Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
Dahitman44

lost 300 birds

11 posts in this topic

Copper's training will be done by this weekend either way. The trainer had a skunk KILL 300 of his training birds. I guess the skunk ate one and killed the rest. Nice. Pheasants, partridge and quaile, I think.

How the heck does a skunk do that?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Sounds more like a mink or a weasel... I guy I knew lost 6-10 a night to an owl... Would land on the net flapping it's wings till they started flushing, grab one in it's talons, procede to peck off it's head to eat and repeat...

As for the ground vermin, he had chicken wire buried at a right angle to the pen in the ground 2' and up the sides 2'. Then ran an electric fence 6" off the ground all the way around the pen... pretty rare for him to lose one to any ground predator.

Good Luck!

Ken

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Good point I will mention that.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My father in law had a fair amount of laying hens last spring.

They started to get killed, several each night. When he finally caught the offender, there were almost no birds left. It was a mink. Seems like they will just keep killing for the fun of it. I have heard that weasels can be even worse.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

What it was depends on how clean the killing was, Skunks usaslly make a mess of what they kill, Weasels & mink are very clean, most of the time there is only one bite just below the back of the head.

This year I lost 190 to stray cats that tore the top netting. Last year I lost about 100 to an owl. Next year I am buy adult birds as I need them.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yeah, when I went out there and moved stuff he was sprayed by a skunk. Either he killed everything or he was picking up the leftovers.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That's why I run over anything I can with my truck that is a known predator to birds, especially ducks. I don't care how long my truck stinks I will hit a skunk if I get the chance. Also try to do some varmit hunting in the winter. Predation is a big part of bird loss and I'm all for shooting crows, coyotes, and anything else to help save a few birds. Also a fun way to spend a nice winter day.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Wow.

I think they have medication for that. wink.gifgrin.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

We found a skunk last week while we were out hunting. It sprayed and got one person but didn't get me. I unloaded on it then put a few more rounds in him just to make sure.grin.gif Definetly one that won't be eating any more pheasants.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Edge --

Well done. wink.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The trainer told me that it was a mink or something like that instead of a skunk. I thought it was strange that a skunk would kill all of those birds.

I guess the killer lined up all of the birds and tht is what a mink does, so I am told.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • Jim Uran
      I have to add that my buddy has had the Eskimo propane auger and loves it, he has a season and half using it and it hasn't given him any problems. 
    • Jim Uran
      I've had an Eskimo Shark for a few years and I love it, I'm not a fan of the aluminum handles on it, they have given me an issue or two but customer service is outstanding. Can't comment on the EVO, other than  I think they are gimmicky, but I love their six sided insulated hub. Works great for my family trips or just going out by myself. Sets up easy and there is a ton of room. 
    • papadarv
      Vexilar makes many "fish finders" what model do you have. Is it a flasher, a graph, WiFi type. Will help in knowing what your looking at when running your finder.
    • Cliff Wagenbach
      brianfisher, Welcome to Fishing Minnesota! Using a flasher in open water is way more difficult then using a regular depth finder! It takes a lot of study time to really learn to recognize what it is showing you! Basically anything marked even slightly off of the bottom is likely a fish unless there is a lot of floating weeds etc. in the water column. I suggest that you get out on the ice with your friend this winter and use his flasher through the ice. You will very quickly learn to adjust the gain settings and learn to recognize fish under a controlled depth condition! If possible have someone that is familiar with his flasher model go with you and show you how to operate it. Once you learn to read a flasher your fish catching rate will go way up! Cliff      
    • RuddyDuck
      Ice forming in the dogs water dish right now! Forcast still looks good starting Tuesday. I predict the first truck thru the ice on Buffalo will be Dec 23!