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I've got a real problem with GroundHogs living under my garden shed and digging large holes.It's got to a point where they have under mined the outside oil tank and you have to watch where you walk in case you sink into a soft spot in the garden.
 
I live trapped a few and took them to the woods for another day of freedom(not legal in this state but my wife feels it's the right thing).The last few i had will not go into a trap and the smallest noise will set them running for there hole,they won't eat bait either,gas is out of the question.So the last 3 i've shot,you think that would be the end of it, think again.Others keep coming  to the shed or Hog hotel i named it,I've blocked all the gaps with 1x6 and even pissed on the ground.
 
Any helpfull ideas other than keep the lead flying......witch i like.
 
 
 
 
BTW i live in open farm land.
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Do you have access to the den under the shed where you might use a sulphur flare after blocking the holes?
 


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The shed is 20 x 12 and the den is in the middle somewhere.
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Could use poison baits placed under the shed but would have to be careful with the kitty.  I don't like poison but those things will sure make a hell of a mess if you don't get rid of them.  The pocket gopher bait in this site would probably work:
 
 
 
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  Other than to keep on shooting(and eating them by the way),two things come right to mind. One would be a dog that will kill'em or use some 4' high metal material,fencing,skirting,etc. Dig down around the building about 2' and bury the material letting it extend it maybe 2' above ground on the building. Honestly a GOOD dog will do the job.
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If a dog is not in your plans and if your cat is kept indoors could always use a conibear trap.  I have used an 8x8 for coons and pretty sure it would work well for ground hogs.  Spousal approval factor may be low on this one but should work ok.
 


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  A big Connibear should work fine if you can position it in a tunnel entance.  Keep kids and kitty away.
Set it carefully, those things are powerful!
 
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Poison oats.  We use them on the gophers and ground hogs around here.  Kills them in about 30 seconds.  Just make sure the cat doesn't get them or bye bye kitty.  We killed about 1500 of them last year in a wheat field (on section).  Used about 400 lbs to do it.  You would only need  a cupfull.  Dump it under the shed (preferable in the hole entrance.  Dead groundhog and any others that come in would be likely to eat the left overs.
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Couple of smoke bomb at hole "a" and a rifle at hole "b"
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bow and arrow, Quite yet effective. Also give you good practice.
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I like the bow idea, my longest shot on a ground pig Pig was 84yds. and the closests was through a chicken house window at about 1 1/2 yd. But for your place the sulfur bomb may be best as they won't use that hole again. Don't mean they won't dig a new one, but sulfur is cheap and I expect they would give up after awhile. Still shootin em is the most enjoyable method for me. Took one out yesterday with a Brennike slug at about 35yds. Those things are awesome. I love the way they buzz to the target and then pop. And my 1100 with hastings barrel really likes em too. Let us know what you do and Good Luck!!
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I had a german sheppard that was really deadly on them when I was a kid.
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Originally posted by RONK RONK wrote:

  A big Connibear should work fine if you can position it in a tunnel entance.  Keep kids and kitty away.
Set it carefully, those things are powerful!
 


Ouch, I just Google'd "conibear trap", Ronk, that is very good advise. Some of the pics I saw showed dogs and cats caught in 'em.
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 BOW AND ARROW???!!!  What if they all charge ya at once??!!  Shocked
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Poison and Conibear trap is a no go with pets ect,nice trap tho.
Would sulphur powder work around the outside the perimeter because i have no access to the entrance of Hog hotel.
 
One plus i'm having is seeing the effects of different ammo on hogs.
 
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  Are you using an electric fence around your garden?
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im a sick individual so i say keep shooting them!
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Originally posted by 300S&W 300S&W wrote:

 BOW AND ARROW???!!!  What if they all charge ya at once??!!  Shocked


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"Are you using an electric fence around your garden? "
Open fields all around me.
 
open land with tree lines
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Very nice!! Excellent
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In that case just give up and move the land belongs to the groundhogs. Stiring The Pot Or there is always grounghog stew.
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I didn't know you could eat em...............interesting idea,new food source.
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Nice pics, AJ!
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  VERY GOOD EATING!  Cleanest animal out there. Called "spring beef" in my neck of the woods.
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Originally posted by 300S&W 300S&W wrote:

  VERY GOOD EATING!  Cleanest animal out there. Called "spring beef" in my neck of the woods.
 
Yeah....and YOUR "neck of the woods" is.....West Virginia???
 
 
 
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