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Discussion in 'Beginners' started by Ezauni, Jan 26, 2023.

  1. Hello there I was just wondering if raw skunk skin smells I haven't worked with one yet so that's why I was asking.
  2. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    If you mean like a skunk? The answer is yes, if it sprayed well
    If it smells rotten then you have more issues

  3. Mike Powell

    Mike Powell Well-Known Member

    Yes it will smell like a skunk, worse if it sprayed before being killed, but even if not the scent will be there. If you put it in the freezer before cleaning and removing the odor, everything in that freezer will absorb the odor and will smell - freezing seems to exaggerate the smell - and is difficult to remove from your freezer. And I am speaking, unfortunately, from experience!
  4. Dave York

    Dave York Well-Known Member

    Yep, still have a skunky freezer. Nothing of value goes in it.
    I did get a skunk skin from Bob Wendt. It was great. Had it tanned and came back with zero odor. I would only get a skin from him. Never trust a skunk trapper other than Bob that says it doesn’t smell.
    I had a dead skunk brought in that didn’t spray when it died. I froze it and started skinning it while still mostly frozen. Some of that musk oozed out and that was it. Bagged it and bagged it some more and into the freezer and into the garbage on trash day. That’s been 3 years ago and my freezer still stinks.
    Took 6 months for my shop to quit smelling. Or maybe like a trapper my nasal receptors are fried
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  5. freeze_1

    freeze_1 Booboo, my business manager

    I have handled hundreds of skunks over the years of doing taxidermy work and wildlife control so what I about to tell you is gospel.
    Unless deodorized, a skunk will always smell like a skunk, some more so than others.
    What you can do is fix a solution of 1 pt. of peroxide, a 1/4 cup of Dawn dish detergent and a cup of baking soda.
    Mix this solution in a bucket well and then put the skunk in it and get it all soapy. After about 5 minutes you can add cold water to this solution.
    Now you are going to have a lot of suds to rinse out which is good. Continue to rinse in another bucket until all of the suds is gone, if you still smell any skunk smell just repeat in the same bucket with the solution and repeat the rinse and let the skunk, skunk hide or whatever had the skunk smell drip dry in a cool place out of the sun. Then proceed as you would normally do with any other critter or hide.
    I should add in case you aren't that experience with skunks and that is when skinning just go skin deep and don't rough it up like it is some kind of football.
    This solution works well on pets too.
  6. Skunk smell on other things will wash off.

    I skin several skunks every year. Not even frozen!!! Vent cutbetween the tail and the anal opening. JUst be carefull. Then you have to split the tail and defat. The smell is in the fat in the tail and around the rear legs of the skunk.

    The peroxide/dawn/ baking soda does not work..

    Mckenzie has a product. As does PRO 1, defat and then use either product the PRO 1 is probably the best.

    Heavy Duty, Water Soluble Degreasing Agent for All Skins & Skulls...
    plus Multi-Functional as a Relaxer AND All-Around Cleaner / Soap agent

    • Quart - $25.00 DEGQ
    100% Odor Eliminator…Not Just a Masking Agent

    • Quart - $25.00 DEODQ
    both of these work very well.

    by McKenzie
    McKenzie Odor Eliminator

  7. joeym

    joeym Old Murphey

    I've mounted 2 in 53 years. That's my maximum. There are too many other animals to mount that don't create skunk problems!
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  8. freeze_1

    freeze_1 Booboo, my business manager

    John, you couldn't be any more wrong if tried.
    I've used the peroxide/dawn/baking soda for years and it most certainly does work.
    In fact, I have tanned and sold more skunk hides on here than I care to remember and had no complaints of smelling skunk.
    When you said it doesn't work proves to me at least, that you've never tried it.

    Ezauni, this solution doesn't cost much to mix up and you can get all three items in the same department store so what do you have to lose give it a try and you will save a ton of money if you plan on doing more skunks
  9. freeze_1

    freeze_1 Booboo, my business manager


    That's ok joeym, because of folks like you gave me a pretty good market on skunk mounts and I sure didn't mind charging a good price for them.
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  10. Clovis Point

    Clovis Point Active Member

    Mi can confirm everything everyone else said. Including getting your skunk hides from Bob Wendt. I had a customer bring in a skunk that didn’t even really stink (was already frozen and bagged) when I tried to skin it (still partially frozen at a folding table in the middle of a hayfield on a breezy day with clothes I didn’t mind throwing away) it didn’t stink much at first, but before I could finish I said “fu¢k this” and walked away, got in touch with bob, and borrowed my moms car and drove 3 hours to Indiana and bought one from him that even when thawed had almost zero detectable scent. A good hand wash in James supply cape shampoo, Kemal 4, and dreft eliminated any bad smell it could have had.

    on a related note, when I was purchasing the form one of the search results after typing in “skunk” on McKENZIES was this stuff called “Tap-A-Drop” …. It was cheap so I thought what the heck and ordered it… let me tell you what, that stuff is frigging amazing. I use it all the time. My wife has a really sensitive sense of smell and one time my drunk couch surfing cousin smoked like 10 cigarettes in our living room over the course of like 4 hours. I know it was bad because I smoke myself and thought it was bad. When I noticed I opened up 2 windows and spread about 6 drops … 6 DROPS in the immidiately area. My wife got home like 2 hours later and after being in the house a few minutes she asked “what’s that smell?” I decided to play dumb and asked her what it smelled like and she said “idk. Something subtle, like a clean smell”. The stuff freaking works.

    here’s a pic of it and the skunk I did before doing finish work

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  11. 1stturkey

    1stturkey Member

    Freeze_1: does the peroxide in the solution whiten the black hair?
  13. you are wrong, I have tried more than once probably five or six times and it does not work. Tried it again today.
    H2O2 s you know is very close to water, even the 50 volume. just like its weaker cousin water. it locks the oils in and the stink rolls on.

    I think your nose is ruined.
  14. freeze_1

    freeze_1 Booboo, my business manager

    L.O.L.. No, my nose isn't ruined. Just this past Sunday I dispatched a skunk which oozed a little of the good stuff after drowning it and I deodorized the whole skunk using this same solution that I have used for years, the same solution that I posted.
    I even (after skinning it) placed the skin back in the solution for another 5 minutes, swished it around and then rinsed and drained. I it is now in my chest freezer with some others as well as some beef roast, chicken and venison. You wouldn't know it though.
  15. ....I decided to buy them already tanned and in the future I'll probably try it.Thank you everyone for your help!...
  16. your surface treatment did not remove the oils and fats contained in the fat cells on the tail and back half of the skunk.
    There are actually three different thiols in striped skunks spray, and two of those are the main contributors to the odor.

    But three other molecules in the spray are what are called “thioacetates.” Those compounds don’t have a strong scent, but they can easily become thiols when they’re exposed to water.
    It is the sulfur analogue of acetic acid(CH3C(O)OH), as implied by the thio-prefix. It is a yellow liquid with a strong thiol-like odor.