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Groundhog infestation IN TOWN

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by WestKentucky, Jun 18, 2015.

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  1. Hookeye

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    I love groundhog hunting.............probably my favorite outdoor pastime.
    Second would be bowhunting deer (with trad gear).

    Too bad all the chucks now live in town! My .243 just sits in the safe. Thought about getting another #1 with good wood............just for chucks/old time's sake.

    Can't hardly justify chasing them with my 700..............none around the old blasting spots anymore.
     
  2. 788Ham

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    We've had a big problem this year with cottontail rabbits! They've dug under both front and back cement porches. We'd also had some settling happening, 20 years in this house, so we had an outfit that has a product like mud-jackers use, only polyethylene . They drill holes, squirt this stuff into the holes, it raises the settled concrete, also entombs whatevers hiding under the porches too! Not a cheap alternative I know, but they won't be tunneling under the porches either! :cuss:
     
  3. Sunray

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    Nothing new about chucks living in town. Killing 'em, any way, is usually illegal, in town. Poison is absolutely out. Ground hog will laugh at a cat. Dog, not so much.
    As mentioned, they're like beavers. Get rid of one and another will be there next year.
    "...they attract coyotes..." Groundhogs do that.
     
  4. WestKentucky

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    escalated warfare

    The dirtpigs have expanded their residency (or I just now saw hole #2 most likely) so the pellet rifle has gone back to the safe. The browning micro midas has been called to action, and has drawn it's first blood. The little critters are living under the back porch as well as under the shed. So far 2 confirmed kills, 2 more known solid hits, and at least 2 more critters in the wind.

    Hard to believe that the bow turned back to 23 pounds still has the power to open a mechanical head and do a pass through leaving the arrow in the body.
     

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    more pics

    More photos...look closely on the shed pic and you can see the arrow where the groundhog ran and got stuck under the shed. I will get it out tomorrow when it's not raining.
     

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    This is where I frequently see 2 very large groundhogs and a few juveniles. This is also the place where they feel comfortable as they get to cover so they stop to see why I'm not chasing them...gives me a still critter and time to aim.
     

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  7. billj888

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    You got it right. The air rifle is just the thing - quiet, effective and fun. I have killed raccoons, crows, squirrels and chipmunks in my yard and have neighbors close on two sides. If an adult 'chuck doesn't drop dead with the shot he will run back to the burrow to die and the others will have to leave.
     
  8. jrdolall

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    Powderless 22 in a bolt gun. The sound is close to an air rifle and they are pretty lethal at 15-20 yards. Unless you get head shots they will probably run off and die but the objective is to get rid of them.
     
  9. jmorris

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    "Air rifle" is not synonyms with quite. My Discovery makes almost as much noise as a 22lr.

    Even air rifles with "moderators" can be beat with a suppressed .22 with the right ammo.

    As you can see in this video of my .22 Maruader side by side with a 77/22.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srXMYpYFZ8c
     
  10. WestKentucky

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    Thinned the herd substantially but still more work to do. They no longer stop to see why I'm not chasing them...they run like crazy as soon as they see movement. I think there's 2 left, but there are at least 4 more within 100 yards living under neighbors sheds and houses. All targets are greenlit.
     
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