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Groundhog tales to finish out the month of July
Number 13: July 12th
The dairy farm down the road from me continued to be fertile hunting grounds. I spent most of my hunting around some old sheds and the adjacent cut hayfield but the farmer had been telling me stories of seeing a family of groundhogs living around the main dairy barn. I had seen a family member here and there myself. The main dairy barn sits fairly close to the road so my sightings consisted of seeing a groundhog duck into the driveway culvert or the roadside ditch as I was driving past the farm. One day I was shuttling hay wagons back and forth down the road and nearly every trip past the farm, I would see a groundhog sitting by the road. The dairy barn groundhog family began haunting my thoughts. The challenges to hunt here were many. The proximity to the...
The weird continues.
Numbers 11 and 12: July 6th
On one of my scouting trips to my neighbors, I had walked the perimeter of a hayfield that had been cut several weeks back and spied a young woodchuck. Actually I was only 30 yards away and we spied each other at pretty much the same time. I could just see his head peeking above the re-growing grass as he stood upright. In an instant, he ducked down and was gone. The evening was getting late and I spooked him pretty bad so I made a mental note of where the den was located and finished my walk around the field.
On July 6th as per my usual groundhog hunting routine, I finished afternoon barn chores and set out for an evening hunt to relax and unwind from a busy day. It was as good as ever time to go hunt near the den I had found at the back of my neighbor's hayfield. The approach would be an easy...
Number 8: June 28th
After my three successful back to back to back off hand shots on my last groundhog hunt, I was feeling pretty darn good about myself. In hunting, it’s important to grab on to those moments and savor them because guaranteed they do not last.
To the south across the road from my chicken barn is a north-south fence line that divides one neighbor’s hay field from another neighbor’s vacant field. It had been a couple of weeks since hay was cut and the new green growth was abundant and lush. I had been seeing a groundhog in the hay field along that fence line most evenings. On my next free evening, I walked across the road to the fence line. And while I say fence line (which it is because there is a fence), it is really an overgrown tree line. I had cover galore to approach this woodchuck without being...
Numbers 5, 6 and 7: June 20th.
About a week after the evening chore groundhog, I was taking the dogs for their evening walk down the road. My neighbor was out and called me over. He had seen a groundhog in a field out behind the dairy barn. He insisted that we walk back there so he could show me exactly where he spotted the varmint. Thankfully I had my rubber boots on that day as we had to walk through the mud to get there. My white footed beagles on the other hand became brown footed in a hurry: a small price to pay for a lead on another groundhog. The dry cows and heifers were out in that field but he said that they would most often be grazing on one side or the other and I should have a clear shot. This would be the spot of my next hunt.
I was able find some free time 3 days later. Around 4pm, I walked back...
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