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#152177 - 03/25/07 12:47 PM Who skins skunks?
Yodog Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/23/06
Loc: Ut
I've only skinned one...... Thought I was tough , I AM a trapper and all, I do like the smell of lure, couldn't be worse then a yote. Figured it couldn't be THAT bad, YEAH RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!! But once a started, I wasn't going to quit. Got the thing tanned just for proof. My hats off to you skunk skinners. Don't think I 'll be doing it again.
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#152180 - 03/25/07 12:49 PM Re: Who skins skunks? [Re: Yodog]
rags57078 Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/23/06
Loc: se SD
its not that bad once I got the glands out it was clear sailing. I dont mind skinning them at all.




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#152185 - 03/25/07 12:56 PM Re: Who skins skunks? [Re: Yodog]
Hunt_with_dogs Offline
trapper

Registered: 03/03/07
Loc: North East, MT
I skin almost every skunk I get. Some, that are tore up by a predator, gets used for a new attractor at the set. Just remember to wear skinning gloves, ALWAYS, when dealing with skunks, and becareful with your knife around the rear end! I can't believe more people don't extract the essence either, what a shame. It only takes a few minutes to extract it and if done right it is a fairly stink free process. Skunks will earn you money if you take advantage of what they offer. I think a tanned skunk pelt is awful pretty on the wall too.

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#152186 - 03/25/07 12:57 PM Re: Who skins skunks? [Re: rags57078]
racksnfur Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/28/06
Loc: Chicago burbs
Yodog, I hear ya bud, skinned my first this year too, looked like a member of the bomb squad for sure.LOL Swore I smelled skunk for 3 days straight afterwards. Greasy little buggers aint they? He had a little smell on him, so I did the dishsoap,baking soda, and peroxide thing on the pelt, and he dried in 2 days with very little grease left on the pelt at all. I'm sure the dishsoap had something to do with that. I too feel I Earned my stripes and he's getting tanned also.LOL
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#152197 - 03/25/07 01:08 PM Re: Who skins skunks? [Re: racksnfur]
Swamp Fox Offline
trapper

Registered: 01/01/07
Loc: Cape County, Missouri
i don't skin them but my dad does
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#152200 - 03/25/07 01:10 PM Re: Who skins skunks? [Re: racksnfur]
mickeysdad Offline
trapper

Registered: 02/26/07
Loc: Pine Haven, Wyoming, USA
Sorry guys, even if it means less points on my man card, I WILL NOT skin a skunk...If they were worth $50.00 I would not skin one.
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#152211 - 03/25/07 01:16 PM Re: Who skins skunks? [Re: mickeysdad]
Newt Online   content
trapper

Registered: 12/26/06
Loc: Port Republic South Jersey
That Smell --------Love That smell
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#152230 - 03/25/07 01:43 PM Re: Who skins skunks? [Re: Newt]
fishguts** Online   content
trapper

Registered: 12/23/06
Loc: 13 rt 2 rouses point ny grey h...
wish i had a nickel
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#152255 - 03/25/07 02:12 PM Re: Who skins skunks? [Re: fishguts**]
DLM Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/26/06
Loc: Maine
If you have a skunk with alot of scent on it - I leave the trap on it and place it in a stream overnight. The running water will wash away the scent. IT WORKS. I've been doing it for 50+ years.

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#152263 - 03/25/07 02:20 PM Re: Who skins skunks? [Re: DLM]
bad karma Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/23/06
Loc: Eastern Shore of Maryland
DLM is correct, that is the old time way. I have skinned a lot of em and you learn not to cut the sacs real fast. No worse than any thing else....
When you are first trying to learn I would suggest keeping the baking soda/peroxide/dawn mixture ready to use and forget the tomato juice as it does not work ever. Just makes you wet and stinkin' instead of just stinkin'
I gotta tell you...a fired up weasel is the one thing I hate to skin. They are nasty for no bigger than they are.
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#152298 - 03/25/07 02:55 PM Re: Who skins skunks? [Re: bad karma]
superdave Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/23/06
Loc: Camden Indiana
Easier to skin than a yote for sure.Skin a doz or so every yr.Nothin to it & I cut the whole gland out & when I get enough of them I extract the juice.
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#152381 - 03/25/07 03:58 PM Re: Who skins skunks? [Re: superdave]
newhouse114 Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/23/06
Loc: S.W.Oregon
I've netted close to $2000 this year alone on skunks, yes I skin 'em!!
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#152397 - 03/25/07 04:08 PM Re: Who skins skunks? [Re: newhouse114]
skunkly Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/24/06
Loc: North Central Wisconsin...33
I do! Love those critters. They're just a bit stinky, is all \:\) Some of the prettiest fur out there, IMO.

Keep the poroxide/baking soda mixture handy and there's nothing too them. I just skin really shallow around their rear-ends and remember to not apply too much pressure around that area either.

Best part about them is 50% will stink after dispatching and 50% won't. I can live with that \:\) Plus, I'd rather skin 5 skunks over one coon or beaver. They flesh like a dream.

-Skunkly-
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#152425 - 03/25/07 04:24 PM Re: Who skins skunks? [Re: skunkly]
leechmann Offline
trapper

Registered: 01/05/07
Loc: Park Rapids, MN.
What mixture of baking soda, peroxide do you use to clean the stink off. I skun 5 of them this year. I caught them in fox set in January this year. No snow this year in MN.

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#152463 - 03/25/07 04:51 PM Re: Who skins skunks? [Re: leechmann]
dschurr Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/23/06
Loc: Home, PA -- 55
I skin them & collect the quil. Only caught 2 this season but wish it was 22.

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#152469 - 03/25/07 04:54 PM Re: Who skins skunks? [Re: dschurr]
canvasback Offline
"Exempt"

Registered: 12/22/06
Loc: NY
I can get all the Skunks I want from the Dog Warden. People are always calling him about a Skunk in the yard. Never thought it would be worth the effort.
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#152614 - 03/25/07 06:59 PM Re: Who skins skunks? [Re: skunkly]
CedarRivrTrappr Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/24/06
Loc: St. Ansgar, Iowa
 Originally Posted By: skunkly
They flesh like a dream.

-Skunkly-


He knows what he's talking about. Just as easy to flesh as a muskrat.
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#152634 - 03/25/07 07:11 PM Re: Who skins skunks? [Re: CedarRivrTrappr]
FurSkinsFox Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/23/06
Loc: IN Midwest USA
I love skunks! I can skin 100 of them in a week. OR MORE. Plus flesh, plus tan...
Love their smell. Even if I'm right on top of it. I don't see what the big deal is. Once it reaches a certain strength it doesn't get any worse... it does level off and get tolerable really fast.
Now, rotting carcasses, those make me gag and want to barf.
BUT - Skunks? Easy as pie! So pretty and soft, too.

I think I'm going to do one of those novelty mounts "a skunk's butt with a squirt attachment". Saw the idea on eBay, about died laughing.

My hats are off to you tainted-bait-makers, people who braintan without gloves on, and skull-rotters!

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#152645 - 03/25/07 07:18 PM Re: Who skins skunks? [Re: FurSkinsFox]
FurSkinsFox Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/23/06
Loc: IN Midwest USA
Mickey's Dad... you can still make that $50, without skinning a skunk.
Talk to your local taxidermists about selling whole frozen skunks.

Some are wussies and won't work with them, but others see the cashola (a mount usually goes for over $200 and they are easy to mount; forms cost under $40!) and will put the Vicks under their nose and get to work.

I saw an UGLY yellow narrow stripe MI skunk go for $75 on eBay, frozen whole, #2 fur quality, and stinky! Couldn't believe it. That was about 2 weeks ago, too. That's got to be one happy seller. I was wishing mine were back from the tannery right about then.

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#152690 - 03/25/07 07:50 PM Re: Who skins skunks? [Re: FurSkinsFox]
mickeysdad Offline
trapper

Registered: 02/26/07
Loc: Pine Haven, Wyoming, USA
I caught 5 skunks in 3 days a couple of years ago, I was at a rancher friends house and the wife wouldn't even let me in!! And I was careful about the stink..I have a taxidermist friend that was mounting a skunk for the Forest service, he was being very careful around the glands but nicked it and got squirted in the face, He swore never again!!
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