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Re: Groundhowgs have 10 lives
« Reply #20 on: June 23, 2017, 10:32:28 am »
Man and gun make up 184 years of experience. Chuck had no chance!!   ;D
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Re: Groundhowgs have 10 lives
« Reply #21 on: June 23, 2017, 11:04:39 am »
I really did shoot it.  I've learned that if I just leave them there they fall,  they will dissappear in no time. 

The first one I shot, I got busy helping the farmers store their hay and didn't get around to hauling off the caucus.   I went back to take care of it a couple of hours later and it was gone.  The farmers putting up hay said a flock of buzzards were working on something where it had fallen (they didn't know I'd killed a groundhog).  I later found a clean skull.  All that was left.
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Re: Groundhowgs have 10 lives
« Reply #22 on: June 23, 2017, 11:45:02 am »
Find a 13 year old boy with a .22, offer him five bucks per groundhog, and stand back.

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Re: Groundhowgs have 10 lives
« Reply #23 on: June 23, 2017, 12:25:24 pm »
And maybe duck a bit too  :)

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Re: Groundhowgs have 10 lives
« Reply #24 on: June 23, 2017, 12:32:32 pm »
And maybe duck a bit too  :)

I don't think so.  Too many buildings with trucks and equipment to trust to a trigger happy kid.
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Re: Groundhowgs have 10 lives
« Reply #25 on: June 23, 2017, 12:34:47 pm »
Bibby,

   Around here buzzards know to hang out around hay fields during haying. They get lots of fawns and snakes and such killed by the tractors and equipment.
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Re: Groundhowgs have 10 lives
« Reply #26 on: June 23, 2017, 12:37:59 pm »
  When I shoot or trap a groundhog near my buildings I take them out in the open in one of the pastures and the buzzards find them fast.
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Re: Groundhowgs have 10 lives
« Reply #27 on: June 23, 2017, 01:52:44 pm »
I hate seeing them (buzzards) around our calving yards, always tells me I missed something in the trees but so far they haven't circled over me, yet.  ::)

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Re: Groundhowgs have 10 lives
« Reply #28 on: June 27, 2017, 08:49:54 pm »
Another one bites the dust!  I'm thinning them out or they are getting really cautious.  I've only got a glimpse of one in the past 4-5 days.   This evening I had set and watched for an hour then stood to go back to the house.  I caught sight of one crossing from one side of the drive to the other.   For some fatal reason, it stopped and turned to look back.  It gave me a good broadside shot. 
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Re: Groundhowgs have 10 lives
« Reply #29 on: June 28, 2017, 03:47:14 am »
Ground hog skins make great boot laces.  Really tough.  Gary
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Re: Groundhowgs have 10 lives
« Reply #30 on: June 28, 2017, 04:34:40 pm »
 

 

I got another groundhowg last evening and laid it out in front of one of my trail cams.  This hawk came to check it out but I didn't get any pictures of it working on the groundhowg.  In the night, coons fell on the caucus and consumed it totally from what I can tell.
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Re: Groundhowgs have 10 lives
« Reply #31 on: June 29, 2017, 01:52:28 pm »
Nice picture.  Reminds me of the time many years ago when I lived in Louisville, KY, and my neighbor came over to my place and told me we needed to shoot a groundhog in another neighbors field. It had been digging wholes in the side of our ponds.  I told him my rifle wasn't scoped in and that any shot I took would only count if I got it between the eyes.  I loaded the rifle (30-06) with one round and lowered it on the groundhog until I felt it time to shoot.  I fired and the groundhog disappeared.  Jack said lets go check it out.  We went down into the field and found the big groundhog with a bullet just "above" between the eyes.  There was a small hole in front and the whole back of her head was gone.  I told Jack that I would have made a more accurate shot if the rifle had been scoped in. 
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Re: Groundhowgs have 10 lives
« Reply #32 on: July 01, 2017, 09:52:46 pm »
I've used 22 lr but found poison smoke bombs shoved down the holes works too.    I use these :

https://www.amazon.com/Revenge-Rodent-8-pack-Gophers-Woodchucks/dp/B015BSQ7Q6
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Re: Groundhowgs have 10 lives
« Reply #33 on: July 02, 2017, 06:26:29 am »
Yes,those smoke bombs work good. I sell them at work and use to buy them there before I worked there. I like use a small stick or limb or a sticker and tie the smoke bomb onto to it. This keeps my hands away from the heat of the fuse and gives me more time to put the bomb where it needs to go. I try to find the exit hole too. Throw the dirt into one hole,smoke bomb in the other. If they dig it out,means it was not in there,try it again. It's best to see it go into the hole,but the way it was when we was mowing the field for hay,grass is 3 feet tall,hard to see when it goes into the hole.
Now that we mow the few every 2 weeks,the woodchucks live in the stone walls.
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Re: Groundhowgs have 10 lives
« Reply #34 on: July 02, 2017, 11:40:10 am »
Many years ago, the owner of a Saab that you had to mix the oil with the gas used his car for woodchuck eradication on his new to him farm.  He put an extra measure of oil in the gas, attached a hose to the exhaust, and went from hole to hole putting the car exhaust to the holes as he piled dirt around the hose then revved the engine a few times then off to the next one.  He thinned them out quite nicely.
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Re: Groundhowgs have 10 lives
« Reply #35 on: July 10, 2017, 10:26:00 pm »
My groundhog hanging out by the burn pile tonight.  He was eating greenery and weeds.  Not gonna whack him yet.  He's gotta worry about other predators for now.
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Re: Groundhowgs have 10 lives
« Reply #36 on: July 10, 2017, 10:38:08 pm »
your just trying to fatten up for a better taste just don't forget to cut the little white glands out from under the front leg arm pits or it will taste horrible  trust me  :D   

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Re: Groundhowgs have 10 lives
« Reply #37 on: July 11, 2017, 05:58:58 am »
The other day I went to a town a few miles away to get t-shirts at a department store that's 'downtown'.
The cement sidewalk met the buildings foundation and as I'm walking towards the door, there is a baby woodchuck hurrying along ahead of me !

I explained to it that it had made a bad choice and it had better turn around and go back to the lawn next door. But it wouldn't turn around. I'd shuffle my feet towards it and it would back up five feet and I'd shuffle some more and it would back up some more. There was cars going by in the street and one woman asked what the creature was.... After about 60 feet of shuffling and backing up 'junior' was back around the corner of the building and that was the best I could do for him.

I don't want them in my garden but don't want to see them mashed in the road in the middle of town !
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Re: Groundhowgs have 10 lives
« Reply #38 on: July 29, 2017, 03:39:02 pm »
My favorite woodchuck gun for short range, a scoped Marlin Model 200, a .410 shotgun shooting Remington Sluggers. They don't crawl away!



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Re: Groundhowgs have 10 lives
« Reply #39 on: July 29, 2017, 07:14:34 pm »
looks like some good eating if you didn't make chuck burger out of it  :D