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#31 fishingnuke

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Posted July 12 2010 - 6:58 AM

No this one is living large under my shed. It looks like he has front door, back door and side fire exit. So I have one trap and I am getting another. I am in a mission.


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Posted July 12 2010 - 6:59 AM

I have used apples with peanut butter.If you need a large trap,I could lend you one.In my town,I call animal control,and they pick up the critter,and return my trap.


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Posted July 12 2010 - 7:09 AM

No this one is living large under my shed. It looks like he has front door, back door and side fire exit. So I have one trap and I am getting another. I am in a mission.

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Try pouring cayenne pepper into the other 2 holes to deter them from coming out that exit.


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#34 digger

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Posted July 12 2010 - 8:38 AM

If you are going to use a haveaheart, you don't need any bait at all. Just wrap the trap in black sheeting like weed barrier cloth and the groundhogs will go right in. They love to investigate holes and pipes and such things.
I have trapped many, many dozens of them this way without the usual unwanted bycatch of skunks, raccoons and the neighbors cats that I get when using bait.
BTW...not that it matters to anyone in particular, but relocating and releasing a trapped groundhog is illegal in NJ. The law says that if you catch it, you must kill it.


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Posted July 12 2010 - 8:49 AM

BTW...not that it matters to anyone in particular, but relocating and releasing a trapped groundhog is illegal in NJ. The law says that if you catch it, you must kill it.

I had read that it was allowable to relocated ground hogs to public park land, or to private land provided you had the owners permission.

I learned this because in my research, I found out that there are only a few acceptable methods of killing them, drowning not being one, and discharging a firearm in my neighborhood isn't an option.


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#36 digger

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Posted July 12 2010 - 11:21 AM

I had read that it was allowable to relocated ground hogs to public park land, or to private land provided you had the owners permission.

I learned this because in my research, I found out that there are only a few acceptable methods of killing them, drowning not being one, and discharging a firearm in my neighborhood isn't an option.


I was told by a Conservation Officer in the Assunpink (while releasing 2 trapped raccoons) that releasing trapped wildlife including groundhogs, raccoons and squirrels is illegal because of the possibility of spreading diseases like rabies from one population to another. He also said that the area in which you release the trapped animals will likely already be at the carrying capacity for that habitat, and relocated animals will compete for food, dens, and mates. He said that relocated animals more often than not end up moving away from the area where they were released only to become a pest in someone else's yard, or they are killed on roadways or by predators since they have no where to hide as they search out dens, food and water.
I really don't know about private property with the permission of the owner. Most property owners I know do everything they can to be rid of the destructive little beasties. I'm pretty sure that public parks, WMA's and preserved public open space are out of the question.
FWIW, I could never bring myself to do the drowning thing either.


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Posted July 12 2010 - 12:17 PM

.300 weatherby is a great ground hog remover plus theres no body to dispose of


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Posted July 12 2010 - 12:20 PM

I was told by a Conservation Officer in the Assunpink (while releasing 2 trapped raccoons) that releasing trapped wildlife including groundhogs, raccoons and squirrels is illegal because of the possibility of spreading diseases like rabies from one population to another. He also said that the area in which you release the trapped animals will likely already be at the carrying capacity for that habitat, and relocated animals will compete for food, dens, and mates. He said that relocated animals more often than not end up moving away from the area where they were released only to become a pest in someone else's yard, or they are killed on roadways or by predators since they have no where to hide as they search out dens, food and water.

I really don't know about private property with the permission of the owner. Most property owners I know do everything they can to be rid of the destructive little beasties. I'm pretty sure that public parks, WMA's and preserved public open space are out of the question.

FWIW, I could never bring myself to do the drowning thing either.



Sounds like relocation to shoulder of the Turnpike would work well!


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#39 speedracer

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Posted July 12 2010 - 12:36 PM

All the groundhogs on this farm get relocated to Heaven.


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#40 biggstriper

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Posted July 12 2010 - 2:06 PM

One word: slingshot.


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Posted July 12 2010 - 3:07 PM

do what my grandpa did.......hit em over the head with shovel........


but you gotta be in the right place at the right time....lol


another option that fights doing this everyyear is chicken wire gate the earth below and under the crops...


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#42 Halcyon

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Posted July 12 2010 - 3:21 PM

A good jack russell terrier will get the job done. Just put a locater on his neck you can tell where he is when he gets to the gound-hog. He'll be makin plenty of noise if he's worth his salt. If he's hard enough he'll have ahold of the critter by the time you dig him out and the dispatch will be a piece of cake.
I raised this courageous little rascals for years. They are meant for the job.
There is bound to be someone in your neighborhood with a good dog or ***** for that matter. Check out the JRTCA.
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#43 stryperStalker

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Posted July 12 2010 - 3:35 PM

Growing up, we had a pair that had an elaborate tunnel system under our shed. They primarily just ate the apples and pears that fell from the fruit trees, which was better than running over them with the lawn mower. Eventually, my dad got fed up with them and asked me to take them out. I nailed the first one long range from my bedroom window with my pellet gun (I was good), but she was able to crawl into her front door before dying (she was big).

The stench was unbearable within a few days, so I was ordered to fill the hole with lime, gambino-style. The next week, the other one came out and looked so sad and lonely that I swore off killing groundhogs. I soon named him Lenny and we became good friends. He would lay on his back, soaking up rays, and eating apples. Great guy. Unfortunately, he was unable to befriend the fisher cat and he disappeared.


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Posted July 12 2010 - 8:50 PM

would wait outside the whole with a mallet and play wackamole for real lol


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Posted July 12 2010 - 9:16 PM

The stench was unbearable within a few days

They're really greasy and they can freaking smell. My cat has killed an assortment of animals from squirrels to rabbits to small groundhogs to **** was that* (she's good for mauling stuff). But the 25+ GH that was under the neighbors shed was ripe.
I called my animal control today. Can't relocate, can't shoot w/i city limits. I think the only think I can do is pay taxes. :p


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