Bowhunting Groundhogs?

December 18, 2010 by Bowhunter  
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Nate P asked:

Since I got a lot of feed back about why I was asking this and what my purpose for hunting them was, the last time I asked this, I will try to be a little clearer this time.
Ground hogs are tearing up the foundation of my barn, so I need to get rid of them. I tried trapping them, but they learned to stay away from the traps. so im gonna hunt them. I have a twenty two, but bow hunting anything gives me more of a rush than gun hunting. And I would rather shoot a bow than a gun anyday. So I have a few questions.
Even though season is year round state wide, what is the best time of year to hunt them?
Aluminum or carbon fiber arrows? Aluminum bend easier, but wont a carbon fiber arrow just shatter if i were to miss?
What kind of broad head?
What time of day?
Will a 50 lb draw strength work?
Any useful tactics or methods of hunting them, like still hunting, or stalking?
Also, just out of curiosity, does anyone know if it is legal to bait for groundhogs in Kentucky?
Please be truthful and state source, thanks.
Also, I was initially going to hunt them just to get rid of them, but I am now more interested in a fun and challengeing hunting experience.
Hell if it doesnt work, I will break out the smoke bombs and wait for them with a 12 GA., but for now, I want to get some hunting time in with my good old bow.

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3 Responses to “Bowhunting Groundhogs?”
  1. Bowhunting says:

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    i always find the best time to bag a few groundhogs is in the mid spring. you should try eating them i would suggest doing them on the grill, beer can style like you would do a beer can chicken

  2. Bear Recurve Bow

    I know that you are looking for some fun with this. I will answer the question in two parts, you can choose the best answer.

    A. I would recommend carbon arrows, they are straigher and tougher than most. They do not shatter unless you stirke a rock dead on. 50 lbs is more than enough to take down a deer let alone a groundhog. You can even go lower to a 35 lb bow if you wanted. I also do not know what kind of bow you are shooting ( compound or traditional ), but I would recommend a sight for your bow to increase the accuracy. The point you can use are field points they have enough penetrating power to do the job. Besides if you use broadheads, you will dull them pretty fast if you miss.

    B. If you just want to get rid of them, then put up bait stations with rat poison, they will eat it and slowly die. You can spread the poison around their holes and wait till they eat it. If you have a big infestation, this is the way to go!

  3. Bowhunting says:

    Vintage Archery

    I bait and trap them. I use double spring foot traps. Bury the trap in dogfood or livestock feed. The animal with dig through the feed and get their front paw in the trap. I chain my traps to something like a post or a rafter or something. Then I shoot them.

    I usually can hunt them with a shotgun in the morning. Summer and Spring time before 8am is best.
    I usually have the traps tripped at night.

    BTW… If you put the trap at the base of their entrance, inside their den by about 6 inches they will not be able to avoid getting nailed. One time I caught a skunk setting up home in a Groundhog hole. That was a load of fun. I put a 2 to 3 foot chain on my traps. I can then reel them in and place them where I want to instead of worrying about that 8 inch chain that comes with them.

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