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WOODCHUCK(S) !!!

 
Michael Vormwald
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Location: Central New York - Finger Lakes - Zone 5
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UPDATE: I went with two hot wires this year on the Havahart (FI-Shock - 1 mile) electric fence on my 1/4 acre (50x50'). The garden was fine for weeks, then one or more woodchucks began breaching the fence and doing significant damage to broccoli, cabbage, beans and squash. I reconfigured the fence so the upper of the two wires was a ground wire. Fail! I added another hot wire above the ground wire. Fail! I know the fence was powered and there were no weeds to ground it out. I gave up and went to the Tractor Supply store and bought a Zareba 25 mile energizer. I now know that the Zareba outputs 12.2kv while my former Havahart unit only output 2.0kv! So assuming a good ground, this unit delivers a much greater shock. I set it up with 3 hot wires every 4-6" from the ground/each other.
So far....so good. I'm not seeing any more damage or chasing big rodents out of my garden.

Note: I had conventional garden fencing one year, but did not bury it and the woodchuck(s) just dug under. Garden fencing is inconvenient as you need a gate they can't get through. I thought about doing conventional again and burying it with a one foot 90 degree bend but decided I'd try a more powerful electric instead.
And with the electric fence, I can just step over anywhere.
 
Neal Foley
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Location: union Maine
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Sounds like you need a dog..... or to start peeing around the garden..... or get a motion sensor light and rig up one of the bulbs with an outlet and plug in a radio.... or all three.... head out to the garden in the middle of the night with the dog and be illuminated while you pee to your favorite station......
 
Michael Vormwald
Posts: 154
Location: Central New York - Finger Lakes - Zone 5
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Woodchucks are not nocturnal - they're in their burrows at night. I'll typically see them midday or just before dusk. I have a dog but live on a busy state road and don't let the dog run. Your other ideas just don't seem to work. Oh and I wouldn't want to be taking a leak around 12000 volts!!!
My solution is the electric fence, followed by a 22 caliber rifle.

Neal Foley wrote:Sounds like you need a dog..... or to start peeing around the garden..... or get a motion sensor light and rig up one of the bulbs with an outlet and plug in a radio.... or all three.... head out to the garden in the middle of the night with the dog and be illuminated while you pee to your favorite station......
 
wayne stephen
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Location: Western Kentucky-Climate Unpredictable Zone 6b
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In Kentucky there are three animals - coyote , feral pig , and woodchuck - which have a year round open hunting season .

Woodchuck recipes :

http://www.wildliferecipes.net/Game_recipes/Small_game_recipes/Woodchuck_recipes/index.asp

 
Just put the cards in their christmas stocking and PRESTO! They get it now! It's like you're the harry potter of permaculture. richsoil.com/cards
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