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Woodchuck success

Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by romperstomper, Apr 30, 2007.

  1. romperstomper

    romperstomper Totentance

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    Got this one on Thursday. Female, 26 inches from the tip of the nose to the tip of the tail. I stumbled onto a mound of fresh dirt and stalked up quietly. She popped her head out of the burrow and was caught completely off guard, just like me. I immediately got the crosshairs fixed on her pumpkin and pulled the trigger. I was shooting Remington Golden Bullets 36 gr. high velocity (1280 fps).

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  2. I'll be the 1st to congrats you on your trophy ;) Do you sale and or tan your pelts?
     


  3. Nice looking wood chuck.

    My son and I went out this morning with the .17 HMR and the TC Contender .223.

    This fellow stepped out of the tall grass about 20 yards away from us. My son hit him in the chest with the .17 HMR. he dropped in his tracks and twitched twice.

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  4. geminicricket

    geminicricket NRA Life member

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    I'm not trying to disparage, but I do want to ask,
    What's the purpose of hunting woodchuck?

    Are they vermin? Nuisance? Tasty?
     
  5. They supposedly don't taste to bad, I've never eaten one, but the young should be coming out soon and I've been thinking of trying it.

    They are a vermin and a nuisance, This particular property they are burrowing under a shed and tearing up the garden.
     
  6. romperstomper

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    They make a nice stew but it's best if the chuck is young and lean. You also need to cut the scent glands off. I'm sure they graced many a dinner table back during the Depression.

    They are also a nuisance for farmers and ranchers.

    They have a very healthy reproduction cycle. Annual litter of 2-5 young and they start reproducing in their second spring. Unchecked their populations can really explode in just a few years. Supposedly there are more woodchucks in New England today than there were during the colonial times because of all the farms.

    They hybernate from late October to March.
     
  7. Thanks for the information.

    Where are the scent glands located?
     
  8. sopdan

    sopdan

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    Woodchuck can actually taste quite good, but in my experience you have to work for it... skinning the damn things, that is. Skin it as soon as possible, once the body starts cooling down the skin seemingly super glues itself to the body.

    It's been a long time since I've had it, maybe I'll have to shoot one when I move back to MI in a few weeks. :)
     
  9. Huntinfool

    Huntinfool ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

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    All three they are tasty if prepared right! They are also both vermin and a nuisance!

    It's quite impossible to kill em out . You shoot one another moves right into his den if it's in a good spot. I've killed dozens out of the same den year after year.

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    Chuck
     
  10. JKG

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    Legs are supposed to be tasty... like chicken.
     
  11. Good shooting everybody. I've taken to shooting them with my bow. The biggest thing I've shot one with was my .45 70...Not much to eat after that...We have a guy at our gun club who makes a woodchuck dish for the wild game dinner every year...That and muskrat. No, not my favorite, but not bad either....
     
  12. Well I messed up today.

    The landowner who wanted the woodchucks gone said they had a couple more hanging around, they had been seeing them in the evenings so my son and I headed out their late this afternoon.

    Well the landowner and her 2 13 year old daughters were home. I coach the girls on a junior rifle team, they shoot pretty well. One of the girls decided she wanted to try shooting a ground hog. Her uncle had just bought a new Savage 93R17 with the wood stock and a 3-9x scope on it.

    She came out and sat down in a lawn chair with us waiting for the GH's to appear. I showed her where to place her shot and how to use the shooting sticks. About 30 mins after she sat down a big female groundhog appeared. I told her to put the shot right behind the front shoulder. Well I was standing up and had a nice view of the GH, but from her seated position all she could see was the head. So she proceeded to place a round right behind the eye.

    I think I just created a new hunter, but lost a place to hunt ground hogs.
     
  13. Pop goes the weasel!