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While selling Christmas trees yesterday, customers who were cutting their own trees kept telling me about a porcupine that was in my trees, and girdling them. When things wound down late in the day, we found it, put it in a box and moved it over the hill. I figure as slow as a porkie moves, my trees should be safe for a while.

Technically, it would be legal for me to kill it but not move it 2 miles. Please don't tell DEC.

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2 hours ago, ny hunter said:

You just told the DEC yourself.....LOL....

Irony is only dead in the politics section, not everywhere. 

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I knew porcupines girdled beach trees but never saw them do it to any coniferous trees.

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I have yet to see one in the wild or a black bear. moose and whatever else I've seen.


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I was very close to a nice buck while stillhunting in the Alfred area, just inside the edge of some pine trees. It was a standoff and I was doing fine. A porcupine in one of those trees started dropping pinecones on me and spooked the buck. I haven't liked porcupines since.

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1 hour ago, dbHunterNY said:

I have yet to see one in the wild or a black bear. moose and whatever else I've seen.

I have seen porcupine a few times.They move very slow like they own the woods....I have never seen a bear in the woods.....

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I shot one in PA back in 2011 with my xbow.


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I had one that come out and grazed every evening during that last couple weeks of bow season.  He would be in the hayfield  an hour before dark and I would walk by him on my way out.  I named him "Walter" and spoke to him  when I walked out.  I alternated between asking him how he was doing, and warning him not to chew on my brother's cabin or spring house.  

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1 hour ago, Biz-R-OWorld said:

I shot one in PA back in 2011 with my xbow.


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You couldn't find a more challenging rodent?


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You couldn't find a more challenging rodent?


Not that day. Was deer hunting and leaving woods when I came across one.


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4 hours ago, dbHunterNY said:

I have yet to see one in the wild or a black bear. moose and whatever else I've seen.

I have seen one as road kill that is about it 

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I had a swordfight with one under a junked car when I was about 18...I had a  WWII Japanese bayonet and the porky had his natural defenses...Let's say that it was a standoff, but I was DAMN lucky not ending up with a face full of quills...It was touch and go for a while there... Alcohol may have been involved...

Last year I evicted one from an enclosed deer blind..When I climbed into it he was sitting in my chair...I ushered him out with my Muck boots and rifle butt...I ended up with a couple hundred quills stuck in my boots and my rubber recoil pad...

My Dad was  an avid coon hunter, so I grew up hating them after spending many nights pulling quills out of big hounds...For years I killed them on sight...These days, I let them be, unless they are being destructive, like chewing on my tower stand..

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Porkies are very mellow. a number of years ago, I saw one eating acorns outside where I worked. it was a pretty small one. I took a box and scooped him up, along with a few hand fulls of acorns, to take home to show my son.

Porky was apparently not too upset. He just kept munching away in the box. When we got home I gave him an apple to munch on, which he seemed to enjoy. After my wife and son got home, we went in the back yard and slid him out where he just meandered around a bit, didn't appear the least concerned. after about fifteen minutes I scooped him back up and delivered him to the base of a few big oaks in the woods we border.

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They are called a hikers best friend as if you are lost/stranded in the woods, they are an easy food source.  I have caught some while trapping in northern NY...my son and I skinned one a couple years ago...open like a beaver, not cased. Had a hard time fleshing it.  Borax’ed it and had it hanging in my trapping shed until recently...Bugs got to it.  I use the quills in my flintlock touch hole.

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they are extremely destructive to farm equipment, they LOVE to chew hydraulic lines. Between farm equipment and coon hounds I have little tolerance for them, few hundred dollars for replacement hydraulic lines or a few hundred for vet bills tends to change your attitude.  Luckily we don't have many around where I live in NY, but back home in Pa. they are becoming far more prevalent and with fishers being one of the only predators which we have very few of we take care of them on the farm.  

if they would leave the equipment, buildings, and trees  alone we would get along fine.   

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Neat little critters. I have seen damage they have done in pics but we have very little negative encounters around me. Most of time just see them walking thru woods. And no one local runs dogs so for that they get a pass by me. Can walk right up to them. 5690de9f6598e57050b664c8a1be64c7.jpg

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I have seen several here in PA. Killed one a couple years ago and could have killed more. The one I shot stank really bad (not sure why).  

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My grandmother is from Nova Scotia and says she used to eat them as a child. Says they’re like “little pigs”.

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On ‎12‎/‎11‎/‎2017 at 9:01 PM, Zuke said:

My grandmother is from Nova Scotia and says she used to eat them as a child. Says they’re like “little pigs”.

" quill pigs "commonly nicknamed

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5 minutes ago, turkeyfeathers said:

" quill pigs "commonly nicknamed

Tell ya what, TF....You skin 'em....I'll COOK 'em......<<grin>>....

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