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    Default What's the best rifle . . none

    There was a thread about removing groundhogs with a rifle a while back and lots of discussion about safety. I had a groundhog problem and decided that I would try the trapping route. I had a family of groundhogs, 1 adult and 5 juveniles, it took 7 days of trapping but they are now all safely relocated, along with a gigantic skunk. The bait of choice was a lettuce leaf and peanut butter. Nice and quite, total time into this adventure was about 2 hours, mostly because I had to relocate them (against my instincts but mama and the kids won that fight)

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    HooAh! That sounds wonderful. What type of trap did you use? Let me know so I may construct one and save some lil animals life as well.


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    Guess that is a good way to remove your problem! Just wondering where you relocated them to?

    I encountered a person relocating a woodchuck on my property one time and had a heck of an argument with the woman about not providing me with a new resident! Ended up she, her husband and the chuck departed!

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    It allways nice to hear that we don't have to kill everything that's giving us a problem. I like your idea, I've also got a little problem, taking bird feeders down. Wonder what size a trap I'd need for my quest? Not really sure if I want it gone though. Maybe I could just trap it, get a couple of beers and some honey and have a man to animal discussion about the yard rules. How do you think a bear would deal with the situation?
    A couple of years back 1{bear around 300-350lbs+} came up to me while I was building our house. He sat down about 50-60' away from me and we had a small conversation. He then figured he'd do what he wanted to. Of course I think I hurt his feelings when I yelled at him for trying to go where I didn't think he should. Well it seems they like our ponds and think the bird feeders are for bears. Silly bear tricks are for kids and "bird food" is for..............BIRDS!

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    Default Re: What's the best rifle . . none

    Quote Originally Posted by 20 20 View Post
    It allways nice to hear that we don't have to kill everything that's giving us a problem. I like your idea, I've also got a little problem, taking bird feeders down. Wonder what size a trap I'd need for my quest? Not really sure if I want it gone though. Maybe I could just trap it, get a couple of beers and some honey and have a man to animal discussion about the yard rules. How do you think a bear would deal with the situation?
    A couple of years back 1{bear around 300-350lbs+} came up to me while I was building our house. He sat down about 50-60' away from me and we had a small conversation. He then figured he'd do what he wanted to. Of course I think I hurt his feelings when I yelled at him for trying to go where I didn't think he should. Well it seems they like our ponds and think the bird feeders are for bears. Silly bear tricks are for kids and "bird food" is for..............BIRDS!
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    Yes, it worked great. I just used a large have-a-heart trap.

    They were relocated to a wildlife refuge not too far away, not necessarily my choice, I tend to agree that it is kind of like relocating a problem to someone else.

    I have had the same man to animal discussion with several raccoons, it turns out they were not receptive and you know the result.

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    AMR; raccoons remind me of teenage kids. they think they know everything, won't listen to anything, and get into everything{trouble}. My sister had 1 as a pet years ago it was very smart and allways trying to get everyone to play, lot of fun.

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    So how did you deal with the skunk? I'm trying to imagine how you safely relocaated that guy without harming him.
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    Good deal...but tell us how you dealt with the skunk.

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    The skunk had me nervous but it was nothing. I walked up to him slowly holding an old bed sheet out, it was folded up a couple times, I got near the trap and gently draped it over the entire trap, he never got that nervous. I picked up the trap with handle and put it into a wheelbarrow. He sprayed while I was wheeling him down the street. No bid deal, the sheet took it. When I got to the designated release area I put the trap down, fumbled the blanket back till just the door was exposed and then lifted it up. He walked out after a minute, looked back at me and my 4 year old, and then took off. Easy as pie!

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