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post #1 of 35 (permalink) Old 08-07-2019, 10:00 PM Thread Starter
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4 days ago I found a dead chicken in a pen, saw a hole in the fence, thought it was a fox, but I for some reason could smell a skunk. I never thought a skunk was a predator but I was wrong. Last night he was back again digging around a coop with no success. Tonight he returned but me and the Ruger were waiting, got him after 4hrs of waiting. Sucks I don't get blue eggs anymore but he won't bother another chicken again.

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Ruger 10R22 ? Those are sweet guns . I had all kinds of chickens , ducks , guinnies, goats , etc when I first moved over here to the countryside , the predators where eating me up , but never seen a skunk ----- the owls were the worst , wasteful bird , pulls the head off and eats the innards , drink the blood and leaves the rest , couldn't shot the owls , sure you could if you wanted to , but the $10K fine to shoot a bird of prey is a strong deterrent , an eagle is $100K , had one of them take a squirrel out my yard about two weeks ago , second time I seen that ----- I live right off Lake Ponchartrain and the Big Branch Management Area , you can see every type of bird of prey there is passing thru at one time of the year , winter is when I see the most owls ------ then there are the mammals , bobcat , coyotes , gray fox , red fox and what ever you want to call them cougars , pumas , panthers or leopards , have seen them in brown and the supposively non-existant black
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Yea its a Ruger 10/22. Awesome little gun for around the farm. Talked with the forest rangers here and as long as I'm protecting my livestock I can shoot anything that steps onto my property. That even includes shooting them out of my top window. Just got the gun yesterday, got a smoking deal on it, gun is near mint shape, has a scope and arm strap,and came with 3 clips, all that for 300 bucks. The only thing I noticed wrong is the one sight rail is missing,guess thats why it hass a scope.
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picture from one of my trail cams...shows these 3 lil pups that are out and about now playing at all hours..I shoulda spent more time trying to bag momma BEFORE she had them..now I'm having to deal with mom, dad, and these 3...the wife has mixed emotions cause they look so cute playing on the videos...but it won't be long and they'll be 3 more mouths tearin it up out there.

I love my Ruger 10/22s have a nice older standard with stainless and also the Takedown model in a blue krytpex finish which is extra cool..both are scoped although the groupings open up past about 65 yards.
for yotes it'll likely be my Ruger mini 14...old school (but accurized) ranch rifle..solid 3 inches out to 100yards with the occassional flier...if they make me work harder than that and don't want to call in that close then I'll take the AR15 to em..it tends to do better out to 200..beyond that I don't really have a shot on this portion of property.
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here's a pic of my 10/22 Takedown in the kryptec

the black around the grip is grip tape..helps when it's cold n wet outside

the scope is Nikon's rimfire for 22 .nice , clear, BDC, etc
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yeah a lot of folks don't know how aggressive a skunk can be, there pretty darn brave animals and they have sharp teeth , they are known here to eat chickens and ducks and geese even!

FIsh, the main reason you most likely never seen skunks when you had live stock is the Fact you said you had Owls
Owls eat skunks
there one of the only animals that will! eat them!

When I used to have lots of owls here I never ever seen a skunk
this past yr, I have not seen a single owl, not sure what happened to them
but as of last light IO counted 6 skunks here at once!
so, I am really missing my Owls!
I don't need these skunks here
as almost 1-2 times a week they spray something between say 10 pm and 1 am 1 Am , rather annoying deal!
and the suckers have NO fear of me at all, I can walk outside and they don''t even look at me, which is good and bad I guess, as they never try to spray me, but they don;t leave the yard(always after apples that fall off tree's every day) so, not really any easy way to stop em)

Only good thing is, all this rain I been getting and the fact they can control there blast, and there not letting out much, the smell is almost always gone by sun rise! or shortly there after!

Or I think some of them might end up going MIA here LOL
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yep...skunks are the most feared creatures I see on my trail cams.. I'm ok with the yotes and we have a healthy bobcat population..beavers and otter families between our creeks and ponds, long list of all sorts of varmints...but the idea of me coming up too fast on a honda and startling a skunk into doing what it does...OMG !!

but we do have a very prolific Barred owl population.. I didn't realize they had skunk on their menus...great to know.

I'm happy when I see the possums as they apparently are natural predators of the copperheads...everything has it's place in nature...but skunks aren't welcome around here and the yotes simply gotta die (and yes I have my hunting permit for them)
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here's a pic of my 10/22 Takedown in the kryptec

the black around the grip is grip tape..helps when it's cold n wet outside

the scope is Nikon's rimfire for 22 .nice , clear, BDC, etc
and for the Honda lovers that might recognize the lil red wonder...that's my 1979 Trail 90 (40 years old !!) still kicks right over...all original except replaced the carb this past spring...love riding on my trails, and it always hangs on the bumper of the camper on our road trips and finds some time to explore...clean title so tagged for the street too.
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the great horned owls are the main skunk eaters, I gather they cannot smell anything so, they don't mind eating em! LOL

MY other place was always good for skunks, never had any issue's with them and a few were quite friendly, too!
would eat peanuts out of my hand!
and again NEVER sprayed a thing, be it my dog or cats there,
the one's I have here this yr, are just nasty one's
since about May, I bet they blasted at least 5 bears, a dozen coons and 40-50 times NOT a clue what !
I have even sen them blast each other, heck this morning I watched two young one fighting over an apple for about 5 minutes, them all tangled up and rolling about, I was just waiting for a blast, but they never did!

a while back I even had a buddy that had one a a pet, had its scent glands removed or>> so it couldn;t spray anymore\
told me it was a great guard dog, as NO one knew it had them spray gun removed and when you walked into his house and seen it, it would get a good reaction from strangers
running for cover or exits! LOL
made a pretty darn good pet too, a lot like a cat! but maybe friendlier!
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Was sprayed at point blank range when I was a kid . . . me and my dog. Not nice. Early spring, still wearing a parka. Dad threw my clothes away, just about threw my dog away too . . .
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