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« on: February 05, 2008, 07:31:30 PM »

Recently I've seen a few posts from those who were confused about skinning skunks.  This is how I do it:

I start with the head and skin out around the gums and back up on the head as far as I can.  Then I make an ventral incision that is about 5 inches long starting at the "breastbone area.  From there, I tube skin the whole critter down to the tail.  When you get to the stink sacs they are pretty obvious.  I didn't take pictures of the skinning until I got down to the "stink sac" area. 

Hope these help.



This was a male skunk so you can see the testes in this photo.  Behind the testes (directly under the tail you can see the muscular sacs that hold the essence.



It's a little clearer when the testes are removed.



Side view



At this point, I go ahead and extract the scent.  If you don't you will cut the delivery ducts that carry the scent to the opening by the anus and get the smell all over you and the hide.  I use a 50 cc syringe so there is plenty of room to get suction and a 14 ga needle so that none of the fatty globules clog up my needle.









At this point you can cut the tip off of the sacs where it is attached to the hide at the anus.  This will allow you to remove the rest of the hide and it should have no scent on it at this time.  You need to be careful how far down you skin out the sacs though.  You want to go far enough that you are at the bottom of them, but not too far or you will cut the ducts.

In this picture (sorry for the blurryness) but you can make out the anus and the attachment points for the ducts.



I just happened to luck onto this roadkill skunk this morning with zero damage so I thought I'd try to lend a hand with these questions.  I hope you found this informative.  Let me know if I can answer any questions!

Richard
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« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2008, 07:45:16 PM »

whati did is freeze him as just as quick as i could cut around the tail area skin as quick as poss and stay away from the tail sec ... but ill admitt your way is better  to skin a skunk for a customer $ 2000000000.10      mark c
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« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2008, 08:31:16 PM »

Thanks for the post ! I know what to do know but I doubt I will ever do one ....can't stand even the slightest smell of skunk.
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« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2008, 10:28:56 PM »

That'll be a big help to alot of people! Thank you for sharing it!
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« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2008, 10:32:45 PM »

mmmmmmmmmmm that golden honey looks like it would be good on biscuits lol
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« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2008, 10:39:06 PM »

is there any smell at all
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« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2008, 10:41:29 PM »

Oh yeah...there is some smell.  I've skinned 3 of these now...this one stank less than any of them.  I used the larger needle this time...so didn't have any leakage.  My girlfriend actually watched me do this one and said it didn't smell that bad...and she raised hell the last time.  ;)
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« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2008, 03:33:43 PM »

thanks for the help.. i found that very helpful ...i know how bad that smell is from experience.. thanks
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« Reply #8 on: February 06, 2008, 03:40:34 PM »

That was a great tuterial! Ive never skinned a skunk but I tell you what -seeing the actual pictures of the loaded stinker and how you drained it with the syringe sure makes it look easy..
   I wonder if I can find me a skunk now LOL....
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« Reply #9 on: February 06, 2008, 04:31:53 PM »

nice tutorial. thanks
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« Reply #10 on: February 07, 2008, 09:54:48 PM »

OMG!!!  I found a roadkill skunk today and skinned that mother out!!!!  Holy cow!!! the syringe worked greak, but how in the holy heck to you get the smell out of the syringe.  I tried to neutralize the essence with the peroxide mix and baking soda. I squirted it in a bowl of the stuff and  it did no good so I dumped it into the ditch now the whole neighborhood smells. LOL  I brought the syringe in the house to wash it out and my wife is now pissed at me.  How do I get rid of the horid smell?  lol
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« Reply #11 on: February 07, 2008, 09:58:49 PM »

OMG!!!  I found a roadkill skunk today and skinned that mother out!!!!  Holy cow!!! the syringe worked greak, but how in the holy heck to you get the smell out of the syringe.  I tried to neutralize the essence with the peroxide mix and baking soda. I squirted it in a bowl of the stuff and  it did no good so I dumped it into the ditch now the whole neighborhood smells. LOL  I brought the syringe in the house to wash it out and my wife is now pissed at me.  How do I get rid of the horid smell?  lol

 :o :o  Why in the world did you want to neutralize the essence? ???  I keep it in a vial with a good tight seal on it.  it can be sold to those who use it to blend in with trapping lures.  I use disposable syringes and such...just a few cents at the feed store...but I just use the same one over and over.   Your neighbors are going to love you...at least you're not under the same roof as them  ;) 

Worst case senario...just keep it in the syringe and cap it then throw it in the dumpster...

Hope that helps  :D
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« Reply #12 on: February 07, 2008, 10:02:54 PM »

oh no,  it's already out lol........  I didn't think about selling the stuff.   But the smell is  EVERYWHERE!!!!!   lol   It all went well untill I tried to clean out my syringe!   Needless to say I'm sleeping on the couch tonight!  LOL
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« Reply #13 on: February 07, 2008, 10:04:56 PM »

you should have just thrown the syringe away LMAO!
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« Reply #14 on: February 07, 2008, 10:08:41 PM »

I know I Know  but it was like 2 bucks and I guess I'm a tight ass.  That and I searched the archives and everyone swore that peroxide, baking soda , and dish soap would neutralize the smell......... It might work on a hide, BUT IT DOES NOT WORK ON STRAIGHT STINK!!!! Oh well, my wife and the neighbors will get over it!
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