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    Default What can you do with a porcupine?

    I know you can hunt porcupine year round with no bag limits, and I saw a couple recently. Just wondering, what would you do with one?

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    Cook em and eat em, especially the young ones. We ate lots when I was growing up. Sweet meet and fat. If you know anyone who is into basket weaving or black powder rendezvous, the quills are sesirable for decoration and native crafts.

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    I like to make a deal with my companions in the woods:

    If I see a porcupine, I'll kill it, he/she can clean it, I'll cook it, and we can eat it.

    I haven't had anybody take me up on this yet. I guess folks figure that I'm not the greatest cook.

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    My uncle killed one (took more 22 shots than you would expect). It made a pretty good stew. I would recommend leather gloves for the cleaning though, I had a set of work gloves with me and they worked like a champ.

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    Porkies are the only wild meat you can safely eat raw. Or so I'm told.

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    skin em up, make neat rugs or neat mounts to go with bear mounts and stuff, the meat i had wasn't that great, but we just stuck it on a stick in a fire, i'm sure there are better ways to cook it!!
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    My wife uses the quills for crafts. Porcupine meat is good but a bit gamy...we cook it like beaver, cut in chunks and simmer for a couple hours, then drain water, add some oil and lightly fry. Fyi, you don't have to kill a porky to get quills; lots of folks that want quills use a towel or cloth and basically hit the porky with it a few times then pull the quills from the towel.

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    Talking Fry the meat / Craft the quills

    salt/pepper/cayenne dry rub then batter up and fry it. Haven't found much that doesn't work for.

    Quills make great crafts, as mentioned. Excellent bobbers if > 6" or so for light biting fish.

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    I have a sign in my office that says, "Don't pet the porcupine"

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    Or do like I did and bleach the skull cause my son wnated one...I sure do miss my friend that skinned that porcupine for me tho. Daniel

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    The claws look like minature bear claw. Good for jewelry.

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    You don't have to kill them, but you can collect their quills. Just grab a thick towel, and fold it a couple of times. Then pat the quills with the towel a few times, and soon enough it will be fool of quills. Lots of people in Alaska cut the quills with a razor blade to make bids, which in turn can be used to making necklaces and all sorts of things. By not killing them you can come back and steal some more quills once they grow back.

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    In the old days they used to feed them to the dogs or turn them inside out for predator bait.

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    You're not supposed to kill them. Save them so if you get lost in the wilderness, you can kill one with a stick for something to eat.

    (That's what they usta say in the old days.)

    WHAT DID THE BABY PORKUPINE SAY WHEN HE BACKED INTO A BARBED WIRE FENCE ??

    "Is that you Mom" ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smitty of the North View Post
    You're not supposed to kill them. Save them so if you get lost in the wilderness, you can kill one with a stick for something to eat.

    (That's what they usta say in the old days.)
    This is me and my hunting companions mentality. Besides, they provide awsome entertainment.

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    Default Porky

    Some years back my hunting buddy killed a porcupine with his bow. He boned out the meat and put it in a zip lock. Later that winter we had a big game feed at the house. He brought a pot of home made baked beans with the porcupine meat simmered in the pot. He labled it "Porky and beans". Meat blended with the beans and couldn't really get a fix on the meat flavor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoldotnaDave View Post
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    Oh no! Wow I can't imagine what taking the quills out was like.

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    That's about as worse as they get. When they get it that bad, they often don't survive.

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