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Old 05-19-2017, 03:48 AM
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Received a call from a farmer who wanted us to come and do something with his ground hog population. Said he has always had them around and they never bothered him much because they never seemed to eat much of his alfalfa. But they are now digging in the fields and making a mess. He was told we could help him out so the calls went out to others in our group. Was John and his disabled cousin Mikey, Dean and myself this time.

Since the last time I had went whistle pig hunting with these guys I had fell on a broken branch with a stub in the grass and ripped open my recent replaced knee incision and spent 3 hours in ER ,my clown friends just had to make sure I was prepared this time. We got Mikey’s specialty built side by side unloaded then the guys brought out my new first aid kit. The kit contained 2 maxi pads since the last time I had bled really bad and scared Dean bad, several rolls of gauze in different widths, some white medical tape, a part of a roll of duct tape and a few needles and spool of white thread bottles of different disinfectant, tubes of salves too.


Now that the laughs had subsided we headed out to the hunting fields. John went with Mikey and set up on a hill side overlooking one field, Dean and I worked down a fence line near a few trees to set up. Dean and I had not even reached our spot when we heard Mikey’s 222 mag fire, soon followed by Johns 204. Dean and I finally got all set up and started looking for chucks in the field, that had recently had half taken off as green chop for the cows. Soon I spotted a couple and told Dean to take the closer one on my signal. I saw mine fall and do a single kick and Deans also died. Dean was using a Ruger 77 17 wsm he had recently found at a gun shop used gun rack and bought.

Finally we were not seeing any more chucks and not hearing any firing from John and Mikey. I was just telling Dean we should go pick up the chucks and go see how John and Mikey were doing when we saw them drive over the hill. We had gotten 16 whistle pigs between us in just over 5 hours. Decided we would take them to Johns and butcher them out. John knew a family where dad had a stroke and they were having a tough time so we called and they took 10 of the pigs from us the other 6 we divided up between our selves.
When cleaned properly they cook up great and taste great too.
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There is a place locally that makes pallets. In the storage lot, ground hogs have moved in. They are always sunning themselves on the pallets and pooping all over them. The owner is a guy I've known since we were kids in school. Knows I like to shoot varmints and wants 'em gone. The problem is its in a commercial area with an industrial park across the road.

Wondering what I should use to effectively get 'em? Have an .177 air rifle but doubt it would do much especially if any range was involved.
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Old 05-19-2017, 08:51 AM
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Our western 'Rock Chucks' are much smaller and the spatter factor is high. No body but an Indian proving a point eats rock chucks but I've seen it done by packing them in mud and baking the whole critter, guts feathers and all.
I ate the Basque BBQ instead.
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Old 05-19-2017, 09:00 AM
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Depending on the range at the pallet factory I think I would see what a 22 mag and head shots would do. Like make sure you can hit a milk jug cap at 50 yards.
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At this point they are pretty tame. Probably can walk close as 20 feet to them. I'm sure that will change soon as the shootin' starts!
.22mag? i was thinking a .22lr may be noisy enough to get the neighbors interested.
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Within 20 feet is a natural for the Aquilla 60gr. SSS. It's subsonic and a lightning killer but inaccurate at range unless you have a tight twist.
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Within 20 feet is a natural for the Aquilla 60gr. SSS. It's subsonic and a lightning killer but inaccurate at range unless you have a tight twist.
Curious now! What twist do they need? Given the location, 50 yards would be close to the max.
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One in nine works for SURE! I put a 1-9 barrel on a 10-22 and had a great shooter at 50 yds.
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The 10-22 would be a likely candidate for me since I already have a donor. Another plus is the ease the barrels can be changed.

Any preference on barrels?
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I used a Wilson because that's what the customers supplied. It shot very well and was pre-threaded for a can.
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Thanks Jack! Gonna start looking.
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"Penetrator" pellets for airguns may work on head shots.

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Are those the ones that have what looks like a "BB" in the nose?

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Yeah I think that is what it is. Little steel ball in the nose.
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There is a place locally that makes pallets. In the storage lot, ground hogs have moved in. They are always sunning themselves on the pallets and pooping all over them. The owner is a guy I've known since we were kids in school. Knows I like to shoot varmints and wants 'em gone. The problem is its in a commercial area with an industrial park across the road.

Wondering what I should use to effectively get 'em? Have an .177 air rifle but doubt it would do much especially if any range was involved.
When living in La. I used a Wrist rocket (Slingshot) using cast 9mm bullets on Nutria. Those would kill fairly well inside 50ft.
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I don't recommend air guns for woodchucks - tried .22 and .177 with not great results. If you do use an airgun, I'd suggest head shots only.
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I don't recommend air guns for woodchucks - tried .22 and .177 with not great results. If you do use an airgun, I'd suggest head shots only.
I would add side of head shots only!
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