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wet vs dry cat food for skunk bait - opinions?? #7609536
06/21/22 11:51 AM
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I made my regular run to krogers for some more wet cat food to use as skunk bait. When I don't have a den site or distinct trail, I have been using "Sheeba Sustainable Tuna". It smells pretty much like fish and will catch skunks, possum, raccoons and the occasional cat. I did look at some dry cat food and was wondering if one is better than the other.

Anyone like to share their experiences?

Thanks, Wally

Re: wet vs dry cat food for skunk bait - opinions?? [Re: TNADC] #7609562
06/21/22 12:35 PM
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Re: wet vs dry cat food for skunk bait - opinions?? [Re: TNADC] #7609596
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If I’m forced to use bait, I stop at KFC and pick up lunch on the way. Fried chicken bones seem to work as good as any bait on skunks that refuse to enter traps. And I get lunch out of it.

Re: wet vs dry cat food for skunk bait - opinions?? [Re: TNADC] #7609749
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I always preferred the wet type, as I think the scent carry's better than the dry, also I always check the clearance carts/racks and catch them marked way down to like .25 a can/pouch, and stockpile. Also, I dig a small hole UNDER the trap to place the cans to keep the varmint from getting to it.


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Re: wet vs dry cat food for skunk bait - opinions?? [Re: TNADC] #7609891
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Chicken bones are my go to bait for skunks, Just trail with mini marshmallows.


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Re: wet vs dry cat food for skunk bait - opinions?? [Re: BigBob] #7610121
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Originally Posted by BigBob
I always preferred the wet type, as I think the scent carry's better than the dry, also I always check the clearance carts/racks and catch them marked way down to like .25 a can/pouch, and stockpile. Also, I dig a small hole UNDER the trap to place the cans to keep the varmint from getting to it.



I'll try the hole trick. I do trail with mini marshmallows as well. The customer watched two skunks circle the traps last night eating the marshmallows but they would not go in. I have two open style cage traps and a tube trap nearby. He is starting to irritate me.

Thanks for the suggestions.

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On larger cages, place the can mostly UNDER the trigger on the back side of a single door, and directly under a double door, so the target will spend time trying to get it out of it's way and increasing the likely hood of firing the trap. On smaller traps you need room for a larger catch to enter, so place the bait towards the far side of a single door. Don't forget to stake the cage down so it can't be rolled or moved.

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Re: wet vs dry cat food for skunk bait - opinions?? [Re: TNADC] #7610179
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I have fantastic luck catching skunks with Vanilla Wafers. They love them!


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Re: wet vs dry cat food for skunk bait - opinions?? [Re: Machias] #7610242
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Originally Posted by Machias
I have fantastic luck catching skunks with Vanilla Wafers. They love them!


I have heard of using vanilla as an attractant. Makes sense or scents. lol.

Re: wet vs dry cat food for skunk bait - opinions?? [Re: TNADC] #7610808
06/23/22 09:34 AM
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I use both. Can under cage, dry sprinkled as a trail bait.

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