Groundhog bait

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  1. beauhunter41031

    beauhunter41031 6 pointer

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    Need to live trap a couple groundhogs what type of bait inside cage
     
  2. Feedman

    Feedman Cyber-Hunter

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    Apple's or pears cut up
     
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  3. DH13

    DH13 12 pointer

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    Dried field corn On the cob better than loose. Caught 9 last year at farm with it in live traps.
     
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  4. beauhunter41031

    beauhunter41031 6 pointer

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    I got some underneath my bunkhouse I shot one last year that I'm going to meet crawled back underneath and died talk about a stinky mess the saw another dude two weeks ago running underneath bunkhouse want to get them out of there alive this time
     
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    beauhunter41031 6 pointer

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  6. trust me

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    Ear corn in the live trap. Bend a cornstalk over and partially shuck an ear and leave it suspended over a 1.5 jump trap, if you're steel trapping them. Or use your best trapping skills and set a jump at the burrow entrance, if no dogs will get in it.
     
  7. beauhunter41031

    beauhunter41031 6 pointer

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    I'm not familiar with the jump trap, I do have a dog but could maybe make a barricade so she will get aroun I do have a dog but could maybe make a barricade so she will stay away, if you could explain would be helpful
     
  8. DH13

    DH13 12 pointer

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    I used a live box trap. Placed it about 4 foot from the opening of the hole with open door toward hole. Place whole ear corn in back. You can buy small bags of ear corn about any where. Even Walmart. People buy it to feed Tree Rats.
     
  9. trust me

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    A jump trap is a steel trap with the spring underneath. When it trips, it will lift off the ground a little, giving a higher, better grip on the critter's leg, theoretically. They're nice because they're easier to bed than a long spring.

    For groundhogs I use a #1.5 jump or longspring. They're little legs aren't long so you need a higher reach. Also, they pull like bulldozers and can slip out of a #1. A 1.5 won't hurt your dog's paw but the jumping and twisting might hurt the dog, and when you grab the trap to remove it that panicked dog is guaranteed to start snapping, so it's better to keep the dogs penned while traps are out. And if a dog sees you digging around in the garden or fencerow, he's sure to go check it out.
     

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  10. beauhunter41031

    beauhunter41031 6 pointer

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    Thank you for the response
     
  11. Feedman

    Feedman Cyber-Hunter

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    Go to tractor supply an buy a package of Giant Destroyer.
    Light one an toss it down the hole. Cover up the entrance to hole. Dead groundhog
     
  12. elkaholic

    elkaholic 12 pointer

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    Then they will stink. I have caught them in a live trap with a piece of bread with peanut butter.
     
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  13. Feedman

    Feedman Cyber-Hunter

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    No they won't stink. Leave the hole covered. I have killed several in one barn an have never had one stink yet
     
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  14. beauhunter41031

    beauhunter41031 6 pointer

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    These are underneath the house and the suckers have a dozen holes down there, I definitely wouldn't want to take a chance on a smell
     
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  15. elkaholic

    elkaholic 12 pointer

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    There has been one living under my Mother in laws house for a couple years. My father in law wouldn't let me shoot him, he liked watching him. He passed away back in October so I will probably take him out this spring, it doesn't need to be living under the house.
     
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