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#5987333 - 08/29/17 11:18 PM best trap for skunks?
pass-thru Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 2337
Loc: Va
What is the best trap for skunks? Are the sprayless tube traps any good? Do they have as good of a success rate as regular cages?

Thanks.

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#5987344 - 08/30/17 12:16 AM Re: best trap for skunks? [Re: pass-thru]
TDHP Offline
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Registered: 10/19/14
Posts: 956
Loc: Massachusetts
Imo, the best trap is a covered cage trap with a piece of rubber. Last skunk job the homeowner offered me a tube trap for skunks that he was unsuccessful trapping on his property. I used it on the job along with cages all baited the same way and the cages took all three skunks. Wont use it for open trapping but I could see a use for it in tight quarters where you couldn't get a cage to intercept them.




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#5987356 - 08/30/17 02:28 AM Re: best trap for skunks? [Re: pass-thru]
sgs Offline
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Registered: 11/10/09
Posts: 761
Loc: NH
The Safeguard 54124 Pro 7x8x24, covered, is my go to trap for skunks.

The sprayless traps will work but no better than a covered cage.

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#5987393 - 08/30/17 06:18 AM Re: best trap for skunks? [Re: pass-thru]
Jonesie Offline
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Registered: 08/08/07
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Loc: Monroeville NJ
what ever trap I have in the truck big, little, coverd, uncovered, single door, double door
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#5988488 - 08/31/17 01:59 PM Re: best trap for skunks? [Re: pass-thru]
webfootwhacker Offline
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Registered: 08/05/08
Posts: 124
Loc: Northern Minnesota
I've used the tubes more this year (my own version, with an screened back. I've noticed that I catch YOY just fine, but the adults are almost always in cages. I never use only tubes at a job for that reason. They do have their place though.

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#5988647 - 08/31/17 06:36 PM Re: best trap for skunks? [Re: pass-thru]
Jim Bethell Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 953
Loc: Woodhull, Illinois 74
I also use tube traps for skunks. However, I made some out of 8 in.tube. Works much better on big skunks that the 6 in. size. jmo

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#5989156 - 09/01/17 02:04 PM Re: best trap for skunks? [Re: pass-thru]
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#5989217 - 09/01/17 03:34 PM Re: best trap for skunks? [Re: pass-thru]
TDHP Offline
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Registered: 10/19/14
Posts: 956
Loc: Massachusetts
Waste of money. Nice looking trap though. Jmo
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#5989393 - 09/01/17 08:13 PM Re: best trap for skunks? [Re: pass-thru]
ponyboy Offline
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Registered: 08/23/11
Posts: 347
Loc: New York
I like the 9x9 plastic catch. Or a good cage trap. With the tube traps you will miss all the coon and large possum. A xxxL coon will cram its self in a 9x9 plastic catch and ground hogs love them. They get real hot in the summertime. That's the only drawback to them. The trap u purchased looks nice and should do the job.

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#5989506 - 09/02/17 04:27 AM Re: best trap for skunks? [Re: pass-thru]
sgs Offline
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Registered: 11/10/09
Posts: 761
Loc: NH
Nice looking trap. Should last forever. I think I'd be tempted to paint a camouflage pattern on it.

In the description, they say it's 7x7. In the specs, they call it 11x11. I wonder which it is.

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#5989522 - 09/02/17 06:02 AM Re: best trap for skunks? [Re: sgs]
Monster Toms Offline
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Registered: 05/16/10
Posts: 1089
Loc: The great cage state Colorado
counting the mesh squares it's 7x7
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#5989908 - 09/02/17 04:36 PM Re: best trap for skunks? [Re: ponyboy]
Kurt in Va Offline
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Registered: 09/29/09
Posts: 41
Loc: Virginia
Open up the back of the plastic trap, 2"- 4"sq. hole and put 1/2 wire over hole from back. It allows the skunks to see thru like a cage trap and allows that important air flow for summer. Saw pictures on this site, search skunk traps.

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#5990258 - 09/03/17 08:35 AM Re: best trap for skunks? [Re: TDHP]
iayogi17 Offline
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Registered: 12/16/07
Posts: 890
Loc: N Central Iowa. 40yrs
Originally Posted By: TDHP
Waste of money. Nice looking trap though. Jmo


how is that trap a waste of money?
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#5990424 - 09/03/17 01:46 PM Re: best trap for skunks? [Re: pass-thru]
ponyboy Offline
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Registered: 08/23/11
Posts: 347
Loc: New York
It's not. The first animal will pay for it.

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#5990469 - 09/03/17 03:39 PM Re: best trap for skunks? [Re: pass-thru]
TDHP Offline
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Registered: 10/19/14
Posts: 956
Loc: Massachusetts
Originally Posted By: iayogi17
Originally Posted By: TDHP
Waste of money. Nice looking trap though. Jmo


how is that trap a waste of money?


I'm sorry sir the thread is asking for opinions because there is no (best) trap, you can use any trap to trap skunks. The best trap would be the one that works for you. Now this is just my opinion again but having confidence while handling skunks goes a long way. I use a piece of rubber that serves the same purpose as the solid wall and it takes 2 seconds to remove the rubber to use that cage for another animal so it serves as a dual-purpose universal option. $78 plus shipping? It's a waste of money in my book. Different strokes for different folks.

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#5991722 - 09/05/17 02:22 PM Re: best trap for skunks? [Re: pass-thru]
Kurt in Va Offline
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Registered: 09/29/09
Posts: 41
Loc: Virginia
Do you put a board under it? That 1"x1" wire can allow for a lot of dirt pulled in.

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#5992601 - 09/06/17 05:48 PM Re: best trap for skunks? [Re: pass-thru]
Terrence j Offline
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Registered: 01/16/16
Posts: 130
Loc: New Hampshire
Sorry to go off subject but is there a way to keep the little ones from spraying? I have caught 11 this summer and I have had 3 little ones that spray and I don't mind the smell but it is kinda annoying. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Pm me if more details are needed.
Thank you
Terrence Jefferson

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#5992801 - 09/06/17 10:11 PM Re: best trap for skunks? [Re: pass-thru]
TDHP Offline
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Registered: 10/19/14
Posts: 956
Loc: Massachusetts
I keep the cages covered while walking slow and steady, no sudden movements while handling the cages. Make sure the cage is secure so it's not moving around during transport. Imo, it's all repetition, the more you handle them it becomes second nature. Key is keeping them covered and try to remove during early morning hours if possible. Sometimes you just have to take the hits, it's part of the business. Most of the time when the hits come, it makes for good shop talk.
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#5994901 - 09/09/17 06:25 PM Re: best trap for skunks? [Re: pass-thru]
Dave Schmidt Offline
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Registered: 04/02/10
Posts: 26
Loc: St. Louis area
Good advice, TDHP. Do you get any chewing/tearing of the rubber?
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#5995065 - 09/09/17 10:35 PM Re: best trap for skunks? [Re: pass-thru]
TDHP Offline
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Registered: 10/19/14
Posts: 956
Loc: Massachusetts
No, I don't completely wrap the trap with rubber. The bottom is exposed. Haven't had any issues using this method it works and works good.
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