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elkhunterone

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PostSubject: Too many skunks!!   Wed Feb 16, 2011 12:56 am

Hey Im new to the sight, this might be a age old question but here goes. I am trapping in Oregons high desert. doing alot of cubbie sets and exposed trap walk throughs with long springs. The problem is skunks, big nasty stripped skunks. If there were a prize for catching skunks I would win for sure. Any ideas on how to keep skunks out of your cat traps. Thanks Billy
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PostSubject: Re: Too many skunks!!   Wed Feb 16, 2011 10:02 pm

Trap em out, thats the only suggestion I can give you.
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PostSubject: Re: Too many skunks!!   Thu Feb 17, 2011 1:49 pm

trap them, and sell the essence. make alittle extra cash
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PostSubject: Too many skunks!!   Thu Jan 19, 2012 11:48 pm

Welcome to the world of trapping cats.
When trapping cats in the desert country, I do everything possible to not catch skunks, but the only thing I've found to pretty much assure the least amount of skunk catches in cats sets is use urine only. This isn't fool proof, but I don't seem to catch many skunks.
If you are using a food lure or any scent that has a skunk essence in it, it attracts skunks. I usually set 2 and sometimes 3 traps in a good cat location so if I do catch a non-target animal, I still have a chance for a cat. I realize that this isn't always possible if you don't have a lot of traps, but I have caught many cats in locations where I had 2 or more traps set and had a skunk in the other. I figure the skunk just helps lure the cat into the area better.

I once caught a big tom who had a huge belly on him, like he ate 20 lbs of something. Being the curious type, after skinning out the cat, I cut open the carcass and found he had caught a skunk and ate it. This didn't deter him from working a urine set I had set for cats though.

Skunks are just part of running a cat line.
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PostSubject: Re: Too many skunks!!   Sat Feb 11, 2012 11:14 pm

I have had the same problem until I set my pan tension to 3 pounds and I have not caught any skunks or opposums
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