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#6149074 - 01/22/16 12:59 PM Porcupines...other than the obvious
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We have more porcupines on camera than ever this year.

I don't know much about their habits other than they fling their quills at will and have a 30 yard launch radius. trout

Do the prickly buggers burrow or nest in trees? Are they only nocturnal? Other than tree bark, what do they eat? Is it possible to live trap them and not catch a raccoon; if so, what would you use for bait?

Thx!
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#6149097 - 01/22/16 01:09 PM Re: Porcupines...other than the obvious [Re: HuntnFly67]
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Whoa...I am clueless about porcupines, so forgive my ignorance, but you're saying that a porcupine can launch a quill 30 yards? I did not know that. I thought you had to brush against them to get 'stuck' with one or more quills.

The "30 yard" thing goes into the memory bank forever.

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#6149174 - 01/22/16 01:46 PM Re: Porcupines...other than the obvious [Re: 603Country]
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Whoa...I am clueless about porcupines, so forgive my ignorance, but you're saying that a porcupine can launch a quill 30 yards? I did not know that. I thought you had to brush against them to get 'stuck' with one or more quills.

The "30 yard" thing goes into the memory bank forever.


It's not just Oxner that can offer these pearls of truth and wisdom.
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If you attached NP's head to Scooter's body, would muscle memory cause him to beat himself to death?


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#6149204 - 01/22/16 02:01 PM Re: Porcupines...other than the obvious [Re: HuntnFly67]
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Porcupines cannot launch their quills. Urban myth. They can however quill up and launch their body at you but that's just a little hop.

Bill will be along shortly to confirm.
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#6149305 - 01/22/16 03:01 PM Re: Porcupines...other than the obvious [Re: HuntnFly67]
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#6149385 - 01/22/16 03:56 PM Re: Porcupines...other than the obvious [Re: HuntnFly67]
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Y'all ain't nuthin but dream stealers. Phooey on you.
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#6149965 - 01/22/16 10:24 PM Re: Porcupines...other than the obvious [Re: HuntnFly67]
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Be only ever seen them nesting in trees
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#6150017 - 01/22/16 11:29 PM Re: Porcupines...other than the obvious [Re: HuntnFly67]
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Never seen a porcupine in real life, we don't have them down here.
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#6150038 - 01/23/16 12:34 AM Re: Porcupines...other than the obvious [Re: HuntnFly67]
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30 yards

that's just good stuff, sonsabitchs could launch an attack

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#6150041 - 01/23/16 12:47 AM Re: Porcupines...other than the obvious [Re: HuntnFly67]
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Porcupines den for the most on the ground in rock piles, rotten logs, and caves. Less often they will den in trees (usually a hollow). They eat bark, shrubs, water plants, leafy greens like clover and skunk cabbage, and love anything salty. They are also partial to corn and love paint and the glue in plywood and can be very destructive. They chewed a bunch of holes through our outhouse walls this spring.

For the most they are nocturnal but you will occasionally see them during the daytime - much like coons. Every spring at my camp I put out a corn pile mixed with salt and kill them off with the 12 gauge. Three inch #6 turkey loads work very well as does a turkey choke as they are fairly slow. I set up on the pile about 45 minutes before sunset at 20 to 30 yards in a lawn chair with a book and a beer. Alternatively to the 12 gauge I sometimes use a 22LR or 17 HMR and take head shots. The 12 gauge works better if you are expecting multiple visitors at one time.

Killed 11 last spring at my camp - they just kept coming. It was a strange year as normally there are only 2 or 3 and they can be eliminated in a couple evenings. I had one evening last spring where I got 3 in one sit:



The biggest one on the right was 34 inches long and the middle guy was 31 inches.

Killed this one last week:



First one I have seen since the spring cull.


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#6150046 - 01/23/16 01:45 AM Re: Porcupines...other than the obvious [Re: HuntnFly67]
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Have you ever eaten one? Curious.
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#6150048 - 01/23/16 02:42 AM Re: Porcupines...other than the obvious [Re: skinnerback]
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Originally Posted By: skinnerback
Have you ever eaten one? Curious.


Nope. Never had the urge. Supposedly they are not too bad but I just can't be bothered to figure out how to skin one.
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#6150049 - 01/23/16 02:56 AM Re: Porcupines...other than the obvious [Re: HuntnFly67]
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Originally Posted By: HuntnFly67
Is it possible to live trap them and not catch a raccoon; if so, what would you use for bait?

Thx!


I suspect you would catch coons. If I was going to live trap I would try a corn/molasses/salt mixture. If you are going to shoot them in the trap use 22LR subsonics in the head. They don't throw their quills but when you shoot them the quills can and do fly off 2 or 3 yards. The low power rounds mitigate this a fair bit.
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#6150103 - 01/23/16 07:29 AM Re: Porcupines...other than the obvious [Re: Hirogen]
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Originally Posted By: Hirogen
Originally Posted By: skinnerback
Have you ever eaten one? Curious.


Nope. Never had the urge. Supposedly they are not too bad but I just can't be bothered to figure out how to skin one.

Must be pretty good to eat. I have killed quite a few and vultures love them and it looks like a convention on a dead carcass when they find it.
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Originally Posted By: HuntnFly67
Is it possible to live trap them and not catch a raccoon; if so, what would you use for bait?

Thx!


I suspect you would catch coons. If I was going to live trap I would try a corn/molasses/salt mixture. If you are going to shoot them in the trap use 22LR subsonics in the head. They don't throw their quills but when you shoot them the quills can and do fly off 2 or 3 yards. The low power rounds mitigate this a fair bit.

I have caught them in live traps when trying to catch coons. I used corn or milo. When I tried to catch only porcupines I used the little salt wheels for rabbits or chunk of salt block in a trap set close to water or a protein feeder.

If you feed protein, porcupines will find the feed ASAP if you have any of the around. They must be able to smell very well. Most to the time they are nocturnal but have seen them this time of the year in winter during the daytime in trees or traveling.
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#6150401 - 01/23/16 10:52 AM Re: Porcupines...other than the obvious [Re: HuntnFly67]
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I don't know what they taste like, but porcupines are edible. A survival course I took years ago described them as "The Woodsman's Friend" because they're slow enough that one can run them down and club them if you're stranded in the wilderness.

Thankfully I've never had to do that, yet. food
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