Woodchucks gone badddddd - semi graphic pic

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by bryan8, Jun 21, 2009.

  1. bryan8

    bryan8 Songster

    May 21, 2009
    New york
    Well today I had my ten 7 week old red sex links and my one year old bantie out in the yard.

    A big woodchuck started to walk towards the lettuce I had put out for the chickens to eat. Well what happened was that My bantie though she could gaurd her lettuce. She went after the woodchuck and it grabbed her and pinned her down. They were flipping out and I started to see feathers fly every where ( im shouting at them during this)

    I knew it would kill her, so I grab my rifle, and rested on my porch. I have about a 2 inch circle at 100yrds to hit the woodchuck without hurting princess ( the bantie) that 22-250 struck the woodchuck and rolled it about ten feet, and my banite started flipping out. I think she though that i was trying to shoot her! [​IMG]

    Well this happened at 7ish and it took me an hour to catch my bantie. Her wing was bleeding and she got cut on the chest. I clean them up and put some kote-blue on the cuts.

    Hopefully she will be back to normal in a few days....

    Heres the woodchuck. I never though that a woodchuck would hurt a chicken...


  2. will hunt for food

    will hunt for food Songster

    Feb 17, 2009
    Nice shot. What rifle/scope? Handloads?

    I am very surprised that the woodchuck grabbed the hen. You growing carnivore ground hogs up your way?
  3. Chicky Tocks

    Chicky Tocks Songster

    Oct 20, 2008
    Benton, Arkansas
    How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

    Or lettuce for that matter. [​IMG] Nice shot!!
  4. bryan8

    bryan8 Songster

    May 21, 2009
    New york
    Its a NEF 22-250

    Im running Remington UMC 55g JHP

    I get 1/4 to 1/2 groups at 100yrds off a bench

    So it was a realy easy shot. Glad I caught it when it started

    Thats the entry hole... lets just say its missing its other half of its head

  5. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits...

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    Wow, i never knew they did that either! [​IMG]
  6. kartking22

    kartking22 Songster

    Jan 12, 2008
    I got two woodchucks last year that were raising cain with my birds. The 22-250 is a very accurate rifle but I prefer my Savage Model 93 HMR .17 caliber. Shells are cheaper and just as acurate. This is the ultimate preditor sniper rifle in my eyes. 2250 FPS with a barrel no bigger than a pellet gun. Gotta love it.
  7. bryan8

    bryan8 Songster

    May 21, 2009
    New york
    The .17 HMR isnt suited for anything bigger than woodchucks....

    I love my 22-250

    I can do anything from rabbits to coyotes

    The .17HMR is not ethical for anything larger than woodchucks and not for distances over 100yrds or so.

    Ive gotten woodchucks out to 600yrds with my rifle

  8. spook

    spook Songster

    Apr 21, 2008
    North Central Florida
    I'll tell you, wood chucks can be vicious little monsters. They will eat the plastic coating off your wiring in your auto! No kidding, a man that we knew couldn't start his truck and found that. Explain that to a insurance company.
    If a woodchuck was going after the lettuce, it makes you wonder why, they would rather graze on clover vs human handled food.
    (although you can catch a chuckie in a live trap with broccoli.)

    Good thing you was out with your girl, tragic tale it could have been- nice shot too! (I'm envious ha ha)
  9. Is a woodchuck the same as a whistle pig??
    ( ground hog )
    We have them here in missouri....but I never knew they could hurt my chickens! [​IMG]
  10. *GEL*

    *GEL* In the Brooder

    Apr 17, 2009
    Well, I think that's why everyone is a little freaked out, as Gound Hogs, Woodchucks, etc.... are known herbivors.....not carnivors. Maybe he was just fighting for the lettuce....?? [​IMG] Not sure why one would turn nasty on a chicken....weird!

    Great shot though! [​IMG]

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: