Wow! I live in WV as well and ground hogs have all but disappeared where I am. Once the coyote took hold the groundhog numbers plummeted. In the last 7 years I haven’t seen 10 groundhogs probably.1978 I shot a deer at 402 yards with my .30-06. I wanted more of a challenge. Switched 100% to handguns then. It wasn't pretty at first, but I practiced A LOT. My hunting career has been very rewarding since. Groundhogs were my favorite target in WV. I've expanded that a bunch, but every spring I really look forward to my groundhogs. This year has been really good so far. I've used my .223 Contender, SSK .22-250, SSK .250 Sav. AI, and today my SSK 6mmAI. making it 100 for the year.
That makes my lifetime handgun total of groundhogs 15,435. Like I said, who needs a rifle.
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