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#3663286 - 05/05/14 05:28 PM Re: This is just RIDICULOUS!! [Re: ROUGH COUNTRY HUNTER]
260rem
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groundhogs have came back a little just on roadside. Seems to be a house in every field now. This is one form of hunting that has passed,we will only be able to tell our grandkids about it. I remember a hillside I would climb up setup look over huge fields that was planted with beans or other crops,set for hours shoot hogs and crows now houses are there no crops gone forever!! I ran into a buddy at sportsman warehouse today he was excited about a new 204 barrel he just got,he said he was going to make a lig
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#3663292 - 05/05/14 05:35 PM Re: This is just RIDICULOUS!! [Re: 260rem]
260rem
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sorry hit submit button. he was going to make a light walking around groundhog gun sad thing about that we both knew there wasn't anywhere he could do that.
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#3681425 - 06/01/14 05:03 AM Re: This is just RIDICULOUS!! [Re: 260rem]
Hunter 257W
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I know how you feel, 260rem. I love to shoot the 22 centerfires and groundhogs are the reason for that but I never get them out of the safe any more. One in particular makes me sad that I never really got to use it for what it's intended for. It's a Ruger Number 1 in 218 Bee. A great walking around ground hog rifle. Another is a Remington 700 Mountain rifle special run that was chambered for the 221 Fireball. Both of those rifles just got to be used for a couple hogs each before the hog numbers got too low to hunt.

I have seen a somewhat comeback in hog numbers too in recent years the same as what you are observing. There are a couple living in the yard now. I'd love to try a shot at one of them with my Marlin 32-20 just to see how the varmint hunters before my time did it but it don't feel right shooting them when they are so scarce. It seems that they never last more than a month or so before they vanish. \:\(

I haven't tried a 204 yet but a couple friends have and it looks impressive. Should make a great walking around rifle that would zap a hog stone dead at any distance I would EVER have a chance of hitting one without sandbags! \:\)

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#3682327 - 06/02/14 07:36 PM Re: This is just RIDICULOUS!! [Re: Hunter 257W]
260rem
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Hunter 257W they have been a couple behind the house and vanish, I know no one killed them may been dog or coyote. I wish you could use those rifles both sounds sweet. I got a fireball in a 10" and 23" contender. The 221 fireball is one of my fav.
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#3693208 - 06/17/14 10:09 PM Re: This is just RIDICULOUS!! [Re: 260rem]
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Registered: 06/28/13
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Loc: Carter Co, Elizabethton, TN

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Since nobody is posting here anymore, I guess they are not hunting.
Well, I just popped a ground hog this morning, weighed 17 pounds.
It was HUGE!! First one of the summer.
The fields are being cut at last and they are visible again.
YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAy...!!!
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#3693834 - 06/18/14 07:59 PM Re: This is just RIDICULOUS!! [Re: TNPredator]
260rem
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that is huge I seen 4 ghogs along the roadside this evening. how far was it and what gun?
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#3694233 - 06/19/14 11:49 AM Re: This is just RIDICULOUS!! [Re: 260rem]
Hunter 257W
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17 lb's is a Boone & Crocket hog! \:\) As 260Rem says, what gun, load, distance? Groundhog hunting is all about the rifles and shooting.

One of my two "Yard" hogs has disappeared already. Last weekend I noticed trails coming from a hole under the barn out into my alfalfa field, so there is another one around. Could be one of the “Yard” residents has relocated. I just can't bring myself to shoot them though.

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#3694328 - 06/19/14 02:17 PM Re: This is just RIDICULOUS!! [Re: 260rem]
KPH
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 Originally Posted By: 260rem
Hunter 257W they have been a couple behind the house and vanish, I know no one killed them may been dog or coyote. I wish you could use those rifles both sounds sweet. I got a fireball in a 10" and 23" contender. The 221 fireball is one of my fav.

That fireball is a fun round I have one in a 700.
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#3694367 - 06/19/14 02:43 PM Re: This is just RIDICULOUS!! [Re: KPH]
Hunter 257W
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 Originally Posted By: KPH
 Originally Posted By: 260rem
Hunter 257W they have been a couple behind the house and vanish, I know no one killed them may been dog or coyote. I wish you could use those rifles both sounds sweet. I got a fireball in a 10" and 23" contender. The 221 fireball is one of my fav.

That fireball is a fun round I have one in a 700.


Yeah, it's amazing how much velocity you can get with such a small amount of powder, isn't it? No recoil at all.

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#3694428 - 06/19/14 03:23 PM Re: This is just RIDICULOUS!! [Re: Hunter 257W]
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Spike


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Loc: Carter Co, Elizabethton, TN

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I don't take a camera with me when I hunt. The same reason you don't see people that have been shot on the news.. respect I guess.
It was about 7:30am that morning and the sun was already warm. Just setup on side of 50 acre newly mowed field and she just came out of the brush about 10yds and started to feed. It was about 50yds with a Savage .17HMR, 17gr V-Max, 3-9X-40mm scope set at 5X. She took it in the heart and fell backwards. I weighed it with some fish scales I keep in the truck. I have a dump site I take my kills to.
Just rained pretty good with a little hail in it, so I'll get down to the fields and look see if they are going to come out this evening.
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