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Old 09-05-2012, 03:48 AM   #21
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Ground Hogs, Rock Chucks and Marmots are all the same critter, and no matter what you call them ,they are destructive to crops.A single adult marmot will eat an acre of alfalfa worth $800 in a season.Ranching profit margins (at least for small operations)is small enough without losing acres of hay to an oversized rat.

Their burrows are also dangerous if you happen to be chasing cows on a three-wheeler.I know this from personal experience(11 broken ribs and my collar bone torn loose from my shoulder.Ouch!!!)

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A peculiarity in VA is that if you see him in your field or yard, he is a Groundhog and may be killed instantly. If however you see the same animal in the woods adjacent to the field, you must now call him a Woodchuck and he is totally protected from you.

Coyotenator, I have a suspicion your love of the critters increased immensely when your own 3 wheeler met that hole. I only broke 1 rib in my own mishap although I suspect my femur was pretty near it's limit when it hit the Farmall's steering wheel. Funny, before that day I had paid them no mind at all. Live and let live I thought. Didn't see them as a vermin until then.

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She finds a hole, then puts a few unwrapped sticks of Wrigely's chewing gum near the hole. The next day the gum is gone and a few days later so are the groundhogs.
That is amazing! I wish I'd known about that! Chewing gum!
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Complete, 1000% agreement. Whod'a thought it?

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[/QUOTE]She finds a hole, then puts a few unwrapped sticks of Wrigely's chewing gum near the hole. The next day the gum is gone and a few days later so are the groundhogs.[/QUOTE]

What does the gum do to the critter???

I have gotten rid of rodents with a Gopher Getter(an implement that burys rows of poison seed in burrow infested fields), Giant Killer rodent bombs that fill the burrows with smoke and finally an old push lawn mower that has an old vacuum hose attached to the exhaust port. You let it idle for 15 min or so with the hose in the entrance, the rougher it runs the better it does.This last really works well for burrows encroaching on your yard or garden.

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The critter runs out of gum, gets out of the hole, goes to Kwikee Mart to get some more, and gets mugged in the parking lot.

What you REALLY need is the Rodenator. No really, I can't make this stuff up-

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The critter runs out of gum, gets out of the hole, goes to Kwikee Mart to get some more, and gets mugged in the parking lot.

What you REALLY need is the Rodenator. No really, I can't make this stuff up-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2umEFHeo6mw
I was going to post that same video! The Rodenator really works, but the hazard here in CA is that you can't use it in the summertime because you can start a fire- no rain/dry grass and propane explosions are not a good combination. Anyhow, many of the vineyards use it for gopher control and it works very well (and it is "organic", unlike poisons.)
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Going back some years, had some commercial apple orchards over in the Shenandoah Valley- 1,000 acres and larger. Control of ground hogs is a big deal for them- they lose apple trees if they don't.

Shooters dream- rows of trees- 25 feet apart. Every 4 rows, a tractor road. Count the number of roads, plus the number of rows, and you have the range dialed in to within a few feet.

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If you mean the old United Fruit Orchards over by Inwood, I was told they had been sold to a developer.

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Nope- some of the Byrds, and Mr. Dorsey's stuff out in Berryville- although I would not be surprised is some of that has been sold. Hunted from Mt Jackson up to the Md line.

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