Ground hogs

Discussion in 'Tomatoes' started by wood fox, May 21, 2010.

  1. wood fox

    wood fox Newbie

    I saw a grounnd hog in the area of my garden yesterday. None of
    my plants have been touched. Should I smoke him or let him be.
    There a lot of grass around for him to eat.
  2. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I would smoke him with a 22LR hollow point.[​IMG] Then if you want to smoke him in your smoker, that's fine too. The important thing is to eliminate him.

  3. flagriller

    flagriller Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Smoke em...22L hollow point
  4. disbe81

    disbe81 Smoke Blower

    Just a thought, but you could trap him and relocate him. [​IMG]
  5. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I had a neighbor who did that one time. The guy who ended up with it was really pizzed![​IMG]
    He smoked his new resident with a .223!

  6. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I guess I'm on the smoke him bandwagon with this one.
  7. [​IMG][​IMG]:pDT_Armataz _01_42: put him in the kill zone [​IMG][​IMG]:pDT_Armataz _01_12:
  8. The problem with them is you won't notice your plants are dying until they fall over. I have rodents that killed a 30 foot Aspen in my yard. I put my hand on it to steady myself and Timber it fell over. I had tomato plants that just fell over with after the root system was gone. They will find the root system and instead of you having Vegies they have an underground Buffet. We are going to try the Straw Bale method this year. I have heard the rodents won't go up into the bales of straw.
  9. athabaskar

    athabaskar Smoking Fanatic

    I trapped and released about a dozen possums, 4 squirrels, and a rat last year. I shot about as many, and this is in a somewhat dense suburban setting. They have it in their DNA that my tomato patch is easy food. I'm taking a year or two off to try to break their instincts. Keep shooting!
  10. [​IMG] I reccomend 12 gauge with hi-brass small game load, and rain down the wrath of God on the lil vermin[​IMG][​IMG]
  11. greechneb

    greechneb Fire Starter

    Unfortunately shooting firearms are banned in my town. I use the have-a-hart traps. Unfortunately for raccoons and ground-hogs they don't swim well in the cages.

    My parents live in the country and Dad caught a guy dropping off raccoons he had caught in town, the guy didn't understand why anybody would be upset. Dad has fought the raccoons for years because they get into the feed for the cattle.
  12. disbe81

    disbe81 Smoke Blower

    I would have shot those raccoons with some buckshot and the guy droppin em off with a salt rock gun!
  13. hdsmoke

    hdsmoke Smoking Fanatic

    Coons are in to everything...and hard on any and all eggs...

    But back to OP. I have never eaten groundhog and have always wanted to try it. Young ones are out now. I have heard they are quite tastey. Premium grass fed whistle pig
  14. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    When you're lowering the cage into the water, don't be swayed when he starts spouting off about the weather and how many weeks until Spring, however shooting is probably more humane.

  15. troski

    troski Newbie SMF Premier Member

    If puxatawney Phil himself came into my garden a pink cloud would be all that's left of him.
  16. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member


  17. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Id smoke it as well. If in the city I'd use my bow. Either way I'd deflate the rascal. [​IMG]
  18. ak1

    ak1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I used to have a 22-250. Worked great on groundhogs!
  19. roklimo

    roklimo Smoke Blower

    I would convert him to pink mist... .300WSM with 110gr hand loaded hollow points. [​IMG]

    They are very destructive pests, and should be eliminated.

    Kind of a fan of overkill...
  20. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I had a family move into my alfalfa field....I couldn't have imagined how much they ate until a section of the field was bald........20 ga with #4's and 2 weeks later the 9 family members were gone.....

    I suppose they would have been pretty good eatin' after grazin' on alfalfa......I can't bring myself to eat a rodent, not that hungry I guess.....

    If you are in the neighborhood there are plenty of 'em to eat here...stop by and fill your freezer............

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