Woodchuck extraviganza!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by rooster0209, Jun 7, 2008.

  1. rooster0209

    rooster0209 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 7, 2008
    North Dakota
    aka Ground Hogs

    I always thought they were soo cute! DH wanted to kill them all. Since he loves me, he has left it alone. Now, I think there are hundreds [​IMG] Alot of people have been saying they are really alot of them this year, so it isnt just my farm.

    One big guy (or girl) has been really lucky or we are bad shots! I am ok with a 22 but for some reason I couldnt hit the barn with the shotgun. Even DH has missed.

    There are holes all in the shelterbelt, luckily they have not moved into the barn. Yesterday afternoon I was checking a Guinea nest and saw a little woodchuck, it was soo cute, about the size of a small cat. My ever present tag-a-long Freddie was with me, and to my surprise he killed it. I think it is his first kill ever. So we are one less woodchuck and DH was very proud of Freddie.
     
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    They can be vicious. We have been infested with them since we moved here. This part of Va is just over run with them. We have trapped them and hunted them and left out poison for them. They have dug tunnels under our barn. They dug one right through a stall floor. They have eaten my garden. They leave a musky foul smell wherever they go. They are carriers of many diseases including rabies.

    I don't find them cute. They are a destructive varmit.

    If you fall in one of their holes while walking across the pasture I hope you don't break your ankle. Talk about the most painful thing to have happen.

    My husband killed 2 giant ones one afternoon and later that day snared a smaller one with a slip snare in the barn. It is one of his favorite photos.

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  3. CUDA

    CUDA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good dog Freddie...good dog!
     
  4. panner123

    panner123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 15, 2007
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    When I was growing up in N. J. the count would pay a .50 bounty on each groundhog we killed. All we had to do was bring in an ear. Most of the farmers around would also pay us a dollar each. So, you know how I made my spending money in he summer time. Actually we got a dollar from the county also, a groundhog has two ears and the lady we showed them to didn't know a right from a left.[​IMG] So if you have any teens around with a 22 or 223 but them a box or shells and pay them a bounty. You would be surprised how fast the numbers go down.[​IMG] Unless you get a good head shot, the groundhog will go back down its hole.
     
  5. kaylakala

    kaylakala Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Never knew woodchucks existed. All I ever heard was the rhyme!!!
     
  6. CUDA

    CUDA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:City Slicker! lol
     
  7. catfish

    catfish Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have a healthy Coyote population, so they're fairly scarce in Arkansas. I'd like to BBQ a couple and see what they taste like.

    Yep I'm weird I like most anything. Nothing like free protein.
     
  8. happyhen

    happyhen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just can't figure.

    We usually have at least 1 chuck in the yard daily. They don't even care if you're outside or not. For some reason, this year we haven't had a one.

    Scary.
     
  9. Eggseronious

    Eggseronious Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you have a garden [​IMG] they will they will put you on the brink of starvation.[​IMG]
     
  10. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Which is why we do our best to get rid of them ASAP.
     

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