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post #1 of 17 Old 03-09-2012, 01:10 PM Thread Starter
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Tips and experiences for eliminating groundhogs!

I am new to horses. I have a pasture with several groundhog holes. I have tried the "smoke bombs: and refilling with dirt, only to have the holes open up again!

I am not at all opposed to shooting, poisoning,etc....

My biggest concern is after getting rid of them, how to I keep others from moving in?
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post #2 of 17 Old 04-01-2012, 07:02 AM
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Did you cover the other exits when you used the smoke bombs. Usually there are at least 2 exits. If they have been there a while there are more. You have to seal the whole tunnel system for the bombs to work and then they work well.
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I have used this method with success...


I DON'T LEAD 'EM AND FEED 'EM, I RIDE 'EM AND SLIDE 'EM.
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Groundhogs, hate them! They are the reason Woodstock tore his tendon. I shoot them. After they've been eliminated putting coyote urine (or other large predator native to your area) near where they lived will help keep them away to some extent.

I used to trap them...until I got a skunk once instead.

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a .22 does help.
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I used to trap them...until I got a skunk once instead.

Whoops! LOL! That's when you call the husband outside to deal with it...

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Whoops! LOL! That's when you call the husband outside to deal with it...
Darn right! I wasn't about to. I thought about sniping him out from a 1/4 mile away with the 300 ultra mag but then realized it would still stink after it was dead
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Tractor supply does have some havaheart traps cheap enough. Probably could bait it with a cabbage. But then you have the problem of what to do with the thing.

Skunks...I have one that lives under the attached barn floor. My lab and he have drawn a truce. Not going to test his temper with my bloodhounds. In theory if you trap one you need to get a tarp or blanket over the trap.He won't spray if he's going to get himself. Saw it done once. Did pan out. I haven't tested it personally.
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Tractor supply does have some havaheart traps cheap enough. Probably could bait it with a cabbage. But then you have the problem of what to do with the thing.

Skunks...I have one that lives under the attached barn floor. My lab and he have drawn a truce. Not going to test his temper with my bloodhounds. In theory if you trap one you need to get a tarp or blanket over the trap.He won't spray if he's going to get himself. Saw it done once. Did pan out. I haven't tested it personally.
You could always drop them off at someone's house that you don't like I reckon ;)

That's what my hubby did, it worked out okay. Still wasn't trying it myself. Glad your lab has a truce and awwww to the bloodhounds, I want one! Our hunting dogs have both been sprayed and one of the horses. What a pain!

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Cowchick, I don't see how a mole trap will catch a groundhog. The size difference is rather dramatic.

A .22 is the best answer, IMO. Then put the carcass in the hole and cover up. Put them deep enough in the hole so a stray dog won't be inclined to dig them up. THen get a groundhog dog, or even any dog that will just harrass them. Jack Russells are great for that, but collies, shepherds, rotties and many medium to large mutts will be effective. The combination of rotting carcasses and a dog was enough of a deterrent when I did this.
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