Missouri Ground Hogs

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  1. lerch

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    My family owns a fairly large soybean farm in Missouri and I have just become aware of the fact that they may have some ground hogs. Has anyone on here got any experince shooting these things. Just curious where to find them and or if anyone has any tips for hunting them.
    Thanks
    Steve
     
  2. lerch

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    The land is just south of Kansas City area.
     

  3. Dave King

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    They look a little like what you'd expect if a sasquatch and Janet Reno were to have a kid. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif

    Check near large rocks, rock piles, fence lines and inspect any mounds of earth in the field. The holes will be large enough to stick and arm into. Once you've located the holes it's just a matter of glassing for them in those areas. Sometimes they'll be out and about (ground grizzly mode) and other times they'll just stick their head out of the hole and sun themselves (dirt alligator mode).

    If they're out and about they'll stand up often to get a look around and seem to prefer coming out in the mid morning and late afternoon on hot days but about anytime on cloudy or cool days. Best time I've found is just after a rain when even the old smart three legged ones seem to venture out a little way.

    They're pretty tough and it only counts as a kill if you touch the critter (if they make it back into the hole it's not a kill).
     
  4. chris matthews

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    I am just south of KC myself. Groundhogs are few and far between around here- typically a 2-3 hog day would be a good one. Have a bunch of them in the city (no predators), but the farms seem to have one here and there. If you want drop me an email and we can hook up for the "hunt."
     
  5. Buffalobob

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    Used to hunt them around Ft. Leonard Wood near Rolla. If the soybeans are tall you will have a hard time getting any long shots. They are a little funny critters and like to climb up a sloping log or downed tree so they can nap and look around. They won't climb much more than two or so feet high but often that is enough for you to see them. Those are really good shots when you can knock them off their perch at long distance.
     
  6. Domster4U

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    I'm from Wichita &amp; if ever you guys going huntin .... I would like to hitch w/ you people, if you don't mind. Just let me know how much i'll cheapin &amp; when. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif
     
  7. bailey1474

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    Well, Lerch and I called the people who are leasing the farm, and no chucks.

    Our search then took us to New Mexico. I know a guy who is a game warden near Tucumcari. He is a shooter and said he has never heard of anyone shooting them. He grew up down in southern NM, so if it does go on further up north he just may not know about it. Any info here would sure help.

    Just when we had given up hope, Lerch got an email from a guy in east central MO. The guy said they had a few there but long range was out of the question. He suggested east KS for long range chucks.

    I managed to find a map of the counties in KS where chucks have been confirmed to live. The problem is how many? I don't want to drive 6-8 hours for 2 shots all weekend.

    Another problem is the fact that we will simply have to make contact with a farmer to obtain permission once we get out there. Again, any info here would be appreciated.

    Chris and Domster:
    If we do manage to get something going in this region, I'll let you know. We'd love you guys to come along.

    Thanks for all the info guys.
    B.J.
     
  8. bucknutz

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    [ QUOTE ]
    Best time I've found is just after a rain when even the old smart three legged ones seem to venture out a little way.



    [/ QUOTE ] of course,they need to come out and fire up their sump pumps
     
  9. Domster4U

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    Thanks &amp; i appreciate it. BY the way i noticed that you guys are from Oklahoma like Abinok(Adam) great guy. If you people don't mind if there's anything cooking here in the near future. Like hunting or just plain old target shooting get together. I want to hook up w/ you guys...Many Thanks! /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif
     
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    Dave

    I am shocked that you would insult Sasquatch like that!!!

    What did he ever do to you. I am sure he never gets that drunk. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif

    BH
     
  11. Dave King

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    I was careful about that and was sure to mention "a sasquatch" and not just "sasquatch" or "The Sasquatch". /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif

    That would be a lot of alcohol over the gums I'd guess!
     
  12. curtis

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    I am originally from Lawson, MO, just North East of K.C. but I was stationed at Whiteman AFB, MO for the last two years. Whiteman is located in central, west/central (if that makes since) near Warrensburg, MO. We had ground hogs all over on the A. F. base. We had no predators either, but I do recall seeing some out in the fields along 50 highway. They get pretty big. I noticed that they liked to hang around creeks quite a bit. They would venture out into fields to eat and if any sign of danger was present, they would run back to their holes near the creek. As for New Mexico, I was stationed there for 4 years at Alamogordo, N.M. You should try hunting rabbits, coyotes or the dessert goats that hang around in the mountains. It might have changed since I have been gone, but you didn't need a tag to hunt any of these animals. One more thing for your hunting pleasure, the wild hogs. These hogs are hard to hunt but they are there, up in the mountains just tearing things up. No specific tag or season for them as well (check local regulations, it might have changed). I hope you all have a good time hunting and good luck in whatever you decide to do.
     
  13. Sasquatch

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    I didn't take any offense to it bountyhunter. I don't remember that happening, but who knows, it has been a while /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif
     
  14. trooper698

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    This may not be exactly related to your area, but if you ever take a hunting trip to South-Eastern Ohio, you shouldn't have any problems finding groundhogs. Usually in the summer half a dozen a night is minimum. Every year I'll get an evening or two when the hay gets moved and weather's right and you can knock out about dozen and a half in one night. I don't know what guys here think of as long range shooting but shots up to 700+ are not hard to find, and longer if you want to try. I'd say most are between 300 and 550. Like someone else said, morning and evening is the best time if it's really hot and sunny. I noticed sometimes they don't come out as much when it's really windy. Any flat shootin varmint load will do, but if you gut shoot them, many times they make it into their hole. They're lots of fun though. Good luck! /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif