Hunting & Trapping in Winnebago Co.
Left, Bert Iverson and his furs. Right, Mike Iverson and his furs. Caught in Jan and Dec.
Skunks are the fur bearers that I am
interested in consequently the only ones I raise. For feed I
give them rabbit, chicken, corn meal mush, oatmeal, apples,
potatoes, carrots, melons and eggs. I also give them some
stock tonic. If your skunks have lice, get some sheep dip,
and put in their houses, then get some lice powder and rub in
their fur. Always give them fresh bedding once a week in
summer. Make the dens in a knoll, or on the highest part of
your pen. I would advise any one going into the skunk raising
industry for profit, to make a good pen in the start. Use
one-inch mesh for the young skunks, and one and one-half inch
mesh for old animals. Don't use anything smaller than No. 17
wire. Your fence should be 4 feet high or more, and sink 2
feet in the ground.
Iverson photo & Skunk raising article: Hunter Trader Trapper, Vol 32, 1916, pg 94
Rice Lake photo: Hunter Trader Trapper, Vol 14, No. 2, 1907
~contributed by S. Ferrall