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Hunting in Illinois: 6 Things to Know About Urban Skunk Hunting in Cities and Suburbs

By    |   Wednesday, 20 May 2015 02:05 PM EDT

The striped skunk is a nuisance in many Illinois cities and suburbs. They dig up yards, spray pets, raid trashcans, and settle in under sheds and porches, making them highly undesirable pests.

The smell alone is enough to bring the affected to their wit's end. Many residents within city limits would like to rid themselves of the black and white irritants. However, while skunks are open season all year round, there are rules that apply when hunting in Illinois, especially within city limits.

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Here are six things to know about urban skunk hunting in cities and suburbs:

1. Prevention
In order to keep from having to go on the offensive, building up home defenses can prevent homeowners and residents from having to hunt skunks down at all. Seal off openings in the foundation and around decks, secure garbage cans, don't leave pet food outside, and remove piles of wood or brush that could provide potential shelter.

2. Trapping
If prevention fails, trapping a skunk is the next best option. An animal removal permit must be obtained from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and anyone trapping on another person's private property must first get permission to do so.

3. Permits and Licenses
Anyone hunting or trapping a skunk not on their property is required to obtain a hunting or trapping license. Traps must be tagged with the trapper's name and address and the traps must be checked at least once a day.

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4. Running
Dogs may be used to run or chase skunks, but they may not be used to kill them.

5. Firearms Restrictions
Most cities and suburbs have laws prohibiting firing guns within city limits. As a result, only traps can be utilized. Any projectile weapon, including BB guns, bows, and air soft guns, are not allowed.

6. Skunk Spray
Hunters and trappers can easily be sprayed while capturing their prey. Skunks spray when threatened, during mating season, and to protect their babies. In order to remove the smell from people or animals, soak in a fresh mixture of 1 quart of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup of baking soda, and 1 teaspoon liquid dishwashing soap. Rinse and repeat, if necessary.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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The striped skunk is a nuisance in many Illinois cities and suburbs. They dig up yards, spray pets, raid trashcans, and settle in under sheds and porches, making them highly undesirable pests.
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