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Trapping skunks #6541074
05/20/19 05:48 PM
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Jay McDowell Offline OP
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I'm new to trapping and my town has a skunk problem. What would be a fair amount to charge per a skunk removed?

Re: Trapping skunks [Re: Jay McDowell] #6541083
05/20/19 05:54 PM
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Figure what your skunks average is size wise and essence amounts and go from there! I trap them for free and make the money marketing them.


Was born in a Big City Will die in the Country OK with that!

Jerry Herbst
Re: Trapping skunks [Re: Jay McDowell] #6541089
05/20/19 06:02 PM
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Check on the ADC forum. Those guys make a business of that work.

Re: Trapping skunks [Re: Jay McDowell] #6541094
05/20/19 06:09 PM
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Ok, thank you.

Re: Trapping skunks [Re: Jay McDowell] #6541158
05/20/19 07:43 PM
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make sure your state laws you may have to be license ADC to charge in Michigan you do

Re: Trapping skunks [Re: Jay McDowell] #6541167
05/20/19 08:05 PM
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(c) Skunks
Service rate: $50/hr
Cost of job hourly: how long it will take you
Drive time: mileage to AND from job
Total time x hourly rate:
Plus mileage: .545/mile
Plus supplies: minimum $100
Repair materials: how will you stop them from coming back
Minimum Total: add all that up, it is what you charge...


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Re: Trapping skunks [Re: Trapper Dahlgren] #6541170
05/20/19 08:08 PM
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Originally Posted by Trapper Dahlgren
make sure your state laws you may have to be license ADC to charge in Michigan you do


This also!

http://wildlifecontroltraining.com/


New York Trappers- Please consider becoming a hunter/trapper education instructor.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9189.html

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Re: Trapping skunks [Re: Jay McDowell] #6541196
05/20/19 08:57 PM
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You can put a price on paper that'll make ya feel good, but if the residents you're catering to can't afford the services or they handle their own critter control, you will sit idle for a while. You need to determine a baseline with the community you are trying to service, and keep in mind if the community is low income your prices may need to fluctuate for services to be rendered. Vicious cycle, but I've gotten a lot of work that way and it continues to come in steadily. You need to know when that time is though, can't cut breaks all the time.


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Re: Trapping skunks [Re: Jay McDowell] #6541208
05/20/19 09:11 PM
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Gouge them the same as they gouge you for town taxes.

Re: Trapping skunks [Re: Boco] #6541214
05/20/19 09:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Boco
Gouge them the same as they gouge you for town taxes.


I donít have to pay town taxes.

I do pay county property tax which is about $1000 a year and donít forget state income tax of about 6.6%. Oh, and geez, federal looks to be around 22%.

Seems fair, as long as everyone pays some.


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http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9189.html

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Re: Trapping skunks [Re: Jay McDowell] #6541277
05/20/19 10:40 PM
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Money to be made in the "critter proofing" also a little cement here or some screening can bring in a little more that way.


Was born in a Big City Will die in the Country OK with that!

Jerry Herbst
Re: Trapping skunks [Re: Jay McDowell] #6541320
05/21/19 12:01 AM
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Add up all costs of running a real business - there are MANY, and apportion it to an hourly rate. Include pay for yourself, profit for the company, money to pay taxes, and donít miss a cost or you will go out of business.

Tonight at 9:30 someone called me to go right then to catch or trap a big raccoon that was acting strangely. They feared for the children, wife has a cat, husband was scared and worried. ďIT IS A HUGE RACCOON!Ē I told her a price and explained it. She said hold on while talk with husband. She came back and said they will handle it another way.

I would rather not go work than go work to lose money. I sometimes help people for free and add extra days on a job for free, but when it is my idea, not because somebody lowballs me.

Around here country people are completely unwilling to pay for professional trapping services. Heck, a visit to the vet better be under $25 or the will just shoot the dog.

Trapping is a real business. Real business principles apply. Hire an accountant to save you tax money. Hire a lawyer to set up a limited liability company, help with liability insurance selection, and write up a set of custom business forms and agreements to cover all aspects of your business. Hire someone to create professional quality ads. Consider the market. How much do you need to charge? How much are they willing to pay?

I frequently get calls from a person referred by a past customer. This person wants that same great service. I listen and we discuss the situation. Early on I ask the location. For example a large church has a 5 acre recreation field for softball, soccer, picnics, and whatever else. They are overrun with groundhogs. The trustee who called said that the problem was bad 5 years ago so horrible now. I explained that I would quote a price but since it is a 2 hour drive each day for 5 days that adds up to 10 hours of driving time. Since there are only so many work hours I would include an element for that in the price. Plus fuel, wear and tear on vehicle. He said that certainly makes sense. I suggested that they find someone closer. He said they tried that a few years ago and the person caught nothing. He asked that I send a proposal to be reviewed by the church board. Of course I never heard from him again.

Good luck with this business. If you do it do it as a real business.


Re: Trapping skunks [Re: Jay McDowell] #6541333
05/21/19 01:33 AM
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Regardless of adding up all your costs, if you do business in an environment that can't support your numbers, you aren't going to make money.


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Re: Trapping skunks [Re: Jay McDowell] #6541334
05/21/19 01:54 AM
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Make sure you charge enough so they don't keep bothering you with stuff like that.

Re: Trapping skunks [Re: Jay McDowell] #6541444
05/21/19 10:08 AM
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I always charged a flat rate per job, not a per animal captured rate. I did start out charging per animal but I learned quick that if I said I caught 6 (lets say) groundhogs but the homeowner only saw 4 in traps when he left for work in the morning he would complain about the price and bad mouth me all over town. If I charged him a flat rate (lets say $400.00) to catch all the groundhogs, there was no complaints that he did not see all that were caught.

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