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triggerjob 09-02-2012 05:40 PM

ground hog shooting?
I was watching a rifle,building video and the host was talking about shooting out a barrel in one weekend on one ground hog colony. So my conclussion was he was either a crappy shot or he killed a whole lot of ground hogs.

Anyway, why do we shoot groundhogs?

trip286 09-02-2012 05:54 PM

Because they over populate extremely large expanses of grazing grounds, creating perfect holes to break the legs of cattle and other livestock.

They also cause damage through erosion problems.

I wonder how they taste? It would be easy to feed a lot of people from a ground hog shoot...

c3shooter 09-02-2012 05:59 PM

Why shoot? Destructive nuisance species. Hell on livestock and crops. Had one that cleaned out 2 of the 40 ft rows of green beans from my garden. State game law says open season- no date limits, no bag limits.

Have shot a lot of ground hogs, use a 220 Swift which has a rep as a barrel burner, and have never shot a barrel out.

triggerjob 09-02-2012 05:59 PM

The indians used to eat them.,

I figured there was a reason for shooting them.

The video was done by Darrel Holland, i dont recall the calibur he was shooting.

trip286 09-02-2012 06:16 PM

I've heard of people burning barrels in a single day. I'd like to participate.

Hdq 09-02-2012 08:22 PM

Hogs sound delicious!! Bbq hog ribs a beer and tv yumm

Garadex 09-02-2012 09:47 PM


Originally Posted by trip286 (Post 925392)
I've heard of people burning barrels in a single day. I'd like to participate.

as long as it is not a massive caliber that would be fun.

rjd3282 09-02-2012 09:56 PM

Maybe he was talking about ground squirrels or prairie dogs. I've shot a lot of groundhogs and never saw them in enough numbers in one spot to burn out a barrel. We grow lots of beans in Ohio and groundhogs love the beans.

c3shooter 09-02-2012 10:14 PM

As far as taste- been there, done that, will pass. They are rodents,members of the marmot family. Bit too greasy for me.

Just remembered an investigation from years back. The concrete slab supporting a large liquid oxygen tank shifted, damaging the system. LOX is very heavy- 9.527 lbs per gallon- so those are HEAVY slabs with a lot of steel rebar in them.

Seems a groundhog colony decided to excavate under the slab. When they undermined enough, the slab tilted.

JonM 09-02-2012 10:24 PM

we have a groundhog that lives in our backyard. cute little bugger. he reallllly gets my siamese cat riled up when he sees the hog lol.

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