Small Game, Predator and Trapping From shooting squirrels in your backyard to calling coyotes in Arizona. This forum now contains trapping information.

Groundhog Hunting

Old 07-16-2005, 08:27 PM
Nontypical Buck
Thread Starter
PA Bow/Flinter's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Fairbanks, AK
Posts: 3,132
Default Groundhog Hunting

I have been groundhog hunting a couple of times this year (17 so far, Whoo Hoo) and I have a couple of questions for you. I'm going down to my grandma's farm on Monday-Thursday so I will be able to hunt them a lot and I want to maximize my efforts.

First off, when are the best times to go hunting? I usually go from like 5:00 pm -8:30 pm...and sometimes in the late morning (ie. like 8-10) I was wondering, more for the morning if I am getting out too late? Too early? Or just right?

My second question is, how much does on average groundhog weigh? Just a round about number will be fine. Thanks in advance.

Also what is the best way to get a groundhog to stand up? The hay fields are getting taller and the groundhogs are harder to see unless they stand up. At one time someone told me to wistle at them (one problem, I CAN"T WISTLE) so is there any other technique I can use to get them to stand up. I was thinking of taking a wistle with me and blowing it lightly to get them to stand up...Would this work, or just scare them away?
PA Bow/Flinter is offline  
Old 07-16-2005, 11:51 PM
Nontypical Buck
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Western PA
Posts: 1,356
Default RE: Groundhog Hunting

i always head out about 6 and sit till about dusk this time of year once dusk sets in they dont seem to come out much. When it is overcast they seem to be out all day though. Ive never gone for them in the morning i enjoy sleeping in haha. I'd guess to say a average groundhog weighs between 4-7lbs just my guess.
deerslayer223 is offline  
Old 07-17-2005, 07:49 PM
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Roanoke, VA
Posts: 730
Default RE: Groundhog Hunting

I've hunted them from daybreak through till dark and all hours in-between. They are active at night in the towns near here. Anytime is a good time; especially just after a rain. As far as a whistle, I would just wait for them to stand-up on their own, but give it a try. If it scares them away just quit using it LOL.

A small young groundhog here in VA would weigh about 4-7 lbs., but I guess the biggest I've killed would push 12-15 lbs. about the size of a good coon.
Criggster is offline  
Old 08-01-2005, 06:13 PM
Typical Buck
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: The forests and farmland of Ohio
Posts: 625
Default RE: Groundhog Hunting

groundhogs are out of their holes sometimes around 9-1 around my area but most of my ghog hunting happens around 6-dusk because almost all of them are active at that time of day
i would say the average sized groundhog weighs 6-7 pounds but i have shot one or two in the 14-15 pound range
one thing i have found that worksto get them to stand upis using a small piece of plastic bag or a piece of a skittles wrapper and pulling it tight with your finger and blowing on the edge creating a high pitched whistle this has worked when i have used it.

good luck on your ghog hunting
LeftyBuckmaster is offline  
Old 08-14-2005, 05:20 AM
TomFromTheShade's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 480
Default RE: Groundhog Hunting

The good thing about ground hogs is that you can hunt them when you see them. You can look out the window a few times a day and if you see some, just go out and shoot them lol. And if you can't get them to stand up, just shoot whatever fur you can see. They are small so even what seems like a minimally damaging shot from a rifle usually does them in. Even if they don't die right away they will die eventually. I know that they dig a lot of holes at my Uncle's farm, that his cows can break a leg in, so even if I can only wing 'em I take the shot. If you can't whistle maybe you could make kissy noises (yeah I know that sounds gay). That will work too.
TomFromTheShade is offline  
Old 08-15-2005, 01:41 PM
Giant Nontypical
quiksilver's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 5,716
Default RE: Groundhog Hunting

I got one of those rubbermouse squeaker bulbs for predator hunting, and I take it with me to hunt hogs.

A quick squeak usuallymakes the hogs pop up to look around. Nothin' much better than watchinga big hog stand up into the crosshairs at 32x with a rock solid hold onhislittle hoggy dome. . . makes me all warm and fuzzy inside.

It's also fun to squeak while you wait, b/c you might get a coyote or fox to respond. Squeaky bulbs cost about 5 bucks at your local sportshop.

Good luck with those hogs. Take no prisoners.
quiksilver is offline  
Old 08-15-2005, 02:16 PM
Nontypical Buck
Thread Starter
PA Bow/Flinter's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Fairbanks, AK
Posts: 3,132
Default RE: Groundhog Hunting

Thanks guys....I think I'll just make random weird noises and see if I can get them to stand up or I'll just wait fro them to do it on their own.

Just an update: Last time I went out I got my longest shot ever on was a 200 yarder and I hit him square in the head. I was using my deer hunting rifle, Rem. Model 7 SS in .308. It did a pretty good number on him.
PA Bow/Flinter is offline  
Old 08-15-2005, 03:56 PM
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 5
Default RE: Groundhog Hunting

I live on a 1200+ acre farm, and ive never gone out and straight groundhog hunted partly cause my uncil and grandfather made them all but extinct but i keep a savage model 110 223. behind the seat of my dodge while im tooling around the farmground or checking cattle. groundhogs are more of a neusance around these parts so if you cant get him to stand up its ok to go for a hind quarter shot or what ever he'll give you- if you can see flesh pull the trigger.
Matthewbodine is offline  
Old 08-15-2005, 05:13 PM
Ozark Sportsman's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: ARKANSAS
Posts: 190
Default RE: Groundhog Hunting

hey to get them to stand up just yell out at them but when they stand up hurry they run off fast after that
Ozark Sportsman is offline  
Related Topics
Thread Starter
Last Post
Black Powder
06-08-2008 06:32 PM
11-30-2007 03:16 PM
G2 Shooter
12-12-2006 03:29 PM
Young Hunters
03-03-2004 09:14 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Quick Reply: Groundhog Hunting

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell or Share My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2023 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.