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Woodchucks.
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dan    Posted 08-16-2003 at 15:22:08       [Reply]  [Send Email]
How do you keep woodchucks from tunneling under a pole barn floor. My wife is not a good shot with a 22, and i don't need any more holes in my barn.


TimV    Posted 08-16-2003 at 20:24:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
Dan: The .22 is definitely the best way--you can buy "rat shot" that won't leave holes, but works fine for close-up (10-20 ft) shots. I prefer CCI brand myself--it's got slightly larger pellets. A 12-gauge or similar will also work without as much danger of ricochet or misdirected shots. In the non-firearms department, smoke bombs are effective, as is liquid manure pumped down the hole--a bit messy, but if you have a source, it works well. Hava-hart or similar live traps will also work--we've used them to "relocate" (usually to the bottom of the nearest river) woodchucks that had dug holes in places where gunshots or liquid manure were frowned on.


Mr.Marmot    Posted 08-16-2003 at 19:33:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
I was not aware that there were that many Vermonters on here, eh?

Say'mun-I...The Chuck marry'in Chuck of all Chuckdom...

Bless you...

PS...As of this time next month, We will have two less vehicles on blocks in the yard...And yes..The good parts are all gone off em...So don't be callin me to complain that I didn't save you the floor mats or such...



Larry 8N75381    Posted 08-16-2003 at 17:08:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
dan,

I have found that Ground Hogs (as we call them in the Blue Ridge of Va.) like to have a covered area to start their hole. Like, under a piece of equipment that has sat for months, or a stack of wood leaning against the building. So I try to keep the edges of my buildings clear and mowed down short. In the barn, you might try laying down fence wire with a small enought mesh that they cannot get thru. Of course you would need to cover it with something - even dirt - to hold it in place.

You can get a "smoke bomb" (called 'little destroyer' - I think) at places like the farmers coop. You put a lit one in the hole and block it with dirt immediately. If they are in the hole they get 'gassed' but they can escape out a second hole - of which they have at least one and more often 2 or 3. So you need to fill any other holes that you can find first. Then you stand by with the 22 and a shovel to fill any hole that smoke starts coming out of.

The BEST thing to keep them from moving in is a KILLER dog!! :-) I had renters that had dogs for about seven years. After they killed the ones that were there, no more came until the dogs left. Before the dogs I had killed about a dozen in my barns. Now that the dogs are gone I have a "hog" in my one barn - surprised that there are not more.

Larry - "the only GOOD ground hog is a DEAD one" - Jensen :-)


john    Posted 08-16-2003 at 16:55:08       [Reply]  [Send Email]
get her a 357 Magnun


toolman    Posted 08-16-2003 at 16:48:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
cats dan , get yourself some barn cats , not house cats, my two have cleaned half of my pasture out of gophers, they will tackle just about anything and have tackled a dog or too so far.


larry 8N75381    Posted 08-16-2003 at 17:18:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Toolman

How big are your "gophers"??

The ground hogs on my farm are bigger than any cat - barn or otherwise, and I had a BIG cat (20+ pounds and not fat!) that caught young squirels even though he had no front claws - that I have seen. In fact they are big as a small dog, more than a cat could take - unless you are talking about young ones.

Regards,
Larry


T16H    Posted 08-16-2003 at 16:14:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
set a #110 Conabare(sp) over his hole, wheather hes in or out he's had if he tries goin thru.


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