The Ground Hog Man

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  1. K22

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    So yesterday I go to a farm that I've hunted groundhogs for years. While I have open permission, I always like to check in with the farmer to let him know I'm there - its promotes good relations.

    Anyway his wife answers the door and without greeting me she hails her husband saying, "Harold (the farmer), the ground hog man is here. I couldn't help smile. I have a reputation.

    Harold comes out and leads me to a soybean field about 200 yards from the house and says, "These (expletive deleted) are chewing up my bean patch. Sure enough I see a strip about 20 yards wide extending out from the tree line and about 100 yards long.

    I don't hunt this field because its too close to the house but Harold is insisting that I do some exterminating. This is the first time I can remember that he planted beans in this field, usually it's either wheat or corn. Another reason I don't spend time trying to hunt this field.

    To keep Harold happy I set up about 150 yards from the tree line shooting into the tree line - all safe shots if I see any hogs. Because of the lay of the land this as far as I can get from the tree line and still see it. Beans are about 5 inches high, not ideal. If I see any I have to take a shot at the tree line as they peek out before they get into the bean or I'll never see them.

    I used my Rem Model 7, 223 for this hunt since the distance is short. Took four monster hogs in the first hour and half, two pups later. Saw one off to my right at 142 yards in the bean field bobbing up and down. I timed the shot when he stood up then shot. Didn't know if I got him. I walked down - found the hole in the patch and check the hole and around it - no hog or blood. I missed - bad shooting - just no other way to say it. Anyway got two more later in the tree line, medium size hog boys.

    Harold was happy the ground hog man showed up yesterday.
     
  2. Nomad47

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    Great story. As I was reading it, I kept thinking about similar events that have happened to me.
     
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  3. varmintshooter

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    Hey now, my farmers say I'm the groundhog man, is it possible there Is more than one groundhog man
     
  4. snert

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    Ya, ditto
     
  5. mikeinct

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    Nice Story, Ground hog Man...I still like my farmer Buddy Albert's comment to why he lets me shoot his fields..He Says to a local.. " Cause, fo a City Boy, He Can Shoot ! " That same day, earlier, he had me turn my gear quickly 180 degrees & nail one 500 yds from my spot..then In the afternoon He had me run around my truck, kneel & shoot one running 250 yds uphill & across the road from a spot we had set up on... He calls me when he cuts his fields...Grin, Sorry guys I just love telling that story..Mike in Ct
     
  6. Webster

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    Don't know what the rules are in PA. In Ohio you need written permission. Even if you prove verbal permission you can get big fines. The game warden can enter any farm in Ohio without the owners permission.
     
  7. hogpatrol

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    Private property I hunt is all on request, theirs. :D In Pennsy, you need permission to hunt inside the safety zone. I got lucky when one farm owner wanted them whacked around the house. Killed eight in around two and a half hours within 100 yards all with the Annie pistol. There's still three more I didn't get but I know where they live. ;)
     
  8. K22

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    As far as I know, there is no requirement for written permission in PA nor would I ever ask a farmer for it unless he volunteers it. The farmer's I know would resent me asking them for it. They consider their word good enough.

    I'm very respectful of their property rights and always thank them for letting me hunt on their land. I've know most of them for many years.
     
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  9. MrMajestic

    MrMajestic Gold $$ Contributor

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    Hey now, I'm the "Groundhog Man" in southern Lebanon County...
     
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  10. mikeinct

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    Dude
    Whew, my first thought was, Oh Crap...Then I found you on the map..you might as well be in "God Forbid" New Jersey...Grin ..Mike in Ct
     
  11. mr45man

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    10889.jpeg Haven't shot a ground hog for 20 years or so,
    But I do t recall them having a long tail like this guy.
    This is in Rochester Michigan.
     
  12. TheOtherZilla

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    Now ya gotta change yer handle
     
  13. Marksman

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    There's something wrong with your dog.
     
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  14. K22

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    I'm the guy in Berks County ;) Also known as the vulture's best friend - they eat when I go hogging. :p
     
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    I helped start a groundhog shoot at a local club that I belong to and when the President of the club referred to me he said Joe the groundhog guy. I also hunt live groundhogs and have hunted them for 59 years, one farm that I hunt had a dog named George and he was usually tied up. He would get loose once in a while and bit me two times and the farmer said I must smell like a groundhog and that's why he bit me.
    Drags
     
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