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Old 08-22-2015, 04:39 AM   #1
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Default Eradicated my pond destroyer

Seen it on the pond bank early this morning, but when I went and got my weapon of choice, it disappeared.
Waited all day and just after 7:30 this evening I saw it's head sticking out of the hole. Let's try this again.

Grabbed my rifle and gently opened the back door. Why, when you're trying to be quiet as a mouse, all doors squeak like they're over a loud speaker?

Anyway, got out onto my deck, where I had a good look-see through my scope on 9 power, and adjusted my side focus between 50 and 100yds and I could see that varmint trying to hide behind some weeds. You can't fool me, I've been at this too long. Long story short, here's proof.


Used Marlin VRX 17HMR using Hornady 17gr. Entered just in front of shoulder and no exit wound. I think I shattered the neck. Don't know why pic is on side, I righted it in photo album.
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Old 08-22-2015, 04:53 AM   #2
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OK Triumphman, I am Ignorant, what kind of creature is that? a muskrat?
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It's a young Groundhog.

She probably weighed around 15#s. No family and teeth were still white, and I estimated max 2yrs old.

I've shot one once that weighed around 30#s. They can get big.
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They can get big. I've shot more of them than any other animal.

Congrats on your triumph, man.
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It's a young Groundhog.

She probably weighed around 15#s. No family and teeth were still white, and I estimated max 2yrs old.

I've shot one once that weighed around 30#s. They can get big.
OH ok, we've got marmots up here but they don't stick around civilization they're fox, coyote and wolf food. Oh and raptors.
They are also "fur bearers " that means trapping only ( some fur bearers are also classified as game and can be hunted with firearms but NOT marmots ).
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Maybe he was looking for his "Shadow"?
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Maybe he was looking for his "Shadow"?
Well, he certainly got shaded.
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How do they destroy ponds?
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They dig into the banks. I've seen whole ditch banks collapse because of them.
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If an earthen dam was used to create the pond, the groundhogs digging their burrows can be detrimental to said dam.
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