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Old August 23, 2011, 09:45 PM   #1
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What is it?

I got these pictures on one of my game cameras. Some of the local critters that it definitely isn't:

squirrel, rabbit, possum, raccoon, skunk, fox, coyote, bobcat, chipmunk, dog, cat

Is it a groundhog? Maybe a youg one?

By the way, that is one of my deer salt licks that it is in.





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Old August 23, 2011, 10:23 PM   #2
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I cannot be sure, but it could very well be a ground hog. Do you have them in your area?
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Old August 23, 2011, 10:26 PM   #3
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Yep...

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/n...30_600x450.jpg

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Groundhog
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Old August 23, 2011, 10:30 PM   #4
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Yup Groundhog, did you guys hognap Phil.
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Old August 23, 2011, 10:47 PM   #5
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I've heard it said that they are quite tasty. We don't have them down here or I would have personally verified that.
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Old August 24, 2011, 12:21 AM   #6
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They are one tough critter for its size.
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Old August 24, 2011, 12:30 AM   #7
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how much salt can a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck salt shoot it before it digs a hole in you salt like
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Old August 24, 2011, 12:31 AM   #8
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Woodchuck/Groundhog


...Or a mutated Giant Squirrel!
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Old August 24, 2011, 01:29 AM   #9
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Woodchuck is only decent if it's small and young. Otherwise it gets too tough and gamey.

Even then, you want to stew it for a good long while.
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Old August 24, 2011, 08:38 AM   #10
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Yes, it looks like a groundhog/woodchuck to me. Some of the old timers around here also call them hedgehogs because they would see them up in the hedge trees of the hedgerows.
I had some take up residence in my barn and they sure played havac burrowing in the dirt floor before I got rid of them.
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Old August 24, 2011, 08:46 AM   #11
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Well... before we go off on a tangent... Hedgehogs are a seperate species... much smaller...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hedgehog
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Old August 24, 2011, 09:32 AM   #12
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Chupacabra !
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Old August 24, 2011, 10:22 AM   #13
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woodchuck I told is tasty!
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Old August 24, 2011, 11:10 AM   #14
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Old August 24, 2011, 12:21 PM   #15
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Old August 24, 2011, 12:26 PM   #16
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In Wisconsin a woodchuck is PROTECTED GAME!.
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Old August 24, 2011, 12:37 PM   #17
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Is it a groundhog? Maybe a youg one?
I would say so and one that is having a bad hair-day. I'm basing this primarily by the look of his tail. Have to admit that the ones I usually see are closer to the ground and not quite as frizzy-haired. .....
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Old August 24, 2011, 01:27 PM   #18
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Old August 24, 2011, 01:40 PM   #19
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I dunno...kind looks like Joey to me. You sure this was taken in Alabama?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ko...ing---wiki.jpg


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Old August 24, 2011, 02:32 PM   #20
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Squirrelzilla......hahaaa
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Old August 24, 2011, 03:29 PM   #21
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When I was a kid I shot one with my Crossman 760. Hit it right in the side. It just looked at me, laughed, and kept on eating grass. I thought, "dang", I better not tick this thing off and slunk away.

Man its diggin that salt lick. I'll store that away for my varmint shooting days.
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Old August 24, 2011, 03:34 PM   #22
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everybody loves salt
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Old August 24, 2011, 07:04 PM   #23
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I would say so and one that is having a bad hair-day. I'm basing this primarily by the look of his tail. Have to admit that the ones I usually see are closer to the ground and not quite as frizzy-haired. .....
It does look very similar to a groundhog. And that is the only native animal in North Alabama that it could be. However the ones I am used to seeing are about twice as big (of course, as I stated, it could be a young one), have more brownish hair, and it doesn't stick out like that. As for being closer to the ground, they are built for digging tunnels. The tunnel doesn't have to be as tall that way.

I looked up pictures of a muskrat. It doesn't appear to be one.

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Man its diggin that salt lick. I'll store that away for my varmint shooting days.
That reminds me. I got a picture of a coyote at one of my salt licks. And yes that was about a 15 inch snow storm that hit North Alabama. We get one about every 20 years.

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Old August 24, 2011, 07:09 PM   #24
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Thats one ugly cat!!!
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Old August 24, 2011, 07:14 PM   #25
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Definitely a woodchuck/groundhog. Doesn't look abnormal in the least to me. I've killed hundreds and hundreds of them. They pretty much look like that guy.
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