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Porcupines
« on: September 25, 2020, 08:42:58 PM »
Ran in to 2 different porcupines 30 miles apart letís say both pups are hurting. Anyone else see porcupines in the cattails around Moses lake? What is best way to get dogs to stay away? Rough day for sure


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Re: Porcupines
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2020, 08:36:00 AM »
There out all over, mating season. Saw a huge one in 506. Pup on a leash ?

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Re: Porcupines
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2020, 09:28:45 AM »
Some dogs never learn....had a chocolate lab that would always go after them no matter how many times he got stuck. I hate to count the times when I had to straddle that dog out in the field and yank those needles out of his nose and mouth. Not fun for him and not fun for me as he was a pretty large dog that was hard to control as I pulled the needles. Luckily I always carried a leatherman's tool with the needlenose pliers that did the trick. Wait until your pups find a skunk... :chuckle:

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Re: Porcupines
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2020, 10:25:24 AM »
Been trying to find porcupines on the west side for years, but never seen one. They taste really good. 

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Re: Porcupines
« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2020, 10:42:01 AM »
Been trying to find porcupines on the west side for years, but never seen one. They taste really good.

If you like eating leather boots you will love porkys.

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Re: Porcupines
« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2020, 11:05:48 AM »
Is it legal to hunt them?
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Re: Porcupines
« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2020, 11:32:17 AM »
Is it legal to hunt them?

Only if you strangle them by hand.

It is legal, joking aside. Many do not kill them because they are a easy source of food if you are stranded and starving.
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Re: Porcupines
« Reply #7 on: September 26, 2020, 02:33:06 PM »
You can try some avoidance training, friend of mine had his dogs (GSPs) get into one twice. Big vet bills so he found a roadkill and staged it around the property. When the dogs engaged in scenting they got full shock and a very stern "NO!" He would put it back in the freezer and do it again a week or so later. After the third time they lost interest in them. Cannot say it was totally successful but they never got into another one  :dunno:.

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Re: Porcupines
« Reply #8 on: September 26, 2020, 03:03:43 PM »
Been trying to find porcupines on the west side for years, but never seen one. They taste really good.

Iíve shot more porcupines in western WA than some folks will see in a lifetime. Walk old logging roads in the evenings and watch for them grazing in the grass or blackberries along the sides. Iíve had good luck walking through the alders with a set of electronic muffs or plugs in and listening for them too. They make a pretty distinctive sound as they shuffle along the ground.

Youíre probably the first person Iíve heard whoís said they taste good through! Theyíre not bad, but definitely not something I crave.  :chuckle:
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Re: Porcupines
« Reply #9 on: September 26, 2020, 06:40:37 PM »
Been trying to find porcupines on the west side for years, but never seen one. They taste really good.

Iíve shot more porcupines in western WA than some folks will see in a lifetime. Walk old logging roads in the evenings and watch for them grazing in the grass or blackberries along the sides. Iíve had good luck walking through the alders with a set of electronic muffs or plugs in and listening for them too. They make a pretty distinctive sound as they shuffle along the ground.

Youíre probably the first person Iíve heard whoís said they taste good through! Theyíre not bad, but definitely not something I crave.  :chuckle:

I don't know how they taste here, but most countries in Eastern/Central Europe have "Indian Crest Porcupines", hunters mainly trap them in areas where the woods have wild fruit trees. They taste really good, but I haven't shot, nor seen one here yet.

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Re: Porcupines
« Reply #10 on: September 26, 2020, 08:57:36 PM »
I never see them in western wa. Unless they are roadkill. But have probably only seen 2 crossing the highway. But never out hunting. Eastern wa I see them all the time.
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Re: Porcupines
« Reply #11 on: September 30, 2020, 07:26:03 PM »
Moses Lake/Othello cattails are thick with porcupine. If you plan to hunt there pack leather gloves and pliers. We had a dog get hit 3 times in one day last year. I had to wrench the dog off one so hard it tore the vermins back fat off. Luckily my old man is a veterinarian so when its really bad we sedate the dog at the truck and take them out.

A tip: when pulling quills have a bucket of water next to you, every time you pull quills out dunk the pliers in the water, the quill float off the pliers. Saves time.

Lastly, the quill in the roof of the mouth are the most dangerous, rather than festering out they can fester up and end up in the dogs sinus.
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Re: Porcupines
« Reply #12 on: September 30, 2020, 07:39:51 PM »
Been trying to find porcupines on the west side for years, but never seen one. They taste really good.

Theyíre all over the place in the SW corner of the state. Thereís was a stretch 2-3 years ago when I saw 3 or 4 a day walking around down there, not unusual to see at all, and they donít seem terribly concerned with people either. Me and a fat fella walked towards ea other till I could have bent down and stabbed him w an arrow. Theyíre in short grass along the logging roads at dusk and dawn, I see more of them on roads closed to motorized access.

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Re: Porcupines
« Reply #13 on: September 30, 2020, 08:06:45 PM »
Been trying to find porcupines on the west side for years, but never seen one. They taste really good.

If you like eating leather boots you will love porkys.

Not true at all if you know how to cook anything but Top Ramen....   :dunno:

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Re: Porcupines
« Reply #14 on: September 30, 2020, 09:06:00 PM »
My dog got into one picking huckleberries in late August.  That was one expensive trip to the vet. 

 


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