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#1564578 - 10/29/09 01:52 PM Trapping Porkypines
yotearama Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/03/08
Posts: 266
Loc: Michigan
Any advice on how to go about it? What type of habitat do they like, bait for them, etc.???? Any help would be great thanks!

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#1564613 - 10/29/09 02:20 PM Re: Trapping Porkypines [Re: yotearama]
TrapperMe Offline
trapper

Registered: 07/24/09
Posts: 926
Loc: Southern Maine
In my area they like to eat evergreen needles and small branches in not dense/but not open woods. I'm along a river with a good mix of both hardwood and softwood trees. Every time I've seen one it has been in a smallish pine/hemlock/balsam tree eating away. I've also heard neighbors who say they've seen them climb into apple trees to eat. They're not very fast, they don't run when you see them, and they are quite docile unless messed with.

The one I recently caught (first one!) was caught in a dirt hole set baited with tuna for fox/coyote. So it was either an incidental catch or they are attracted to fish also.

I'd say do some scouting. If you see fresh evergreen needles and/or small branches under a tree that look like they've been chewed on, set up a flat set near the base of the tree in the spot they would most likely climb up.

Do you know if you have them in your area?

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#1564620 - 10/29/09 02:24 PM Re: Trapping Porkypines [Re: TrapperMe]
pikertrapper Offline
trapper

Registered: 07/14/09
Posts: 66
Loc: Pennsylvania
I caught a porky this morning in a dirt hole baited with June's widowmaker and lured with kishels croosbreed, go figure!!!! Had to let him go here in Pa
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#1564623 - 10/29/09 02:24 PM Re: Trapping Porkypines [Re: yotearama]
scalloper Offline
trapper

Registered: 10/17/09
Posts: 664
Loc: All over Maine
Heady sprice is what they like here and boy we got alot of them. I got a ton of pictures of them eating the grain on my bear baiting stand 3 and 4 at once. We have had them hit about all types of trapping baits from hole sets for coyotes with chunk bait to cubbys for coons with fish. If I were going to target them I would look for a big rock pile where they can hide and look for scat and set up a cubby set.
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#1564675 - 10/29/09 02:58 PM Re: Trapping Porkypines [Re: scalloper]
white17 Offline

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Registered: 03/17/07
Posts: 14669
Loc: McGrath, AK
If you can see their travel route, blind sets work well. You don't have to cover the trap.
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#1564747 - 10/29/09 03:33 PM Re: Trapping Porkypines [Re: white17]
Ole Hawkeye Offline
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Registered: 12/25/06
Posts: 9569
Loc: Oregon
I'd sure hate to try to make a living as a long line porcupine trapper. LOL! Just from my experience with them, old well used axe handles and bacon would probably be your best bet.

I did have a friend that hunted them and made pretty good money. I told him one time that I didn't ever see very many when I was out in the brush, he said, "Look up." Then I started looking in the trees when I was out and it was nothing to shoot at least 3 or 4 every time I was out, usually more.
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#1565092 - 10/29/09 06:13 PM Re: Trapping Porkypines [Re: Ole Hawkeye]
yotearama Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/03/08
Posts: 266
Loc: Michigan
Are pines a good idea? Swamps? Or just what you guys have said in the oaks???

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#1565138 - 10/29/09 06:26 PM Re: Trapping Porkypines [Re: yotearama]
scalloper Offline
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Registered: 10/17/09
Posts: 664
Loc: All over Maine
We see them in Hackmatack or tamerack alot. What are you doing with porkeypine? They are good cooked on a open fire icefishing.
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#1565177 - 10/29/09 06:33 PM Re: Trapping Porkypines [Re: scalloper]
brianroberts Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 1085
Loc: Ontario Canada for now!
We caught 23 last year in Ks,some really big ones, all were caught in Predator sets,they really seem to like the fresh dirt at the big hole sets,but we caught them most every type of set we made, I did notice that most of the catches were close to trails.....B....
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#1565178 - 10/29/09 06:33 PM Re: Trapping Porkypines [Re: scalloper]
Ole Hawkeye Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/25/06
Posts: 9569
Loc: Oregon
If a guy wants to take the time there is a good market for the quills, guard hair, claws, and skulls. I mthink some guys will buy the whole hide.

There used to be a bounty on them in eastern Oregon.
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#1565229 - 10/29/09 06:48 PM Re: Trapping Porkypines [Re: Ole Hawkeye]
country trapper Offline
trapper

Registered: 09/21/08
Posts: 174
Loc: central pa
i can't keep them out of my coyote/fox sets[dirt holes]. caught 12 last year in about a month

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#1565320 - 10/29/09 07:12 PM Re: Trapping Porkypines [Re: country trapper]
big_twinhd Offline
trapper

Registered: 08/06/09
Posts: 2055
Loc: maine
I just use a couple of squirts of coyote pee. They love old foundations and large brush piles. I'll find a mound of dirt and use some heavy logs to box it in on three sides. They are clumsy and not too strong as far as staking goes. I use 1.75's and haven't ever lost one. They are one of the mystery animals you'll never eradicate.
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#1565340 - 10/29/09 07:16 PM Re: Trapping Porkypines [Re: big_twinhd]
Tsarevna Offline
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Registered: 09/23/07
Posts: 4322
Loc: Oregon
Do they den up for winter? Are you most likely to catch them during Fall or Spring?
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#1565374 - 10/29/09 07:25 PM Re: Trapping Porkypines [Re: Tsarevna]
5cents Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 276
Loc: s/e wisconsin
My freind was building a cabin in northern wisconsin , as soon as they bleached it to get all the mildew off so they could seal the wood the porkies moved in and started chewing . we took a piece of pine and soaked it in bleach . caught 4 in live traps ! try it you will be impressed !

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#1565403 - 10/29/09 07:33 PM Re: Trapping Porkypines [Re: 5cents]
big_twinhd Offline
trapper

Registered: 08/06/09
Posts: 2055
Loc: maine
Quill pigs do den up in the winter, but they don't hibernate. They'll eat bark and such to get by until spring. I catch them whenever the ground isn't snow covered, altough thats the only time I try. They have only one quill piglet in the spring so I try to get them before then. 5cents, they love Osb, I think it's the glue. They darn near ate our outhouse in half!
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#1565659 - 10/29/09 08:59 PM Re: Trapping Porkypines [Re: big_twinhd]
Tactical.20 Online   content
trapper

Registered: 12/24/06
Posts: 3357
Loc: N.W. Iowa
Seems I caught them in every type of predator set in WY.

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#1566054 - 10/30/09 12:05 AM Re: Trapping Porkypines [Re: 5cents]
Tsarevna Offline
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Registered: 09/23/07
Posts: 4322
Loc: Oregon
Originally Posted By: 5cents
My freind was building a cabin in northern wisconsin , as soon as they bleached it to get all the mildew off so they could seal the wood the porkies moved in and started chewing . we took a piece of pine and soaked it in bleach . caught 4 in live traps ! try it you will be impressed !


Just good ol'fashioned bleach? hmm...
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#1566629 - 10/30/09 12:18 PM Re: Trapping Porkypines [Re: Tsarevna]
5cents Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 276
Loc: s/e wisconsin
the cabin was full logs, no glue used !

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#1567420 - 10/30/09 07:00 PM Re: Trapping Porkypines [Re: 5cents]
trapntrade Offline
trapper

Registered: 06/06/07
Posts: 265
Loc: East ,ID
Years ago trapped porky for the forest service using rabbit salt blocks on 220 coni trap triggers, caught them in any set that the lure had urine in they love salt
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#1570562 - 11/01/09 05:33 PM Re: Trapping Porkypines [Re: trapntrade]
yotearama Offline
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Registered: 12/03/08
Posts: 266
Loc: Michigan
What kind of salt are we talking?

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