HuntingNut
HuntingNut
   Login or Register
HomeCommunity ForumsPhoto AlbumsRegister
     
 

User Info

Welcome Anonymous


Membership:
Latest: smitty3855
New Today: 0
New Yesterday: 0
Overall: 12622

People Online:
Members: 0
Visitors: 188
BOT: 1
Total: 189
Who Is Where:
 Visitors:
01: Forums
02: Forums
03: Your Account
04: Forums
05: Photo Albums
06: Forums
07: Forums
08: Forums
09: Forums
10: Forums
11: Forums
12: Home
13: Forums
14: Your Account
15: Forums
16: Your Account
17: Home
18: Your Account
19: Forums
20: Forums
21: PointBlank Ballistics
22: Forums
23: Forums
24: Your Account
25: Forums
26: Forums
27: Forums
28: Forums
29: Forums
30: Photo Albums
31: Photo Albums
32: Forums
33: Home
34: Forums
35: Forums
36: Forums
37: Forums
38: Forums
39: Forums
40: Forums
41: Forums
42: Forums
43: Your Account
44: Forums
45: Forums
46: Forums
47: Forums
48: Forums
49: Your Account
50: Your Account
51: Forums
52: Forums
53: Forums
54: Forums
55: Forums
56: Forums
57: Forums
58: Forums
59: Photo Albums
60: Forums
61: Forums
62: Forums
63: Your Account
64: Forums
65: Forums
66: Forums
67: Forums
68: Forums
69: Forums
70: Forums
71: Forums
72: Forums
73: Your Account
74: Forums
75: Forums
76: Forums
77: Forums
78: Your Account
79: Forums
80: Forums
81: Forums
82: Forums
83: Forums
84: Forums
85: Your Account
86: Forums
87: Forums
88: PointBlank Ballistics
89: Forums
90: Forums
91: Forums
92: Forums
93: Forums
94: Forums
95: Forums
96: Home
97: Forums
98: Forums
99: Forums
100: Forums
101: Forums
102: Your Account
103: Forums
104: Your Account
105: Forums
106: Forums
107: Forums
108: Forums
109: Forums
110: Photo Albums
111: Forums
112: Forums
113: Forums
114: Forums
115: Forums
116: Forums
117: Photo Albums
118: Home
119: Home
120: Forums
121: Forums
122: Photo Albums
123: Forums
124: Your Account
125: Home
126: Forums
127: Your Account
128: Forums
129: Forums
130: Forums
131: Forums
132: Forums
133: Photo Albums
134: Forums
135: Forums
136: Forums
137: Forums
138: Forums
139: Your Account
140: Forums
141: Forums
142: Forums
143: Forums
144: Forums
145: Forums
146: Forums
147: Forums
148: Home
149: Forums
150: Forums
151: Forums
152: Forums
153: Forums
154: Forums
155: Forums
156: Your Account
157: Forums
158: Forums
159: Forums
160: Forums
161: Forums
162: Forums
163: Forums
164: Forums
165: Forums
166: Forums
167: Forums
168: Forums
169: Forums
170: Forums
171: Your Account
172: Forums
173: Your Account
174: Forums
175: Your Account
176: Forums
177: Forums
178: Forums
179: Photo Albums
180: Forums
181: Forums
182: Forums
183: Forums
184: Forums
185: Forums
186: Forums
187: Forums
188: Forums
  BOT:
01: Forums

Staff Online:

No staff members are online!
 

Coppermine Stats
Photo Albums
 Albums: 305
 Pictures: 2361
  · Views: 440713
  · Votes: 1310
  · Comments: 86
 

Support our Advertisers

First groundhog of the year
By Popular Demand: Discussions related to Varmint Hunting
Go to page 1, 2  Next
Post new topic   Reply to topic   Printer Friendly Page    Forum Index » Varmint Hunting

View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
SingleShotLover
Super Member
Super Member


Joined: Dec 26, 2007
Posts: 971
Location: Illinois

PostPosted: Wed Feb 29, 2012 10:17 am    Post subject: First groundhog of the year Reply with quote

And "first blood" for my Ruger .45 Colt restoration. Saw this critter creeping along my fence line. I was able to sneak to within 25 yards without him seeing me and get into a steady position. A cast 255-grain RNFP at 850 fps did the rest. If you look real close, you might be able to see the entrance wound right above the rear sight. The exit isn't suitable for a family-friendly forum.



Hope the year continues like this!

_________________
If you can't hit it with one, you probably can't with two either!

The biggest problem with a closed mind is that it never seems to come with a closed mouth.

SSL
Back to top
View user's profile Photo Gallery
lesterg3
Super Member
Super Member


Joined: Nov 30, 2008
Posts: 1327
Location: Dixie

PostPosted: Wed Feb 29, 2012 12:14 pm    Post subject: Re: First groundhog of the year Reply with quote

Nice chunky chuck. Good going.

_________________
"A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine. "--Thomas Jefferson

The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government. -- Thomas Jefferson

"Americans have the right and advantage of being armed - unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms."--James Madison

"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." Thomas Jefferson.

NRA Life Member
Vietnam War Vet 68-69
Back to top
View user's profile Send e-mail Photo Gallery
Aloysius
Super Member
Super Member


Joined: Nov 03, 2009
Posts: 2132
Location: B., Belgium

PostPosted: Wed Feb 29, 2012 12:29 pm    Post subject: Re: First groundhog of the year Reply with quote

Is a .45 LC enough gun for such a nasty creature? Smile

I think it's good thinking: a bigger bullet means less space to miss...

nice shooting!
And sneaking till within 25 yards? At that distance they'll hear the cracking of my bones when they are not freshly oiled.
Back to top
View user's profile
Ominivision1
Super Member
Super Member


Joined: Sep 20, 2010
Posts: 2984
Location: Iowa

PostPosted: Wed Feb 29, 2012 12:47 pm    Post subject: Re: First groundhog of the year Reply with quote

Good shooting there, never got that close to a live one!!

_________________
Regards

Limitations are but boundaries created inside our minds.
Back to top
View user's profile Photo Gallery
slimjim
Super Member
Super Member


Joined: May 16, 2009
Posts: 7556
Location: Fort Worth TX

PostPosted: Wed Feb 29, 2012 7:30 pm    Post subject: Re: First groundhog of the year Reply with quote

that is one BIG woodchuck!! Congrats, SSL!

_________________
"To anger a conservative, lie to him. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth." - Theodore Roosevelt

"The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it." - Albert Einstein
Back to top
View user's profile
Elvis
Super Member
Super Member


Joined: Jul 27, 2008
Posts: 7537
Location: south island New Zealand

PostPosted: Wed Feb 29, 2012 7:33 pm    Post subject: Re: First groundhog of the year Reply with quote

very nice. that ruger looks fine too, good on you for getting it out and using it so much more of a challenge than a rifle.

_________________
You shot it You pluck it !
Them who eats the most duck eats the most feathers!
Back to top
View user's profile
Vince
Super Member
Super Member


Joined: May 25, 2005
Posts: 13633
Location: Brisbane AUSTRALIA

PostPosted: Wed Feb 29, 2012 9:30 pm    Post subject: Re: First groundhog of the year Reply with quote

Nice going SSL...a magnificent pistol, in a great calibre, with a terrific shot mate.

Never seen a groundhog, so I am assuming from what the others say that it is a big one and that you did good getting to within 25 yards of the bugger...well done mate.

Cheers, Vince

_________________
Cheers, Vince Cheers

Illegitimi non carborundum
(Never let the bastards grind you down)

Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.

"Nulla Si Fa Senza Volonta."
(Without Commitment, Nothing Gets Done)
Back to top
View user's profile AIM Address MSN Messenger Yahoo Messenger Photo Gallery
lesterg3
Super Member
Super Member


Joined: Nov 30, 2008
Posts: 1327
Location: Dixie

PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 2:19 am    Post subject: Re: First groundhog of the year Reply with quote

Slimjim and Vince bring up an interesting point about the size of the critter. I lived and hunted in SW Michigan for 18 years and now I'm in South Carolina and the difference in the size of the wildlife is interesting. Deer in Michigan were twice as big in general as they are here, and squirrels 2 to 3 times larger then here. Haven't ever seen a SC chuck so nothing to compare there.

Has anyone else noticed the size difference?

_________________
"A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine. "--Thomas Jefferson

The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government. -- Thomas Jefferson

"Americans have the right and advantage of being armed - unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms."--James Madison

"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." Thomas Jefferson.

NRA Life Member
Vietnam War Vet 68-69
Back to top
View user's profile Send e-mail Photo Gallery
SingleShotLover
Super Member
Super Member


Joined: Dec 26, 2007
Posts: 971
Location: Illinois

PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 7:23 am    Post subject: Re: First groundhog of the year Reply with quote

Aloysius wrote:
Is a .45 LC enough gun for such a nasty creature? Smile

I'm an equal opportunity 'chuck shooter...I usually use one of my .17 Remingtons. If it gets them off my property, I'd use a hand-grenade!

The story behind this one is that there has been an abandoned house across the road and down a hundred yards or so from my place. It has been empty for probably 20 years and the critters (skunks, opossums, groundhogs and racoons are simply over-running the place. Now they are trying to find more space and unfortunately I'm it. I'm pretty sure this groundhog is the one I have been watching grow bigger every year for the last 4 years. He has always been too smart to let me get a shot and I usually only see him when the season is closed. I'm guessing that the sudden bit of nice weather made him decide to do a little lady-groundhog hunting and his mind wasn't necessarily on survival. Come to think of it, I've known a few human males that description fits.

Lester...I can't recall the name of the theory, but it proves that northern animals tend to grow bigger than those in southern zones as a heat-generating mechanism for the cold. What you noticed has basis in fact.

_________________
If you can't hit it with one, you probably can't with two either!

The biggest problem with a closed mind is that it never seems to come with a closed mouth.

SSL
Back to top
View user's profile Photo Gallery
Elvis
Super Member
Super Member


Joined: Jul 27, 2008
Posts: 7537
Location: south island New Zealand

PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 2:58 am    Post subject: Re: First groundhog of the year Reply with quote

theory goes something along the lines of... bigger animal has LESS surface area to body weight than a smaller one so it can stand more extremes in temp.

_________________
You shot it You pluck it !
Them who eats the most duck eats the most feathers!
Back to top
View user's profile
hunterjoe21
Super Member
Super Member


Joined: Mar 30, 2007
Posts: 1399
Location: Billings, Montana

PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2012 7:19 am    Post subject: Re: First groundhog of the year Reply with quote

lesterg3 wrote:
Slimjim and Vince bring up an interesting point about the size of the critter. I lived and hunted in SW Michigan for 18 years and now I'm in South Carolina and the difference in the size of the wildlife is interesting. Deer in Michigan were twice as big in general as they are here, and squirrels 2 to 3 times larger then here. Haven't ever seen a SC chuck so nothing to compare there.

Has anyone else noticed the size difference?

One theory is referred to as "Bergmann's Rule", although there are several other schools of thought.

_________________
My 1911 is more effective than your 911.
Back to top
View user's profile
SingleShotLover
Super Member
Super Member


Joined: Dec 26, 2007
Posts: 971
Location: Illinois

PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2012 7:55 am    Post subject: Re: First groundhog of the year Reply with quote

hunterjoe21 wrote:

One theory is referred to as "Bergmann's Rule", although there are several other schools of thought.

That's the one I was trying to remember! Thanks! It's rough getting old. Sad

_________________
If you can't hit it with one, you probably can't with two either!

The biggest problem with a closed mind is that it never seems to come with a closed mouth.

SSL
Back to top
View user's profile Photo Gallery
hunterjoe21
Super Member
Super Member


Joined: Mar 30, 2007
Posts: 1399
Location: Billings, Montana

PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2012 12:22 pm    Post subject: Re: First groundhog of the year Reply with quote

SingleShotLover wrote:
hunterjoe21 wrote:

One theory is referred to as "Bergmann's Rule", although there are several other schools of thought.

That's the one I was trying to remember! Thanks! It's rough getting old. Sad
No problem...

Nice shootin' by the way. I haven't seen any live whistlepigs yet this year, but did see a dead one along the road this week. Seems as though they like the warmth of the asphalt.

I have 75 pieces of 22-250 brass ready to load for woodchucks, I just gotta clean the "winter accumulation" of the reloading bench.

_________________
My 1911 is more effective than your 911.
Back to top
View user's profile
SingleShotLover
Super Member
Super Member


Joined: Dec 26, 2007
Posts: 971
Location: Illinois

PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2012 6:20 pm    Post subject: Re: First groundhog of the year Reply with quote

They're just starting to pop up here. Supposed to be close to 60 degrees next week, so I would imagine they will be out more. As long as that abandoned house stands I'm sure I'll keep having opportunities. As much as I like shooting them, an infestation is no fun. It has been a long battle trying not to let them take over my property. The guy who owns the property is actually a nice guy and encourages me to shoot them...but makes no effort to tear the house down. It has been a very long time. I actually had forgotten that I had this picture of another one I shot on his property from years back. Note the date stamp...1994! By then the house had already been empty for four years.


_________________
If you can't hit it with one, you probably can't with two either!

The biggest problem with a closed mind is that it never seems to come with a closed mouth.

SSL
Back to top
View user's profile Photo Gallery
Elvis
Super Member
Super Member


Joined: Jul 27, 2008
Posts: 7537
Location: south island New Zealand

PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 12:33 am    Post subject: Re: First groundhog of the year Reply with quote

I wonder if he would be adverse to having it removed??? the local fire brigade just love to have a controlled burn of a house it is great training for them.

_________________
You shot it You pluck it !
Them who eats the most duck eats the most feathers!
Back to top
View user's profile
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic   Printer Friendly Page    Forum Index » Varmint Hunting
Page 1 of 2
All times are GMT - 7 Hours
Go to page 1, 2  Next



Jump to:  


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum
You cannot attach files in this forum
You can download files in this forum


Advertisements
 


Valid CSS! Valid HTML 4.01!
Click to check if this page is realy HTML 4.01 compliant for speed :)

All logos and trademarks in this site are property of HuntingNut.com.
The comments are property of their posters, all the rest © 2011 by HuntingNut.com
Interactive software released under GNU GPL, Code Credits, Privacy Policy

.: Upgraded to DragonFly 9.2 by Dizfunkshunal :.