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Live trapping groundhogs? #47961
07/13/2018 12:55 PM
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We have a groundhog problem on our property. We live in the suburbs, so have only been moderately successful with killing them with a .22 airgun (when caught out in open). What bait is effective to draw groundhogs into a live trap for humane disposal? Thanks!


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Re: Live trapping groundhogs? [Re: Lady Artemis] #47962
07/13/2018 09:16 PM
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They are highly susceptible to snaring at their holes. If you want to keep them alive, I'm told they can be baited with apples in live traps. The only question would be where you are going to release them. Wouldn't want to make them someone else's problem! Good luck!


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Re: Live trapping groundhogs? [Re: Lady Artemis] #47963
07/14/2018 06:58 AM
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This is not a trap and release method as you ask but this is how I do it. I trap them with a 220 conibear trap. I set the trap, then pin it flat with sticks over the hole. Make sure you put a big wash tub or trash can over the hole to keep out pets. Just make sure the cover is secure so nothing gets into the trap but the groundhog. Check it a couple times a day. Ive disposed of many this way. h.h.

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Re: Live trapping groundhogs? [Re: Lady Artemis] #47973
07/20/2018 02:57 PM
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+1 on the 220.


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Re: Live trapping groundhogs? [Re: Lady Artemis] #48062
08/16/2018 06:44 AM
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soybean leaves or cantelope will work for bait in a live trap. Snares and 220's also effective, where you can use them safely.


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