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#3204630 - 03/26/13 03:32 PM Groundhogs
Hunter 257W
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Anybody here remember when we had Groundhogs? Surely there are a few serious groundhog hunters from the past here? I sure do miss those little miniature grizzlies as I used to call them. They look like a grizzly bear when standing up looking for danger. I grew up on a cattle farm with several alfalfa hay fields and all our pastures had clover mixed with the grass so groundhogs were everywhere. Surrounding farms always had soybeans too. I used to drive the tractor with one hand so I could carry a rifle. Never left the house without a rifle for years. I started out stalking with a 22Lr then graduated to centerfires. Both light weight "walking varminters" and heavy barrel guns for sitting in a fencerow watching huge fields.

Sadly I don't think those days will ever come back. Coyotes most of the hogs. Coyotes aren't going away and as such, I don't shoot the few groundhogs we have anymore. I could hunt coyotes but it's just not the same for a rifle shooter. \:\)


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#3204663 - 03/26/13 04:04 PM Re: Groundhogs [Re: Hunter 257W]
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we still have quite a few in hardeman county
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#3204688 - 03/26/13 04:31 PM Re: Groundhogs [Re: 1 good shot]
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We still have several around here too but they all moved to the sides of the roads
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#3204705 - 03/26/13 04:52 PM Re: Groundhogs [Re: Benelli 4 Life]
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I have one in my yard that has dug out a hole under a big hickory tree beside my imperial clover patch. Another hickory fell right beside it into the clover and I don't cut it up because I figure it gives the groundhog something to retreat into if a predator is after him. I had my 17 Remington at the house one day last year and I was extremely tempted to take him but just couldn't do it. Up on the farm we have a few but they usually don't stay around long.
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#3204828 - 03/26/13 07:06 PM Re: Groundhogs [Re: Hunter 257W]
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Back in the day (1960's)my dad was a "professional" groundhog hunter..LOL.. he had a old mauser that had been re barreled to 22-250.. there is no telling how many hogs he killed that that rifle.. it had a fixed 10 power weaver scope..man it was the cats meow back then.. one time my dad shot one with his last bullet of the day.. but it grazed its head and it was only stunned.. dad went to get it and the groundhog started coming to its senses and tried to run back to its den.. dad took his rifle and clobbered it over the head with the barrel..LOL..at one time my uncle had probably 500 acres of row crops.. the hogs would eat a half acre circle of beans around their den.. my uncle put a $5 bounty on them and I went into the trapping business... my peterbilt would not hold the hogs I trapped... when the yotes showed up the hogs disappeared.. we have a few now but they are mainly in town or real close to someones house..
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#3205168 - 03/27/13 05:45 AM Re: Groundhogs [Re: pressfit]
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Watch for the kudzu to start growing. They love it. +1 in Hardeman county.
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#3205189 - 03/27/13 06:44 AM Re: Groundhogs [Re: Tn_River_Ratt]
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We always have several in the garden. I take them out with a .22 cal marauder airgun.
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#3205490 - 03/27/13 11:50 AM Re: Groundhogs [Re: trealtree]
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I can honestly say that I've never seen one in the wild, and I've lived in TN my whole life (I'm 31).

Granted, I don't hunt fields all that much, nor do I live on a farm, so that obviously limits my opportunity.

My dad talked about shooting a few back in the 60's. I always wondered why they weren't around, but it makes sense that the coyotes were the ones that did them in.
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#3205595 - 03/27/13 01:52 PM Re: Groundhogs [Re: Crosshairy]
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hard to beat bbq groundhog.havent had any in years.but growing up that was one of my favorite meals
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#3206088 - 03/28/13 05:14 AM Re: Groundhogs [Re: turk870]
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Definately don't see them like I used to.

I always wanted to hunt them but just didn't have the patience to lay or sit there till they popped up.
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