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Author Topic: Porcupines Yea or Nay?  (Read 1309 times)

Offline Jaeger

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Porcupines Yea or Nay?
« on: May 04, 2016, 06:04:50 AM »
How many of you hunt porcupines and why?
 
I ask because I seem now to be reluctant to shoot them.   I guess I'm becoming an ole' softie.
 
When Schatz got a face full of quills when she was a puppy I went on a porcupine vendetta.  (note to self: don't shoot them in the backyard with a shotgun, quills everywhere!!!!)
 
But now, several years later and having trained her to be wary of them, I am reluctant to shoot them. 
 
Yes, the pile of porcupine poop at the base of a tree looks like some one dumped several 50 lb sacks of kibbles and yes Schatz makes every attempt she can to eat it (mostly grass but I worry about disease).
 
Yes, I am very familiar with their taste for our treated lumber and plywood stands as well as the salt in our brake lines.
 
But when I see a family of 3-4 sitting quietly up in a tree looking down at us, I cannot bring myself to shoot them.
 
How do you guys feel or deal with them?
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Re: Porcupines Yea or Nay?
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2016, 06:24:11 AM »
I do not hunt non-game animals, but will dispatch them if they become a nuisance.     Coyotes may be the only exception to this.
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Re: Porcupines Yea or Nay?
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2016, 07:40:34 AM »
Porcupines do a lot of damage to young trees. They can become a real pest if you get to many of them around
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Re: Porcupines Yea or Nay?
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2016, 10:55:06 AM »
When hunting in Maine (I am staying at a lodge that uses mostly timber company property) they ask that you dispatch every one you see.  Some years they have even placed bounty on them for the destruction they have caused.

Don't have to worry about then around here

BTW when I have hunted down a little bit further south I have been asked to do the same with Armadillos.
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Re: Porcupines Yea or Nay?
« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2016, 03:30:33 PM »
We don't have them here in Indiana, but if we did i'm sure i would dispatch them. They are as destructive as wood chucks i hear.

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Re: Porcupines Yea or Nay?
« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2016, 05:02:51 PM »
I take every one I can. eating plywood to ruining trees. you name it. they don't serve a good purpose as far as I know
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Re: Porcupines Yea or Nay?
« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2016, 07:01:31 PM »
We don't have them here...but we have Armadillos and I dispatch those.
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Re: Porcupines Yea or Nay?
« Reply #7 on: May 04, 2016, 07:14:48 PM »
No porkypines or armadillos in my neighborhood (although the armadillos are getting closer).  My nearest equivalent are possums - - I thin the herd when the opportunity arises, particularly when they're on or under the porch.     (*&^&%#
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Re: Porcupines Yea or Nay?
« Reply #8 on: May 05, 2016, 08:06:57 AM »
don't have many of them yet our way east of you
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Re: Porcupines Yea or Nay?
« Reply #9 on: May 06, 2016, 05:27:54 AM »
I saw ~6 of them within 400 yards of the house the other day and I'm thinking that might be too many.

Does anyone know what, if any, positive aspect they provide the environment?

I've been told from other sources that they girdle trees, chew plywood and even eat brake linings/hoses to get at the salt.

I think I may have to  "thin the herd" distasteful as it may be.  And the carcasses may still pose a threat to other animals investigating them.
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Re: Porcupines Yea or Nay?
« Reply #10 on: May 06, 2016, 10:53:55 AM »
I saw ~6 of them within 400 yards of the house the other day and I'm thinking that might be too many.

Does anyone know what, if any, positive aspect they provide the environment?

I've been told from other sources that they girdle trees, chew plywood and even eat brake linings/hoses to get at the salt.

I think I may have to  "thin the herd" distasteful as it may be.  And the carcasses may still pose a threat to other animals investigating them.
I kill a few each year and within a couple of days all that will be left is quills and bones, the bones with go in a few weeks or less. So I would say they do not pose a thread to other animals
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Re: Porcupines Yea or Nay?
« Reply #11 on: May 06, 2016, 11:18:01 AM »
You might want to check out if there is anyone who buys the quills.
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Re: Porcupines Yea or Nay?
« Reply #12 on: May 09, 2016, 06:33:01 PM »
we don't have them here so no I don't shoot but I would if they were a problem-- plus the guy on Life Below Zero says they are good to eat!! He just loves them!! I ain't been that hungry yet.
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Re: Porcupines Yea or Nay?
« Reply #13 on: May 10, 2016, 07:01:44 AM »
Don't have them around here in southern Lower MI. 
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Re: Porcupines Yea or Nay?
« Reply #14 on: May 11, 2016, 05:40:48 AM »
they used to be a problem eating pine trees and lumber here but numbers are way down now.You may see a couple a year while in the bush now so I leave them alone.They say the fishers have thinned them out along with the cats.

 

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