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Trapping woodchucks
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Kat in NJ    Posted 07-30-2003 at 20:28:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
A small woodchuck seems to have taken up residence in our garage. Not under it, in it! I didn't think these busters would ever live out of a burrow, but this one seems to be quite happy sleeping on top of a boxful of dishes.

Needless to say, he's got to find another happy home. We baited the Havahart trap with carrots and then with spinach, but neither has lured him in. Also, the trap has been set inside the garage.

What do y'all think? Should the trap be set outside where he goes in and out a gap in the wall? Any surefire 'chuck bait? Don't want to kill him, just relocate him.



RichZ    Posted 07-31-2003 at 05:31:39       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Woodchucks are actually ground squirrels. The best bait for all members of the squirrel family is peanut butter.

Red Dave    Posted 07-31-2003 at 05:21:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
I use peanut butter crackers. They seem to love them.

williamf    Posted 07-31-2003 at 03:23:23       [Reply]  [No Email]

If you know where he goes in and out, you may not need bait. Wait til he's in, then set the trap. He's got to go out sooner or later. It worked for the possum that took over our cat's house.

Tom A    Posted 07-31-2003 at 02:49:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
Friend of mine who traps dozens every year swears by apples as bait. Of course, he has an apple orchard nearby so perhaps his are just accustomed to that but he says they can't resist.

I for one have never had any luck getting a single one in a trap no matter what bait I tried.

good luck,

DeadCarp    Posted 07-31-2003 at 00:54:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
Woodchucks are really colorful imaginative critters Kat, i'm glad you're making an effort to relocate the dude. Years ago in Erie, we nicely had the garden in and i spotted a big chuck sniffing around out there, i'd heard all the horror stories so i packed a .25 a few times but he stayed pretty well hid. Mom had planned our garden and our brussel sprouts were starting to leaf out, darned if that chuck didn't come and nibble them right back to the stem! When i told mom on the phone, she said "Oh i meant to mention that - you'll get more if you pinch the leaves off!" Sure enough, that Fall we had the nicest plumpest sprouts you ever saw - thanks to Chuck :)

Maggie/TX    Posted 07-30-2003 at 21:00:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Google says they like grasses like clover and alfafa and crops like corn, so you might try some fresh corn.

I'm not real up on woodchucks, but had no luck catching raccoons until I made a kind of half "wall" around three sides of the trap, to make the critter think he's going into a den of sorts. Maybe this method will work for you? I used some loose bricks I had for making a new flower bed and stacked them two high around the trip end and about halfway down the sides, then put two or three on top. When I do it this way and set the trip on hair trigger, I usually catch one every time I set it.

Good luck!

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