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Old 05-19-2006, 01:05 PM   #1
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I need to catch a porcupine, anyone have any experince in using live animal traps and what kind of bait should i use, i thought about throwing a bunch of pine bark in there but i dont think it will go for the bark in the trap as opposed to the stuff that is everywhere else!!!

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Old 05-19-2006, 01:23 PM   #2
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"Use apples covered with
salt for a quick catch. Cut the apple up into
8 pieces and then place 2 outside the trap,
2 pieces just inside and then the other 4 pieces
behind the trip pan. Be sure to use a lot of
salt over the freshly cut apples. The moisture
of the apple will keep the salt attached to the
fruit. When your nuisance porcupine comes around
for their daily meal, they won't be able to
resist this tasty treat. If you intend on
relocating the animal, you will need to take it
at least 20 miles away. Porcupines are used
to traveling many miles in search of food and
their homing skills are quite good. If you
suspect a recently trapped animal has returned,
you will be able to catch it again. This time
take it 30 miles away to insure it won't return!"

Here is the link. How to Catch a Porcupine I did a google search for "how to catch a porcupine"
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Old 05-19-2006, 09:54 PM   #3
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I've always just used an old feed sack or sheet...granted, i've only caught two but they were the only two that i've really ever tried to catch. The toughest thing is finding one, once you do just get ya a stick and open the bag up and run him in there. I wouldn't really prefer the sheet method, they tend to squirm there way out..happy hunting.
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Old 05-19-2006, 10:17 PM   #4
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I'd venture to say that it might be a good idea to wear some leather gloves, and probably should leave the Hounds back at home for this adventure in Porkupinoligistical Purshuits.
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Old 05-19-2006, 10:36 PM   #5
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Do it very carefully.
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Old 05-20-2006, 01:35 AM   #6
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ohh but they're so cute ! :smile:
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Old 05-20-2006, 01:43 AM   #7
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Just like this............

haha this is a funny topic.

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Old 05-20-2006, 06:06 AM   #8
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Whatcha want to catch one for?
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Old 05-20-2006, 01:06 PM   #9
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Old 05-20-2006, 02:43 PM   #10
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I bet that was hard to stick with that arrow........I mean they move sooooo fast :smile:
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Old 05-20-2006, 09:23 PM   #11
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Low base #8s.
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Old 05-21-2006, 06:26 PM   #12
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You want to roll them over and pick them up by the belly hairs. This part of them is very soft. You don't want to be to forward or they will bite you.

You need to have thought ahead what you want to do with them once you got hold of them by the short, soft hairs. Thinking about it afterwards is not recommended.

I once authored an outdoor article on how to catch, skin and cook the local porcupine. It was not well received and I got to admit to just two successful captures.

About every two years I get a festering wound on my right hand that will take months to resolve. Leftover quills from captures before I mastered the technique.

Good luck if you need more details or a copy of the article, let me know.

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Old 05-21-2006, 07:59 PM   #13
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What do you want with a Porcupine? They seem pretty harmless as long as you stay away. Do they taste good?
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Old 05-22-2006, 07:30 AM   #14
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I know when my brother lived in Canada he said some of the local indian ladies made beads from the quills other than that I have no idea what you would do with one.
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Old 05-22-2006, 08:11 AM   #15
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Its is eating the bark out of the tops of all of the fir trees on the property and causing major crop damage, not a good thing when your crops are trees!!!
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Old 05-22-2006, 04:58 PM   #16
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Bare handed and naked if you're a REAL man!

Those guys are TOUGH! I have seen them take a shotgun blast and a full cylinder of .44mag and still be on the go.

My buddy and I like to drive around on the coastal forest roads at midnight and catch them running down the road. Too much fun. Ever seen the claws on those dudes?

Last time we went out, my buddy go so excited he opened the door of my burb and fired two shots from his .44 Blackhawk from the running board before I could get the truck stopped. From then on I called him Wyatt Earp.
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Old 05-22-2006, 05:03 PM   #17
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I don't think they are that tough. I didn't do it but I saw one shot with a .264 once and can sum the result up with one word. Disassemble.
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I was once told by an outdoorsy type fellow never to kill a porcupine.

When I asked why, the response was simple. If you are ever lost in the woods and in desprate need of protein, coming across one of these critters will just about save your bacon. It's one of the only mammals out there that you can catch and kill with your bare hands (or booted feet ). Most anybody can fashion a club-like weapon and take one of these "speed demons" down!!

I've come across a few, and only ever had to take one down (at the nose of the lab). Guess what the old timer told me kinda stuck....I leave 'em be!!

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Old 05-22-2006, 05:08 PM   #19
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Old 05-22-2006, 06:02 PM   #20
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Used to be you would see them everywhere, even USFS employees were instructed to kill them in NEO, or at least, THAT was the practice back then.

This pudgy guy was the first one I have encountered in the two years since coming home to NEO and I spend a LOT of time in the hills. I rarely see them anymore.



This guy was having a good day, had a little fun with him but no reason to kill him and after I shooed him off my rear axle he was on his way.


I dunno how to trap one but the salt is a good idea. Good luck.
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Old 05-22-2006, 09:23 PM   #21
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You need to have thought ahead what you want to do with them once you got hold of them by the short, soft hairs. Thinking about it afterwards is not recommended.
That's the most diplomatic, politically correct definition of one of my favorite phrases I've ever heard.

I've barehanded a few raccoons. Once I had hold of the critter, the biggest concern was how to get off the coon without getting the everlivinell bit out of me. I'm thinkin' that yer advice may well work on a porky but certainly shouldn't be attempted on other critters.

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Old 05-23-2006, 04:15 AM   #22
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I have heard the "easy meal" when lost in the woods story. This guy is the only one I've seen in the last 4 years of hunting. And he was only 600 yards from where I saw the last one.


This guy was my first kill ever. Found him during deer season last fall and wanted to get the "jitters" of that first kill out of my system. It worked to a certain extent. 7mag at about 12 feet. I'm proud of the clean kill. If I came across another, don't think I'd shoot it because it was a first kinda thing. I pulled some quills, took some pictures and visited back later on to see what all was stopping in for a bite. I "inspected" him to see just what they had going for them and like was said before, they got some hella claws and don't go out with out a fight.

I'm sure Mr. Weyerhaeuser didn't mind my damage control.
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Old 05-23-2006, 05:36 AM   #23
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When my friends and I were in high school, and needed ANY excuse to drive around in the woods with guns, we'd hunt porcupines all night. Douglas County paid a bounty on porcupine noses--Like $2.50 or $5.00 or something. Enough to pay for the shells and, on a good night, gas.
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Old 05-23-2006, 11:46 AM   #24
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When my friends and I were in high school, and needed ANY excuse to drive around in the woods with guns, we'd hunt porcupines all night. Douglas County paid a bounty on porcupine noses--Like $2.50 or $5.00 or something. Enough to pay for the shells and, on a good night, gas.
I'm 48 and I'm still that way. I think I like this guy.
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Old 05-25-2006, 06:54 PM   #25
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Best way is to sneak up behind it, then jump on it and pin it to the ground with your body like Steve Erwin does with crocodiles
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Old 05-27-2006, 09:32 PM   #26
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When I was about 14 I used to hunt grey squirrels up in the foothills around Medford.

One day I ran into a porky and Thought I could kill it pretty easy with the 760, since I could get up to it close enough for a clean kill.


To make a terribly long story short, I think it took about 1 shot to mess it up bad enough to warrant killing it to put it out of its misery....

Unfortunately it took about 100 shots to finally kill it.

I felt really awful about it.

Made me realize that it is a good idea to have the right tool for the job, and a 760 was not that tool.

I was the tool that day.

So i leave them alone anymore.
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Old 05-27-2006, 09:36 PM   #27
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Well, in OR they're classed as a predator, just like coyotes. That's another way of sayin' they're nonprotected. So, you can trap or shoot them as long as you're not in a city limits or similar. They absolutely love salt! I would talk with an OSU Extension Forester in your area for control tips. We're seeing more porkies here on the north coast, more than ever before. Global warming? :whazzup:
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Old 05-28-2006, 12:12 PM   #28
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Old 05-29-2006, 07:15 AM   #29
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I was once told by an outdoorsy type fellow never to kill a porcupine.

When I asked why, the response was simple. If you are ever lost in the woods and in desprate need of protein, coming across one of these critters will just about save your bacon. It's one of the only mammals out there that you can catch and kill with your bare hands (or booted feet ). Most anybody can fashion a club-like weapon and take one of these "speed demons" down!!

I've come across a few, and only ever had to take one down (at the nose of the lab). Guess what the old timer told me kinda stuck....I leave 'em be!!

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My grandpa told me the same thing, he was a timber faller all his life, and told me he ate a few in the woods, easy to kill and easy to find, and tasted good.

I would never shoot one, just to shoot it
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Thats a good thought, but Murphy says you would never find one when you really needed it. I have been seeing a lot of porcupine damage on the north coast, but I havent seen the culprits yet. They sure chew the small hemlocks up, 6 to 8 footers. They climb up about 4 feet and chew the bark off from there to about as high as they can go.
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