skinning a skunk

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  1. swampmoose

    swampmoose Member

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    I'm just curious, does anybody out there know how to skin a skunk- without getting "skunked"? Any advice would be apprciated
    -swmpmse
     
  2. bethlaf

    bethlaf Homegrown Family

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    well, the scent glands are under the tail .near the anus
    i assume youre planning on using the hide, and thats why you want to clean it
    first of all , find good solid rubber gloves, and then the blue safety gloves over them
    skunks are known for rabies
    take your knife and cut around the front paws, then remove the head using your knife, slip the hide off backwards, like a sock , it will be inside out, the anus will hang up on the hide, then when you get it pulled back you can cut around the anus, and pull it down the tail .

    turn it right side out, and you will have a skunk skin sock
     

  3. DayBird

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    What do you do with the skunk after you've taken his sock off?
     
  4. bethlaf

    bethlaf Homegrown Family

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    ok another thought was, before starting skinning, you can dip the skunk in to a deoderizing bath ...
    i have heard from taxidermists, that you can dip the skunk in gasoline ... but then you have gas and skunk , since it really doesnt deoderize ...
    skunk bath for animals might work ,
    thats 1 cup peroxide
    3 drops dish soap
    1/2 c water and
    1/4 c baking soda
    wash your stinky friend with that, before skinning, still if you pop the scent glands youll be sorry !
    ""Hang the skunk by the hind leg and open the pelt by slitting from one hind foot pad in a straight line past the anus to the other foot pad. carefull skinning around the anus to prevent cutting it open will release the scent. Leaving a small patch of fur around the anus helps prevent cutting the scent gland ducts.
    Split the tail open on the under side and remove the tail bone.""
    from another website ...
    personally i have never wanted to tan one , so never have tried
    soak the fur in vinegar would stop the smell some too ....
    but the hide will always retain some "eau de skunk"
     
  5. bethlaf

    bethlaf Homegrown Family

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    haha !
    no the "sock" would be the whole hide ! silly !
     
  6. uncle Will in In.

    uncle Will in In. Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Hold the skunk up by the tail and head with the exhaust gizzmo pointing away from you. Have your wife shove a corncob right up his tail pipe. Next you go on a fishing trip with the boys till the stink blows over.

    Whatever you don't laugh.
     
  7. DayBird

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    :D

    I was just wondering if anybody had some great skunk recipes. Groundhogs, raccoons and opposums are all eatable. Something with onions and red pepper flakes and some potatoes to soak up the grease?
     
  8. Shygal

    Shygal Unreality star Supporter

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    :eek: :eek: :eek:

    How about keeping the onions and pepper and potatos, and throwing away the skunk and putting a big ol steak under the onions and pepper instead? :haha:
     
  9. DayBird

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    :) It just sounded like something pawpaw would have liked.
     
  10. 3girls

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    Step one: kill the skunk first.

    Sandi
     
  11. Fla Gal

    Fla Gal Bunny Poo Monger Supporter

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    Just for giggles I did a quick google search for cooked skunk and came up with nothing. Then using the key words "Fried Skunk" came up with quite a few links. The first one was interesting, with recipes for different meats.
    [ame]http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=fried+skunk[/ame]

    It was off the first site I found this link. It might be a site your pawpaw would of liked or could get into.
    http://www.coon-n-crockett.org/cookbook.htm

    Fla Gal
     
  12. whodunit

    whodunit Well-Known Member Supporter

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    My brother started to skin a skunk ONCE. The first thing he did was lift up the tail... :no: :eek:



    I do believe my brother slept outside for awhile.


    Mrs Whodunit
     
  13. bornanew

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    When making the incision from the rear heal to the other heal, stay very close to the base of the tail. Then cut a nice wide circle around the anus and genitals, leaving them on the carcass. Continue skinning turning the hide inside out, past the front legs, around the head and off at the nose. Hide is complete and useable for many things. The fur is nice and soft if it's prime, just before hibernation is the best quality. The general skunk smell will be gone after tanning. I have done many skunks picked up on the trap line, worth 6-10.00 dollars in the fur trade. Fun conversation piece just laying around, nice hats or ear muffs to.
    bornanew's husband.