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Big Groundhog family #6895946
06/10/20 05:42 PM
06/10/20 05:42 PM
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Just wondering. I usually catch 3 to 4 groundhogs at a site. I just finished an in town site. A small yard, and a 15 x 15 building in the back. 3 holes on one side, one in the front, one in the back. I caught 8, 3/4 grown groundhogs and then the adults. 4 days and 10 ground hogs. Never caught that many in one spot. I caught 98 in a sweet potato field one year but that was a huge field. Several thousand acres and a month of trapping.

Re: Big Groundhog family [Re: varmintshooter] #6895954
06/10/20 05:56 PM
06/10/20 05:56 PM
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Schenectady, NY
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We've picked up 10 a couple times, but it's not common. This year the young are just starting to hit the traps and we have a record of 5 so far.

Re: Big Groundhog family [Re: varmintshooter] #6896420
06/11/20 08:29 AM
06/11/20 08:29 AM
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I know lots of guys catch big numbers of chucks in the right places, more than we catch. We did 14 at one location and 31 at another. Due to the surrounding area where we got 31 being left untrapped along a railroad track they keep coming back, "job security." Already did 9 more there this year and may end up with others later as they keep moving in, a real honey hole. Have had a couple of areas where we took 13 for a couple of years but now they are pretty much gone. Have not caught many young so far, only a couple. Best part with baitless trapping with double door cages and nose cones is that there are no non-targets. Can't tell you how many times we hear from clients, "we had a guy last year who caught everything but the woodchucks, raccoons, possum, skunks, but never got the chucks," or, "they used bait for a week and caught nothing at all." Makes them a whole lot happier when you set a trap at dark and are done by morning, job done with no extra charge for unintended catches. One NY trapper set 7 positive sets just a few days ago after hearing there were 2 large and 5 small chucks. The client was pretty impressed when he caught all 7 in one day.

Re: Big Groundhog family [Re: varmintshooter] #6897511
06/12/20 10:33 AM
06/12/20 10:33 AM
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I have shot 11 and caught 1 from under one shed.


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Re: Big Groundhog family [Re: Jim Comstock] #6897955
06/12/20 09:20 PM
06/12/20 09:20 PM
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Schenectady, NY
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Originally Posted by Jim Comstock
I know lots of guys catch big numbers of chucks in the right places, more than we catch. We did 14 at one location and 31 at another. Due to the surrounding area where we got 31 being left untrapped along a railroad track they keep coming back, "job security." Already did 9 more there this year and may end up with others later as they keep moving in, a real honey hole. Have had a couple of areas where we took 13 for a couple of years but now they are pretty much gone. Have not caught many young so far, only a couple. Best part with baitless trapping with double door cages and nose cones is that there are no non-targets. Can't tell you how many times we hear from clients, "we had a guy last year who caught everything but the woodchucks, raccoons, possum, skunks, but never got the chucks," or, "they used bait for a week and caught nothing at all." Makes them a whole lot happier when you set a trap at dark and are done by morning, job done with no extra charge for unintended catches. One NY trapper set 7 positive sets just a few days ago after hearing there were 2 large and 5 small chucks. The client was pretty impressed when he caught all 7 in one day.




Jim, wonder if you're catching somebody's releases, lol.

Re: Big Groundhog family [Re: varmintshooter] #6898407
06/13/20 11:38 AM
06/13/20 11:38 AM
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Guess what, that surely does happen. There was an infamous ADC local character, now wanted by the law unless he turned himself in, who used to let chucks go behind his rental house in a cemetery. It was good for a couple dozen in two years. That guy was a bait trapper I'm guessing, so positive sets worked fine, no issues as it was something new for the chucks. I believe many of what I catch are releases because of where they show up in the mountains, not chuck country. Even in towns and cities I suspect some "do gooder" didn't have the heart to dispatch, so they are now everyone's problem. Chucks seem to be everywhere and anywhere. One lady told me how she moved a chuck down the road a couple of blocks, a real "problem solver," NOT. Had a guy let a possum go on me yesterday, took it "way" up into the woods, a solid 100 feet. But, gotta love it, job security. As long as the public keeps transporting and releasing we will be in business forever.

Re: Big Groundhog family [Re: varmintshooter] #6899433
06/14/20 03:10 PM
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Schenectady, NY
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Easy money!


We love baby chucks. Haven't seen the baby skunk wave yet.

Re: Big Groundhog family [Re: varmintshooter] #6901733
06/17/20 05:18 AM
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Greene County,Virginia
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We have ground hogs in the mountains of Virginia. I assumed that they were there naturally because we're 20 miles from town. We have lots of them by the way.

Re: Big Groundhog family [Re: varmintshooter] #6902212
06/17/20 05:29 PM
06/17/20 05:29 PM
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New York
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Been catching a bunch of young chucks now, that time of year. Just did a small job in a few hours. Client said the last guy baited a trap for 3 weeks before he connected with one chuck and charged a bunch more than I would. Set at noon, had the chuck by morning and by the time I got there the set in the fence caught a daytime traveling skunk. Amazing there are still those who have not caught on to positive and digout sets with double door traps. Sure waste a lot of time.

Re: Big Groundhog family [Re: varmintshooter] #6902905
06/18/20 10:07 AM
06/18/20 10:07 AM
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I started a job on Mon I set every hole I could find . Ran out of traps after setting 15 160s. Went across the road to set up a muskrat job, set that up and went back to check the chuck line. Had 5 already and 3 were pregnant females. Is that common at this time of the year?
I finished the job with 18 chucks 7 being pregnant females and 5 young of the year. The other 6 were males.

And I left some for seed. LOL


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Re: Big Groundhog family [Re: varmintshooter] #6908698
06/23/20 08:50 PM
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My record is 33 at one den opening in 45 days - from July 1 to August 15. After catching a female and the half sizers, most were wandering males. Caught one nearly everyday until it slowed and stopped.

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