I've heard saying that when you see a porcupine in the woods, you need to tap it on the rear with a stick. If you don't, they will head into the woods and warn all of the other animals that a hunter is around, and you will have back luck hunting. Has anybody else heard of this?
I was pretty much done hunting early Tuesday morning, however caribou and grizzly were still a possibility. I was driving south on the Dalton, and saw a porcupine cross the road, so I had to ensure my hunting luck wouldn't be jeapordized by the little fiend, so I headed after him. My wife bought me a GoPro2 for my birthday, so I've been looking at more uses for it. A few hours earlier I had it strapped to my head when I shot a caribou, and now I had the chance to get some critter close ups. Which brings me to myth #2 that I have heard about porcupines.
Myth 2 involves their quills, and how they can throw them at you. I've seen porcupines whip their tail and watched as quills went into a stump next to me, which validated my beliefs on this theory. This guy did the same thing, but I didn't see any quills come out. I tapped him on the rear, and then got up close to him to take a little video. After a few seconds he lowered his back and turned to face me. After a quick look at me hunched up with his front feet in the air, he made a quick motion like he was going to charge, pretty much like a bully would punk his victim. Well it worked and I jerked back pretty good, but looking at the video it almost seems like he was trying to launch quills at me from the front. Check out the video and let me know if you think this is what he was trying to do. I'll toss in the bou shot as bonus footage. Don't mind my ugly mug in the end when I'm trying to remember which button shuts it off.