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Offline Mooseherder

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Re: Groundhowgs have 10 lives
« Reply #40 on: August 09, 2017, 09:32:32 am »
My ground hog now has a name.  GH hangs out in the morning and evening.  I think his home is under the greenery by the stump he is on.
 

  

  

 
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Re: Groundhowgs have 10 lives
« Reply #41 on: August 11, 2017, 06:22:00 am »
I have some too ,they don't bother none. ;)
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Re: Groundhowgs have 10 lives
« Reply #42 on: August 11, 2017, 12:45:31 pm »
I wondered if they was the same as woodchucks and when I asked google it found Wikipedia and it said they were the same. So I guess we have them up here too. I don't think we've ever seen one in the yard but the dogs have found a couple out in the field. They didn't last long. Mostly our problem has been muskrats and they can be a tough one to put down.
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Re: Groundhowgs have 10 lives
« Reply #43 on: August 11, 2017, 12:56:26 pm »
I've also heard them called "whistle pigs" but that was from some very old timers.
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Re: Groundhowgs have 10 lives
« Reply #44 on: August 11, 2017, 03:04:14 pm »
Trust me on this, do not grill them.
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Re: Groundhowgs have 10 lives
« Reply #45 on: August 11, 2017, 03:39:04 pm »
I'll trust ya alright. But I'm curious.
Porcupine are supposed to be a good meat and their diet is primarily bark and such. Not really grain or grass eaters. Squirrels are mostly grain/seed eaters and are also supposed to be good meat. So what decides if an animal is good eating? Can't be directly related to diet? Our deer are mostly grass and grain eaters and are good, but in BC where I grew up deer were predominantly twig and tree eaters and I really didn't like them. I'm just curious I guess. So what's the main diet of a whistle pig/woodchuck/groundhog?
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Re: Groundhowgs have 10 lives
« Reply #46 on: August 11, 2017, 05:05:47 pm »
This guy is eating weed leaves and grass.
He loads up every morning and evening.
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Re: Groundhowgs have 10 lives
« Reply #47 on: August 11, 2017, 06:45:00 pm »
Back in the day a bunch of foresters had a bar b que for a bunch of folks.  Mostly wild game and fish.  Ground hog was one of them.  It was tough, stringy and the only taste was the sauce.  Most folks just tasted it and passed.
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Re: Groundhowgs have 10 lives
« Reply #48 on: August 11, 2017, 07:06:50 pm »
I have ate lots of them after my gma told me how to prepare them you have to cut the little white gland out from between the front leg and rib cage they are much more tender if they are parboiled and then browned or cooked on a grill real slooow

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Re: Groundhowgs have 10 lives
« Reply #49 on: August 11, 2017, 09:28:36 pm »
Peter,my dislike of them wood chunks comes from the haying day. Run into a mound of dirt that the wood chunk has dug out of it's hole with a sickle bar mower and you would not like them either.  ;D  Gives ya something to do. Take the knife out and sharpen it. Oh well,time to be greased anyways.  ;D
The critters can do a number on a garden too. Need more raised beds like you have.
And by the way,you have A LOT more than some too. I kill 3-4 each year. Kinda like grey squirrels or chipmunks. There is a never ending supply.
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Re: Groundhowgs have 10 lives
« Reply #50 on: August 11, 2017, 10:30:09 pm »
Peter,my dislike of them wood chunks comes from the haying day. Run into a mound of dirt that the wood chunk has dug out of it's hole with a sickle bar mower and you would not like them either.  ;D  Gives ya something to do. Take the knife out and sharpen it. Oh well,time to be greased anyways.  ;D
The critters can do a number on a garden too. Need more raised beds like you have.
And by the way,you have A LOT more than some too. I kill 3-4 each year. Kinda like grey squirrels or chipmunks. There is a never ending supply.




I know what you mean on the haying. Dad would send me out with a spade and fill in the holes just before we cut. After that, with no hay they would be easy picking, 22/250  fudd-smiley  :D :D :D
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Re: Groundhowgs have 10 lives
« Reply #51 on: August 12, 2017, 09:55:26 am »
The ones around here seem to enjoy digging all their holes under any building foundation they can find  :(.  The hay fields are pretty well left to the badgers digging for the gophers.