I gave up for a while, but I finally got him. He’s in a Hav-a-hart trap at home right now. I live in a suburban neighborhood where discharging firearms would be frowned upon, if not downright illegal. Plus, I don’t have any firearms.
So what do I do with him? Do I kill him? Relocate? Relocation is technically illegal, and possibly cruel.
If there’s a humane way to kill him, I’m not squeamish about doing it. However, if I do kill him, I’d like to use him in some efficient way. Eating, making a hat, anything really. Got some suggestions?
FTR, I’m not in favor of executing him. I’d like to live and let live… but he’s jeopardizing the safety of my kids and the structure of my porch. He’s gotta go in a way that ensures he’s not coming back to my yard.
I’m so impressed you actually caught one! I have one or more of them digging up holes in my backyard and I wish I have your problem of how to dispose. So Havahart traps work, huh? Well, if I ever catch one in such a trap I’d probably release it somewhere in the wild far from my house.
Groundhog is edible and actually pretty decent. There are some challenges, however. It’s usually very fatty in my experience, though depending on your cooking method this may be a good thing. There are also scent glands to contend with and they can be tricky to find. Though I have no experience doing it I’ve heard that they benefit from being hung for a few days to age.
I gave up after 2 weeks. I caught an opposum and the groundhog burrow entrance had seemed to collapse on itself. I assumed they had moved out since I don’t have a garden. But then the burrow entrance re-appeared and he’s been spotted a few times.
I laid the trap again and decided that maybe the problem was that he was leaving his burrow in the other direction (under the porch). It made sense considering that whenever we spotted him, it was always on the opposite side. And, of course, I caught another possum. I moved the trap again and I just got the phone call today that we got him.
FWIW, I baited the thing with carrots, celery, apples, Kouza Dogwood fruits, and finally a cucumber. I’m not convinced I had a problem with the bait. I think it was more location and that the trap may not have been level, causing the hog to avoid it and back out or spring it before he was contained.
Send it to my neighborhood, apparently. We had a cute fat groundhog around, that wasn’t bothering me at all - my garden was enclosed, so he couldn’t get to it, and I don’t really care what he does to the lawn.
Until one day I found his bloated dead body next to the shed. Yuck. :eek:
So send him over here - whatever killed mine will probably kill yours, too.