tractor.


Luckily we don't have problems with yellow jackets here. Paper wasp we do but they attack from up high instead of from the ground. I've seen yellow jackets before but they're not too common. I'm sure the ones I saw are long gone by now.
Posted by: GC

Re: Skunks in full rut. - 03/18/19 01:09 PM

Skunks are hard on ground nesting birds eggs. Quail, upland birds, waterfowl and turkey nest on the ground and between skunks and coons they suck a lot of eggs and wreck a lot of nest. With a decline in trapping, population numbers of the nest robbers have grown tremendously and they have little pressure on their populations to keep them in check. I kill every one of them I legally can.