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    Surefire saved me.

    Well, it didn't save my life but it perhaps saved me from a horrible fate.

    We were camping this past weekend, asleep in the tent with my E2E w/ L4 head. We awoke to a racoon sniffing around, so we made double sure the garbage was taken care of and all the food was secure in bins.

    An hour or two later we awoke to something making a clatter out there. My wife, closest to the tent window, said something had chewed through the lid on the tote containing our food and was halfway inside.

    I went outside with my E2E expecting the racoon and discovered that it was a skunk! At this point I was pretty close, but the skunk obviously could not see me due to the blinding light and looked like he wasn't sure what to do. At that point I took the opportunity to back up out of range--thank you Surefire! Yelling at him and throwing a few light objects didn't seem to faze him, so while keeping him blinded with the light I walked up and bapped him over the head (he was facing me and at an awkward angle halfway in the box so he couldn't quickly turn around) with the nearest object I could find.

    That finally got his attention. A few seconds later he decided to go forage elsewhere, but not without leaving us a "parting gift" while retreating. Fortunately, he didn't hit anything important :) But we did find a new camp site the next morning...

    I was armed, but this is a developed campground and they probably would have frowned on firearms being discharged in the middle of the night. Besides, then I'd have a dead skunk to deal with.

    The next day when we could all laugh about it we decided that he's off telling his skunk friends about his close encounter. "There was this bright light but nobody there, and then something hit me over the head! It must have been aliens!"

    I did get to wondering how pepper spray would work on a skunk (I didn't have any). It would be ironic in a way :)

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    Hahah - that is rather funny - but sure did make for the flashlight being useful - oh yes.

    Pity about the parting ''gift'' but that could have been worse

    Hmmm OC spray - I wonder - might have got him getting the message but - he may have left you a bigger one in return
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    You should submit this to the Surefire web site for their "testimonials".

    You could win a $100.00 gift certificate.

    Check it out:

    http://www.surefire.com/maxexp/main/...r/16/sesent/00


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    Haha Yep!!! Those lights are worth every penny. Period. Glad you got out of there without a serious stink.

    Bad pun, I know. Sorry. haha
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    Awesome. :D :D :D
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    Surefire to the rescue....

    If in the future the Surefire technique fails, this is an invaluable formula to know:

    1 Tbsp liquid dish soap
    1 qt. Hydrogen Peroxide
    1/4 cup baking soda

    Mix and apply fresh to skin or dog fur. Rinse and repeat.

    Works wonders.

    I learned this after our dear, departed Akita found a skunk by the trash bins one fine morning, and picked it up and shook it.

    The aftermath - one annoyed skunk ambling off to the woods and one stinky dog.

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    Almost a fate worse than death... Having to sit in a car with a "hosed" person for the trip home... and in the summer no less. You'd have to sell the car. :)

    Glad it worked out.
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    Talking Great Story

    Yep, submit it to Surefire. That's a winner.

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    I submitted the entry, that would be cool to win :) Thanks for the tip.

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    Tomato juice is supposed to work also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattLarson View Post
    Surefire to the rescue....

    If in the future the Surefire technique fails, this is an invaluable formula to know:

    1 Tbsp liquid dish soap
    1 qt. Hydrogen Peroxide
    1/4 cup baking soda

    Mix and apply fresh to skin or dog fur. Rinse and repeat.

    Works wonders.

    I learned this after our dear, departed Akita found a skunk by the trash bins one fine morning, and picked it up and shook it.

    The aftermath - one annoyed skunk ambling off to the woods and one stinky dog.

    Matt
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    Tomato juice is supposed to work also.

    Tomatoe juice doesn't do dip..don't waste your time. One of my Labs stuck his nose up a skunk's butt & got it full in the face. We tried tomatoe juice & it didn't do a thing.

    The above listed ingredients works great...just use Dawn dishwashing soap, it seems to work better than other brands.

    If you live ANYWHERE where you might cross a skunk, copy that recipe down!
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    I guess I'm crazy, but I love the smell of Skunks when at a proper distance... (driving by in a car etc....)
    Also love the smell of Acetone.... wonder if something is wrong with my nose?


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    Quote Originally Posted by dimmak View Post
    I guess I'm crazy, but I love the smell of Skunks when at a proper distance... (driving by in a car etc....)
    Also love the smell of Acetone....
    In the morning, I bet. Billy Kilgore, perhaps?
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    Quote Originally Posted by nn View Post
    Tomato juice is supposed to work also.
    It does work. I had to use it on hunting dogs a couple times. Just make sure it is real tomato juice, not the blend of juices. Things like V-8 do not work. The best is the homemade type like grandma used to can in Mason jars. You do have to use a detergent as well. Also, remember to rinse it completely off the dog before he decides to do the after bath shake or you will have splotches of tomato juice all over everything.

    With the type of "homogenized" juice you get in the store today, you're probably better off using the H2O2 and baking soda formula mentioned previously.
    Last edited by Sonic Misfit; August 27th, 2006 at 02:46 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattLarson View Post
    Surefire to the rescue....

    If in the future the Surefire technique fails, this is an invaluable formula to know:

    1 Tbsp liquid dish soap
    1 qt. Hydrogen Peroxide
    1/4 cup baking soda

    Mix and apply fresh to skin or dog fur. Rinse and repeat.

    Works wonders.
    You'll be a sure winner at Surefire!

    The BEST way to do the "aftermath" clean up I've found! That, and some good medicinal Scotch, applied internally.

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