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Author Topic: Woodchuck, the rest of the story  (Read 1820 times)

Offline MichiganLouie

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Woodchuck, the rest of the story
« on: June 26, 2016, 05:24:05 PM »
As you may know from reading on a post about SB, from DPD, I did some plinking the other day, but I only fired one shot.  I apologize to DPD, as I did not intend to steal his post.  Here's the rest of the story as promised.
I was getting ready to work on my honeydo list when I spotted the woodchuck very close to my new barn, right out in the open, seemingly unconcerned.  I grabbed my 22 and started to go out through the breezeway, but stopped realizing that if I opened the door, the woodchuck would probably bolt.  Instead, I went out the front door and went around to the side of the garage, where there is a small deck, with a railing, which does a good job of hiding my two herby curbys.  They also make a very solid rest for my 22.  By the time I got set up, the chuck was gone, but came out on the north side of the barn, and stood there looking around.  I was almost ready to take a shot when I heard a loud truck going down our road.  the chuck bolted back behind the barn.  I figured it would come back after a few minutes and it did, except this time it was closer to the weed line, and didn't offer a shot.  then it went up to a tree and climbed it.  I decided it was an opportune time to make a move.  I was a bit reluctanct as I was barefooted, and would have to walk across 50 yds of grass, but my predator instinct kicked in and I made my move.  When I got close to the tree, I slowed my approach, scanning the branches for the woodchuck.  I finally spotted it on one of the trunks.  It started to go higher, and actually gave me a better shot.  I lined up the crosshairs, and squeezed the trigger.  At the impact, it dropped to the ground, gave a couple of twitches and it was dead.  At 20 ft away, I knew I wasn't going to miss.  This rifle has needed to be re-sighted in again, as I have missed other chucks at 50 yds already this year.  Just have to find a good time to do so.  I never got to work on my project, which was staining the wood fence around my pool.  Not one of my favorite things to do, which explains why I haven't done it for quite a while.
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Woodchuck, the rest of the story
« on: June 26, 2016, 05:24:05 PM »
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Re: Woodchuck, the rest of the story
« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2016, 06:05:07 PM »
Great story , I guess thst's why they call it hunting .  ##$%#1118
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Re: Woodchuck, the rest of the story
« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2016, 07:20:09 PM »
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Re: Woodchuck, the rest of the story
« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2016, 10:15:21 PM »
first, congrats. second, I never knew a woodchuck could climb a tree? I've never seen it
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Re: Woodchuck, the rest of the story
« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2016, 05:09:21 AM »
Way to stay patient and persistent.  Good shooting Louie!

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Re: Woodchuck, the rest of the story
« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2016, 05:55:30 AM »
first, congrats. second, I never knew a woodchuck could climb a tree? I've never seen it

Yari,
That was my third chuck that I've shot out of a tree.   the first two were up on a mulberry tree, this last one was up on a tree I cannot identify readily.  It produces no fruit, nuts or flowers.  Wood is hard and dense, but weak, a strong wind will split limbs right at the crotch.
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Re: Woodchuck, the rest of the story
« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2016, 07:46:56 AM »
Good job Chuckmaster!  I went through the first 40 years of my life not knowing they climbed trees either but have now seen it several times.
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Re: Woodchuck, the rest of the story
« Reply #7 on: June 27, 2016, 07:50:06 AM »
Great story Louie, I have taken a few chucks out of trees myself, I like that thump when the hit the ground. I do understand your situation with the fence staining, chuck hunting is a very time consuming task and it requires much concentrating. It makes scheduling things like staining and painting things like fences very difficult. Probably shouldn't even attempt to schedule an event like that off of the honey do list when there are critters to shoot.  @--0--0125
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Re: Woodchuck, the rest of the story
« Reply #8 on: June 27, 2016, 12:49:53 PM »
Good Job ML!! 

I've never seen one in a tree either.
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Re: Woodchuck, the rest of the story
« Reply #9 on: June 27, 2016, 03:12:05 PM »
Good job Louie!! Patience pays of every time!! @--0--0123
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Re: Woodchuck, the rest of the story
« Reply #10 on: June 27, 2016, 04:56:08 PM »
I like your way of thinking, Gut.  Not sure if the wife would buy it.   --099-780
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Re: Woodchuck, the rest of the story
« Reply #11 on: June 27, 2016, 06:13:49 PM »
Nice shot Mich!!  @--0--0123 @--0--0123 @--0--0123
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Re: Woodchuck, the rest of the story
« Reply #12 on: June 27, 2016, 06:48:40 PM »
I like your way of thinking, Gut.  Not sure if the wife would buy it.   --099-780
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Re: Woodchuck, the rest of the story
« Reply #13 on: July 01, 2016, 06:33:51 PM »
I always take out woodchucks whenever I get the chance
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Re: Woodchuck, the rest of the story
« Reply #14 on: July 02, 2016, 06:06:47 AM »
I'm thinking of trying out my Henry 45LC on my next woodchuck.  It's sighted in at 50 yds. 
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