This makes five caught this summer...Two in July and three in August.
Unfortunately, the banks of the river was no place to let go this one
yesterday, as a result of Irene's wrath, so relocated it to a pond a
couple miles away (under cover of darkness).
Actually, they taste like squirrel which tastes nothing like chicken.
I wouldn't count on a couple of miles away being far enough to prevent a
return. A busy highway in between might improve your chances.
Realistically, if you have property which is attractive habitat for one
groundhog then it will be equally attractive to others and nothing
non-lethal is likely to keep you hog-free for long.
My stepfather had a persistent and very fat specimen which lived on/in a
bank next to his garden. Dave took potshots at it with a .22 rifle loaded
with shorts from up at the house 75 yards away (noise issues even in the
country) but never seemed to do much beyond chasing it back into the burrow
and keeping it out of sight for a few days but it always returned. This is
amazing since Dave had been a shooter on the Navy rifle team for years
after the war and he was still a dead shot. After a few years of this he
finally did get a killing shot (slowed groundhog reflexes?) and when he
examined the huge beast he found that over the years he had not been
missing -- it had signs of multiple wounds in the abdomen but the .22 short
bullets had done no more than inconvenience it and keep it out of sight for
a short time.
None has returned so far. Trust me on that. However, like humans, they
do leave an easy to follow memory trail in the wake of endeavors.
Fortunately in this case, a dangling carrot fades or erases the
pitfalls and traps.
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