Author Archives: Harvey Hughett

About Harvey Hughett

Harvey Hughett retired from the University of Idaho as executive director and chief information officer of Information Technology Services. A registered scouter for nearly fifty years, he has been a scoutmaster five times. Harvey has several writing projects underway, including a historical book about float houses along the St. Joe River drainage. His email address is

How to Catch a Skunk

Of the many skunks that I’ve caught over the years, including a number in northern Idaho’s Latah and Benewah Counties, I only got sprayed a few times, always in the hand as I was trying to grab and pin the tail.

Simply put, I missed the skunk’s tail but the skunk didn’t miss me. No one believes me, but if the tail is pinned properly, this paralyzes the skunk’s stink mechanism and it cannot spray. Continue reading

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