Monday, October 18, 2010

The skunk saga ...

Yesterday was the BIG stinky day! I really, really wanted to show you some pictures but the incident had me running around getting bucket, rifle and keeping the dog in the house.

About a week ago I borrowed a trap for the furry little critter .. I placed it by an opening that leads under the house. I had hoped to catch the little 'kitty' and have a friend of a friend come and take it away. I left the trap there for 2 nights with eggs in it. I caught my cat! Nosy Cat. OK, no skunk ...

I moved the trap over by the chicken pen. Set it up with another egg, and waited. Two or three nights went by, no skunk, also no more Cat. I finally just moved the trap over a bit next to the outside wall of the wood shed figuring that the 'kitty' had moved on since it couldn't get into the pen.

Yesterday morning I went out to let the girls out for the day, threw some feed down for them, gave them fresh water and went back to the house. I turned in the doorway to call the dog to come back in - she was "pointing", sort of, towards the wood shed. I took a good look, and the 'kitty' moved! I just about came out of my skin realizing how close - 5 to 6 feet - I had come to the trap ...

I called my friend so he could call the guy that (has no sense of smell) would come and get it live. He sells the scent to the companies that make perfume - makes me look at perfume in a whole new light - ick!!! Any way, this is elk season out here and of course the guy was out in the woods hunting. Hmmm, now what? My friend came down to see if I had taken care of the little problem - no I hadn't, I was still on my first cup of coffee for the day and needed my whits about me. I got my rifle for him and he took care of it, WONDERFUL friend. After the 'kitty' had stopped moving, we dumped it in a bucket and away it went.

Now, when you shoot a skunk, it sprays! My property STUNK to high heaven. I had it embedded in my nose - Oh ick!!! This morning there is still a lingering aroma, but it will fade as days go by. Not fast enough for me, but it will fade.

The trap has to be rinsed down with bleach so it doesn't smell like skunk, evidently even skunks don't like the scent of other skunks. I still have the trap and am waiting to get close to it to see if the smell has left.

I was just a wonderful day yesterday, cough, cough, gag!!!

Hope your day was better. Dang, I wish I had pictures to show...


Kelle said...

Yep, you sure were lucky! Can you imagine that smell all over you? We had a friend who shot a skunk and I guess thought it was dead, went to bag it up and when he bent down it sprayed him right in the face! Yep it was in his eyes, nose and mouth,Whew! I'd have puked for sure.
Glad you caught one, hopefully you won't have any more problems.
Blessings for your week,

Nezzy said...

Oh sweetie, this sounds like the skunk-a-apdes I had last year. Hubby and I got this skunk catchin' thing down to a science. Please, this is not for the faint of heart so if you are squeamish read no further.

Tie a long rope on to your trap, you'll need this later. We used dog food in the trap...skunks love it! Once ya catch the stinker grab a large tarp...big enough for you or Hubs to hide behind. Walk up to the trap and drop the tarp over the trap. Now you can carry this to the back of your pickup. We always try to park as close a possible. (Funny, you can carry a skunk covered and if it can't see, it won't spray)

Drive to the nearest pond and drop the skunk in being sure to grab the attached rope. The trap sinks drowning the skunk. Our trap opened as we pulled it out of the pond letting the dead skunk and any of it's odors sink. Then start all over again.

We tried all sorts of things and shootin' 'em sure didn't work for us. This is the method we finally stuck with until our problem was gone.

Good luck and have an excellent day free of smelly musky odors!

God bless ya :o)

Britt-Arnhild said...

Loved reading your hunting tale :-)

Gail said...

You had the same kind of day I had last week. Only difference is I had to shoot it and get rid of it. It still smells pretty strong down by my coop. The fun of living in the country.

Tilly said...

Hi Yvette, thanks for your lovely comments. Damsons are a type of small plum. They make the most delicious jam - we have eaten half of what we made already. It's a good job we aren't in the olden days where it would have had to last a whole year!

Poor skunk! Though that's easy for me to say as I don't have to deal with them. Isn't there any sort of chemical deterrant that you can put down to keep them away?