Ground Hogs

Discussion in 'Varmint Hunting' started by AllDodge, May 24, 2019.

  1. Rut-n-Strut

    Rut-n-Strut 8 pointer

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    I have holes all over/around the barn and under the house. I use a conibear 220 over the hole. Forget baiting them. It would be nice to have a way to keep them from coming. The fur just keeps piling up for me. One year I got 22 groundhogs and a number of skunks/possums.

     
  2. AllDodge

    AllDodge Fawn

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    Least with traps you can set and forget, so long as no dogs or kids in the area.

    Even in his vid, he doesn't know what to use to keep them from coming back. Long vid to just show what trap

    Do think I got the last pup the other day, probably crawled back in the hole to die. Placed new loose stuff around and have seen nothing moved since, and have not seen another
     
  3. xbokilla

    xbokilla 12 pointer

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    I’ve seen GH posts before. If you folks are ever in Lexington just cruise and count them on the hillsides around town. I swear Lexington Ky has to be the groundhog Capital of Ky...maybe the world!
     
  4. Carl

    Carl 12 pointer

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    I shot 3 today with my 25 cal air rifle. All 3 brain shots , used only 3 pellets. They just laid down and twitched their tails for about 15 seconds Predator Poly Mag pellets, 30 yds.
    They are young and tender so I am going to try to cook them. They are soaking in the fridge.
     
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  5. Dark Cloud

    Dark Cloud 12 pointer

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    My ex father-in-law use to lay a lot of black pepper ,to his and roast in the oven, he fixed raccoon the same way
     
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  6. Carl

    Carl 12 pointer

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    I might try that. The meat is very tender (tears easily) , has no smell and has no fat. They have been eating out of a big patch of white clover. I thought about frying them like a rabbit, biscuits and groundhog gravy, baked beans and fried tatters. Yumm. :D:D:D
     
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  7. AllDodge

    AllDodge Fawn

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    Wouldn't mind finding a way to cook them up and be tender. If they come out right would be interested to know.
     
  8. Carl

    Carl 12 pointer

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    I will let you know
     
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  9. elkaholic

    elkaholic 12 pointer

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    My .17 hmr does pretty well on them.
     
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  10. elkaholic

    elkaholic 12 pointer

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    Anything cooked in a crock pot comes out tender.
     
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  11. AllDodge

    AllDodge Fawn

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    Wouldn't say that's always true, cooked my first GH in a crock for many hours, gave up after around 6, and it never did get tender. Maybe a pressure cooker
     
  12. Teach Deer

    Teach Deer 6 pointer

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    If you can see the hole, drop in some fist sized gravel (available at Lowes) intermixed with concrete mix...fill the hole full and then add water...

    That or just buy a couple yards of concrete and pour it in...

    I had this issue with a storage building...but living in the city, the 22 was a no go...I purchased a spring loaded Crossman Storm air rifle (0.177 cal pellet at 1200 ft/s) and sniped them from inside the house...open windows are dangerous windows...

    NOTE: the air rifle is NOT 100% effective...basically the shot had to be pretty much perfect (like right through the ear canal)...ground hogs are tough critters...

    Got fed up after shooting one old fellow multiple times with the air rifle and pulled out my crossbow...Excalibur Ibex at 305 ft/s with a 20" Gold Tip bolt and a 2" 2 blade Rage head...the groundhog made it about 15 yards...the Rage worked exactly as advertised and the blood trail was massive (even from a groundhog)...
     
  13. Teach Deer

    Teach Deer 6 pointer

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    Raised in SE KY, ground hog was always nice table fare...
    Pressure cooker for about 3 hours is the way to go...
    Then salt, pepper, flour and fry in a cast iron skillet...
    Corn bread, fried potatoes, and lettuce and onions (with the left over grease as dressing)...
     
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  14. pentail

    pentail Bacon Staff Member

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  15. AllDodge

    AllDodge Fawn

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    Another one of those pesky varmints. Watched him/her for about an hour, and it just kept looking around. When it did get down it went behind the house and then later came back to the same spot

    G Hog 072619.jpg
     

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