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Gil Martin
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2015 3:24 pm    Post subject: Groundhogs are out Reply with quote

While walking my dog this evening, I spotted a huge groundhog in the field across the road from my house. My neighbor owns a large farm and has given me permission to hunt on his property. The groundhog has a burrow near the barn and is quite wary. My dog and I were over one hundred yards away and the chuck immediately dropped down into his den. I will have to plan a stalk that gets me close without being detected to take the shot. In the past, I have hunted from the barn and may have to again. Anyone else seeing groundhogs? All the best...
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2015 5:16 pm    Post subject: Re: Groundhogs are out Reply with quote

I saw my first of the year this past weekend, walking along the side of a busy road. Wonder how folks would take to me shooting them from a moving car with a shotgun...

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2015 2:13 am    Post subject: Re: Groundhogs are out Reply with quote

If your laws about shooting from a public road are anything like ours Punkin, you will be well and truly up sh1t creek without a paddle mate. Just take note of where they are and visit the landowner later and ask if you can pop a few "dogs" on his property mate.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2015 4:48 am    Post subject: Re: Groundhogs are out Reply with quote

Been seeing a lot of them too. Unfortunately our state makes it illegal to shoot them from March until June 1. By then even the beans are usually tall enough to hide them.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2015 3:41 am    Post subject: Re: Groundhogs are out Reply with quote

I shot my first one not too long ago. Ohio recently legalized supressors for hunting so I put a big hole in it with a supressed 308 Winchester. Best of all, my wife who was in the house didn't hear/wasn't annoyed by the shot.

Two or 3 days ago I saw another one right outside my office window. Unfortunately, it got skittish when I opened the window to take a shot so it's still living under my front porch. Its days are numbered though...

I could be friends with them if they didn't chew on landscape lighting wireing and porch furniture.
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PostPosted: Wed May 03, 2017 9:15 pm    Post subject: Re: Groundhogs are out Reply with quote

Groundhogs have disappeared around here. Coyotes sightings have been increasing, probably related. They've even started to go sightseeing in NYC.

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PostPosted: Thu May 04, 2017 8:26 am    Post subject: Re: Groundhogs are out Reply with quote

Hot damn!! Yote hunting in Central Park...

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PostPosted: Thu May 04, 2017 4:13 pm    Post subject: Re: Groundhogs are out Reply with quote

For about 3 weeks now !!!

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PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2017 10:12 am    Post subject: Re: Groundhogs are out Reply with quote

Been watching a few rock chucks for a month or so now. Maybe I'm getting soft in my old age, but I can't seem to bring myself to shoot them. At less than 100 yards with my 243 doesn't seem sporting any more.

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PostPosted: Sun May 07, 2017 6:01 pm    Post subject: Re: Groundhogs are out Reply with quote

Loke wrote:
Been watching a few rock chucks for a month or so now. Maybe I'm getting soft in my old age, but I can't seem to bring myself to shoot them. At less than 100 yards with my 243 doesn't seem sporting any more.

Watching for a couple months? Stop giving them names... it makes it easier to shoot them later (lol!).

I kindof feel the same way when I see one near home. Down on the Boulder's though... they are all over. Last one I shot (and I kid you not) was with my LCP at 40 yards. It was a stupendous shot if I do say so myself (LMAO!)


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PostPosted: Sun May 07, 2017 7:11 pm    Post subject: Re: Groundhogs are out Reply with quote

Closest thing we have to ground hogs out here would be the European Rabbit. Open season, no bag limit, all year round.

Good thing about rabbits vs ground hogs is you can make a magnificent meal outa bunny.

Loke...make it sporting mate...break out the .22 rimfire with subsonics or use a .17 HMR.

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PostPosted: Mon May 08, 2017 6:18 pm    Post subject: Re: Groundhogs are out Reply with quote

Vince, I'm told that groundhog is pretty tasty! After all, they're eating the same stuff the beef cattle do. I haven't had a chance to try it myself though.

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PostPosted: Tue May 09, 2017 1:21 am    Post subject: Re: Groundhogs are out Reply with quote

that just screams .223 and fast varmit projectiles.
Grumps they some 130grn speers through the .308....perfect medicine for small stuff and not too shabby on deer sized animals if you are a fan of head/neck or meat saver shots..they are known as handgrenade loads over here and are a favourite with guys shooting from choppers.

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PostPosted: Tue May 09, 2017 4:12 pm    Post subject: Re: Groundhogs are out Reply with quote

Vince wrote:

Loke...make it sporting mate...break out the .22 rimfire with subsonics or use a .17 HMR.
Was going to say that. You beat me to it. You could also try hitting them with a handgun.
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PostPosted: Sat May 13, 2017 10:41 am    Post subject: Re: Groundhogs are out Reply with quote

Shocked Pumpkin-you're right about eating woodchuck,groundhog!I used to live in Va when in the service and those people back east could'nt concieve of killing all that good eatin food for sport!Iguess that's kinda like after the civil war and the south had been destroyed by sherman and there was not much left to eat and people had to adapt to eating pretty much whatever there was left!Gopher pie,black birds,possum,swamp rat,etc.That was kinda like my analogy of the last years of obama in office-we did'nt sport shoot our cottontails-because before obama got through-that might be the only food we would have left.So maybe ground hogs can be found on that menu also!!! Mad

Heck it could cause a new trend in open range-non gmo,natural mcdonalds -ground-groundhog burgers!!!
PS-somebody would want to start ground hog feedlots and ruin that idea!

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