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When do raccoons and groundhogs whelp?

Old 04-11-2019, 04:07 AM
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I'm trying to get some things done on the property here. I want to burn a brush pile then move a mound of dirt. The brush pile has raccoons in it and the dirt pile is a groundhog condo.

I'm going soft on the vermin and prefer not to incinerate babies if i don't have to. I can scrape the brush pile over and the coons can scatter but if there are babies in there, i'm not sure if they can survive an eviction. Same thing with the groundhog family.

How likely is it that there are infant vermin lurking here in Virginia?
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My first thought you be where’s their new home going to be? Somewhere that does damage to your property?
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Old 04-11-2019, 05:59 AM
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This photo was taken 6/8/2016. I live in rural central VA. The raccoon kits are weretaking advantage of temporary placement of one of our bird feeders on the back deck. Based on their size in early June, I imagine that they were probably born in early-late spring.



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You absolutely DO NOT want ground hogs on your property!!!!! the holes they make everywhere will break your legs, animal legs and anything else that steps into a 12" hole 2 feet deep

Shoot them on the spot, if it make you feel better, harvest them for food and prepare in an istapot

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Old 04-11-2019, 06:56 AM
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I smacked one with a baseball bat, and it whelped pretty loudly.
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Caught a raccoon a couple of weeks ago. Usually I get them on the camera at night. This guy showed up a good half hour before sunset. https://ring.com/share/6678419986313122163 Been feeding marshmallows for a day or two trap gets put out tonight and baited tomorrow.
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I have a black vulture nesting in the brush behind my house he makes the raccoons howl when they get to close to the nest .. it is pretty fun to watch that vulture gets on the ground and chases the coons all over the yard until they give up
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I have shot a handful of large and small animals but I sort of dread it. I suppose a clean shot on a varmint going about his duties is probably as humane as anything else the critter might run up against in God's creation.

I had black vultures destroy the rubber roof on a travel trailer, never had any problem with red vultures, other than the rancid offal, of course. I think they are both protected species.

Dogs got skunked two weeks ago. Still beats living anywhere else!
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If you don’t want to shoot them yourself just put the job out for bid to THT members. Bidding on shooting chit works backwards from construction. Bidders are bidding how much they will pay for the privilege.

or tannerite them. 10 lbs should do the trick.
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Old 04-11-2019, 01:47 PM
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Yes on the coons. Soon on the groundhog.

To each his own. Vermin, be it mice, Norway rat, raccoon or ground hog you need not feel bad. Both animals you mention will bear young until late July in instances. The only time to satisfy your conscience is early winter.
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tagged one last night messin with the garbage can...furkin thing welped all the way across the yard.
Second shot shut 'em up.
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So they like marshmallows?
Can I stuff them with anything?
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Originally Posted by Striper In View Post
So they like marshmallows?
Can I stuff them with anything?
Peanut butter.
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Originally Posted by MercuryMan200 View Post
I'll take a baby ****.
Originally Posted by Striper In View Post
So they like marshmallows?
Can I stuff them with anything?
Originally Posted by joe.giuliano View Post
Peanut butter.
Are the babies more tender?
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Originally Posted by joe.giuliano View Post
Peanut butter.
What Can I soak the Peanut butter in?
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Originally Posted by Striper In View Post
What Can I soak the Peanut butter in?
Dip the marshmallows in the PB.
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Why is the word "****" hidden but cracker isn't?
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Honkey isn't either! WTF?!?!
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