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Posted August 01, 2014 - 07:39 AM

Even with as much as I've been around the property lately, I haven't been able to keep the 22 handy enough to thin the herd of Woodchucks that have invaded. Piles of old implements and outbuildings have become a haven for the furry little ba5tards.

We had a bunch of leg traps from when I was a kid, but they weren't big enough or no longer strong enough to hold them.

At the one show I went to, there was a guy selling traps. I bought what he and a family friend suggested... Conibear style, size 220, qty 2

As of last nite, we had a moment of silence for the 14th one. This is a stock photo, but with differing facial expressions, more or less what has greeted me for the last week plus in at least one of the traps.
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These things are not pet safe, not even close. Heck, they aren't even finger safe, but they sure do a nice job at what they were made for.
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Posted August 01, 2014 - 08:06 AM

I have an out building practical falling down cause of ground hogs digging out around the poles holding it up. That little contraption would work nicely! 


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Posted August 01, 2014 - 08:10 AM

Mine weren't expensive, $20 for the pair.
I think they are <$20 at a sporting goods store.
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Posted August 01, 2014 - 08:18 AM

I have a live trap, but then I gotta shoot them. That would be quick and easy! 


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Posted August 01, 2014 - 08:24 AM

$13 at Bass pro in Rossville, http://t.basspro.com...11091405011169/
Kames might have them too.
You will have to make a set of pliers for setting them. If you decide to go this way, I will show mine.
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Posted August 01, 2014 - 08:32 AM

We folks over here in Punxsutawney don't take very kindly to offing off some of Phil's relatives.

 

With that being said,I got three of Phil's loved ones in my neighbors field with my 25-06 last week.


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Posted August 01, 2014 - 08:35 AM

We folks over here in Punxsutawney don't take very kindly to offing off some of Phil's relatives.
 

You are welcome to come get them all... :D
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Posted August 01, 2014 - 08:43 AM

We folks over here in Punxsutawney don't take very kindly to offing off some of Phil's relatives.

 

With that being said,I got three of Phil's loved ones in my neighbors field with my 25-06 last week.

Isn't that overkill? I've just used .22 Stingers. They go in but nothing comes out. Yours must go right through. Be carefull. I've heard of too many instances where a bullet has travelled a long distance and caused unintended death or damage. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted August 01, 2014 - 08:49 AM

Phil's cousins over here tend to be smaller. We have one in the barn right now that I'm working on getting. With the cats and calves around live traps are the only option. I've waited a while now with .22 in hand for them with no luck.

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Posted August 01, 2014 - 08:58 AM

So far I got two of these critters this year with my pellet gun.  You heard me, a pellet gun at 75 feet.  Killed a coon with it last year.  I may never use my 22 again.


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Posted August 01, 2014 - 09:08 AM

We must grow them a lot tougher on this side of the state. I've shot two point blank in the head with a .22 that were in traps and it didn't kill them. The pellet gun I tried first literally just bounced off. I had one groundhog completely destroy a live trap while I was carrying out of the backyard. Broke the welds holding it together and bent the wire frame to get out. It's amazing how strong they are.

I've since turned to the conibear traps, probably sold by the same guy that Alan bought his from (bought at the Penn's Cave tractor show.) They work much better.

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Posted August 01, 2014 - 09:10 AM

So far I got two of these critters this year with my pellet gun.  You heard me, a pellet gun at 75 feet.  Killed a coon with it last year.  I may never use my 22 again.

like my pellet gun got 2 coons and 2 possums with it.



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Posted August 01, 2014 - 09:44 AM

Isn't that overkill? I've just used .22 Stingers. They go in but nothing comes out. Yours must go right through. Be carefull. I've heard of too many instances where a bullet has travelled a long distance and caused unintended death or damage. Good Luck, Rick

Yes it is overkill but it's the only gun I have that will drop one at longer ranges.They were 225,245 and 270 yards.I ALWAYS make sure I know and can see where the bullet is going to end up as I know they are all going to go through a groundhog.

 

I have used stingers on closer shots and I have a 17 HMR that I have used but hardly ever see a hog in shooting distance of the either.


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Posted August 01, 2014 - 09:44 AM

I have just one groundhog that I've seen but that no good dirty rotten scoundrel ate all sixty eight of my string bean plants in one night  I am still  p-oed   .


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Posted August 01, 2014 - 09:47 AM

So far I got two of these critters this year with my pellet gun.  You heard me, a pellet gun at 75 feet.  Killed a coon with it last year.  I may never use my 22 again.

What are you using for a pellet gun? I know there are some pretty fast shooting guns on the market but my Stoeger is not one of the faster ones.

 

They have some large calibre air rifles on the market now.






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