Remember, porcupines love salt and anything coated in it. How much acreage does the average club have? This is what I seem to be running into. What would be an appropriate size parcel for a private range, one that isn't limited to 7yd pistol work? You can wash again or use as is. Porcupines cannot “shoot” their quills, but the quills come out quite easily on contact. I always got a kick that people would actually spend $$ to go to a range when we have so much forest around esp. The human response to porcupines is often an attempt to eradicate them by shooting, trapping, or poisoning. Lot of porcupines this year, watch your dogs. I recently moved to NH and would like to know if anybody has any information on the laws that allows target shooting, etc in a rural area. For porcupines, there are two places you can apply it for fast protection. NOT 1600 Pennsylvannia Avenue anymore!! User account menu. I thought my husky had it bad when she got 15 in her muzzle/nose area. I'm not a fan of the inside static ranges, but if that is all I have access to in the interim, then I will suck it up. I suspect the only way to get in trouble would be to hit a critter out of season. So, what legal protection might you have if you shoot an intruder? Its starting to get a little ridiculous now. Noah 7 years ago you can shoot a porcupine in the head and kill it with a.22 its that simply its like shooting a groundhog except this thing has quiles you see one drop em I live in Londonderry. You can use Porcupine 411 to participate in New Hampshire’s growing liberty movement. Contrary to popular belief, porcupines do not shoot their quills. NES/MFS December Giveaway ***Mossberg 702 Plinkster .22lr***. This rodent can easy weigh more than 30 pounds and appears as big as a raccoon because of the length of the hair and quills. The tail of a porcupine has a white-bordered dark stripe down the center believed to be a warning pattern, like the skunk's black and white striped pattern warns of its defenses. There is no restriction in New Hampshire on the taking of woodchucks, porcupines, English sparrows, European starlings, common feral pigeons, red squirrels and other rodents not covered in this publication. Because they shit like crazy in one spot like this, or maybe a little higher up if the tree has a split. If you need technical assistance or help with a wildlife conflict in New Hampshire, call USDA Wildlife Services at (603) 223-6832 or contact a wildlife biologist at a NH Fish and Game Regional Office. Perhaps I will build my own sand pit. The North American porcupine is found in New England, the upper Midwest and western United States and most of Canada. A porcupine trots down a trail in southern NH. So to be clear, I am talking about driving to an area where nobody lives near and finding a backstop to shoot. It has black to brownish-yellow fur and strong, short legs. So to be clear, I am talking about driving to an area where nobody lives near and finding a backstop to shoot. For more information, view the Denver Art Museum leaflet on Porcupine Quillwork HERE! All of the good clubs in my area are wait listed. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast, More posts from the newhampshire community, For all things related to the great state of New Hampshire, Looks like you're using new Reddit on an old browser. Watch for porcupines this year, one of my dogs has been quilled twice in 2 weeks. 6. Has land appreciated that much in NH? Despite a very slow walking pace and a low reproductive rate, its coat of long, sharp quills enables the porcupine to live a long life by protecting it from predators. After a research, it was found that at the time of attack, they do not shoot quills instead they soar high and try to threaten the attacker by roaring in anger. The 4th one ran lateraly and tried to shoot it in the head. That's a little steep. A porcupine may have as many as 30,000 quills. As "Southern New Hampshire" is three or four thousand square miles, it's a little hard to help you as you haven't said where you live more does your profile. We hunt them at night being that they are nocturnal creatures. Porcupine 411 is a rapid message distribution network. :), Only a dog wouldn't learn its lesson after the first quilling. Porcupines Can Lead to Other Pests. I'm going to look into property once this weather gets better. Honestly, joining a good range isn't expensive and its nice to shoot in a place that has good backstops and shade. This site provides many porcupine control articles and strategies, if you wish to … A person may not shoot or discharge any firearm, crossbow, or bow and arrow at any wild animal or bird from any public paved way (any road treated with bituminous or concrete material), from within 10 feet of the edge of its pavement, or from the right-of-way of any … A porcupine's prickly coat of quills is its first line of defense. But it is important to move around and shoot. Press J to jump to the feed. Yes, and porcupine meat is excellent slow cooker fodder. My rec. While you might be thinking that anything that gets rid of porcupines is a positive thing, it doesn’t sound so great when you realize that this can mean coyotes, foxes, bobcats, bears, and more. Use our New Hampshire map directory to locate a professional in the city or county nearest you. Porcupines are active throughout the year, hanging out in trees eating bark, leaves, and fruit. The quills are hairs with barbed tips on the ends. There is some state park land (Kearsarge/Sunapee/Pillsbury corridor) near our house in NH. The porcupine is one of the most interesting and unusual wildlife species in Minnesota. I am holding a 22 Hornet with a 4x32 wide angle scope and use 46 grain soft point ammo. Only a dog wouldn't learn its lesson after the first quilling. If a tip is left in the body, it can travel and enter a vital part, killing the animal weeks later. Seems like the time is ripe, considering all the current ranges are wait-listed. It has a round body, small ears and a small head. Yeah you can shoot them. If you can direct me to anywhere within a reasonable driving distance I would appreciate it. Porcupines cannot shoot or throw their quills from a distance. You might find a tree that has been claimed by a family of porcupines. The Greek naturalist Pliny the Elder wrote, “The quills of the porcupine are longer, and when it stretches the skin, it … Could the intruder sue you for wounding them? This wasn’t always so. Thank you for visiting the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department website. Porcupines’ back, sides, and tail are covered with thousands of stiff, needle-like, finely barbed hairs (quills) for defense. I'm on a year waiting list. i have been told by LE that although not illegal, a person could be charged with reckless conduct if the shooters' conduct may place another in danger of serious bodily injury. Is it legal to shoot porcupines in NH? 1 acre of unimproved land for $8K? I used to frequent a range called Best of The West in Texas that had bays you could rent out and pretty much do any sort of tactical training you can think of with up to an M4 without anyone breathing down your neck. Porcupines will move on after eating anything that they can. Porcupines cannot “shoot” their quills, but the quills come out quite easily on contact. would be to go to the local PD's and ask them where they shoot, or do they know of any pits around that you can get permission at. I used to frequent a 1,000 yard range in Texas with no problems and no waitlist. (Remember, quills are hollow and lightweight. There was also a nice indoor range I'd go to and shoot in the indoor GSSF matches. Watch for porcupines this year, one of my dogs has been quilled twice in 2 weeks. JavaScript is disabled. It was a nice range but was only to 25 yards. Be sure to enter the NES/MFS December Giveaway ***Mossberg 702 Plinkster .22lr***. Some things which Porcupine 411 can be used for include: Locations of speed traps and sobriety checkpoints; Reporting unusual … I do not own property yet in NH. Good luck. I haven't shot once since I moved here. So if you live in a rural area where roads are salted in winter, your tires will be fair game. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. If you shoot him, will you be criminally charged with assault or murder? i am not aware of a case where a shooter has been charged with reckless conduct. New Hampshire Hey! Watch our video Porcupine Quill Work to learn more about this unique craft! New Hampshire is generally hilly, rocky and wooded, with over 1300 lakes and ponds. When I was living in Idaho there was a gun club you could join that had a 1000 yard range. First, use it on any tree you want to keep from being eaten. I'm in the Derry/Londonderry area. Shooting on private land without permission may be legal, but it's definitely rude, and can draw police attention. The quills come out easily when contacted. The North American porcupine is found in New England, the upper Midwest and western United States and most of Canada. Rather, my guess is a porcupine recently started nesting somewhere near your house. Target shooting is not allowed in WMA's (wildlife management areas). I do not own property yet in NH. Anybody know of any new ranges getting set up? Be sure to go all the way around the tree. There were a lot of informally established spots out there to shoot. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. Every farmer I have ever spoken to, has asked me to kill porcupines if I see any on their property. The porcupine is a rodent. Porcupines’ back, sides, and tail are covered with thousands of stiff, needle-like, finely barbed hairs (quills) for defense. The rifle range went out to 1,000 yards. Our belief that porcupines can shoot their spiny quills through the air to ward of attackers dates back at least as far as Aristotle, the greatest philosopher of his day. I'm trying to mitigate this problem now. Rather than having to go to a range every time. People go up and shoot there all the time. Their coloration is a mixture of black, white, and grey hairs combined with yellowish black tipped quills. I'm not waiting a few years. The site may not work properly if you don't, If you do not update your browser, we suggest you visit, Press J to jump to the feed. http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/Rules/state_agencies/fis900.html, The Free state of New Hampshire (Southeast). No person shall discharge a firearm on land or waters of a WMA except while hunting or trapping; You must log in or register to reply here. Something interesting: The quill of the porcupine is scaled so it moves forward every time the victim moves. Not a bad idea, I built a backstop for .22 and handguns in my backyard. Is this an option for gun owners in NH? Rifles were limited to a max of .223/5.56 It's a very nice range and fees were about 18 to 20 dollars for the day. The most recognizable feature of the porcupine is its quills. This site is intended to provide porcupine education and information about how to kill porcupines with poison, so that you can make an informed decision if you need to deal with a porcupine problem. They take up a defensive posture if threatened with their head down and the quills on their back and rump sticking out. If you become really good friends with a local, after a few years they might show you their favorite sand pit. The hollow quills will dislodge easily if contacted. Per state law (RSAs 207:3-a, 207:3-c, and 644:13), you may not shoot across or within 15 feet of a road, or “within 300 feet of a permanently occupied dwelling without permission of the owner or the occupant of the dwelling or from the owner of the land on which the person discharging the firearm or shooting the bow and arrow is situated.” The answers depend on the state you live in and on your circumstances. Their coat remains brown all year round. I never did join but I would go out to the National Forest to go shooting. !. OTOH, joining a local F&G club is cheaper than picking up the tab for multiple rounds of drinks every Saturday night. Shooting on private land without permission may be legal, but it's definitely rude, and can draw police attention. For a better experience, please enable JavaScript in your browser before proceeding. In NH right now most of the ranges that aren't crap are waitlisted, so good luck with that. If you are hunting in southern Maine, MDIFW would like to know if you accidentally take or see New England cottontail rabbits. We see moose and deer and foxes regularly, others have seen black bears and wildcats though I have not. But what can these small mammals really do with their home-grown needles. If you enjoy the forum please consider supporting it by signing up for a NES Membership  The benefits pay for the membership many times over. Depending on how large the area around is it won't be hard to find where they hang out. Having porcupines in your area can bring in other pests that prey on porcupines. Cottontail rabbits are smaller than snowshoe hare, have hind feet less than 4 inches in length, and do not turn white in the winter. The quills are very sharp and can injure you if you happen to run into them. But there has to be something comparable with all this land in NH that is legal, without having to sit on a 1 year wait list. You can contact me at... NHwildlifetracker@gmail.com in NH. I'm willing to travel at least 30 minutes from here to get to a safe area as well if it is worth it. It has hairless soles on its feet that help it climb trees. USFS law enforcement would just drive on by and not even slow down. like this, or maybe a little higher up if the tree has a split. Or possibly move back to Texas. it is. Obviously you shouldn't be wiping them out just for the hell of it, but there aren't restrictions on them so if you've got one that close and causing trouble it's your call. Easier than lugging everything to the local sand pits. Porcupines damage, and sometimes kill, trees by gnawing on them; they even gnaw at uninhabited wooden buildings. Contrary to popular belief, they cannot actually “shoot” or “throw” their quills, but if attacked by a predator, the barbed quills will hook into the predator’s skin (similar to a fish hook) and thus are a persuasive deterrent and a challenge to remove. Simply treat the trunk from the ground up to at least 6 feet high. You might find a tree that has been claimed by a family of porcupines. As soon as the quills are dry, a new-born porcupine can defend itself from some predators. Porcupines bristle up when alarmed, and a small muscle attached to … The started well with 3 good sized porcupines. Considering how long porcupines live (5-6 years) I doubt there is a sudden state-wide increase. I'm thinking this is going to be the route to take. The above comment stands true... "If you become really good friends with a local, after a few years they might show you their favorite sand pit.". porcupine can throw its quills at an attacker is a widely-believed bit of animal misinformation. The answer is no; they cannot shoot their quills. Can someone please PM me with a sandpit that I keep reading about on these forums? 1/4 oz packages have over 200 quills, 1 oz packages contain over 1000 quills). The porcupine is a large rodent noted for quills and extremely long guard hairs on its back and tail. It was only $2200/acre 3 years ago. With coastal lowlands in the Southeast, the New England uplands, the White Mountains in the Appalachian chain, New Hampshire has many habitats for its wildlife. https://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/ Porcupines are like emergency food in a lot of Canada’s forests. Ordinarily Im a pretty passive guy, but this is the 2nd time hes been quilled in 2 weeks, and the 5th time a dog in my yard has been quilled since last fall. Log In Sign Up. I recently moved to NH and would like to know if anybody has any information on the laws that allows target shooting, etc in a rural area. Shooting is probably the most humane approach to controlling porcupine populations. Sometimes they will chatter their teeth too as a defensive strategy. Yes, the bar for me is high. Rather than having to go to a range every time. There are MANY place to shoot. I live up in Franconia, so it's a bit more sparse than where you are. They are slow moving and easy to kill with a club. 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