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Re: Anyone have porcupine problems ?
« Reply #20 on: May 08, 2021, 10:01:14 AM »
Well, if you’re going to be making them more or less explode, I like my 25-06 loads for a varmint. THAT does the trick on lots of things, including peeling back certain animals skulls, but I won’t get into that 😱
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« Reply #21 on: May 08, 2021, 10:20:50 AM »
Ray, my late neighbor was obsessed with beavers. We'd be out hunting and come across a beaver dam, forget hunting he'd spend the whole day destroying the dam by hand. If it was really big he'd pack a lunch and go back to it the next day. He'd have a rifle and shoot any beavers that came out to check on things. I think I know where the porcupine counterpart to my neighbor is now😂
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« Reply #22 on: May 08, 2021, 10:27:27 AM »
I’ve never run into any beavers on my land, I know they are around though. Need a “nuisance wildlife permit” to take out their damms here, I only have a tiny brook of flowing water so  :)
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« Reply #23 on: May 08, 2021, 02:43:20 PM »
A good stout stick across the head will take out a porcupine quicker than a bullet in some cases!

They can move right along, but a person in fair shape can outrun one!

If they're up a tree or in a hole, that's different!
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« Reply #24 on: May 08, 2021, 02:50:12 PM »
A good stout stick across the head will take out a porcupine quicker than a bullet in some cases!

They can move right along, but a person in fair shape can outrun one!

If they're up a tree or in a hole, that's different!
I find it’s not so much that they’re too fast but that they immediately find some brush or bushes to jump in they’re good at finding crevices, getaway up trees etc. If you can spot one and quietly walk up on it though should be okay since they aren’t too aware of their surroundings it seems  :D
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« Reply #25 on: May 08, 2021, 02:54:32 PM »
  I wouldn't use poison for porkies.  Ever.  Do away with them and their shelter.  Burn the brush piles.  If they've got a place to live and a food source it's never ending.  They'll keep repopulating.  They are rodents.  
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« Reply #26 on: May 08, 2021, 03:14:51 PM »
I can’t burn the piles because of the location and proximity to near by trees, I only had the means to pile this by hand, I wanted to use the land to my advantage, my land is very hilly and “ridgey” I simply threw all the brush into little “dips” or “ruts” in the land, no spot close by to pull it to burn it, it’s diced up very finely and I even dissect most branches into 2/3 pieces, I suspect it will rot quicker than usual from rain runoff. I will be managing this area closely so I will certainly have time to take out more porkies
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« Reply #27 on: May 08, 2021, 04:05:46 PM »
Pick on somebody your size 😂

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« Reply #28 on: May 08, 2021, 04:34:54 PM »
Pick on somebody your size 😂
Not when they are eradicating my
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« Reply #29 on: May 08, 2021, 05:07:58 PM »
I'm a bad logger/land manager, I let the poor things go about their business. However, it doesn't sound like we have them as thick as some of you. I'd probably feel differently about things if they were chewing on my house😬
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« Reply #30 on: May 08, 2021, 06:30:12 PM »
Cut down their den trees.  If they don't have a place to live...
How do you cut down a boulder the size of a skidder? Ok how about a hundred of them?  ;D They like the little overhangs, and small caves in the cliffs are best here apparently.
Did manage to smash down the old 40s Plymouth body somebody rolled over the hill they were getting busy in for a few years at least.

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« Reply #31 on: May 08, 2021, 08:55:51 PM »
We have what my Father called ledges about a mile up hill. When  he felt like it, he would go to the ledges and thin them out.
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« Reply #32 on: May 08, 2021, 09:00:38 PM »
  We don't have that kind of terrain.  I've never seen one living anywhere except cavity trees and hollow logs.  A thousand dollar vet bill to have them removed from two of your dogs leads to dead porkies.
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« Reply #33 on: May 13, 2021, 05:39:12 AM »
Finally got to check in on porky as I dumped him off belly side up about a mile out in the woods, he was gutted, whatever it was was super clean about it, thinking bobcat, they ate everything except the quills bones skin and intestines 
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« Reply #34 on: May 13, 2021, 07:56:27 AM »
I'd sooner think FISHER!
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« Reply #35 on: May 13, 2021, 10:09:45 AM »
I'd sooner think FISHER!
I don’t ever see fishers around but I hope there are some because we got WAY TOO MANY PORKIES  :)
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« Reply #36 on: May 16, 2021, 09:05:55 PM »
We had serious porcupine damage - T-111 destroyed and beech trees girdled. Someone suggested placing salt water out - as much salt as can be dissolved in water. Trash can lids work well to hold the salt water. It worked like a miracle. Not sure what it did - upset their chemistry, cause them to drink too much water - whatever it did it got rid of them quickly.
There was no collateral damage, it was cheap and easy.

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« Reply #37 on: May 16, 2021, 09:09:22 PM »
I wonder too.  ???
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« Reply #38 on: May 16, 2021, 09:25:24 PM »
Greenie, now tell me an easy way to get rid of badgers.
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« Reply #39 on: May 16, 2021, 10:22:15 PM »
I found that the easiest way to get rid of the porkies was to walk your woods in the late winter looking for tracks from a den tree to a nearby tree that they are feeding on. They usually den in hollow beech trees in my woods. Every night they come out and travel to a large maple to feed in the crown. Den trees are easy to spot as they will have a large accumulation of turds that look like super-sized rat turds. The same trees will be used year after year.

A well-placed 220 conibear or snare will take care of porkie. I had good results with both. Snares are much cheaper and lighter to carry and work almost as well as the conibears. Once you have learned where the winter dens are it doesn't take long to eradicate most of them in your area. I killed 12 (TWELVE) porkies for three years in a row in my 220 acres of woods. I have rarely seen any sign in the last couple of years.

Fishers have been re-introduced into our area and I have seen their tracks quite often. I also have seen sign that some animal had fed on discarded porkie carcasses. I always just discard the carcasses near the catch location. There is no problem with leaving your scent on the traps or dead ones laying nearby.

Absolutely do not cut down the den trees. They are your magnet for finding them every winter.


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