Are the groundhogs disappearing in your area?

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  1. Bowhunter57

    Bowhunter57 Senior Refuge Member

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    I've not seen any physical evidence (a coyote with a g-hog in its' mouth), but there's more than one hunter in this area of the state that agrees the groundhog population is dwindling. I used to cover several miles with my vehicle, going from farm to farm shooting groundhogs. I've not seen more than a half dozen while driving around all the areas that I used to hunt.

    This seems to be the trend in this area. :scratch

    Do you see the groundhog population in your area becoming less and less?
    If so, do you think that the coyotes are the reason?

    Your thoughts and opinions are appreciated.
    Thank you, Bowhunter57
     
  2. takemrarely

    takemrarely Elite Refuge Member

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    The areas that I hunt don't seem to have as many as other years, and truthfully, I had not given coyotes a thought.

    What I am seeing is more soybean and higher grass fields, (possibly due to the push to re-introduce pheasants).....

    I hope it is because of coyotes...would rather shoot one of them than 100 ground hogs.....
     
  3. skiebuster

    skiebuster Elite Refuge Member

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    if the deer population is down, the yotes could be the culprit.
    I have a business on the outside of town...been seeing 5+ eating the snot outta our grass. look like good eating size. :tu
     
  4. GUNNERX2

    GUNNERX2 Elite Refuge Member

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    While I don't hunt groundhogs any longer, I do try to observe them. I can't say it is coyotes that have reduced the populations around here but the groundhogs just aren't as numerous. Loss of habitat is what I would guess. While they are adaptive, more and more are getting crowded into smaller and smaller places, like alot of other wildlife. That might make it easier for coyotes to pick them off.
     
  5. Layout101

    Layout101 Elite Refuge Member

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    They have been going down in my area all spring! ;)

    Complements of Mr. 222
     
  6. ALLSTAR 1

    ALLSTAR 1 Elite Refuge Member

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    Groundhogs have been reduced by over 90% since the 70's due to coyote depredation and reduced legume production of red clover and alfalfa.ot

    Not a big deal, I used to shoot a lot of em but since farms have given way to subdivisions people get real fussy about popping em out of a pickup! We had a couple fields we could drive by and catch a half dozen out of their holes and really work on em with the old army all brass 00 buck! Ah, misspent youth!
     
  7. A Wallace

    A Wallace Senior Refuge Member

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    no hogs here!
     
  8. rmb79

    rmb79 Elite Refuge Member

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    Not ground hogs, but close to 200 prairie dogs disappeared in western Kansas last weekend.
     
  9. dragon1681

    dragon1681 Elite Refuge Member

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    My area is loaded with them. I would say that there are actually more then normal.

    Tom
     
  10. DMBgoosehunter13

    DMBgoosehunter13 Elite Refuge Member

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    We don't have many coyotes in Maryland, but we shot 33 groundhogs off the farm last year. This year 0
     

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