Out thinning the groundhogs for soy bean farming friend this morning. Two down so far and I've located a few more for the afternoon. Shooting my Rem. 700 VSSF in 22-250. Shooting the Sierra 53 gr. HP Match bullets with a heavy load of Win. 748. Prime medicine for the pasture poodles.
I've killed hundreds of groundhogs in my 45+ years of shooting them but I had a new first this morning. When I shot the first one this morning, he dropped at the shot but then he squealed 5 or six times just like a dying rabbit. Sounded just like a jack rabbit. Then he died. It surprised me so much that I started looking for a rabbit in the shrapnel area behind the groundhog.
It's not very often, but I've had one or two squeal when I used a smaller rifle (17HMR). Most of them never get the option though, as it's usually the 30/06 with 130gr/hp's or the 338LM when I feel like lugging it up the hill.
Still whittling on them. Killed two more yesterday in the same soybean fields. Both were only 150-200 yards. The first one I had to sit and wait on for two hours in the 98 degree heat. He ducked back into his hole when I first got there so I just settled in and layed dog till he came back out.