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Trapping Groundhogs,
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Robert in Md    Posted 06-03-2004 at 19:15:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I ve been envaded with groundhogs, burrowed holes under barn floor. I got several wire box traps that I use to trap Coons and cats. I use dead and rotten Perdue chickens for bait. What kind of bail will work in these traps for groundhogs. What about peanut butter, jelly or fryed egg. Anyone had any success in trapping groundhogs. HELP.

ron    Posted 07-09-2008 at 14:24:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
water melon rines

Robert in Md's better hal    Posted 06-04-2004 at 14:44:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I set 4 traps this morning using apples and lettuce for bait. I shot one yesterday in the yard, a big male. Sorry to say it took about 10 shots with my 22 auto to get him. The rifle sights and my tri focals do not get along well together anymore. If I get the front sight in focus , the rear sight is blurry, etc. Anyway thats what I blame it on.

bill k    Posted 08-19-2009 at 14:11:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
whats the best bait for groundhogs i have a smart one

Ryan    Posted 06-21-2004 at 08:16:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
What time of day are groundhogs usually out running around? Morning, midday, or evening?

Joel    Posted 06-04-2004 at 10:09:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Sounds like you need steel traps to set in the hole entances.

Red Dave    Posted 06-04-2004 at 05:32:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
The cheap peanut butter crackers out of a vending machine work pretty good for me. Caught a lot of groundhogs with them.

Bkeepr (in MD too)    Posted 06-04-2004 at 04:17:39       [Reply]  [No Email]

I've had groundhog problems since moving to our little farm almost 6 years ago. I've tried trapping based on advice of a friend who does this. He uses apples exclusively for bait. I've tried apples, all the things you've listed and many other veggies that I know they eat (they eat it all out of my garden!) and yet I've never been very successful trapping them. I've gotten a few in traps, but very few.

For the ones that get in my implement shed (hollowed out under the floor and almost cost me my tractor) and barn I've used the smoke bomb route. They usually get rid of them for a full season before another one moves in. I shoot some, but they're wary buggers and seem to sense a rifle pointed at them from 200 yards or so. They also hate the smell of human urine, so if you're in an area where you can accomodate that it'll make 'em move out for a good while. Finally, there are some folks (talk to your barber, if he's like mine he'll know who!) who will spend the time to hunt them for you...there's a guy used to be in my area who would do it for free, just spend a day with a good rifle and scope and out-wait them.

All in all, they're a pain in the rear end. I used to think they were cute but now I know better. Good luck!

Tom A

Robert in Md    Posted 06-04-2004 at 04:16:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Your right Bob, I ve used the hose method on rats before. A Maytag engine with its long flexible exhaust works well. Thanks for all the replys. I'll try apples and lettuce.

ron    Posted 06-03-2004 at 21:04:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
how far south do groundhogs live? I see you folks post about them, heard of em all my life, never seen one. What do they eat? Are they like armadilloes and dig holes all over the yard or like gophers maybe?

Joel    Posted 06-04-2004 at 10:12:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Have them on our farm in North Georgia. About 1 hour north of Atlanta. Did not have them at my Grandmother's farm in middle Georgia. That land was about 1.5 hours east and a little south of Atlanta (20 miles south of I-20). I am in South Alabama, near the FL line now and do not have them here. I say, in Georgia, they come as far south as about Atlanta.

OH Boy    Posted 06-04-2004 at 06:32:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't know how far south they live but we have 'em here in Ohio, they are like the biggest gophers you ever saw and they dig big holes (8-10 inches) all over the place. I would guess the mature ones weigh about 15 pounds.

bill    Posted 06-30-2008 at 05:26:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
They are in south carolina .. that is south!

TimV    Posted 06-03-2004 at 19:27:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
Robert: Apples work well, as does lettuce.

Bob/Ont    Posted 06-03-2004 at 19:26:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Here is what you do Robert. Get a flex pipe that will go on the exhaust of your car or what ever Gasoline engine you have. Stuff it down the one hole and fill dirt in around it. Run the engine untill you see or smell exhaust coming out all of the holes then shovel them in with dirt too. They should go to sleep from that.
Later Bob

toolman    Posted 06-03-2004 at 22:08:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
yabut what do ya do if ya got a thousand or more running around your field,machine gun comes to mind.

Bob/Ont    Posted 06-04-2004 at 19:03:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
Toolman, that's a great way to convince Collie you need more tractors with worn out engines so you can see when you got'm all smoked out and gassed out.
Later Bob

Sharon    Posted 04-14-2006 at 13:08:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have a large groundhog living under my front steps. The local hardware store sells raccoon traps. I am guessing this would be the correct size for groundhogs also. Does anyone know the approximate dimensions for the trap I need? I have to get this guy soon. He's eating all my plants and flower beds! Thanks!

Richard J    Posted 06-06-2006 at 09:48:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]
You will need a large trap, the kind used for racoons, beavers, cats, opposums and the like. About 12"X12"X36". But the larger the better. A bigger one will still work on animals that are smaller but a smaller one will not work on a larges one. Some humane societies and/or coopertive extention services have them for rent. Also try the local rent it store. A good sorce for one is This is the least expensive option for a purchase.

Gary Eaton    Posted 04-16-2007 at 12:59:27       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Tractor supply is another place to pick up box traps, called Hav-A-Hart traps. The 12x12x36 size will work fine. If'n its bigger than that; shoot 'em!!

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