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Old 09-01-2008, 09:01 AM
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Porcupine Hunt

Had a great hunt over the weekend in the Freestate in South Africa. Went to my uncle to help shoot some porcupines. They are a real pest over here and can cause alot of damage to crops.

We hunt them at night being that they are nocturnal creatures. The quills are very sharp and can injure you if you happen to run into them. I am holding a 22 Hornet with a 4x32 wide angle scope and use 46 grain soft point ammo. The started well with 3 good sized porcupines. The 4th one ran lateraly and tried to shoot it in the head. It fell after the first shot, we loaded it because it seemed dead. Just as we were chasing the next one we realised it was still alive. It raised it's quilss and I got two in the calf so did my cousen (in picture). Scared the hell out of us. Here are a few pictures. Shot 16 in total.

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Satudat Evenings kill



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Old 09-05-2008, 09:30 AM
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That looks like it was a lot of fun!!!
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Old 09-06-2008, 03:16 PM
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That sounds like a blast. I've recently started hunting porcupine here in Washington. I've shot a few, but nothing like what you have there.

I shot this one on Easter. I went for a walk with my Father-in-Law to try out my new MKIII Hunter. The first shot out of that gun was at the porcupine.
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Old 09-07-2008, 11:38 AM
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Re: Porcupine Hunt

what do you do with them over there? Nice looking rig.
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Old 09-07-2008, 12:54 PM
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Re: Porcupine Hunt

If I manage to make a clean head shot, I'll eat them. But if one quill hits the meat, the critter becomes coyote bait. I know a few people who make crafts and jewelry out of the quills as well. They would love to get their hands on some of those industrial size quills you've got over there. I want to have a full mount done of the next good sized porcupine that I get.

The handgun in the picture has quickly become my go to gun for small game hunting. From a solid rest, it can hit a rabbit at 100yds 80% of the time with the iron sights. The misses are always my fault. The only problem is that it's a little lite for stuff the size of raccoons and porcupines. Sometimes the little 22lr doesn't convince the animals that their dead, even with a solid hit to the head.
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Old 09-07-2008, 01:20 PM
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Can you mount a scope on it? How accurate are hollow points? The female porcupines make good eatin but the males smell very bad. The quills are used over here by florists and designers.

When we have planted our crops distance becomes a problem because we can't drive into the fields. The Hornet is only accurate up to 150 metres. We then use my uncle's 7mm Win Mag or my 264 Win Mag, not much left after that
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Old 09-07-2008, 02:51 PM
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Re: Porcupine Hunt

try some remington yellow jacket ammo in that ruger. after having killed hundreds of coyotes with 22's , it is the best 22 ammo i have ever shot.....AJ
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