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#5957969 - 10/02/15 02:59 PM Porcupines starting to be a problem
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Registered: 12/23/14
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Loc: BANDERA TX
Never really given too much thought about porcupines, My dogs come up with a quill of two every so often but fortunately havent had the dog er trip yet. Recently while sitting in a blind waiting for some pigs my cousin saw one of our red deer with a mouth full of porcupine quills... Slobbering profusely and probably cant eat/drink. Probably gonna put him out of his misery tomorrow depending on how he has held up since last weekend, but either way I think its time for a porcupocalypse.....

Anyone specifically gone after these [censored]. I hear they hang out in trees, but nap in burrows. Any tips on tracking them down?

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#5957975 - 10/02/15 03:03 PM Re: Porcupines starting to be a problem [Re: shadams]
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Our Pyrenees used to find one once in a while, but it usually only took once. We don't have many in our area. Unless they were being a nuisance around the house I wouldn't kill one.
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#5958029 - 10/02/15 03:56 PM Re: Porcupines starting to be a problem [Re: shadams]
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Registered: 12/23/14
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Loc: BANDERA TX
If the old guys I know had there way, there'd be no pigs, no coyotes, no bobcats, no mountain lions, etc etc. I get a lot of good info from them, but they dont seem to really know why they say what they say. I dont like killing things, generally speaking, unless there is a damn good reason. And having to put down one of my "pets" is a good enough reason for me at this point. I wonder what the hell was going on that a deer would go after a porcupine? Musta been curious and got smacked. Had to be a pretty good size on as the front of his schnozz and his whole right cheek is covered. Cant see it in the pic but its pretty bad.
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#5958030 - 10/02/15 03:56 PM Re: Porcupines starting to be a problem [Re: shadams]
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#5958039 - 10/02/15 04:04 PM Re: Porcupines starting to be a problem [Re: shadams]
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Dammit. Dog is a spitting image of my old dog "buddy". He wandered up as a pup while I was washing a car at work and he lived to 14.

Side note, used to live in Natalia, TX, my dogs would come home after a wild night looking like that except it was cactus needles. Spent hours plucking them out with pliers/tweezers. Cant imagine doing that with porky quills..
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#5958040 - 10/02/15 04:06 PM Re: Porcupines starting to be a problem [Re: shadams]
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Any chance you could dart him and pull the quills? No clue what that would cost.
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#5958042 - 10/02/15 04:07 PM Re: Porcupines starting to be a problem [Re: SniperRAB]
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#5958054 - 10/02/15 04:15 PM Re: Porcupines starting to be a problem [Re: shadams]
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They are highly nocturnal. Spot light'em just like pigs. The ones on our place come out into the winter wheat and graze at night. Very easy to get close and kill since they don't have any predators.
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#5958059 - 10/02/15 04:19 PM Re: Porcupines starting to be a problem [Re: decook]
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Registered: 12/23/14
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Loc: BANDERA TX
Originally Posted By: decook
Any chance you could dart him and pull the quills? No clue what that would cost.


Thought about it...but do they make 308 tranq bullets? Seriously though that would be a skill in itself to get close enough to get a shot, cant imagine there is much range on those guns. Buddy of mine said "Shoot, get me a rope and me an Chad kin rope him on the 4 wheeler and hog tie him".

I would pay good money to see that....you miss a leg and that thing would absolute kick the living [censored] out of you...so the decision was made to wait a week and see what he looks like. Dont see them coming out on their own but I wouldnt know...


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#5958062 - 10/02/15 04:20 PM Re: Porcupines starting to be a problem [Re: shadams]
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You can also just run'em down in your car (not recommended). Running 70 miles and hour on a fm road the other night and this prickly beast stepped out and kissed my bumper. Cost me a bumper cover. Luckily it didn't blow the tire, but took a while to extract all the spines.

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#5958063 - 10/02/15 04:22 PM Re: Porcupines starting to be a problem [Re: shadams]
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Registered: 12/23/14
Posts: 184
Loc: BANDERA TX
Oh yea, I see em lose at frogger on a daily basis, all up and down hwy 16. Never hit one though. Wonder if I could collect them all and sell em to the poleese to help stop high speed chases?
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#5958096 - 10/02/15 04:55 PM Re: Porcupines starting to be a problem [Re: shadams]
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I have trapped them with a live catch trap and a small piece of a salt block for bait. I also killed a bunch of them in the daylight at protein feeders. Set you a TC up and find out their time to hit a feeder. Put out some protein or blocks and they will move in once they smell them.
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#5958714 - 10/03/15 07:58 AM Re: Porcupines starting to be a problem [Re: shadams]
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I have been quilled by a porcupine before. No bueno.

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#5958835 - 10/03/15 09:41 AM Re: Porcupines starting to be a problem [Re: shadams]
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Poor little porkys one bite out of a cabin or a pooch gets swated and every body declares war lol.

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#5959529 - 10/03/15 08:28 PM Re: Porcupines starting to be a problem [Re: shadams]
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