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Until I bought property in the UP I thought they were kind of cute and bumbly. I am really starting to dislike them now. If they start chewing on tubing that will turn to hate. I'm going to have to buy an old .22 that I can leave up in the camper for just such emergencies.
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12 ga with 00buck works well. Then again I'm the guy that cut down a hemlock to beat a porky over the head with a branch.
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12 ga with 00buck works well. Then again I'm the guy that cut down a hemlock to beat a porky over the head with a branch.
Jake, taken under advisement. I have an old single shot that might be my new camp porky gun. I was also going to try to knock him down with a 20 ft ash pole I found with a 4 ft beech club in hand, but I couldn't reach him.
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Btw a 30-06 is alittle overkill for porkys.
Yeah....you don't want to stand directly underneath the area where it (or parts) will fall.

When I was a youngster, a woodchuck kept getting in our garden. Each morning two of my older brothers would watch for it, and when it appeared, they'd sneak out on the porch with my father's rifles to try to shoot it. Every time, just as they started to open the door, it would rush back into the bushes and they never got anywhere close to taking a shot. This went on for over a week.

Finally, one morning they actually managed to get the door open, they got outside, got the rifles aimed and they both fired at the same time. They felt like they were such stealthy big-time hunters having finally been able to sneak out well enough to avoid detection.

When we went down to look over the trophy, we couldn't find much. Amazing what a couple of .30-.30 hollow-point rounds will do. However, one of the biggest pieces left was a hind foot....still caught in the foothold trap my father had put at the edge of the garden.

My second favorite hunting story is the time my uncle got a 4,000 pounder - his truck. Luckily there was someone there to witness it. I'll save that for another time.
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If you don't have a gun at the moment you have to improvise.
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Another approach to dealing with porcupines is to subject them to high-velocity lead poisoning.
Agreed. A .30 caliber ventilation hole works very well. I have a 26oz bounty on them in our sugar bush.
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I have heard stories recently of a North American Fisher being a natural predator to squirrels and porcupines. Get a couple Fishers! (I did not see that prior post!)


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We had a dynasty of them of them on our property. They devastated a 5 acre area before we purchased the property. I ended up dispatching 9 and cutting down 2 den trees in that area. Always on the patrol now.
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The new camp gun is a break barrel .22 cal pellet gun. Works great on porkys and red squirrels. Extremely accurate very quiet.
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