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Old 05-29-2014, 05:46 PM   #1
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I was playing with my tractor in the shed and noticed a big brown thing in one of my willows about 20 feet up in the tree. After accounting for both of my cats I grabbed my .22 with the scope and took a look at it. It was a ground hog. Never even knew they climbed. He is no longer with us. Should of taken a picture first, didn't think of that until after he hit the ground.


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Old 05-29-2014, 07:18 PM   #2
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About 9 or 10 years ago, I was walking along the field edge of a farm I hunted back then (now a McMansion-hood), when a groundhog ran out of the tall grass in front of me and straight up a tree. It climbed to about 8 feet, took a look around and saw me, then jumped down and ran off toward it's hole.

This happened on April 1st, I swear God was playing an April Fool's joke on me. I've never seen or heard of it before or since, until today.


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I was playing with my tractor in the shed and noticed a big brown thing in one of my willows about 20 feet up in the tree. After accounting for both of my cats I grabbed my .22 with the scope and took a look at it. It was a ground hog. Never even knew they climbed. He is no longer with us. Should of taken a picture first, didn't think of that until after he hit the ground.
Let me assure you that groundhogs can and do climb trees and seem to love it. I've shot dozens of pigs out of bushes, shrubs, felled trees and standing trees. I even shot one that had a burrow under the tree with one opening about 5 or so feet up in the hollow tree. They seem to love lying on the branches sunning themselves while watching the world go by and, I'm sure, watching for predators.
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So I assume you shot it because you are going to eat it.
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No I am not going to eat it! Ground hogs dig. They cause lots of damage and I have no problem wasting one of them. If you want to eat him, he is still pretty fresh, I'll send him to you.
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Saw a dog tree a ground hog when I was still a kid. Dad shot, ground hog came down and the dog was gone like lightening. I have never eaten ground hog myself but I have been told they are good eating. Just have to get all of the scent glans off the meat first.

They are a destructive animal. Making holes all over the fields for cattle to step in and break a leg. People too as far as that goes. Have heard of tractors getting broken axles from their holes also.
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Yeah, I'm gonna drag around a cooler all over the place, on smoking hot days, so I can skin out some nasty chuck I hit with a high velocity frangible bullet (blood shot plus fragment contam maybe elsewhere). WTF?

I have in the past rimfired some, not too big, and had folks on standby to take them to eat.

But around here, when we had chucks (before the yotes got plentiful), it was serious biz to keep bean damage down. Plus some of my landowners had cattle.

I don't eat possums that get in my trash, nor do I do a U turn to go back and slather Mc Nugget sauce on any chipmunk or sparrow my truck might dink.

And yeah, I've seen chucks climb trees, one way up too in a monster dead tree, kinda like a high rise building with a deck up top- he was out on a short limb that had a hole where it came off the trunk. Pretty funny (always wondered if that fat SOB had an elevator inside LOL). Was squirrel hunting a cattle farm, saw him.........too late to pop him though. I checked that tree every time after that, never saw him there or up top again.

Did blow one out of a tree with a .44 mag, lined him up with trunk for pass through. pretty thick woods for stopping the bullet too. Have let others off the ground go due to no safe backstop.

No big deal, 70 gr Nosler BT's zinging out of a .243 works when they're on the deck

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I found one years ago that climbed a small tree to escape the dog and I shook the tree, causing it to fall, which the dog intercepted mid-air. I wish I had that filmed.
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Yeah, I'm gonna drag around a cooler all over the place, on smoking hot days, so I can skin out some nasty chuck I hit with a high velocity frangible bullet (blood shot plus fragment contam maybe elsewhere). WTF?

I have in the past rimfired some, not too big, and had folks on standby to take them to eat.

But around here, when we had chucks (before the yotes got plentiful), it was serious biz to keep bean damage down. Plus some of my landowners had cattle.

I don't eat possums that get in my trash, nor do I do a U turn to go back and slather Mc Nugget sauce on any chipmunk or sparrow my truck might dink.

And yeah, I've seen chucks climb trees, one way up too in a monster dead tree, kinda like a high rise building with a deck up top- he was out on a short limb that had a hole where it came off the trunk. Pretty funny (always wondered if that fat SOB had an elevator inside LOL). Was squirrel hunting a cattle farm, saw him.........too late to pop him though. I checked that tree every time after that, never saw him there or up top again.

Did blow one out of a tree with a .44 mag, lined him up with trunk for pass through. pretty thick woods for stopping the bullet too. Have let others off the ground go due to no safe backstop.

No big deal, 70 gr Nosler BT's zinging out of a .243 works when they're on the deck
You should eat what you kill unless it is attacking you....what a waste
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You should eat what you kill unless it is attacking you....what a waste
do you eat the fly's and mosquito's that you kill??


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