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Old March 5, 2006, 02:46 PM   #1
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groundhog senses

Anyone know how good a ghogs senses are? I live in some somewhat hilly terrain and there are 2 inparticular that I'd love to feed the vultures with. They have taken residence just over a knoll and I cannot seem to drop a bead on them. I don't have all day to sit them out, and they seem to know when I'm carrying. The other day I took the dogs out and had just walked within 20yds of the hole when the little sh**s came running out playing. All I had was my 45acp and I wasn't going to traumitize my wussy dog at a 50yd shot at a moving hog. Been out a couple more times and all I see is dirt.
What gets my goat is that I can stalk hunt deer and turkeys without any problems with shotguns and handguns, but cannot get the fuzzy faced hole digger with a rifle. I've dispached all their brothers and sisters, but their location was easier to get on. The last one thought I didn't see him peeking from behind a big tree, surprise to him when I let the 06 roar.
Enough rambling on, how well can they see, hear, smell and what is the staple diet for one in central Ohio.(wooded, small pasture, no local crops)

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Old March 5, 2006, 02:52 PM   #2
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They probaly can hear you comming when you walk because they are Burroring anmiuals all I can say is sit back and wait.
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Old March 5, 2006, 03:03 PM   #3
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Anyone know how good a ghogs senses are?
Purty darned good! Like most open area prey animals, they're tuned to see movement at great distances. Their hearing isn't too shabby either, but I use that to my advantage. I've found that a "silent" dog whistle will make 'em stand up nicely for me to take the shot. Almost any high pitched whistle will do it too. I'm not sure, but I think maybe it sounds like a bird of prey and they stand to spot it.

Groundhogs or "Whistle Pigs", as we sometimes call 'em around here, are one of the few critters I still regularly hunt. Groundhog holes and horses just don't mix . Besides that, young groundhog properly done up is mighty tasty .

I've never had any luck walkin' & stalkin'. Best thing is park yourself on a hilltop overlooking prime 'chuck territory, set up a lawn chair with a cooler full of Pepsi beside it, and wait .
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Old March 5, 2006, 04:42 PM   #4
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Don't tell anyone but they have E.S.P. There's even one that can tell you how much winter is left! He's in Pennsylvania i think.
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Old March 16, 2006, 08:24 PM   #5
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I'll agree with the Capt. Find a spot early in the morning. Sit and wait. When they come out, they're yours.
I'll have to wait to say whether they taste good . . .
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Old March 17, 2006, 10:34 PM   #6
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scratch one of them. Took it out with a 17HMR. I went walking through the woods and came across a good dozen active holes. Guess I better take a day and take care of buisness. The 30-06 with 130gnHP's should do the trick.

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Old March 17, 2006, 11:37 PM   #7
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I know ground hogs like fermented cherry juice Nothing worse than a bunch of drunken Ground Hogs...
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Old March 18, 2006, 06:15 PM   #8
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ive had ground hogs like that before, i had some under my shed last summer. they were digging the foundation out from under my shed so i had to get rid of them. i got all but one of them, the last one would run at the slightest noise so one day i went out and found all of his holes and blocked them with big rocks except for one, then a i threw a gopher bomb down the open hole and just waited till he came out and i popped him with a 410 slug.
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