Re: The elusive Porcipine @ 565yards.
lovdasnow, Sounds like your in an area with a lot of conifers, correct me if i am wrong. I'll tell ya what I know.
Here in WI the porcipines go into a semi hibernation. Usually they hole up in a hollow tree, or a clump of heavy grass. Any where they can conserve body heat. When the temp rises above 25 degrees or so some will come out and feed others won't. So the warmer it gets during late winter and early spring the better your chances.
In fall and early winter most porcipines I find are in conifers, with some in oak and poplar. During the middle of winter and late winter, most will be found in red oak, some in poplar. They will concentrate mostly on oak until about mid april when they switch over to mostly poplar. Some trees are more palitable to them at different times of year.
Timing is everything early spring to leaf out is by far the best time. It's getting warmer, there hungery, and breeding season starts in may. Good days in jan. and feb. result in 2-3 porkys. Good days in late april early may net 15-20.
Drive the back roads/logging roads and look in the trees. It's best if the area you hunt has areas of grass and marshes. This helps so you are not looking straight up, but out towards the horizon line more. Porkeys also like the marshy areas. Not sure if it has somthing to do with water, hibernating grass. Recently logged areas have good hunting, it opens up the forest and concentrates the critters into the remaining forest. Areas that are sellect cut and not clear cut also help the viewing. It takes a little bit to spot them, I usually drive a course of travel about 30-40 miles keeping my speed around 30 miles per hour if the road allows. some times it's esier to pick them out of the tree limbs when you are moving.
good luck. Jim