Groundhog living under wood pile

shortys7777

Feeling the Heat
Nov 15, 2017
250
Smithfield, RI
He already ate my neighbors garden and he runs back under if he hears or sees me. How often do you guys have critters living in your stacks? He almost looks to big to fit in my trap but we'll see. May need to sit out with the air rifle.
 

peakbagger

Minister of Fire
Jul 11, 2008
5,441
Northern NH
Rarely do you have one groundhog, get rid of it before you have many. We had a cheap 22 for dealing with them.
 

Lakeside

Minister of Fire
Feb 6, 2009
534
Mike's World
Kicked a possum out of a 1/2 cord pile of splits while moving them to a stacking area-- good thing I had my dog back off.

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Dataman

Minister of Fire
Sep 10, 2018
766
Newport, Wa
So far I have Nailed 11 with my Ruger 10/22 this year. Few days ago I got 5 in one day. I kill more with my Propane Torch. Light it up and stick in tunnel when they are home. Run 2-5 min. Any smoke out other holes cover up. They all die that way. If you let them they like to build under your foundation. Every year it's same battle. Next door guy don't care and other side 15ac with destroyed mobile home. They have destroyed the drain field there. https://www.harborfreight.com/propane-torch-with-push-button-igniter-91037.html?ccdenc=eyJjb2RlIjoiMjcwNDU3ODciLCJza3UiOiI5MTAzNyIsImlzIjoiMjkuOTkiLCJwcm9kdWN0X2lk IjoiMjI3NyJ9 &cid=paid_google|||91037&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=&utm_content=&gclid=Cj0KCQjwoub3BRC6ARIsABGhnyZ-pIhjSnZxx6zNixrASXZFS764AO2dau6jesScbV98FLGjQrox3JgaAvhfEALw_wcB
 

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hickoryhoarder

Feeling the Heat
Apr 5, 2013
478
Indiana
The more peaceful method is just to show it a better home in the neighbor's yard.;)
 

peakbagger

Minister of Fire
Jul 11, 2008
5,441
Northern NH
Growing up we were in the suburbs but in a development (100 by 100 lots). Our lot backed up to large undeveloped 20 acre field. The woodchucks would come out of the field into the garden despite buried fences. We picked up a cheap 22 rifle and used some sort of ammo that would self destruct so we didnt worry about ricochets. (no guns allowed in our city). The woodchucks would graze on our grass for the salad course so we would slowly open a window and shoot the woodchuck from inside the house. it worked pretty well as a silencer. Our neighbor had his parents move in at some point and they were WW2 concentration camp surivivors from New York. They didnt like guns so our neighbor asked us to stop which we did. They then decided a garden was a good thing and planted one. They didnt fence it so the woodchucks went to town on it several times. After a couple of months the neighbor let us know that it was okay with his parents to shoot the woodchucks ;). We tried road flares and other tricks on the burrows but urban woodchucks will travel quite a distance across paved roads for a good meal.

We sold that house and moved to a new place that also backed up to undeveloped land. My parents were getting old but the neighbor on the other side of the ravine took over controlling the woodchucks. He trapped then with a havahart in case he caught a cat but had a 55 gallon drum full of water to dispatch the woodchucks and occasional possum.
 

Dataman

Minister of Fire
Sep 10, 2018
766
Newport, Wa
Propane Torch is really proving to be "The Method" to stop them Dead. Glad it's still wet enough. Drys out soon and too dangerous.
 

Seasoned Oak

Minister of Fire
Oct 17, 2008
7,080
Eastern Central PA
You can have a garden or you can have a ground hog but you CANT have both,. I use a good scoped pellet rifle with stinger pellets, quiet as a mouse. I wasnt sure how powerful it was until i placed a target on a 3/4 board wooden fence. Every stinger pellet went right through that wood fence. I was stunned. Good thing i didnt hit anything as theres a back street on the other side of the fence
 

Prof

Feeling the Heat
Oct 18, 2011
485
Western PA
You can have a garden or you can have a ground hog but you CANT have both,. I use a good scoped pellet rifle with stinger pellets, quiet as a mouse. I wasnt sure how powerful it was until i placed a target on a 3/4 board wooden fence. Every stinger pellet went right through that wood fence. I was stunned. Good thing i didnt hit anything as theres a back street on the other side of the fence
This is good to know. I'm in the process of researching an upgrade to my old 10-pump. I'll check it out.
 

DuaeGuttae

Minister of Fire
Oct 26, 2016
645
Texas
You know they are all dark meat and an under-rated meal in my opinion ;)
To this day I have clear memories of eating the groundhog my mother trapped and shot when I was a little girl. She brined it for twenty-four hours in the fridge and fried it up like chicken. It was really delicious. She said that was because it had feasted for so long on her garden.
 

Sawset

Minister of Fire
Feb 14, 2015
967
Palmyra, WI
Torch and a dry grass nest - bet that would work, but probably a bad idea under a wood pile. They sure can make a mess of things. They have litters of 5 or more. Midsummer the males migrate or are kicked out, to find a new woodpile to invade. Any gardens nearby are toast. I moved the tasty stuff (broccoli etc) to just in front of the dining room window, so I can play Elmer Fud and slink around the house with a rifle, then slide the windows open for a shot.
 

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Dataman

Minister of Fire
Sep 10, 2018
766
Newport, Wa
I have Mossberg Turkey Thug Tactical in 20g for Home Defense and Gopher Defense. Best is Propane Torch, then Ruger 10/22 with 9x Scope. I can hit 2" target at 50ft easily enough. I think I got the one in front yard finally! Like 18ac they can dig holes in available. Can't leave my little front yard alone? Thinking of trapping them too. But they eat grass. Clover is their Fav Snack.
 
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Captainnemo42

New Member
Jul 22, 2020
1
Greenville michigan
Here's my suggestion.... When i saw a woodchuck go into his hole I took 5 "gopher gasses" I believe they're called, taped them together, lit the fuses, threw it in the hole and covered with dirt. Theyre like giant smoke bombs that TSC sells. Watched to make sure the smoke wasnt coming out of another exit hole. About a week later i was walking around and noticed something big had excavated the hole and there was woodchuck fur everywhere! Worked for me, it might work for you.
 

BIGChrisNH

Minister of Fire
Dec 16, 2015
511
New Hampshire
I would be skeptical of a pellet rifle's ability to drop a woodchuck. Probably going to need a .22 or 20 gauge as stated above.
 
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Dataman

Minister of Fire
Sep 10, 2018
766
Newport, Wa
Have nailed them with 9mm and had them tumble and then get up and run into hole. Pellet gun is too little for Gopher unless it's head shot. Propane torch works lots better than smoke. Cheaper too. 3 Min of flame in hole and it fills up with carbon monoxide and kill em. Over the hole with dirt (any other entry ways too). Lots more success than smoke from Giant Destroyers.
 

Isaac Carlson

Feeling the Heat
Nov 19, 2012
357
NW Wisconsin
It's a shame to waste woodchuck meat. It's a lot like beef. A good pellet rifle (20+ ft lbs) will kill em with a brain shot.
I used to shoot em all the time and just saw one in the shop this week. Not sure why he was in there, but he was. Not sure if I'll use the 22lr, 22-250, or 20 ga. The 22lr is quiet and doesn't hurt my ears like the other two.

like I said, it's a shame to waste the meat. Cook em up and enjoy!