So, I realized I had a new hole in my lawn and didn't know what it was. A few days later I saw a woodchuck in my yard in the evening. I couldn't shoot it. Next morning it was on my lawn again and I tried shooting it. 5 shots from my .22 and missed everyone. I couldn't believe it, I was only about 70 yards away. After it scampered back into that hole I tested the gun and it was a foot low at 25 yards. I've had this gun for over 20 years and it's never been off. I did borrow it to a friend so perhaps he dropped it or something.
Either way the woodchuck hasn't been seen since. The next day I set up a live cage trap with cantaloupe and banana using latex gloves. 2 days later and no woodchuck.
Is he so smart he doesn't come out anymore? I'm home a lot and haven't seen him. How good are their memories?
What should I do to get him? And is there probably more than 1 woodchuck or just him?
I did put Duke 1-1/2 CS trap at the other entrance I found. I am not sure this is the correct trap for a woodchuck but it says raccoon and mink so I thought it might be the right size.
These are the traps I got. Is the livetrap too small?
The woodchuch I shot at was small, probably 4-6lbs so I think he could fit into the 24" live trap, but I'm not sure.
I did notice a bad smell from the entrance and a lot of flies so I am wondering if I did hit him and he died in the tunnels. But maybe the tunnels always smell bad. Also, I haven't seen any activity in like 3 days.
*** I don't want to use poison as pets in the area and I want to make sure it's dead. ***