I have never heard of anyone who has cooked a woodchuck and actually enjoyed eating it. To each his own I guess. I don't kill any animals just to get rid of them without good cause, but woodchucks are very bad for ground structure and will ruin a garden, if possible, I will get rid of them. I always used the smoke bomb method and been successful most of the time. It is a lot cleaner and you don't have a dead animal laying around rotting, he is just buried in his house.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!
I live in north central PA, almost at the New York State Border. Used to be lots of woodchucks around. You would see them hit on the road. But not anymore. There are coyotes around and woodchucks are rare.125lb not too big really. Had 200LB one come thru last year. He was big feline cat (Cougar). Wish they got the Squirelle too. Just Turkey and Dogs and Cats outside.
I like how you think--we have a few things in common--holz hausens, wood burning, and an affinity for whistle pig. In general, I have a rule that I try to eat everything I kill (with the exception of some rodents). Groundhogs are just part of my food chain. I don't go out of my way to hunt them, but there seems to be more of a supply than I need.I don't usually take pictures. You can put em in the crock pot or on the grill. The next one is going on the grill.