What is the best way to trap them? In 24+ years here I have seen exactly 2 skunks and I shot both of them. This year I started getting trail cam photos of skunks from time to time. I recently found that porkies (I believe) had chewed a hole into the foundation of an old hunting camp that we have on our south 40 but do not use. I want to board it up to keep the critters out but I want to get them out first.
Looking closer, it looked like racoon fur at the entrance so I set up a scouting camera to see if it was porkies or coons I needed to trap. Left the camera out for maybe a week and when I pulled the camera card I found I had at least 1 porkie, at least 1 very large coon and at least 3 skunks coming in and out of that hole.
I was hoping to get the skunks in dog proof traps and then lung shoot them as I read some place that they seldom spray when lung shot. I have 160's and 220 conibears as well but I was thinking they would likely spray if caught in a body grip (don't know as I've never trapped one). Anyway, I set a couple of DP's and baited them with some canned salmon and covered the traps with styrofoam cups as it was starting to rain. I figured I would catch either the coon or possibly a skunk or two with this set.
Checked the traps the next morning and found that they had eaten the salmon I left outside of the DP's, they had taken the styrofoam cups off of the DP's but they did not get the salmon under the trigger. These are Duke DP's with a pull only trigger. I'm guessing a coon would have tripped the trigger to get the bait so I think it was skunks and not coon that showed up. I set 2 more DP's and baited them with a large marshmallow under the trigger as well as a large one above the trigger. Left a short trail with miniature marshmallows and again covered the traps with styro cups. I also rebaited the first 2 traps with some miniature marshmallows under the trigger and a few above. Checked them in the blizzard this morning and was 0 for 4 with none of the cups being removed so I'm guessing this cold and snow convinced them to stay indoors. It has been snowing most of the day and more is expected tonight so I'm not real confident I will have any action tonight but it will be warming up eventually.
Once I get the skunks and coon i'm sure I can get the porkie with a foothold trap right below the hole but I want to get the skunks out first. Any suggestions if they continue to avoid my Duke DP's??