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Eliminating groundhogs

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Folly's place, Mar 12, 2016.

  1. Folly's place

    Folly's place Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    It's spring again, and the little monsters are coming out of their dens under the barn. Again Has anyone had success with cantaloupe or broccoli in a live trap? I've caught ONE in a trap, once, with corn, in many years of trying. Ugh! Hate to use poison or a kill trap; I want to be selective here. Mary
  2. birds4kids

    birds4kids Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 15, 2015
    I saw one cleaning up under my Apple tree, maybe try Apple.
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    I researched trapping those [email protected] a couple year ago, had one under my patio/deck.
    You almost have to put up some fencing near their trails to 'funnel' them into the trap...do some googling.
    They are very skittish and wary, as soon as I opened window to shoot they scampered to cover.

    I ended up using a combo of flooding the tunnels and fencing off their access.
    It finally moved out to field and take up residence in brush pile near my burn pile.
    It wasn't as nervous farther away and I was able to shoot it.
  4. critterkeeper25

    critterkeeper25 Chillin' With My Peeps

    My brother-in-law trapped several with cucumbers and cantaloupe. They keep moving in under his shed in his back yard.
  5. Folly's place

    Folly's place Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    Thanks! I'll get a nice fruit blend, and hope for the best! Mary
  6. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 28, 2008
    I used cantaloupe with good results, along with a well placed trap.
  7. ejcrist

    ejcrist Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 16, 2015
    Desert Hills, AZ
    A Conibear trap over their entrances will kill them instantly and works most every time. Just make sure not to set it wear non-target animals frequent. A cable restraint or snare will work just as well using the same setup but then you'll have to dispatch him afterward if you use a cable restraint (not the case with a snare though). The nice thing about the cable restraint is you can release non-target animals unharmed.
  8. bigoledude

    bigoledude Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 16, 2011
    SE, Louisiana
    +1 on the conibear.

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