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dig    Posted 03-22-2004 at 10:36:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
Quite the weekend. It's woodchuck nesting season here. One got into the garage and was tearing up an old blanket I use when crawling under things. The dog heard it or smelled it or something and decided it didn't belong in her garage. Waded right in. I found out about it when my wife started screaming that something was killing the dog. I grabbed the .22 and went running out. Dog was pretty well tore up. But so was the woodchuck. Mary finally corralled the dog. Dang, are woodchucks hard to kill with a .22. Took me 3 shots to the head.

Normally I don't kill woodchucks. I use mirrors to run them off. (Prop a mirror next to the woodchuck's hole. It'll think it's another 'chuck and run away. Sounds silly but it works.)

Michael M    Posted 03-22-2004 at 15:59:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
It was a wood chuck whooping my uncles dog thirty-four years ago that convinced me that a .38 Spl was a poor handgun for defense, or hunting. Shot one six times before it died. Switched to a .45 that summer. Now I use a scoped 22-250 or light load .270, and let the dogs clean it up. Haven't had to shoot one here in a few years though. My wife swears they are the best wild meat she has had. Have to shoot the next one throug the head and see.

paul    Posted 03-22-2004 at 12:32:26       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Two years ago my dog decided he liked the challenge of killing woodchucks, I live near a river and a state park, we use an underground fence for the dog. In the course of 6 months I buried 28 woodchucks that the dog killed in his 3 acre pen. I buried them all in the neighbors field. that dog more than earns his keep by keeping the critters and deer away....

Stormie    Posted 03-22-2004 at 10:53:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
My husband and I were at his families farm last spring and his uncle was trying to get rid of the woodchucks. My husband had his bow in the truck so he thought he would try to shoot one with his bow. Now he is a really good shot with a bow and has lots of trophies and awards for it but this shot was purely luck not matter what he claims. We were all sitting on the back porch and about 75 yards away up pops a woodchuck. My husband grabs his bow and points it into the air (for greater distance) and the next thing I know the wookchuck turns his head and the arrow goes in one side of his head and out the other. We all walked out and paced it off at about 78 yards. The woodchuck was still alive!!! They finished it off with a .22. It took 3 mote shots before he died. The neighbor came over and took it home. He keeps the fur and eats the meat. He also took a turtle home that we found I guess he eats them too, and I thought we were a bunch of rednecks :>)

rhouston    Posted 03-22-2004 at 12:37:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
# 6 quail shot drops em in their tracks. slugs make too much of a mess to bury.

TB    Posted 03-22-2004 at 12:03:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
I am sure he said it was a lucky shot. (Grin)

My Ridgeback...    Posted 03-22-2004 at 10:49:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
pooch has nailed 2 of em (just in the last 2 weeks) in the hayfield which surrounds our house on 3 sides...she simply breaks their necks.In the past 3 years of woodchucking she has not been bit once....

Clipper: who hates woodchucks much as politicians and lawyers...

Fern(Mi)    Posted 03-22-2004 at 10:57:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
I hates woodchucks almost as much as mud. However, I did love one of my MILs.
Have used exhaust gases on woodchucks. I see one, I grabs the pipes and shovel and do an exhausting job on them. The woodchuks, not my favorite MIL.

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