HUNT THE GARDEN GROUNDHOG
A groundhog is as wary as a whitetail and as tough as a boar, and if you let one, it’ll demolish your garden and collapse the floor in your shed. You have some skin in the game hunting such a woodchuck. But if you win, you can roast the critter whole and serve it up with garden veggies. Getting to the celebratory feast won’t be easy, though.
The last problem groundhog I killed lived under the shed behind my cabin and evaded me for three days. I’d see him from the window, ease outside, and get my rifle rested on the porch rail just in time to hear his alarm whistle. I tried posting up behind a tree outside and waiting him out. Just about the time I’d get impatient and stand up, I’d see his head poking out of the den, staring straight at me. Busted.
The plan ultimately required the couch. The night before, I cracked open the window of the cabin, pushed a couch up to it, and rested my .22 Magnum across the sill, with the barrel poking outside. At daylight, the groundhog waddled out of his den, and I was lying on the cushions in my underwear, waiting for him. I closed the bolt and squeezed the trigger just as he was getting suspicious of that open window.