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How to get rid of ground hog in front lawn

Post in 'DIY and General non-hearth advice' started by kalevi, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. kalevi

    kalevi Member

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    Hi Folks:

    I got a new resident on my property that I don't want. He's dug a burrow with 2 entrances in my front lawn. I can't shoot him because of where I live. I figure if I try to trap him, I will catch 1000 squirrels before I get him. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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  2. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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  3. Adios Pantalones

    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

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    It's weird- I have a mess of gray squirrels, and catch them in a havahart sized for them. I catch woodchucks in the bigger sized trap, but have yet to catch a squirrel in it. You could just let the squirrels go if you get them (check the trap often- they can get pretty beat up before being released)
  4. woodmeister

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    .177 cal. pellet gun no muss, no fuss no real noise either.
  5. Adios Pantalones

    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

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    A pellet gun that will kill a groundhog cleanly may be an investment. They are tough SOB's.
  6. woodmeister

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    At 1200 feet per second and properly placed it's a done deal.
  7. Adios Pantalones

    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

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    Exactly. My Crossman 760 aint doing it. Do you have a suggestion on a good one (I could use something between the 10 pump and the 22)
  8. woodmeister

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    There are a lot of them out there i have a winchester, gammo makes a variety of them. Take a look at the cabelas web site they have a good selection.
  9. jimbom

    jimbom Combustion Analyzer

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    Check your local ordinances regarding pellet gun discharge in the city limits. They are treated as are rifles in our town.

    http://mdc.mo.gov/landwater-care/wi...gement/mammals/controlling-nuisance-groundhog

    I think the carbon monoxide cartridge may work the best. People used to do this with the exhaust from a small engine. If you use a small engine, have someone at each entrance with a pitchfork. They might run from the smell or noise. The cartridge seems like no smell, no noise - just get sleepy and doze off permanently.

    The trap is good if you want to eat him. I have heard they are good eat-n.

    Back from quail hunting with my dog in my youth, we surprised a groundhog in the front yard. He ran for the outhouse. There was a board loose and he ran in followed closely by my dog. I thought the worst. There was a ruckus in there, but I couldn't see from inside. Just as I was about to tear the sides off the place, I saw a brown flash at the loose board. Then a white flash as the dog chased the groundhog around the edge of the pit. Brown. White. Brown. White. I was afraid the dog would catch the groundhog. A groundhog will tear up a pointer pretty bad. So I timed the circles and blasted away when the brown flash was due. Silence. Directly, the dog came backing out with the dead ground hog. We both were relieved. I think the dogs nose had power burns. He was all proud of himself. Carrying that groundhog around like he had saved the world.

    So I don't recommend sending your terrier in after him. You will have to finish the job yourself. And take the terrier to the vet.
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    jimbom Combustion Analyzer

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    More thread jack. We used to go quail hunting after school. There were several good coveys near town. Next day when organizing the hunt I said I had to go home to get my dog. Everybody had their guns and some brought their dogs and left them hang around. They said don't do that. He is ruint. I shot a ground hog over him and now he would be pointing ground hogs. They half had me going. But I recovered with a few - beats having dogs that run rabbits, run to the truck on the first shot, etc. All problems the others had experienced with their dogs.
  11. Reggie Dunlap

    Reggie Dunlap Feeling the Heat

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    Woodchucks are surprisingly tough little critters. Pellet rifles and air guns are pretty marginal in my opinion. A .22 with subsonic rounds is a better option and not much louder.
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    Stopped by my dad's one day and he had his .22 out shooting a woodchuck in the head in a havahart trap.
    I don't think the bullets were penetrating the skull, I think they were bouncing off.
    It would just growl every time it got shot.

    Dunno what dad did with it. Probably drowned it.
    He was pretty mad that it had pretty much eaten up his whole garden almost in one night.

    Plus he had tried one of those smoke bombs in it's burrow and it back-fired. Got himself in the face pretty good.

    He was pretty angry and looked like hell so I left.

    From what I understand he destroyed a shed to get at a burrow.

    Mom still refers to it as the woodchuck war with lots of casualties.
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    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

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    Their hide was used in "ye olde times" for hinges and show soles because it's so tough.
  14. CTburning

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    If you want to hunt them you are crazy. I have a RWS model 350 magnum in 22 cal air gun and I took one out this spring. Gamo and the others are crap and aren't accurate enough. You need heavy pellets and that is going to slow down velocity to the 800 fps range. Spend $400-500 on an air rifle or buy $30 worth of subsonic 22 rounds. Either way you are hunting a critter that runs at first sight. I got mine by slipping open a window when I saw him munching on my garden.

    When I was a kid I worked for a millionaire on his property that had a ground hog problem. He actually paid me to carry my bow and shoot them on sight. It's the old story, the bow was always out of reach when we saw them but I did get one as he was scurrying to his hole, lucky running shot. Anyways, eventually he bought this poison and it worked but it stunk up the yard for a couple of weeks. I tried digging out the den but it went down 6 ft and under the house so I eventually just filled it with water and back filled it in.
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    My Gamo will shoot heavy .177 pellets at over 1000 ft/sec. Easily takes out squirrels, would probably do a 'chuck. With the scope, I can consistently hit a 6" target at 200 feet. It's not a toy, but is priced accordingly (around $200.). It's not quiet, but not loud. A long barrel .22 would probably be quieter, but is not legal to use near houses.
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    If you use the right sized trap and set it right you will catch that woodchuck. Take some of your wood splits and build a spot so the critter has to go in one way. Set the trap and be sure to anchor it down just in case. You can usually catch them within 24 hours. If you can't set a trap at both entrances, block one of them to encourage the critter to use the right one.

    Trapping these things is about as easy as it gets. The only thing I've ever caught when setting a woodchuck trap is a possum. I do know a fellow who caught a badger once though.
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    Apple is about the best live trap bait.
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    Really? Thats the first time I have heard of that one. I usually use lettuce leafs or carrots (plus tops).

    Cat food (can) for possum and coon

    And marshmallows for coons - warning - skunks like them too (and the cat food). I learned to never trap inside of a building, always outside.
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    Take a gallon of pure ammonia and dump it in each hole equally in the eveningand he will make a hasty retreat shortly after....
  20. fishingpol

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    Smoke them with a smoke bomb from a box store. Avenger is one name that I have used. Wait until dark, cover one hole with a rock and dirt. Put the smoke bomb down the other and cover with a rock and dirt. I have three holes in my yard, 2 have been smoked and the last eviction, err, execution is tonight. The bombs are very noxious and work quickly I'm sure. Yes, I did get a lungful of the smoke once, not fun.
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    peaches and strawberries for groundhogs
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    smoke'm if you got'em. I have had zero luck trying to trap so I just smoke them.
  24. richg

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    go to lowes or homies. Buy a box of rat/mouse poison blocks. Throw a bunch of them down the holes. Problem solved.
  25. kalevi

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    He's gone. Just about anything one can do is illegal where I live. Even if I live trap, I'm only supposed to move it only 1/4 mile. I kept putting my cat scat and pee balls in the holes. After a couple of weeks of this, he got tired and moved on. Yeah! I guy in Toronto got charged with animal cruelty for using a shovel on a raccoon that had been digging up his yard.

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