Chipmaker VS. Groundhogs 4-0-1

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Chipmaker VS. Groundhogs 4-0-1

Postby Chipmaker » Tue Jul 11, 2017 12:06 pm

An older lady I know contacted me about a month ago and said she had some groundhogs that she wanted gone. Her husband passed a couple years ago after a bout with cancer and I've known them since I was a young kid. I remember dragging irrigation pipe for them and driving their 140 pulling tobacco sleds through the fields when we weren't doing the same at home. Anyhow she said I have 3 but my grandson says I have 5 but I think it's only 3. I have a friend who traps for a living so I sent him a message and ask what's the best thing to bait the trap with as to not catch the neighbors cat(s). He said make them a salad, lettuce, carrots, peppers etc. I bought a bag of carrots and a head of lettuce, we had some radishes in our garden so I snatched a couple of them. Well in 4 days I caught 3 groundhogs and "relocated*" them. (*my definition of relocating isn't the same as other people's if you catch my drift). I captured the 3rd one and she said I think that's it. Well about a week later she called me and said I saw another one and it's big. Well I went that Saturday morning about 9:30 and set the trap, we were going out of town the next day so I went by and checked that evening about 5:30 and there it was, a larger than the other 3 I had previously "relocated". It came up a storm and I had left my pistol in my other truck and had the set of keys that go with the other truck and had my .22 rifle in the toolbox of the truck I was in and didn't think anything of it. Well I went down the pretty steep hill to relocation point and put my truck in 4WD and the light didn't come on, didn't think anything of it. Well got to the bottom of the hill and went to turn around and no 4WD. My back tires are slick as a peeled onion covered in whale snot and it took a little doing but I finally got turned around. I said well let me get rid of this one in the cage and I'll see if I can get out of here and went to unlock my toolbox and guess what? I only have one key for the toolbox and it's on my other set of keys at the house and my pistol is in the other truck. Well I looked at it and it looked at me and I said it's your lucky day and I turned it loose, it took off and I got in the truck and prayed to get out from where I was and remembered the A/C wasn't blowing out the top vents. I said you know what, when I put the distributor cap on I remember a vacuum line being loose and the 4WD is engaged by vacuum. Low and behold right there on the back of the intake a vacuum line was off. I slipped it back on and climbed in and the A/C was working right and the 4WD light was on. I came out feeling good about letting this one go. Well we went on vacation and she called me back and said "you ain't gonna believe this", I got another one and it's bigger than the other 4. I just watched it climb an apple tree and make fried apple pies (okay I may have made that up about the fried apple pie part). She did say it climbed the apple tree and ate about 6 apples before coming down. So I went back over with the trap and set it with carrots and lettuce, next day nothing. I moved the trap about 40' and grabbed a couple apples and cut them up and put in the trap. Next day went over and it for sure was the biggest of the 5. It's the one pictured here.
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Re: Chipmaker VS. Groundhogs 4-0-1

Postby Don McCombs » Tue Jul 11, 2017 1:24 pm

I'm at 15-0 for the season. If you want to know my technique, PM me. :D
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Chipmaker
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1972 Schramm Pneumatractor
1972 Schramm pneumapower
1993 Ford 4630 w/loader
1965 J.D. 110 round fender
1961 Cub Cadet Original
Circle of Safety: Y
Location: Making metal chips.

Re: Chipmaker VS. Groundhogs 4-0-1

Postby Chipmaker » Tue Jul 11, 2017 1:26 pm

Don McCombs wrote:I'm at 15-0 for the season. If you want to know my technique, PM me. :D

Good for you! I'd say it involves hot lead :shock:
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Don McCombs
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1957 Farmall Cub w/FH
1977 International Cub w/FH
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1948 Farmall Super A
Circle of Safety: Y
Location: MD, Deep Creek Lake

Re: Chipmaker VS. Groundhogs 4-0-1

Postby Don McCombs » Tue Jul 11, 2017 1:27 pm

Nope.
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Posts: 1522
Joined: Mon Mar 28, 2016 7:27 am
Zip Code: 27284
Tractors Owned: ~
1947 Cub Farmall (Arnold)
1949 Cub Farmall (Walt)
1949 John Deere A
1972 Schramm Pneumatractor
1972 Schramm pneumapower
1993 Ford 4630 w/loader
1965 J.D. 110 round fender
1961 Cub Cadet Original
Circle of Safety: Y
Location: Making metal chips.

Re: Chipmaker VS. Groundhogs 4-0-1

Postby Chipmaker » Tue Jul 11, 2017 1:30 pm

My next guess would be exhaust, I'll send you a PM.

Your way sounds good too, especially the no ill neighbor part.
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