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Old 10-18-2016, 06:41 PM
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If you want or shoot groundhogs, go to the mountains and find a Christmas tree farmer. Tell him or her what you are looking to do and they will probably let you go that day. They hate them. I had one tell me that groundhogs bite the tops off of the young trees and then they will not grow correctly. Deer do the same thing. My dad said one of the tree farmers that he knows had to bush hog a bunch of tress down because of deer and groundhogs.
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Old 10-19-2016, 08:04 AM
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Originally Posted by cfarmd View Post
what are some simple snare traps for a beginner?
Snares can only be used for beaver in NORTH CAROLINA
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Old 10-19-2016, 09:00 AM
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Being originally from SW Georgia I grew up bird hunting family farms around my home area back when the land had smaller fields surrounded by hedgerows and sections of planted or wild pines. Up until the early to mid 80's it was nothing to have 6-10 covey rises on a 500 acre farm with the abundant birds but modern farming practices eliminated the hedgerows and grown up ditch banks leaving birds with no cover. Dove hunting was also excellent and above and beyond the Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas dove shoots we could easily get limits shooting over a horse pasture water hole of an afternoon.

Living in NC for most of the last 37+ years wild quail are very scarce and hunting is relegated to a few select (and damned secret) places that hold a covey or 2 or shooting liberated birds at a preserve. Watching the dogs work is 95% of the enjoyment so preserves do have a purpose and the birds are stil awesome table fare...but it is nothing like late season wild birds.
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Old 10-20-2016, 06:05 AM
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Small game and upland bird hunting is my favorite past time. From January to March I do it as much as I can in Central Florida.

The weather is amazing 50-70's, almost no rain, and it's generally too windy to fish the gulf. We hunt, Dove, Snipe, bobwhite quail, Squire, Rabbit, and Turkey when it opens.

I also deer and turkey hunt in the fall, but it's hot, buggy, and wet so not nearly as comfortable.

My wife, 7 year old and a few good friends will walk upland pine woods for quail and Dove, walk flag ponds for snipe and set up in oak hammocks for Squires. My wife shoots a .22 and double barrel 20 gauge. I carry my A300 or 20 gauge pump depending on what we are seeing.

Can't wait to get back on them this spring!
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Old 10-22-2016, 08:36 AM
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Up north means way up north for me. Although I shoot bean hogs eat of Richmond, I hunt most in Pa and Ohio because I am only up for shooting them above 500 and even over 1000 yards.

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Where north do you shoot whistlepigs?

i would have thought quail and grouse would have been good here. And it sounds like it was in the past. That webb farm looks amazing. I grew up with 12,000 acres of public preserve in my back yard. so the hunting club things are new to me
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Old 10-22-2016, 08:44 AM
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Default NC Mountain groundhogs in Xmas tree farms

I would like to look into this option but doubt the land lends itself to taking them from a good distance while the trees are VERY low. Can anyone add anything to this to help me with research. I don't enjoy ambushing them up close.









Originally Posted by dwats30 View Post
If you want or shoot groundhogs, go to the mountains and find a Christmas tree farmer. Tell him or her what you are looking to do and they will probably let you go that day. They hate them. I had one tell me that groundhogs bite the tops off of the young trees and then they will not grow correctly. Deer do the same thing. My dad said one of the tree farmers that he knows had to bush hog a bunch of tress down because of deer and groundhogs.
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Old 10-22-2016, 09:42 AM
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Originally Posted by Warlock View Post
Up north means way up north for me. Although I shoot bean hogs eat of Richmond, I hunt most in Pa and Ohio because I am only up for shooting them above 500 and even over 1000 yards.
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Old 10-23-2016, 05:51 AM
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Originally Posted by jpcanning View Post
When I resided in the north-----

I trained a German shorthair pointer and hunted her for 11 years, really enjoyed it.

However in North Carolina where I hunt we have three types of rattlers,copperheads and moccasins.

I know of two people that have had their dogs bitten.

I would love to have another pointer,but not fesable in my present hunting environment.
JP, I'm not sure of the Carolinas, but here in Texas there are several people that offer "snake proofing" classes for dogs throughout the state. They use defanged snakes to train your animal to alert, and stay back from snakes.
I've done it with my JR terrier and Aussie/Collie mix here at the house with non poisonous snakes and tested them with copperheads I've caight to see if there might be a difference.
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Old 10-23-2016, 06:47 AM
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Ken T, that is a trophy to be proud of.
(sorry to be off topic)
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Old 10-23-2016, 03:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Jason75979 View Post
JP, I'm not sure of the Carolinas, but here in Texas there are several people that offer "snake proofing" classes for dogs throughout the state. They use defanged snakes to train your animal to alert, and stay back from snakes.
I've done it with my JR terrier and Aussie/Collie mix here at the house with non poisonous snakes and tested them with copperheads I've caight to see if there might be a difference.
Sounds like something to look into.

now about our traveling.

Can you puppy sit while we travel ?
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