View Full Version : Shot a badger
July 2, 2009, 03:15 PM
I know you kansas and dakota guys will roll your eyes and say big freakin deal, but it was the first badger I ever shot and I'm excited! I was on my anual prarie dog shoot and saw this guy peaking out of a whole to see what the fuss was about. What a nasty, stinky creature! I'm bleaching the skull right now, its pretty cool.
Oh yeah, shot it with a 223 with a 55gr dogtown (hornady super explosive) loaded over 25.5gr of varget, right below the shoulder and through the heart, didn't even move an inch. Tiny entrance hole, no exit, might try it as a coyote fur round this winter.
July 2, 2009, 03:24 PM
What a nasty, stinky creature! I'm bleaching the skull right now, its pretty cool.
I suppose ??? :rolleyes:
Be Safe !!!
July 2, 2009, 04:00 PM
Are they "varmits" there? Here they are fur-bearers, I am pretty sure. I have not taken the time to get my trappers license, so have to leave fur-bearers alone...
July 2, 2009, 04:06 PM
Yea, there they can be shot all year along with coyotes, and the rancher told me to shoot em if we see em!
July 2, 2009, 04:14 PM
That's a cool looking animal that I would love to see one while out hunting or any other time for that matter. I might would shoot one to tan the hide and bleech the skull so I understand others on the subject, bet they make into a heck of a nice detailed looking hide.
July 2, 2009, 04:18 PM
the rancher told me to shoot em if we see em!
Good reason and bin thar and dun that !!! :D
Be Safe !!!
July 2, 2009, 04:24 PM
I hear they have 2 attitudes... If'n you don't like this'n... you dang sho won't like the other one!
July 2, 2009, 04:24 PM
I might opt for a full-body mount and put it in my kids room to watch over them at night....:D
July 2, 2009, 04:37 PM
A critter like that deserves a full body mount, not a skull bleach job.
July 2, 2009, 05:53 PM
Agreed. That critter would be a great full body or at least a shoulder mount here in Kentucky. I don't see too many badgers in this part of the world.
July 2, 2009, 10:02 PM
I hear these things are pretty nasty and don't back down to even larger animals. With the teeth on it, it looks pretty serious. How big are they / weight? Also i would have definitly had that thing full body mounted! What is with it smelling?
July 2, 2009, 10:27 PM
I am tanning the hide, having shot it in June the fur isn't real thick, but its still ok. I am hoping to do a small rug and order a head from a taxidermy shop, kind of like a miniture bear rug. I thought it was pretty cool, not sure where the wife will let me put it though!
As far as the stinking, they are members of the weasle family and have serious musk glands, I was careful not to cut them, but still the fur, gristle, fat, and everything stinks like it. Now that the skin is dry its not bad, but fleshing it was the nastiest thing! And it was unbelievable the amount of muscle in the neck and on the head! I would hate to tangle with one of these things alive!
I might opt for a full-body mount and put it in my kids room to watch over them at night.... All I can say is Dave, I like the way you think!:D:D
July 2, 2009, 10:31 PM
They are nasty, had one chase me on a three wheeler one day after I shot it with a 22 5 or 6 times. Don't know what the odor is caused by, but they do stink. My grandpa used to have us shoot every badger we saw, if a horse steps in their hole they can break a leg pretty easy. Their fur makes some of the best winter hats and mittens you will come by, so if the pelt is in good shape and you bag a couple make yourself an Elmer Fudd hat, the claws sometimes go for a little money too.
July 2, 2009, 10:45 PM
Dont mess with a honey badger,they are extremley nasty and there fearless creatures.With there sharp claws they are capable of digging a hole faster then a person with a shovel.Get close to one of them especially with a liter you will need a gun to survive.By the way Nice shooting, thats one big badger.
July 2, 2009, 11:09 PM
Dave: Dont mess with a honey badger,they are extremley nasty and there fearless creatures.With there sharp claws they are capable of digging a hole faster then a person with a shovel.Get close to one of them especially with a liter you will need a gun to survive.By the way Nice shooting, thats one big badger
Honey badgers or ratels are african and do not normally occur in our part of the world. I cannot imagine a ratel being worse than a badger which is bad enough. I do wonder relative to a wolverine and a badger as to which would win a fight.
July 2, 2009, 11:29 PM
they make awsome hats
July 2, 2009, 11:34 PM
Just looked up the wolverine.:eek:looks like a small bear.
July 3, 2009, 01:03 AM
What is with it smelling
They are a member of the weasel family. The smell is weasel musk.
I do wonder relative to a wolverine and a badger as to which would win a fight.
Wolverine, hands down. Wolverines AKA Skunkbears are the largest member of the Weasel family and will make a grizzly bear back down out of shear crazy mean behavior.
July 3, 2009, 12:46 PM
I've had a hat and a wall rug and both were pretty neat. Several years back, got a stern warning from a fellow Buckskinner about wearing a Badger claw necklace. This was at a Rondezvous in Wisconsin. Needless to say, I don't wear it anymore. The pelts are beautiful !! :)
Be Safe !!!!
July 3, 2009, 05:15 PM
my grandad had apet badger once said it was a fine pet.pahoo pardo my ignoranc but wat was wrong with the necklace?
July 3, 2009, 05:35 PM
Wisconsin Badgers is the college team, so you don't insult badgers in Wisconsin;)
A pet badger is the absolute last thing I would ever want to see!
July 3, 2009, 07:24 PM
but wat was wrong with the necklace?
Perhaps somone was blowing smoke but was told that in Wisconsin, you can't have this kind of artifacts or any badger parts. Suppose that would include the pelt as well. Just didn't want to upset the natives. I finally gave it to a Vet, friend of mine. Have made a couple and some black bear as well. Some hog tusk as well and use to show folks how they cut paper like a razor. Never got ahold of any Grizz but have some Polar Bear and they are huge and nasty. They have a small barb on the quick end of the claw. Wonder why ?? :rolleyes:
Be Safe !!!!
July 3, 2009, 07:50 PM
I shot one here in Colorado about 10 years ago and had a nice rug made out of it and bleached the skull also. I just dropped the whole thing off at the taxidermist and let him skin the smelly thing. I have only seen 2 of them ever in this part of the state and having grown up in Wisconsin was tickled to shoot what would be a protected animal there.
July 3, 2009, 07:50 PM
Nice job on the badger! Nothing worse than driving through a field and hitting one of their holes. When I trapped they. Were the meanest thing I ever caught and (except for skunks) the smelliest!!
July 3, 2009, 08:20 PM
I caught one when they were protected. I wish Id had a camera cause it is hard to explain the size of the pile of sand that was excuvated by the critter, with one front paw-the other was in the trap.
I reported it to the DNR and went to work. They released it.
They became legal to trap 3 or 4 years ago. Up until last year it was illegal to shoot it, after legally trapping.?? We trappers got that fixed, finally.
July 3, 2009, 08:43 PM
Shot one while I was out "whistle pig" hunting. Yup, they are smelly.
My dog killed a juvenile badger* and buried it in the sand around the kids play area. We wondered what the smell was...
* She's a 110lb Akita/Bernard mix. But I doubt she could kill an adult badger.
July 3, 2009, 11:38 PM
Langenc, Illegal to shoot while it was in the trap? The moron that made that law should be on call to dispatch any caught badger in the trap. I bet that law would get changed fast. Good thing they did eventually change it....
Someone mentioned a Wolverine... has anyone seen one in the wild? I think that would be the sight of a lifetime.
July 4, 2009, 10:04 AM
Some hog tusk as well and use to show folks how they cut paper like a razor.
And folks think I am a sissy for wanting no less than big bore gun for hog killin'.
If you have ever handled the stinky end of a wild hog, you give a ton more respect for the pointy end!
July 4, 2009, 10:48 AM
Years ago when I was stationed at Ft. Riley I came across one while Quail hunting. Scared the SH** out of me. We did reach an agreement though. It wouldn't attack me if I stayed away from it's den and I wouldn't p!$$ him off by trying to shoot him with #8 shot (that's all I had on me and I didnt think it was enough).
July 6, 2009, 05:29 PM
Me and my bud killed one in Idaho while Whistle pig hunting. We were driving the grass lands of east Idaho when we spotted the badger. We jump out of the truck with a .22lr and a 12ga with 3 1/2" turkey loads. I gave chase with the shotgun, when it was about 20 feet from me he turned and started coming at me. I took the first shot and rolled him. He got up and started at me again. By this time my bud was there with the .22 and emptied 25rnd clip at the beast as I took my second shot with the 12ga. Rolled him again, and he got up and started moving towards us but kind of slow. I put the last 12ga in to him when he was about 5ft from me. That last shot stopped the nasty critter.
When we skinned it, we found almost all 25 rounds of .22lr in the neck area. Only one went through and killed it. The turkey loads were just ******* him off.
July 6, 2009, 06:37 PM
Congradulations on a nice trophy. However I have to disagree with you on the being nasty animals. They do however have a strong odor as do most predators. If you think they stink you should smell a mountain lion, coyote or bear. These animals have failed their personal hygene class. Badgers are neat animals to watch at work aka hunt. They are a problem to the land owner as they will dig prairie dogs from their dens thus leaving large hole to contend with. I can see where a farmer or rancher would not want them on their land but to just hate and dislike them because they are agressive and smell bad you wouldnt like my family reuions. I live in badger country and see quite a few every year and take only those on ranchers lands that dont want them. Otherwise I just watch and admire.
July 6, 2009, 06:49 PM
Fat White Boy
July 6, 2009, 10:44 PM
I was watching a nature show that had a fight between a Badger and a Wolverine... The noises the two animals made while fighting were not of this earth...
July 6, 2009, 10:55 PM
Fatboy: I was watching a nature show that had a fight between a Badger and a Wolverine... The noises the two animals made while fighting were not of this earth...
Who won the fight?
I have heard badgers in the Zoo growling at one another. It did not sound to bad to me.
An uncle told me he ran one over years ago with a model T and the badger seemed not to be hurt at all. He said when you skin them they have an impressive musculature.
Fat White Boy
July 7, 2009, 09:50 PM
I think mutual respect made it a draw...
July 22, 2009, 05:35 PM
I've have come across my fair share of badgers in the wild. Thankfully, all were from a safe enough distance and none of them decided to cop an attitude. Badgers can be mean, nasty little critters when pressed.
When my dad was younger he was driving a truck down a graveled country lane when he hit a badger. He had his .22 pistol with him and decided to get out of the truck and put it down (if it wasn't dead already). As he gets out of the truck and starts to approach, the little devil hops up, snarls, and charges. My dad unloaded the .22 pistol into him but the badger just kept coming. So he got back into the truck, threw it in reverse, and hit him again! He then drove forward (over him again, IIRC) and this time just kept going...
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